MN DAV CHAPTER 39 UPCOMING EVENTS CANCELLED

MN DAV Chapter 39’s June 11 meeting has been cancelled. The DAV Minnesota State Convention has also been cancelled. Chapter clothing drive have been put on hold and the collection bins have been pulled. The 2020 Golf Tournament has also been cancelled. County Market June bagging fund raiser is also cancelled. The MN Chapter and Auxiliary Unit 39 Picnic on August 15 is pending. We are hoping the Chapter and Unit will be able to meet on August 13. If so, Chapter elections will be held at that time. We are still making masks for Veteran hospitals here in Minnesota. Stay safe and stay informed with Coronavirus news from MN and the VA at https://mn.gov/covid19/ and https://www.minneapolis.va.gov/

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT AIRS ON PBS

The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs on PBS Sunday, May 24, 2020, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. CST, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The concert will also be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert and available as Video on Demand, May 24 to June 7, 2020. Also participating in new and some past selected performances are members from the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Chorus, the U.S. Army Voices and Downrange, the Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.

MN STATE VETERAN CEMETERIES TO HOLD VIRTUAL MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM

Minnesota State Veteran Cemeteries will hold a virtual Memorial Day program.  Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with TPT – Twin Cities PBS to create a 30-minute Memorial Day program entitled “Always Remember: A Minnesota Tribute to Veterans we’ve lost,” that will be broadcast across the state on TPT’s Minnesota Channel at 7:30 p.m. CST on Monday, May 25.  “This year we will mark this special day in a new and different way, but with the same goal: to honor and pay our respects to Minnesota Veterans who have passed.”  More at https://www.tpt.org/always-remember-minnesota-tribute-veterans-weve-lost/ Pay tribute to someone who has given all. Honor a fallen hero by adding their photo and words of remembrance to the DAV Honor Wall Mosaic at https://www.davhonorwall.org/?utm_source=facebook-instagram&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=dav-honor-wall&utm_content=seeding-carousel-1

CHAPTER EVENTS UPDATE PER COVID-19 PANDEMIC

MN DAV Chapter 39 meetings have been cancelled per MN State COVID-19 stay at home order effective from March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to May 17 at 11:59 p.m. Details at https://mn.gov/…/for-minnesot…/stay-home-order/faq/index.jsp While the MN DAV State Convention has been planned for June 26, it will probably be rescheduled as it exceeds public meetings of more than 50 people, per CDC and MN State COVID-19 safety guidelines. Update coming soon. Clothing drives have been cancelled, along with removal of clothing collection bins, until an outlet returns to process the collected items. More than 40,000 pounds of clothing is currently being stored in trailers and chapter and unit member garages. Dollar Day bagging fund-raiser, scheduled for June 10, is pending updated COVID-19 safety recommendations. Check back for updated details. The July 2020 Golf Tournament has been cancelled and the tournament committee is already making plans for the July 2021 major fund-raiser. The Anoka County Veterans Picnic scheduled for May 23 is pending updated COVID 19 regulatory guidance. Check back for update. MN Chapter 39 and Unit 39 have been busy making needed masks for Minneapolis and St. Cloud VA hospital volunteers and veterans. Teaming up with groups from Grand Rapids, Elk River, and Rogers, our goal is to make 4,000 masks. If interested in participating call the Chapter adjutant.

ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT CANCELLED

The MN DAV Chapter 39 Golf Tournament scheduled for July 2020 has been cancelled. The Chapter’s golf committee reports it is looking forward to the next tournament on July 8, 2021. Additional details coming. Special thanks to Terry Plaster and all the volunteers who’ll meet on a regular basis throughout the year to make this one of the most successful annual fundraising events of the year. #100ActsOfHonor

FEVER, COUGH, & SHORTNESS OF BREATH? CALL FIRST!

A Reminder to Minnesota Veterans…. If you have these symptoms: Fever 101 F or above,  cough, and shortness of breath The VA Health Care System asks that you call FIRST if feeling ill:

Minneapolis: 612-467-1100

Fargo: 701-239-3700 extension 2319

St. Cloud: 320-252-1670 or 800-247-1739

Sioux Falls: 605-336-3230 or 605-336-5001

The medical staff will advise you on next steps based on your symptoms. In a medical emergency, call 911.

NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY

National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29 honors the men and women who served and sacrificed during the longest conflict in United States history.

On March 29, 1973, combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. Generations later, Veterans of this time period are gaining the respect that was not so freely given upon their return. Involving five U.S. presidents, crossing nearly two decades and 500,000 U.S.military personnel, it left an indelible mark on the American psyche.

Returning veterans did not always receive respectful welcomes upon their arrival on American soil. Over 58,000 killed, never to return. The observance recognizes the military service of these men and women who answered the call to serve their country when she needed them. They didn’t make the decisions to go to war.

Throughout the observance, we recognize the service and duty rendered by all servicemen and women of this era.

NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY HISTORY

U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., introduced legislation in 2017 to honor Vietnam Veterans with a day on the anniversary of the withdrawal of military units from South Vietnam.  President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Day Act on March 28, 2017, calling for U.S. flags to be flown on March 29 for those who served.

MN DAV ANOKA CHAPTER 39 MEETING AND EVENTS UPDATE

Following the guidelines by National and Minnesota DAV, Anoka Chapter 39 and Auxiliary Unit 39 will NOT be holding an April meeting.  MN DAV Chapter 39 officer elections will be postponed until May 14 (pending Coronavirus health status). The Department Convention on May 7th has been rescheduled for June 26.  It will only be a one-day convention.  Details are in the making.  The first clothing drive scheduled for April 25 & 26 at Cub Food in Coon Rapids HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  Veterans Day on Hill HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  We are hoping everyone is safe, staying healthy and abiding by the Governor’s COVID-19 guidelines.