by Juan Chavez
There are two significant events on the May calendar that warrant your attention.
First, our fourth annual JROTC Scholarship Awards Luncheon will be held on Friday the 18th of May 2018 at The Mash House Restaurant. We’ll be awarding seven scholarships to some of our brightest JROTC cadets. Our keynote speaker will be none other than NC State Representative John Szoka. As most of you know, John, an ardent public servant, is one of our chapter members.
All scholarship recipients, their parents, and their JROTC instructors are expected to attend. Being that our scholarship program is our primary philanthropic endeavor, I encourage all chapter members to attend and help us celebrate this event. Please RSVP to George Blanc NLT 14 May 2018.
Secondly, the long-awaited dedication of the new Global War on Terrorism Memorial at Freedom Memorial Park will take place on Memorial Day the 28th of May 2018. This is a long overdue tribute to our brave men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice in fighting terrorism worldwide since 9/11. The realization of this community undertaking was made possible by the consideration and generosity of our chapter members.
The ceremony begins at 1000 hours at Freedom Memorial Park in downtown Fayetteville. The keynote speaker will be General (Ret) Dan K. McNeill, another chapter member and a veteran of several global war on terrorism campaigns. Our chapter will participate in the wreath-laying part of the ceremony by laying a memorial wreath on the new monument. This will be a historic event for our chapter. Let us all honor our fallen comrades by attending this meaningful and moving patriotic ritual.
I take this opportunity to thank all of you for your unfailing support. Funding our ROTC Scholarship Program and the Global War on Terrorism Monument are two glowing examples of your commitment to our purpose.
Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers, especially our Gold Star Mothers, we love you!