CONTINENTAL VETERANS ASSOCIATION
CONTINENTAL COUNTRY CLUB VETERAN’S MEMORIAL
Click above image to see more images, including memorial bricks surrounding our memorial centerpiece.
Larry Woodward November 2023
Our CCC Veterans Association has been instrumental in both the funding and creation of a Vietnam Memorial to be placed in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. The monument is 8 ft. wide and 6 ft tall. It will be delivered to the cemetery on Dec. 1st and its public dedication will take place on December 7th 2023.
Two of our fellow veteran members have recently passed… Ken Owens and Steve Newton. A memorial service for Steve Newton will be held as part of our Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11th at 11AM in our Veterans Memorial Park area. The service for Ken Owens will be held on November 16th at 1:00 PM at The First Christian Church (out our back gate).
Please join us on Saturday, November 11th at 11:00 AM in our CCC Veterans Park to celebrate Veterans Day with our CCC Veterans as well as your loved ones who have served our great nation.
One of our best venues for raising funds for our CCC Veterans Association is our Hot Dog Fundraiser.
Thank you to our veterans and spouses for putting this on and more importantly, thank you to our CCC residents for your support.
Our history lesson for the month of November:
“Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace —it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices. It was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I. World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, the fighting ended about seven months before that when the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
In 1926, Congress officially recognized it as the end of the war, and in 1938, it became an official holiday. But then World War II and the Korean War happened, so on June 1, 1954, at the urging of veterans service organizations, Congress amended the commemoration yet again by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” so the day would honor American veterans of all wars.”
NOTE: We are collecting “Letters To Our Troops.” Please jot down a short note encouraging/thanking our troops…please do not place in an envelope. You can drop off your letters in the Activities Building (on top of the flag disposal Box) or hand them to any member of our CCC Veterans Organization. We will bundle them up and see that they are mailed to our troops either through Mission BBQ or a program called “A Million Thanks.” Deadline is Monday, Nov. 20th.
For God and Country
Thanks to Volunteers & Residents supporting CCC Vets again October 25 2023
Continental Veterans properly disposing American Flags April 2023
March 2023 Hot Dog Fundraiser Slideshow. Click side arrows to select images
Making our March 2023 meeting both productive and enjoyable with the help of lunch provided by Mission BBQ.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer…finding ways to stay cool if you remained at CCC with the summer’s blistering heat…or if you’re up north, like I am, enjoying sending “cool” weather updates to our friends in the south…rubbing it in (smile). As for Veteran news, there is not much to report on for this month of August. Our CCC Veterans Association does not meet during the summer, but we have been here for the proper disposal of over a hundred US flags on Flag Day and we have installed a couple more flag poles for our residents. We will resume our regular monthly meeting on September 18th.
Lastly, I’m sad to say Steve Newton, a Navy Veteran passed away at the age of 79 on July 1st. Steve was very interested and involved in crafts, bridge, and billiards and a Buffalo Bills fan. He was also an active member on our CCC Long Term Planning Committee as well as the Veteran’s Honor Guard. Our CCC Veterans Association has reached out to Steve’s family offering a memorial service in the Fall, please watch for details to follow. Rest in peace Steve.
Our History Lesson for August
We have two military birthdays in the Month of August: Aug. 4th is the US Coast Guard’s birthday and Aug. 29th is the Marine Corps Reserves birthday.
Having been established on August 4th, 1790, the Coast Guard Reserve will be 232 years old this year. Their motto is “Semper Paratus” …meaning Always Ready.
The beginning of the Marine Corps Reserve dates back to August 29th, 1916, when U.S. involvement in WW I appeared to be more likely President Woodrow Wilson signed the Naval Appropriations Act of 1916, which established the Marine Corps Reserve.
For God and Country
In the Restaurant there’s a hall between the dining room and the lounge. In the corner is The Continental Veterans POW table in memory of those who were/are prisoners of war.
Please read the following which will explain exactly what the table represents