POST 5921 - Morton, Illinois
Welcome to our Post. We are very proud of the membership we have as well as our Post’s facility.
We are located at 2310 Veterans Rd, Morton, IL 61550 and currently have 130 associated members.
We meet every month at the Post Hall on the 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 PM.
Please come join us and become involved in our club. As well as the monthly meetings throughout the year, we also have many events at our post that we would welcome your participation in.
We look forward to seeing you at our next regular meeting.
We salute it, sing songs to it and many of us pledge our allegiance to it daily, today the U.S. government encourages all Americans to pause and pay tribute to the flag on its official holiday, June 14. In honor of the this year’s Flag Day, check out 13 interesting facts about the Stars and Stripes.
. 1. The Second Continental Congress first approved a national flag on June 14, 1777.
2. The idea of Flag Day is believed to have first originated in 1885 in Fredonia, Wisconsin when a school teacher began celebrating Flag Birthday.
3. Flag Day did not become official, however, until 1916. That year,President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that established a nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14.
4. The colors of Old Glory have meaning. Red stands for hardiness and valor. White symbolizes purity and innocence. Blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
5. Speaking of Old Glory, Captain William Driver, a ship-master of Salem, Massachusetts, coined that term in 1831 after some friends presented him with a 10-by-17-foot flag. At that point, there were twenty-four stars on our national banner.
￼6. There are specific rules for the display of the flag, including:
￼12. The military folds the flag with 13 folds, each with symbolic meaning.
13. Flag Day is observed nationwide, but Pennsylvania is the only state that recognizes it as a legal holiday.
When They bombed Tokyo 73 years
ago. They once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United States .. There were 80 of the Raiders in April 1942, when they carried out one of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation's history. The mere mention of their unit's name, in those years, would bring tears to the eyes of grateful Americans.
Now only four survive.
After Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, with the United States reeling and wounded, something dramatic was needed to turn the war effort around.
Even though there were no
friendly airfields close enough to Japan for the United States
to launch a retaliation, a daring plan was devised. Sixteen B-25s were modified so that they could take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. This had never before been tried -- sending such big, heavy bombers from a carrier.
The 16 five-man crews,
under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who
himself flew the lead plane off the USS Hornet, knew that they would not be able to return to the carrier.They would have to hit Japan and then hope to make it to China for a safe landing.
But on the day of the raid, the Japanese military caught wind of the plan. The Raiders were told that they would have to take off from much farther out in the Pacific Ocean than they had counted on. They were told that because of this they would not have enough fuel to make it to safety.
And those men went anyway.
They bombed Tokyo and then flew as far as they could. Four planes crash-landed; 11 more crews bailed out, and three of the Raiders died. Eight more were captured;three were executed.Another died of starvation in a Japanese prison camp.One crew made it to
The Doolittle Raiders sent a message from the United States to its enemies, and to the rest of the world: We will fight. And, no matter what it takes, we will win.
Of the 80 Raiders, 62 survived the war.They were celebrated as national heroes, models of bravery. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a motion picture based on the raid; "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," starring Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson, was a patriotic and emotional box-office hit, and the phrase became part of the national lexicon. In the movie-theater previews for the film, MGM proclaimed that it was presenting the story "with supreme pride."
Beginning in 1946, the surviving Raiders have held a reunion each April, to commemorate the mission.The reunion is in a different city each year. In 1959, the city of Tucson, Arizona, as a gesture of respect
and gratitude, presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of 80 silver
goblets. Each goblet was engraved with the name of a Raider.
Every year, a wooden display case bearing all 80 goblets is transported to the reunion city. Each time a Raider passes away, his goblet is turned upside down in the case at the next reunion, as his old friends bear solemn witness.
Also in the wooden case is a bottle of 1896 Hennessy Very Special cognac. The year is not happenstance: 1896 was when
Jimmy Doolittle was born.
There has always been a plan: When there are only two surviving Raiders, they would open the bottle, at last drink from it, and toast their comrades who preceded them in death.
As 2013 began, there were five living Raiders; then, in February, Tom Griffin passed away at age 96.
What a man he was. After bailing out of his plane over a mountainous Chinese forest after the Tokyo raid, he became ill with malaria, and almost died. When he recovered, he was sent to Europe to fly more combat missions. He was shot down, captured, and spent 22 months in a German prisoner of war camp.
The selflessness of these men, the sheer guts ... there was a passage in the Cincinnati Enquirer obituary for Mr. Griffin that, on the surface, had nothing to do with the war,but that was emblematic of the depth of his sense of duty and devotion:
"When his wife became ill and needed to go into a nursing home, he visited her every day. He walked from his house to the nursing home, fed his wife and at the end of the day brought home her clothes. At night, he washed and ironed her clothes. Then he walked them up to her room the next morning. He did that for three years
until her death in 2005."
So now, out of the original 80, only four Raiders remain: Dick Cole (Doolittle's co-pilot on the Tokyo raid), Robert Hite, Edward Saylor and David Thatcher.
All are in their 90s. They have decided that there are too few of
them for the public reunions to continue.
The events in Fort Walton Beach marked the end. It has come full circle; Florida's nearby Eglin Field was where the Raiders trained in secrecy for the Tokyo mission.
The town planned to do all it can to honor the men: a six-day celebration of their valor, including luncheons, a dinner and a parade.
Do the men ever wonder if those of us for whom they helped save the country have tended to it in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice? They don't talk about that, at least not around other people. But if you find yourself near Fort Walton Beach this week, and if you should encounter any of the Raiders, you might want to offer them a word of thanks. I can tell you from first hand observation that they appreciate hearing that they are remembered.
The men have decided that after this final public reunion they will wait until a later date -- sometime this year -- to get together once more, informally and in absolute privacy.
That is when they will open the bottle of brandy. The years are flowing by too swiftly now; they are not going to wait until there are only two of them.
They will fill the four remaining upturned goblets. And raise them in a toastto those who are gone.
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MONDAY - FRIDAY 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SATURDAY - NOON - 9 PM
SUNDAY - 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
WEDNESDAY - $6.00 Home Style Dinner
(served from 4:30- 7:00)
*Look below for the weekly menu*
Serving: 4:30 - 7:00
Please join us for dinner!
For more information:
Call - 266-5031
Hope to see you here for dinner.
*some menu items subject to change due to cook's choice
Be sure to brighten their day with a special wish on these members' birthdays!
Darrell G. Shallenberger 3
Thomas A. Myers 4
Robert J. Zobrist 11
Gary R. Clark 19
Robert J. Behrends 19
Leo D. Goodyear 21
Carl J. Fuller 23
August C. Witbracht 24