To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.
First of all, here’s the latest on the dispute between MOPH U.S. A. and the Purple Heart Service Foundation. No resolution has been reached for funding the Order. All headquarters staff members are still furloughed and the latest notice from National Commander Greenlaw is that the July convention in Branson, Missouri is a “go.” The Order is waiting for the outcome of the legal entanglements with the Foundation to determine the direction it will take. Meanwhile the Department of Florida and Chapter 776 are in good financial order and we will continue with all programs and functions, as normal.
I was at my squadron gathering in Pensacola when the Armed Forces picnic was held. I understand there was a good crowd, vittles were superb and camaraderie was in full swing. Thanks to Sr. Vice Cdr. Chuck Kanehl for filling in for me and to all attendees.
The Chapter provided hot dogs, sausage, cold drinks and chips at the Fallen Heroes Monument annual reading of the names of Citrus County veterans who have given all! With Richard at the grill, Curt Ebitz, Joe McClister and myself manning the table with help Rob Coughlin and my nephew David, we served up 50 plus dogs & sausages at no charge. However, the Chapter netted $100 in donations. Many thanks to those who attended and if I missed a helper’s name, sincere apologies!
The Memorial Day service at the Homosassa Veterans Memorial was very well attended. Once again, I emceed with my son Troy as Chaplain, and my granddaughter Eve singing the National Anthem and Some Gave All. County Commissioner Ron Kitchen spoke about Nancy Weaver-Dalton’s post about her late husband CWO Aaron Weaver and what this day means to her and the Weaver family. I also recounted past chapter commander Ray Michael’s record of distinguished serve to our country so the community could better understand the sacrifices that those who have served have made. Also, as we do each year, the Chapter and Auxiliary celebrated Flag Day by participating in the City of Inverness Flag Day ceremony. Thanks to all who attended.
The interment service for charter member A.W. Swanson, a USMC veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, was held at the Florida National Cemetery with a strong contingent of Chapter members in attendance. Thanks for taking the time to celebrate the life of one of our own!
There will be a DEC meeting in Jacksonville July 20 & 21. Due to a previous commitment, I may not be able to attend. Hopefully, another member can attend and report back as to what transpired. Also, the County Purple Heart proclamation will be presented o/a 1 p.m., July 23 during the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please meet at the courthouse lobby by 12:45! Our next Chapter meeting is July 16, 1 p.m. at the CCBA building in Lecanto.
Due to some health issues, our Sgt at Arms Rick Allen had to step down. We will be seeking a replacement to fill that position. If you’d be willing to accept, please contact either myself or Adjutant Ebitz. “Working for the benefit of All.”
Patriots, Associates & Auxiliary Members,
Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart, P.O. Box 1345, Lecanto, FL 34460-1345
Tel: 352-637-3265 or 352-382-3847 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org