JULY MEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

A reminder that there is no July membership meetings. There are two events where you can have fun and volunteer your time to help two very special events. 

On Sat., July 9, members are needed to assist in the “Operation Zero” food tent to help clean the tables at various times throughout the day at Veterans Lake.  More about the event at their Facebook event site at https://www.facebook.com/events/1721245278070483

On Thurs, July 14, members are needed to assist at the Leo Luskey Annual Golf Tournament throughout the day at the Refuge Golf Course.  Contact MN DAV Chapter Commander, Bill Gordon either by phone or email if you can support either, or both, of these events at (320) 491-5665  wgordon2494@hotmail.com  More about the event at https://anoka39davmn.com/uncategorized/leo-luskey-6th-annual-golf-tournament/
Volunteers should arrive in your DAV-branded attire!

OPERATION DRY WATER

Operation Dry Water is a yearlong campaign, however, July 2-4 is Heightened Awareness and Enforcement Weekend! Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a campaign developed by The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) which looks to remove impaired operators from our nation’s waterways and helps spread awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence. NASBLA, working with state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies across the nation, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard.
Reminders to boaters: – Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in boater deaths. Never drink and boat! – The federal BAC limit for BUI is .08… the same as driving a car. Drunk boating is just as dangerous as drunk driving. How to get involved: – Flyers, brochures, social media information and more can be found on the Operation Dry Water website at https://www.nasbla.org/operationdrywater/home #neverBUI  #BoatSober

JUNETEENTH

Did you know the U.S. military helped create the Juneteenth holiday?  One of the federal government’s first attacks on slavery during the war was an “Act to Secure Freedom to All Persons Within the Territories of the United States,” passed on June 19, 1862.  Exactly three years later, Gen. Gordon Granger would sail into Galveston, Texas, to read the Emancipation Proclamation to the people of Texas.  The day would become known as “Juneteenth” and would be celebrated as a holiday — a second independence day — for former slaves.  On June 19, 1865, Granger read the words written by Abraham Lincoln in 1862. Texas was the last state in the defeated Confederacy to hear them. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.  Learn more at https://www.military.com/off-duty/how-us-military-helped-create-juneteenth-holiday.html Artwork: https://mutopejjohnson.blogspot.com/

HAPPY BIRTHDAY U.S. ARMY AND OLD GLORY

June 14 marks the 247th birthday of the United States Army and 245 years of Old Glory flying high.  The U.S. Army is two years older than the U.S. flag.  A resolution of the Continental Congress authorized 10 companies of riflemen on June 14, 1775, to establish the U.S. Army.  Two years later, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act and adopted the stars-and-stripes design as our nation’s flag. In 1949, President Harry Truman signed an act of Congress designating June 14 as National Flag Day.  Learn more about the U.S. Army’s 247th Birthday Celebration at https://www.army.mil/1775/index.html#hpways

JUNE 2022 CHAPTER & UNIT MEETINGS

MN DAV Chapter 39 & Auxiliary Unit 39 meetings will be held on Thurs., June 9, 2022, 6:30 PM at the VFW, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433. Chapter agenda includes Membership Drive (lifetime membership for Chapter 39 now $50) and an update on the upcoming 6th Annual Leo Luskey DAV Golf Tournament. 

THANK YOU

Thank you to all those who donated at our DAV Clothing Drive. “A salute” to County Market for the use of the parking lot and to all our MN DAV Chapter 39 volunteers! Proceeds for the collected items will support veterans and their families in Anoka and surrounding counties.