2013 was a very exciting and rewarding year for Vietnam Veterans of
America & Associates Chapter 1008. We did so much, which has inspired us to do more in 2014.
In April our beautification project of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Greenwood Cemetery in Lancaster took off. Much hard work and dedication by our members has resulted in the way our monument looks today. While doing some of the work we discovered 2 ceremonial markers that were buried under some bushes that were removed. There is still some work to do, but we will continue to make sure that this memorial will remain a fitting tribute to our Vietnam Veteran Brothers and Sisters who have given their lives while serving in Vietnam.
In June, Chapter 1008 was invited by VVA Chapter 641 to join them for the monthly cleaning of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ("The Wall") in Washington, DC. We were very honored to be able to help do this, as it was a way to be able to pay our respects to the Brothers and Sisters whose names are inscribed on "The Wall." We have been invited to do this again this year, and we are looking forward to doing it.
Also in June, we were invited to hold our monthly meetings at Oak Leaf Manor (www.oakleafmanor.com). We accepted their gracious offer and held our first meeting there in September. Everyone at Oak Leaf Manor has treated us so well, that it seems at times that we are dreaming.
In October, we had our 2nd Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Meet & Greet at Oak Leaf Manor. The response was overwhelming, and we immediately said that we would have a Meet & Greet in 2014.
Our 6th Annual Veterans Day trip to The Wall was a big success, as we almost filled the bus. The weather was great, and the guest speaker at the ceremonies, Colin Powell, made it a very special day.
One of the most important things that happened to Chapter 1008 was the addition of many new members. We are always glad to have new members join, as this gives us the opportunity to say "Welcome Home," and thank you for becoming a part of our chapter.
Unfortunately, we lost a few members, who will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Brothers.
2014 will be even more exciting, as it seems our members are always ready to help make our chapter great. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
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