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3/26/20 thanks to Jim Rudeen
I talked with a man today, an 80+ year old man. I asked him if there was anything I can get him while this Corona virus scare was gripping America.
He simply smiled, looked away and said:
“Let me tell you what I need! I need to believe, at some point, this country my generation fought for…I need to believe this nation we handed safely to our children and their children….
I need to know this generation will quit being a bunch of sissies….that they respect what they’ve been given…that they’ve earned what others sacrificed for.”
I wasn’t sure where the conversation was going or if it was going anywhere at all. So, I sat there, quietly observing.
“You know, I was a little boy during WWII. Those were scary days. We didn’t know if we were going to speak English, German or Japanese at the end of the war. There was no certainty, no guarantees like Americans enjoy today.
And no home went without sacrifice or loss. Every house, up and down every street, had someone in harm’s way. Maybe their Daddy was a soldier, maybe their son was a sailor, maybe it was an uncle. Sometimes it was the whole damn family…fathers, sons, uncles…..
Having someone you love, sent off to war, it wasn’t less frightening than it is today. It was scary as Hell. If anything, it was more frightening. We didn’t have battle front news. We didn’t have email or cell phones. You sent them away and you hoped….prayed. You any not hear from them for months, if ever. Sometimes a mother was getting her son’s letter the same day Dad was comforting her over their child’s death.
And we sacrificed. You couldn’t buy things. Everything was rationed. You were only allowed so much milk per month, only so much bread, toilet paper. EVERYTHING was restricted for the war effort. And what you weren’t using what you didn’t need, things you threw away, they were saved and sorted for the war effort. My generation was the original recycling movement in America.
And we had viruses back then…..serious viruses. Things like polio, measles and such. It was nothing to walk to school and pass a house or two that was quarantined. We didn’t shut down our schools. We didn’t shut down our cities. We carried on, without masks, without hand sanitizer. And do you know what? We persevered. We overcame. We didn’t attack our President, we came together. We rallied around the flag for the war. Thick or thin, we were in it to win. And we would lose more boys in an hour of combat than we lose in entire wars today.
He slowly looked away again. Maybe I saw a small tear in the corner of his eye. Then he continued.
“Today’s kids don’t know the sacrifice. They think a sacrifice is not having coverage on their phone while they freely drive across the country. Today’s kids are selfish and spoiled. In my generation, we looked out for our elders. We helped out with single moms whose husbands were either at war or dead from the war. Today’s kids rush the store, buying everything they can….no concern for anyone but themselves. It’s shameful the way Americans behave these days. None of them deserve the sacrifice their granddads made.
So, no I don’t need anything. I appreciate your offer, but I know I’ve been through worse things than this virus. But maybe I should be asking you what can I do to help you? Do you have enough pop to get through this, enough steak? Will you be able to survive with 113 channels on your TV?”
I smiled, fighting back a tear of my own…now humbled by a man in his 80’s. All I could do was thank him for the history lesson, leave my number for emergency and leave with my ego firmly tucked in my rear.
I talked to a man today. A real man. An American man from an era long gone and forgotten. We will never understand the sacrifices. We will never fully earn their sacrifices. But we should work harder to learn about them, learn from them…..to respect them.
3/21/20 Our appreciation and thanks to whoever left a box of old flags at our door.
Mayor Rule asked Post 39 to provide the opening prayer for the Mar 18 City Council meeting. Chaplain Fred Webb stepped up for that honor.
Commander Marv West presented Dave Shively Legionnaire Of The Year Award for the fantastic job this year: running our raffle and recruiting.
District 3 will be trying something new for their Annual Spring Conference – holding a virtual meeting. This way, all legion members can attend from home without have to drive to Nampa. It should be an interesting event. Contact the author for details.
The American Legion celebrated it’s 101st birthday March 15 -17. It was formed to look out for the veterans of the war. As part of that purpose, they work with veteran families and the nation’s youth. The American Legion’s support for Boy Scouts of America began at the Legion’s first national convention in 1919. Today, Legion posts sponsor more than 2,500 Scouting units across the country.
The Post 39 Home is located at 2 W. Main St. In Middleton, across the street form Clarity Credit Union and Jackson’s Shell Station. During the Covid crisis and as we rarely have only one or two visitors at a time, we are generally open from 8:30 til 10:00 Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat. and Sun from 8:30 til 11:30. We can generally open at other times by appointment.
Meetings are usually held on the last Monday of the month at 7:00 PM and preceded at 6:00 by a dinner. During the Covid crisis, we will know about the meeting status by the preceding Wednesday
The Auxiliary Unit meets noon the first Wednesday at the Post Home.
Veterans and their families are welcome to relax, get help with getting your benefits, or conversation.
The results of the Department Oratorical Contest are in. Oam Patel from Mountain Home won first place and our contestant Sarah Cole won 2nd place. The scores very close. We are proud of Sara’s achievements and look forward to seeing her next year. Some of you got to hear her speech and will confirm that she did an outstanding job.
The event was well attended and we even got some “air time” with channel 7.
Thanks to all who helped with the event.
Owner Steve Kubinski and manager Jennifer Polanchek of Big K BBQ in Garden City were presented a Certificate of Appreciation for providing lunches for a veteran at the Boise Veterans Home. Post member by Norman Appell made the presentation on Feb. 9. 2020.
Post 39 member Bruce Peterson celebrated his 90th birthday February 22 with a party and book signing at the Bowling Alley Cafe` in Homedale.
Department Commander Eugene Brown presented Certificates of Completion to Dave Shively and Bruce Irving, at the Idaho Legion College January 12th. It was held at the conclusion of the Department (State) MidWinter Conference.
The American Legion celebrates it’s 101st birthday March 15 -17. It was formed to look out for the veterans of the war. As part of that purpose, they work with veteran families and the nation’s youth. The American Legion’s support for Boy Scouts of America began at the Legion’s first national convention in 1919. Today, Legion posts sponsor more than 2,500 Scouting units across the country.
The Post 39 Home: is generally open from 8:30 til 10:00 Mon, Tue and Thu from 8:30 til 11:30 and Sat & Sun 1:00 til 3:00 or 4:00. We can generally open at other times by appointment. Meetings are usually held on the last Monday of the month at 7:00 PM and preceded at 6:00 by a dinner. The Auxiliary Unit meets noon the first Wednesday at the Post Home.
Veterans and their families are welcome to relax, get help with getting your benefits, or conversation.
Korean War Veterans Ambassador for Peace Medal
The Embassy of the Republic of Korea seeks Korean War Veterans to honor with the Ambassador for Peace Medal. The commemorative medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean government to American service men and women who served in the Korean War. The Ambassador for Peace Medal was first presented to veterans as a special memento for those who returned to South Korea through the “Revisit Program”. The honor has since been extended to veterans who are unable to visit Korea.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, the veteran must have served in Korea during the Korean War between June 25, 1950 and July 27, 1953 or participated in UN peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955.
POSTHUMOUS AWARDS: The commemorative medals may be awarded posthumously. The next of kin, such as a spouse or descendants may apply for the medal on behalf of deceased veterans.
APPLICATION TO RECEIVE AWARD: Please complete the information on the attached form below and send along with your DD-14 or service record to – Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Attention Mitzi Cheldelin, 351 Collins Road, Boise, ID 83702 or email email@example.com.
The medal can be mailed to you.
Applications from Bruce; Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Attention Mitzi Cheldelin, 351 Collins Road, Boise, ID 83702; on-line at https://veterans.idaho.gov/news/korean-war-veterans-ambassador-peace-medal or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post 39’s Christmas Party held on Dec. 14 was a huge success. As the party was scheduled before the parade was announced, we were unable to participate in it but, we enjoyed watching it for a change! The Prime Rib dinner prepared by Stan Meholchick and crew was delicious. Members and guests had a great time.
The final drawing of the Post’s fund-raising raffle was held Nov. 25. There were two grand prizes: the first is $1,000 cash awarded to C. Michael Carpenter; the other one, a 3-day/2-night get-away at Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno which includes a $50 dinner at Pearl Oyster Bar was awarded to Michael Halloll.
Two members, Dave Shively and Bruce Irving, attended the Department (State) MidWinter Conference and the Idaho Legion College held in Meridian in January. Met many friends from around the sate and learned quite a lot.
We also attended the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon January 9th. Speaker was our new Mayor, Steve Rule. He has several interesting projects in process.
The Honor Guard gave honors for deceased veterans on 11 occasions in past two months. They also performed two ceremonies for Deer Flat Church’s annual Military Appreciation Day. For Veterans Day, they did presentations at Middleton Middle School and Middleton High School. We were also asked to present the Colors for a Scout Court of Honor at the end of November.
New hours are in effect for the Post Home: it will generally be open from 8:30 til 10:00 Mon, Tue and Thu from 8:30 til 11:30 and Sat & Sun 1:00 til 3:00 or 4:00. We can generally open at other times by appointment.
Meetings are usually held on the last Monday of the month at 7:00 PM and preceded at 6:00 by a dinner. Veterans and their families are welcome to check us out.
And, finally, the Post has a new email address: email@example.com. Please stop by for coffee and conversation.
Middleton Post 39 held a one-day “huge” yard sale October 12 at their home. The proceeds are dedicated to helping veterans in need.
Middleton Post 39 held a dedication and open house March 16 at their home on Main street in Middleton. The American Legion is celebrating their 100th anniversary and Post 39 is celebrating its 10th anniversary. First Vice Commander Richard Joswick was Master of Ceremony, Josh Pratt played To the Colors and Taps while the Post 39 Honor Guard fired a three-volley salute as the flag and building were dedicated. Middleton Mayor Darren Taylor and Star Mayor Chad Bell each had some words for the assembly.
As part of the dedication, “It is our hope that this edifice may be used ever in the service of our disabled comrades; of the widowed and orphaned; and to the benefit of our community, state and nation.” was part of Richard’s comments.
Mayor Taylor spoke about the beginning of the Revolutionary War and likened Legion members as kin to patriots fighting then. Mayor Bell was appreciative of the Post providing Memorial Services at Star Cemetery and leading their parades.
Following the service, attendees were invited inside to tour the building and partake of snacks which the Ladies Auxiliary provided.
Adjutant Bruce Irving noted, “We want this to be a place where veterans and their families can relax. We have access to the internet, TV, table, games, reading material and beverages. Veterans are welcome to spend time with these as well as conversation. We generally have the building open from 10:00AM till 2:00PM on weekdays but can usually arrange to be here at other times.”
Middleton American Legion Post 39 was formed in August 2008. Since then, we have grown to over 100 members.
The Post was given the use of a building in December, 2018 and is currently setting it up for use as our Post home. It is located at 2 West Main St. Middleton, ID 83644. We appreciate that the Sunrise Cafe` has allowed us to meet there for the past 10 years. There is a phone, (208) 585-2408, and internet available. We will have a lounge where veterans can relax; enjoy conversation; snacks & coffee; TV; read the paper, books or magazines; Post Home will generally be open from 8:30 til 10:00 Mon, Tue and Thu from 8:30 til 11:30 and Sat & Sun 1:00 til 3:00 or 4:00.
We sponsor two Middleton American Legion Baseball teams. We have sent young men to Boys State and have encouraged youth in 9th through 12th grades to prepare speeches for the Annual Oratorical Contest. We sign up merchants to display flags on patriotic holidays. We also have an Honor Guard that provides firing salutes at funerals and post the Colors for special occasions.
Membership requirement is to have served at least one day honorably during any period of conflict as defined by Congress. If you have served at any time since December 7, 1941, you are eligible. Dues are $45.00 per year and we do need a copy of your DD-214 or equivalent. Contact Commander Marv West 208-286-9714 or Adjutant Bruce Irving at 208-713-6101, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sons of The American Legion Squadron 39 was formed July 2014. While we have 19 members, several of them are in other states. We are having difficulty getting enough members active in the Squadron to start doing things. We do assist Post 39 with their Honor/Color Guard.
Membership requirement is to be the son or grandson of a legion member or, could have been except that they are deceased. Dues are $15.00 per year and we need your (grand)parent’s membership number or if they weren’t a member, a copy of their DD-214 or equivalent. Contact Commander/Adjutant Bruce Irving at 208-713-6101, email@example.com for more information.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 39 was formed November 2016. They have over 3 dozen members and have sponsored a student to Girls State and have done a Poppy distribution.
Membership requirement is to be the wife or (grand)daughter of a Legion member. Dues are $35.00 per year or $3.00 for youth members. Contact President Judy Shively at (208)585-2061 for more information.