QC Veterans’ Roll Call March 26, 2017 Show Notes
QC Veterans' Roll Call is back with a new show this week! It is late March and if your bracket looks anything like mine, it's been reduced of scratch paper. I guess that is why they call it, "March Madness." Meanwhile, over at the iWireless Center, our Quad City Mallards are engaged in another championship quest, earning a spot in the playoffs! The tulips are up and dare I say it, winter is OVER!
Our first guest today was Mrs. Arlys Fritz. She is the Southeast Iowa Coordinator for Quilts of Valor. This is an amazing organization that provides one-of-a-kind quits to Veterans who have been touched by war. One must be nominated for this honor. Arlys mentioned that her brother is a Vietnam Veteran and his service was part of her inspiration to join this amazing organization.
Arlys mentioned that the cost to make one of these cherished quits is about $200.00. If you would like to contribute to these efforts, please visit their website.
Our second guests were senior Iowa leaders of The American Legion. We welcomed into the studio Ken “Rocky” Rochholz, Commander, American Legion of Iowa, Mike Etzel, Chairman, Membership Committee, American Legion of Iowa, Roger Norfolk, 100th Anniversary Committee, American Legion of Iowa and Don Arns, Chairman, 2nd District Media & Communications Committee. These Gentlemen discussed all the wonderful works The American Legion does both at the nationwide-level and here in Iowa. These include, but certainly are not limited to: serving youth; providing scholarships; offering Veterans' fellowship; and offering respectful retirement of American flags. (The American Legion Davenport Post 26 at 702 West 35th Street Davenport, Iowa 52806 has a drop box for your retirement-ready American flag.)
The American Legion is American is America's oldest Veteran Service Organization. This is their history from their website.
"The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth..."
If you would like more information on The American Legion's Centennial celebration, here is a link to the website. If you would like to learn more about The American Legion including joining it, (must be an Honorably discharged Veteran) here is that link. Happy birthday to The American Legion!
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