CHAPTER CHATTER

The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Paul E. Bombardier,  Editor
    February, 2019

From The Commander  (Cont.)                               

Upcoming Events Schedule.

We’re just getting started this year, but I want to bring information to you of several opportunities to honor your service. 

First, the Top of Virginia Honor flight from Winchester is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th.  Contact telephone number is 540-692-9197, Director is Dianne Klop.  This is a full day’s trip staring with a light breakfast at Shenandoah University and then by bus to D. C. to see memorials, Arlington cemetery, changing of the guard.  On returning to Winchester, dinner will be served at the Student Union of Shenandoah University.  You’ll be taken back by how you are received at the memorials and the events in Winchester.

Secondly, we now have the 2019 Revisit Korea dates, they are:

June 22 – 28            Annual “6/25”                  Commemoration

July 24 – 30              Armistice Commemoration

Sept 25 – Oct 1       Chosin/Changjin Commemoration

Oct 20 – 26               UN Commemoration Seoul and Busan

Nov 8 – 14                Seoul and Busan (Turn toward Busan” Commemoration)

  • A change – Length of time between revisits reduced from five years to three

  • One veteran and one companion         

  • The widow or descendant of a deceased veteran eligible

  • All expensed in Korea paid for. 1/2 the veteran and 1/3 of the companion air paid for.

(Reimbursed in Korea)

  • A doctor’s certificate of being able to travel is required

  • Those not registered should go to the web site miltours.com or KWVA.org fill out and submit a registration form.  They always select “First come, first served!”

Note:  Registration Forms are also in the current issue of all “Graybeards”.

For additional information email Jamie Wiedhahn at jwiedhahn@miltours.com.

I was fortunate enough to go on the Revisit Korea trip last September with my oldest son.  I can’t tell you how amazing the trip was and the reception by the Korean citizens.

  We both were struck by the sincerity and thankfulness of the Koreans we encountered. 

The bus we were riding had a large sign denoting that we were returning Korean veterans, and when the bus would be stopped in traffic you could see Korean citizens applauding from the sidewalks.

 

  Amazing doesn’t really cover everything.  If you haven’t taken advantage of either these opportunities, please give them your utmost thought and consideration.  You won’t be sorry.