American Legion Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291
Legion Year 17 – 18 Newsletter No. 3
Dear Legionnaires 親愛的會友：
We sincerely hope the Holiday Season brought everyone good health and happiness. The Lunar New Year is right around the corner and we wish you and your families a happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous New Year, the year of the Dog.
“Family First” is National Commander Denise Rohan’s theme and focal point for the year. She asked the Legion posts to open their doors to veterans and their communities for Legion family dinners on and around Veteran’s Day. Our post had the extreme honor to host a Veteran’s Day dinner attended by both the National Commander Denise Rohan and the Department Commander Rena Nessler. Commander Rohan said the American Legion is indeed a family, one similar to those formed during military service. “When we went through basic training, we learned…that we may have our own personal families at home, but we also have a new family in our brothers and sisters within our rank.” We got new family members every place we went.
Thirty-five midshipmen of the Chinese Cultural Club from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland also attended our Veteran’s Day dinner. They have been visiting our post around Veteran’s Day weekend for four years. They also joined us at “America’s Parade” hosted by the United War Veterans on Fifth Avenue on Veteran’s Day. The Auxiliary and Sons of American Legion members also attended the buffet dinner. It was truly a “Family First” dinner.
We are sad to see the dwindling of our World War II Veterans; the “Greatest Generation” is leaving us rapidly. We need to do all we can to thank them for their bravery in defending our freedom while they are still here with us. The American Legion Lt. B. R. Kimlau Post 1291 is working with the Chinese American Citizen Alliance Greater New York (CACAGNY) to advocate on Legislature Bills S.1050 in the US Senate and the H.R. 2358 in the US House of Representatives, the Chinese-American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act. The Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by Congress and is the highest civilian award in the United States. The Bills were introduced to award a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of the 20,000 Chinese American men and women who served in the U. S. Armed Services during World War II. During the Post’s Thanksgiving lunch celebration, our Post together with CACAGNY recognized several students from Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech High School for their efforts that led to both US Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand from New York State to become sponsors of the bills. These bills are already backed by many Senators and House Representatives including Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Representative Grace Meng of New York.
It is welcome news that a few young members have responded to our desperate call for reinforcement of the Post Color Guard Unit. This proud unit has been dwindling due to some of our long time members reaching advanced age and not being able to carry out their duties. The unit is still in need of a few more members. The Post realizes the cost of the color guard uniform is substantial; a reimbursement program to offset the cost has been instituted for many years. If you are interested in joining this proud and patriotic unit, please contact Post Headquarters for more information.
We sincerely thank the families of John H. Wong, Past Commander Lester Fong, Raymond Chung, Kien Pang Gee and Samuel Hom for making donations to create scholarships in memory of our long time members. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage members and member’s progeny for higher education. The “John H. Wong Memorial Scholarship” of $1,000, in its second year of a five year program was awarded to Katherine Chew, granddaughter of Jue Wing Chew. The “Raymond Chung Memorial Scholarship” of $1,000 was awarded to Kathleen Eng, daughter of Hon. Judge Randall Eng.
The “PC Lester Fong Memorial Scholarship” of $1,000 was awarded to Samantha Louis, granddaughter of Jack Y. F. Ng. The “Kien Pang Gee Memorial Scholarship” of $1,000 was awarded to Natalie Louie, granddaughter of Thomas Louie. The “Samual Hom Memorial Scholarship” of $500 was awarded to Alexander Mattingly, grandson of Jack Chu.
We were pleased to hand out the above awards, as well as the Post Scholarship awards to nine well deserving recipients (each receiving $500) during the recent Post annual Christmas party. We would like to congratulate them on their outstanding achievement and wish them continued success in their future endeavors. We also handed out five Robert S. Wong Chinese Study Scholarship Awards. All award recipients completed a certified course in Chinese Study. Please note that the post has revised the scholarship application period to allow students to submit their scholarship applications from January 1st to August 31st.
「家庭為主」是全國退伍軍人總會主席迪妮斯、羅翰在任內的主題和重點。她要求各退伍軍人會 在軍人節款待退伍軍人及社區人士。本會非常榮幸全國退伍軍人總主席迪妮斯、羅翰及紐約州總 會主席雷納、奈斯勒聯同參加本會軍人節晚餐。羅翰主席對我們說，退伍軍人會確是一個大家 庭，一個很像我們受軍訓及服役期間的一個大家庭，雖然我們各有自己的家人，但我們新的大家 庭便是我們一齊服役的同袍。當我們每到一個新軍營，那裹的同袍便是我們的新家庭。
海軍軍官學校的中文文化交流學會繼以往四年來再一次派三十五位會員在退伍軍人節拜訪及參加 本會款待總會主席自助晚餐，他們受到本會熱烈歡迎並隨同本會會員參加在十一月十一日曼哈頓 五大道由紐約退伍軍人同盟會主辦的美國軍人節遊行。參加這自助晚餐包括婦女會及子弟部很多 成員，這正是名符其實的「家庭為主」的餐會。
我們非常感嘆目睹第二次世界大戰退伍軍人，「最偉大的一代」正在迅速離我們而去。我們需要 盡己所能來感謝他們對國家的貢獻反為捍衛自由的犧牲。紐約華裔美國退伍軍人會與紐約同源會 合作極力推薦國會參議院提倡的S.1050 法案及眾議院提倡的HR.2358 法案，第二次世界大戰美國 華裔退伍軍人國會金章法案。這個國會金章是美國公民可以獲得的最高榮譽的勳章。設立這法案 的目的是為了表彰曾參加第二次世界大戰二萬多華裔退伍軍人的忠勇勳績。紐約華裔美國退伍軍 人會與紐約同源會在本會感恩節午餐宴會中特別頒發獎狀給幾位來自史代文森，布朗市科技及享 特科學院的高中學生，以表揚他們努力徵集上千個簽名支持這國會法案，導致紐約州兩位參議員 舒默及陸天娜也成為這法案的支持者。國會金章法案是由伊利諾州國會參議員譚美、德窩芙，紐 約州國會眾議員孟昭文及其他參議員，眾議員聯合推薦，已經獲得很多國會參議員及眾議員支持。
Pentagon to Open Online Exchange Shopping to Vets in 2017
A Defense Department retail board has given the green light to a plan to open online exchange shopping to all honorably discharged veterans, with hopes of starting the program on Veterans Day in 2017.
To get started, please visit the site to register:
The Exchange is excited to welcome Veterans of all United States Armed Forces as part of the Veterans online shopping benefit. We will soon be able to serve you through the lifelong shopping privileges you’ve rightfully earned.