CONTINENTAL VETERANS ASSOCIATION
CONTINENTAL COUNTRY CLUB VETERAN’S MEMORIAL
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The community honored honor Ernie Meyers at the Veteran’s Memorial
Mark your calendars, Monday May 31st @ 11AM. We will be conducting our Memorial Day Ceremony at the CCC Veterans Memorial. The safety and well-being of all of our residents is very important to us so we will be following whatever Covid protocols are in place at the time.
If you have attended our ceremonies in the past, the first thing you probably noticed was our Color Guard, made up of some very patriotic and dedicated ladies who reside here in CCC. We couldn’t do what we do without them. They are looking for some new members.
You don’t have to be a Veteran or the spouse of a Veteran, just have the willingness to serve. If you are interested, please contact Bonnie Andersohn at 399-2812, she is the Color Guard Captain and will be happy to give you all the details. We are also looking for a talented individual who can play a snare drum. This will be to provide a marching drum beat to accompany our Color Guard and Honor Guard at special events. Again, you do not have to be a Veteran or the spouse of a Veteran; just have the willingness to help us. If interested call Rick Whitmer at 399-2019 or Billy Schools at 352-748-4427.
There are two Military events that occurred in the month of April that are meaningful to all Veterans, and signify Duty, Honor and Country, especially as we approach Memorial Day.
The first, April 16 and 17. The battle for Hill 255 in 1953, later made world famous in a 1959 movie, known as Pork Chop Hill. This was the site of 2 of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War, claiming the lives of 347 American Soldiers and Marines and 1,036 wounded. The battles for this hill were later deemed to have no strategic or tactical value.
The second is April 29 and 30. On these two days in 1975, Operation Frequent Wind took place in South Viet Nam. In just less than 20 hours, 81 helicopters evacuated more than 1,000 Americans and 6,000 South Vietnamese to Aircraft Carriers waiting offshore as NVA tanks were surrounding the Presidential Palace in Saigon. This marked the unofficial end to US Military involvement in the Viet Nam War. Please remember our Veterans on these days. Freedom comes with a price.
If you are a Military Veteran, WE WANT YOU to be a part of us and help us support CCC. We meet on the 3rd Monday of each month in the Magnolia Room at 10:45AM. Please consider joining us.
As always, we have American Flags (3X5) and Memorial Bricks for purchase. I encourage you to visit the Veterans section of the CCC Website. New material is being added each month.
Any questions or concerns on Veterans Affairs or if you know of any Veterans who may need assistance, visit the CCC website or notify one of our members. If you know of any resident Veterans who are ill or hospitalized, please contact our Chaplain, Susan Horsman at 352-399-25590.
For God and Country