CHAPTER CHATTER

The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Lewis E. Ewing,  Editor
December 2016

Concert of Remembrance

     To honor and remember all of our military  and civilian personnel who were at Pearl  Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941 when planes from the Japanese Navy launched an unprovoked attack on our ships in the harbor and additional targets inland, Mrs. Beverly Clark, wife or our Dave Clark, will present a program of patriotic organ music at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Dec­

ember 7th beginning at  12:30  pm. 

      The  concert is free and is conducted in total silence for the congregation, giving them the opportunity to reflect on that horrific day. The Church is located at 115 Luray Avenue, Front Royal, VA. Please join us at this concert as we honor those men and women who were lost in the attack. If you have any questions, please contact Dave Clark by phone at 540-837-2657 or by email at declark193@gmail.com.

Honoring All Who Served

Continuing the annual custom of participating in the Veterans Day Service on November 11th at the Omps Funeral Home South in Winchester about two dozen Chapter #313 members, spou­ses and significant others, led by Commander Don Netschke, gathered on a cold, chilly day to respectfully honor those who have served our country. Gold Star spouses or parents, former POW's, current military and their family mem­bers also received special recognition from the overflow  crowd.

Retired Marine Phillip Parsons, serving as MC, introduced Mayor  Elizabeth  Minor  and  Freder­ick County Supervisor Robert Hess, who deliver­ed warm welcoming comments. The Key Note Speaker was Virginia's  29th District  Delegate,

Chris Collins, who also brought a message of great appreciation for all who have worn the uniform. Two of our members, Paul Campbell who gave the invocation and Ed Ellis, Captain of the Honor Guard also participated. Following  the program, lunch was served at American Legion Post #21.

Each year on Veterans Day, there are several events to which our members are  invited.

Along with our "regulars", many of our newer members attended and we encourage all of our members who can, to come out and enjoy this important occasion and camaraderie.

Submitted by Narce Caliva

COMMANDER'S COMMENTS (From page 1)

Whatever success we've had this past year starts from your contributions to this Chapter. Thank you one and all, it was my great honor to be your Commander this past year.

Be informed, that KWVA Chapter #313 is not just another Chapter.  We are recognized by our organization's highest levels and by the South Korean Embassy as a chapter they can depend on to support and perform when called upon. Let us not step back from this high honor that we have achieved by our hard work and commitment to be the  best.

With the holiday season upon us let us be very thankful that each of us contributed by our service of our country, that we help preserve  the things we cherish most as a free nation will be celebrated by a free nation.

With best wishes to all, Merry Christmas and a happy new year to each of you. May you be blessed with happiness and good health with this new year.  With sincere  gratitude.

                Donald E. Netschke, Commander