LIVING HISTORY PASSING THE TORCH OF LIBERTY ON TO FUTURE GENERATIONS
QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER VOL. 1 NO. 3, MAY 2016
From the first time that I met with Jack Hammett, Chairman, I was impressed with his work ethic, enthusiasm, and energy for his Freedom Committee of Orange County. He was a young man of 87 years. He firmly believed that his veterans had a duty to pass on the message of duty and sacrifice to the younger generation. We could not expect this generation to, “take care of our country” if the veterans shirked their duty. I am blessed to be surrounded by a platoon of volunteers: veteran and civilian, who bel ieve in our program. The Board of Directors, all volunteers, veterans, meet three times a year, and guides the actions and affairs of the corporation. Our Executive Committee, all volunteers, meets monthly and implements our programs: financial, schools, speaker program, civic & business, veteran qualification, schools South County, applications, recruitment, transportation, audio, video and website, and the monthly public meeting. At our public meetings, you are welcomed by our volunteer associate members. We have a monthly public meeting for special presentations by our veterans. In the first quarter of 2016 we have had three presentations:
Specialist James Pinnix, “A Corpsman in Vietnam,” USMC, Corpsman, Vietnam War, lead the year off with his tour of duty in Vietnam in the midsixties.
Capt. Robert Olds, USN, Aviator & Ships Captain,and the Cold War, presented his personal story, “AntiSubmarine (Chasing Russian Subs)” took us on a journey from the Great Depression to the Arctic chasing Russian submarines.
Robert Davis, WWII, AAC, B24 gunner, “Flak, Fighters, and Boiled Potatoes,” took us on a journey from his hometown in Spring field, Illinois, to Stalag Luft VI and a forced 800 mile march.
The Freedom Committee of Orange County’s monthly meeting averages 125 in attendance. As the 2016 Memorial Day approaches we are mindful of the sacrifices made by our men and women of the U nited States of America Armed Forces who died serving their country.
On Monday, May 30, 2016, The Freedom Committee of Orange County will coordinate the 62nd Memorial Day Services at Harbor Lawn Mt. Olive Memorial Park and Mortuary, 1625 Gisler Ave., Costa Mesa, CA. The services begin at 11:00 A.M. I hope to see you, your family and your guests there!