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American Legion Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291
Legion Year 18 – 19 Newsletter No. 1
紐約華裔美國退伍軍人會會務簡訊
June 2018

Dear Legionnaires 親愛的會友:

Retired U.S. Navy Captain Richard Pusateri, Office of Military and Veterans Service Manager at John Jay College of Criminal Justice invited Commander Kenneth Wong and Executive Committeeman Lester Chang to be keynote speakers at the Asian Pacific Military Heritage Luncheon on April 26, 2018 at the Veterans Student Center. Also speaking on various topics centering on Asians in the military and involvement with American Legion were Adjutant Gabe Mui, Chaplain Philip Eng, Executive Committeemen Wilem Wong and Thomas Lee, member Thomas Ong, SAL Commander Corky Lee and Adjutant Harold Moy. Lester Chang is currently serving in the Navy Reserve and Commander Wong has served a combined 25 years in both active and reserve duty. They both shared their experiences of being Asian and their years in military service. They highlighted the good times, the struggles and their unwavering commitment to serve and were well received by the students.

For the second year, the US Army’s North East Medical Area Readiness Support Group (NE-MARSG) recognized the contributions of Chinese-Americans during Asian Pacific Heritage Month. They stressed that the Asian Pacific Americans have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work and service. Asian Pacific Americans have enhanced and shaped our nation’s character with centuries-old traditions. NE-MARSG especially emphasized the past and present contributions of Asian Pacific American men and women and the sacrifices they have made for the success of the military. They especially wanted to honor the Korean Veterans this year. Vice Commander Kai S. Chung and member, Retired Colonel William Chin, both Korean Veterans attended the celebration at NE-MARSG Headquarters at Fort Wadsworth on May 19, 2018 to share their military and American Legion experience with the soldiers and to receive a well deserved award.

The Legion and Auxiliary Legion Year 2018-2019 officers took their oaths on June 2nd, 2018. Please join us in congratulating them for a successful year. We would like to thank you for your support and trust. The officers’ installation took place in the Chairman Peter Woo Auditorium and many Legion and community leaders attended. Guests included Taipei Economical Cultural Office Ambassador Lily Hsu, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association President Eric Ng and three members of the Boston Chinatown Post. Commander Kenneth Wong completed his two years of service and proudly proclaimed the Post’s continuing success. He thanked the Past Commanders for their guidance, encouragement and also all of the officers’ cooperation to make his job much easier. He said he will always cherish his time as commander of Lt. Kimlau Post. Newly installed commander Antonio Chuy pledged to uphold the American Legion’s goals and principles and to carry on the fine traditions that were built before him. He made a point to recognize Chairman Peter Woo for his instrumental decision to purchase the post headquarters building to allow our post to continue to flourish. At the banquet, Commander Chuy saluted the active WWII veterans and Korean veterans in attendance; he also presented the Korean veterans with a patriotic shadow box that bears the name, rank and commendation medals they earned while they bravely served our nation.

 

紐約市約傑伊刑事司法學院退伍軍人學生服務中心負責人退役美國海軍上校李察付沙亞利邀請 本會黃建中主席,梅本立幹事,伍沃欽宗教主任,鄭永佳,黃伯聰,李振宏執行委員,鄧燦業會員,子弟部李揚國主席及梅仲興幹事參加在四月二十六日舉辦的亞太傳統月軍人午餐並講述有關 從軍及在美國退伍軍人會的服務,特邀請黃建中主席及鄭永佳執行委員以亞太裔服役經歷為主題 演說。鄭永佳執行委員仍服役於美國海軍預備役部隊而黃建中主席則有二十五年的海軍資歷,他 們對一班退伍軍人學生們講述他們軍旅生涯及亞太裔在軍隊中和其他族裔士兵交流經歷,美好的回憶和軍旅生涯的挑戰,奮鬥堅定不移的服務承諾,他們的演說受到學生熱烈歡迎。

為了表彰華裔軍人對國家作傑出貢獻,美國陸軍東北區醫療預備役司令部再一次邀請本會前往位於史丹頓島的話斯和庫軍營向駐扎該基地的軍人發表演說與現役軍人們交流個人及軍旅經歷並領取表揚獎狀。他們強調華人通過對家庭,信仰,勤奮和服務的堅定承諾,對國家產生了極大的影響。他們特別指出亞太裔在美國軍隊中付出的重大貢獻及犧牲。在今年的亞太傳統月,他們表揚參加韓戰的退伍軍人。在五月十九日,副主席李禎年及會員陳國添,退役前曾是陸軍上校,兩位在韓戰時服役的退伍軍人前往史丹頓島話斯和庫軍營述說他們在韓戰時的服役經歷及領取表揚狀。

本會新一屆的職員已於六月二日就職,我們衷心感謝大家的支持及信賴。在此祝全體職員勝任愉快及成功的新的一年。新一屆職員就職典禮在本會伍覺良董事長禮堂舉行,嘉賓眾多,包括台北經濟文化辦事處徐儷文大使,中華公所伍銳賢主席及僑界領袖,民選官員及來自波士頓華裔美國退伍軍人會代表親臨祝賀。黃建中主席卸任致詞感謝在過去兩年任職主席期間得到各位前任主席的寶貴提議及指導,並得到各科職員合作,群策群力,使到本會能全力繼續發展會務,蒸蒸日上。朱超然主席致就職詞強調將會繼續遵循美國退伍軍人會規章執行會務,大公無私,繼承本會曆年來建下的良好理念及基礎。朱超然主席特別贊揚前伍覺良董事長對本會的貢獻及領導有方,並感謝他為本會購置永久會址,創造良好根基,致本會能繼續發揚光大。他在晚上宴會中向在場的幾位二戰同袍致敬及向韓戰同袍送一個旗盒內有他們的軍旅勳章。

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