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High Country Chapter Veterans Day Ceremony November 11, 2013

High Country Chapter Veterans Day Ceremony

November 11, 2013

* The High Country Chapter, MOAA, under the leadership of President Lt Col George Brudzinski, USMC-Ret. (right) has held a ceremony at the Boone Mall in Boone, NC every Memorial Day and Veterans Day for the past 7 years.

* The number of attendees at the ceremonies is always high due to the interest in the celebratory theme to honor our patriots, but also because of the strong commitment towards veterans in the most military friendly state...North Carolina.

* This years program attendance was the largest ever...following colors, the invocation, the recognition of attendees in the audience from WWII up to the present, and the introduction of guests, a program honoring the flag and military persons throughout American history was presented by Generation eXcellent, a group of 19 home-schooled children from Ashe County.

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Pictured in the thumbnails photographs:

The newly formed Watauga High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC presented the colors. The High Country Chapter was instrumental in helping to get this JROTC program established.

1st LT Seth Norris, High Country Chaplain gave the invocaion.

State Representative Jonathan Jordan, 1LT Norris, CAPT-Ret. Doug Ehrhardt, NC Council of Chapters VP, Congresswoman Virgina Foxx, Boone Town Council members Nathan Miller and Billy Kennedy, and Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson.

Generation eXcellent opens the program with a patiotic song, "I Love this Land".

Members of Generation eXcellent discuss the creation of the American Constitution.

Girls in period costumes decry the loss of loved ones in conflicts from the Revolution to modern day fighting in WWII, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Watauga Community Band played both before and after the program and made everyone feel a sense of pride through their patriotic selections.

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Veterans Day Parade Sponsored by the Sandhills MOAA Chapter November 9, 2013

Veterans Day Parade Sponsored by the Sandhills MOAA Chapter

November 9, 2013

* The Sandhills Chapter was instrumental in planning and execution of a parade - shown in the below video link. It was the first such parade in Southern Pines - and, as far as we know, Moore County - since 1923 when they had the last Armistice Day parade. A local businessman who helped us with online ticket sales for our concert made this video of the parade.

* Southern Pines, Aberdeen, and Pinehurst, NC, are small towns whose borders abut, forming essentially one contiguous community. In an effort to gain support for our concert from the three towns, we went to the town councils and briefed them on the project. All three agreed to provide assistance and support. The Southern Pines mayor suggested a parade which meant we had about two months to pull it together. Several organizations – VFW, VVA, DAV, American Legion, Masonic Lodge – pulled together to organize the parade. Our Chapter’s 1st VP (John Boesch - Co-chairman), 2nd VP (Tom Nesbit – Operations Director), and I (Admin Advisor) played key roles in organizing and executing the parade.

* Sandhills also arranged for the three mayors to sign a proclamation declaring 9-11 November “Veterans Weekend” which they signed at a press conference. As far as we can tell, it is the first time the mayors have signed a similar agreement for any event. We presented each mayor with a framed copy of the proclamation at the intermission during the concert.

* This was one of four events that the chapter sponsored over the weekend. The parade was on Saturday. On Sunday, 10 Nov, we held a patriotic pop concert at the local high school auditorium. It was well attended and a rousing success. We have been asked by numerous folks if we are having the band back for a concert next year and the Pinehurst mayor said “We need to have them back.”

* On Monday, 11 Nov at 1100 hours, we hosted the traditional Veterans Day Ceremony in the Pinehurst Village Hall with a full house attendance. The Chapter has hosted the ceremony for many years. The mayors of Pinehurst and Southern Pines were present as well as state representative Jamie Boles. This was the first time ever that the Southern Pines mayor has been in attendance and he has thanked me numerous times for the Chapter’s efforts toward the parade specifically and the weekend in general.

* Finally, at 1330 Monday afternoon, we hosted a Veterans Putting Challenge fund raiser for the DAV that was planned and executed by member Ed Cottrell (WWII vet), and directors Steve O’Brien and Jerry Townley. We had nine foursomes on the practice putting green at the local Mid Pines Golf Resort. Resort owner and golfing legend Peggy Kirk Bell was in attendance. Each foursome consisted of a veteran from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and a more recent conflict. The putting challenge raised about $10,000 for the Moore County DAV.

* Each event was hugely successful with good attendance and many compliments. Kudos to everyone who participated.

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Storming the Hill April 17, 2013

Storming the Hill

April 17, 2013

The North Carolina Council of Chapters President, LTC Robert Garman (shown at right with NC Senator Kay Hagan, Tammy Moore, MOAA Spouse Council Member, and COL Mike Rogers, USA, MOAA BOD member) participated in the annual MOAA Storming the Hill activities on April 17, 2013. Bob met with many of our state legislators and other representatives to carry MOAA's "One Powerful Voice" message to the decision makers in Congress, ensuring that they understood, and will support, the issues important to our military servicemembers, both retired and still serving.

Mouse over the thumbnail pictures to the right to see additional pictures from the full day of visiting the legislator's offices.

Pictured (L to R):

COL Mike Rogers, Tammy Moore, Representative David Price (NC04) and LTC Garman.

NC Representative Walter Jones' military legislative assistant, LTC Garman and COL Rogers.

Tammy Moore, Representative Price, and LTC Garman.

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New Hanover County Veterans Council Azalea Festival Parade April 13, 2013

New Hanover County Veterans Council Azalea Festival Parade

April 13, 2013

These photographs were taken by, or for, COL Jeri Graham, SENCLand Chapter President, and highlight the New Hanover County Veterans Council's participation in the Azalea Festival Parade honoring veterans on April 13, 2013.

Shown at right are COL Graham and COL Ed Baisden preparing to begin leading the parade.

Mouse over the thumbnail pictures at the right to see additional photographs from the parade.

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NCCOC - NC State Council “Convention at Sea” February 13-18, 2013

NCCOC - NC State Council “Convention at Sea”

February 13-18, 2013

* The North Carolina Council of Chapters “Convention at Sea” was held aboard the Carnival cruise liner Fantasy from February 13-18, 2013, and visited Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas.

* Click on the below link to see pictures from the memorable 5-day excursion…oh, yes, the Council did hold two business sessions during the cruise and heard, as well as participated, in a variety of interesting discussions from representatives of MOAA National who joined us on the cruise.

* The Council's appreciation is extended to MG Joseph Lynch, MOAA's General Counsel, and Col. Brian Anderson, MOAA's Deputy Director of Council and Chapters Affairs for their support during the 2013 “Convention at Sea”.

Link: Follow this link to see pictures from the cruise…

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Council Comments NCCOC Newsletter

Council Comments

NCCOC Newsletter

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North Carolina Council of Chapter Periodic Newsletters NC Council Chapter Newsletters, Chapter by Chapter

North Carolina Council of Chapter Periodic Newsletters

NC Council Chapter Newsletters, Chapter by Chapter

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