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November's a Month of Meals

Comrade Citizens! Not a whole lot going on, though since it’s Veteran’s Day this month there’s a few things happening that might interest you. First off we have the annual "free-to-all-veterans-and-their-families" Veteran’s Day dinner prepared by the lovely ladies of the VFW Auxiliary which will be held Sunday, November 9 at 1 pm at VFW Hall in Sandpoint (corner of Pine and Division). You can bring a dessert if you like.

Next we have the annual Marine Corps League dinner on Saturday, November 8 at the Beach House at noon. Shawn Keough is expected to be the guest speaker and for further information you can call Jay Hermann, the Commandant at 265-8058 (home) and 597-0383 (cell).

The Golden Corral Restaurant offers a free Veteran’s Day dinner as well every year, though this year it will be on Monday the 17th of November from 6 to 9 pm. I’d suggest bringing a copy of your discharge papers or VA medical card. I don’t generally go to these simply because, with the price of gas nowadays, by the time you drive all the way to Spokane and back it’s ate up in gas anything you’d save. But if you’re heading into the big city anyway, you might as well get a meal out of it!

I’ve been informed the Coeur d’ Alene Casino in Worley this year is also giving free dinners to Veterans on November 6 at 6 pm. You might call beforehand and double-check what kind of ID you need to bring and if it covers family members—it’s toll free at 800-523-2464

On Tuesday the 11th of November at 11 am (Armistice Day) the ladies of the DAR will be guests at the annual memorial services at War Memorial Field (where the Festival’s held every year in Sandpoint). A special theme of this year’s memorial will be Remembering Women in the Military.

The Disabled American Veterans Chapter #15 of Bonner County would like to thank the members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #890 for their generous donation of $500 towards the DAV Van Fund, which will be used to replace the current van as it ages. If you’d like to help you can donate at Sandpoint’s Well’s Fargo Bank to "DAV Van Fund." You can also help by donating your aluminum cans to the DAV at Pacific Iron and Metal on Triangle Drive in Ponderay. The DAV would also like to thank V.V.A. members Will Ditman and Don Carr for their assistance in clean-up and repairs last month, which saved a disabled vet’s home from being condemned.

A final note; "We are Soldiers Still" (Harper, Collins, 2008) is the follow-up book to the 15-years-ago best selling memoir by Lt. Gen. Harold Moore and reporter Joe Galloway, "We were Soldiers Once, and Young" (since made into a movie starring Mel Gibson). In this book, Joe, Harold, and a few old friends from the 1st Cav go back to walk through Vietnam’s Ia Drang Valley and to meet and talk with their battlefield opponents from so many years ago. This, the first half of the book, is by far my favorite section. In the second part, "On Lessons Learned and Leadership," Moore is absolutely scathing in his analysis of George W. Bush as Commander in Chief; My god, he wonders, didn’t we learn anything from Napoleon or Hitler? Who taught us, if nothing else, that you should not voluntarily open a war on two fronts lest you end up destroying yourselves!

In a speech at West Point, Moore famously told the class that the war in Iraq wasn’t worth one American life, and that Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush were incompetent morons. "I felt I owed them nothing less than the truth," he recalled.

Erasmus: Dulce bellum inexpertis (war is delightful to those who have no experience of it).

‘til next time, smoke ‘em if ya’ got ‘em and All Homage to Xena!

 

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