The Press Newspaper
I’m sorry to see that Millbury can’t afford to do the annual ox roast, but really…a gun raffle? You can’t tell me that there are that many farmers that need rifles for vermin? And, if hunters want to hunt so badly, let them buy their own guns.
What ever happened to selling tickets for a new TV, washing machine, free gas or groceries for a month, free dinners at some nice restaurants, etc?
You can’t tell me that there aren’t some of the larger businesses that could donate prizes for a fundraiser. The economy isn’t that bad. People still go out to eat, get expensive gas for their cars and buy groceries and appliances, etc.
Remind me to stay out of all these local fire department locations with a bunch of ill-advised people running around with guns, background check or not.
We’d like to first thank Duke Wheeler for sponsoring this event and to the entire Toledo Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Event committee for their coordination and promotional efforts for the event. This team’s support, hard work and dedication were essential to a successful event. Everything was so well planned, all bases were covered thoroughly and the promotional efforts were outstanding, which was evident by the tremendous turnout.
Things kicked off on Wednesday with an outstanding honor escort into Toledo. We’d like to thank the Toledo Express Airport for providing the staging location, those that coordinated the ride logistics and all that participated in the honor escort. A special thank you also goes out to Patriot Guard Riders, the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club and all other clubs involved with the ride – thank you. What a tremendous salute to our fallen heroes.
We’d like to thank the folks with International Park for providing the venue and to Brookwood Landscaping for donating the beautiful landscaping work that was done on-site to prepare for the Wall’s visit. A big thank you goes out to the many volunteers of all ages that assisted with set up and tear down, to the Locator volunteers that worked daily to assist the public with wall rubbings and locating loved ones’ names on the Wall, and to the Toledo Police Department for serving as the dedicated security personnel throughout the event. There were countless other volunteers involved with this event so a big thank you goes out to everyone involved. Without the hard work of so many, this event would not have been possible.
The many events that went on at the Wall were wonderful and a true testament to how patriotic the Toledo community is. It is obvious that your area understands and appreciates the true cost of freedom. To Mayor Bell and all ceremony participants, thank you for taking the time to be a part of this event. To those involved with the Veterans Resource Area on-site – thank you for showing your commitment and dedication to our veterans. To all local area businesses that contributed to honoring veterans in one way or another throughout the special week, thank you.
And most importantly – to all of active duty service men and women, to all veterans, to all Gold Star Mothers and Wives and to all Blue Star Families – thank you for your continued service and sacrifice to our country.
Thank you for welcoming us into your community and for taking the time to honor, respect and remember our active duty, veterans and fallen heroes.
We very much look forward to returning to Toledo in the future.