Will Sudduth introduced former member Dave Freyling to give us a
presentation on multiple veteran’s organizations in Macon County. He
first touted the Macon County Honor Guard that reorganized in 1995 by
the VFW and American Legion to provide a flag ceremony and 21-gun salute
at memorial services at gravesites for deceased veterans. Some weeks
they may participate in up to seven burials. The funeral homes in Macon
County immediately donated funds to provide uniforms and vans and the
DAV matched their donations.
One of Dave’s passions is flag flying etiquette. He handed out a
brochure “Our Flag” that contained flag history, tradition and proper
display. He told of a problem he had convincing St. Mary’s to properly
display three flags on in line poles - either the American flag should
be on the left when observed from in front of the building or on the
center pole if it is the highest pole.
Dave described the services provided by the Veteran’s Commission office
in the County Building where two employees or volunteers help veterans
obtain military records to allow access to VA services, especially
medical services. Volunteers drive patients each week to the Danville VA
Hospital leaving at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Dave
feels that a few veterans try to ‘work the system’ and I reported that
my daughter, Jill, who works in a consulting position in the VA,
recently confirmed that the recent flap about delayed appointments
exists in some VA hospitals and that hospital authorities in a few have
falsified records. She helped a team in D.C. develop a better reporting
system. But Dave is against privatizing VA services.
Dave ended his talk by discussing the WW2 monument at the Civic Center
that has a solid granite centerpiece of the world. He told us that
unthinking people sometimes desecrate the monument by leaving trash on
it, especially during the Decatur Celebration. Recently they discovered
that the world had cracked; the original manufacturer has agreed to
replace it at no cost. There are a few heroes left in this world. Thanks
for sharing this review of just one more Decatur Advantage, Dave.
– Regular meeting at 7:00 a.m. at Scovill Golf Course Banquet
– Elephant Ear Trailer cleanup at 9:00 a.m. at Mark Kennedy’s
– Board meeting at 6:50 a.m. at Perkin’s
– Great Lakes Regional Convention in Chicago
VP Hugh Rowden had no report except to tell us that today he and
Linda are celebrating their 44th anniversary. Look forward to an
October hot-dog roast at Steve and Pam Wentworth’s country farm
17 members and two guests, Alex Prather’s granddaughter, Cloe, and
Norm Jensen’s friend from Millikin, Jim Watson, also an active member of the
Golden K Kiwanis Club, enjoyed our regular breakfast meeting at Scovill Golf
Course Banquet Facility. Chuck Shonkwiler presided and read some quotes
about life’s strange situations. He told us he and Sid are headed to Greece
in early September to see their daughter and son-in-law. I noted that Verlyn
and I are headed for Asheville, NC next Thursday to visit Paul’s brother and
his wife, who is under hospice care. Norm Jensen invited us again to his
50th wedding anniversary celebration at his and Lori’s new home at 145 N
Oakcrest from 2:00 – 4:00, tomorrow, August 16. Rev. Miley Palmer will lead
a brief ‘House Blessing’ at 1:30. Mike Boliek reported that Steve Wentworth
had recovered sufficiently to play a round of golf (no doubt riding in a
cart) and had beaten him. Mick Hoehne reminded us that it was only 18 weeks
until Christmas! Duh!
VP Will Sudduth announced that next Friday, August 22, Dave
Shields has invited RN Ann Scott, to speak about organ donations. On
August 29 we’ll socialize. Here are September assignments: 5 – Norm
Jensen; 12 – Mick Hoehne; 19 – Stu Hawbaker; 26 – Social meeting.
VP Lance Gauble
was absent. Let’s bring more guests every week.
Deputy Sheriff Mike Borders immediately asked an interesting trivia
question: “How many people in the U. S. were killed by sharks in the
1990-2000 decade?” The third person asked correctly guessed two.
Mike asked our speaker, Dave Freyling, to make one person happy and
18 sad by drawing out the winning 50/50 badge. Mike Boliek won the
drawing for the second week in a row. Maybe he ought to head for Las
VP Norm Jensen
announced that he’d like to have a small crew help him clean the
trailer at 9:00 a.
m. at Mark Kennedy’s storage building. He reported that
Tom Smith had recently fitted hearing aids for one of our
recipients and made that person very happy.
JOIN THE MARINES
From a Kentucky farm kid in marines now at the San Diego Marine
Corps recruit training center.
Dear Ma and Pa, I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and
Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a
mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are
filled. I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till
nearly 6 a.m. But, I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt
and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine
some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to
split, fire to lay. Practically nothing! Men got to shave; but it is
not so bad, there's warm water.
Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs,
bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried
eggplant, pie and other regular food. But tell Walt and Elmer, you
can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food,
plus yours, holds you until noon, when you get fed again. It's no
wonder these city boys can't walk much. We go on 'route marches',
which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he
thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A 'route march'
is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get
sore feet and we all ride back to camp in trucks.
The sergeant is like a schoolteacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is
like the school Board - does nothing. Majors and Colonels just ride
around and frown. They don't bother you none. This next will kill
Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I
don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and
don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like them Higgett boys at
home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit the
bulls-eye. You don't even load your own cartridges. They come in
Then, we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get
to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though,
they break real easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at
home. I'm about the best they got in this, except for that Tug
Jordan, from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once. He joined up
the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6' and 130 pounds and he's 6'8'
and near 300 pounds dry.
Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other
fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.
Your loving daughter, Alice