Oro Valley Post 132  Newsletter,  May 8, 2024.

Oro Valley Post 132 and Family activities/notices and information.

American Legion patch, gold and blue.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit emblem in blue god and white colors.
Meal plate with chicken wings, carrot sticks and potato salad.

Post and Auxiliary membership meetings:

Thursday, May 16, 6:30 pm at Vistoso Memorial Chapel, 2285 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley. A pre-meeting meal will be available from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm. This month we offer chicken wings, potato salad, and carrot sticks for a free will Donation. Meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. The Auxiliary Unit members meet in a separate room, same time, same location. Post POC: Gary Smith, phone 214-431-2187 or email  ovpost132@gmail.com.

Mark your calendar. Upcoming Dates, activities and events to remember:

National Nurses Week banner with blue background and white lettering.

May 6-12, National Nurses Week: 

May 6 is National Nurses Day and May 12 is International Nurses Day, in honor of the birth of Florence Nightingale, born May 12, 1820. It is a time to honor nurses, the bedrock of the medical field, for their dedication to serving our patients and our communities.  

Run for the Wall banner with United States flag in background.

May 16 – Run for the Wall: 

Run for the Wall is an annual event where motorcycle riders from across the country ride to Washington, D.C. to bring attention to the POW/MIA issue. The “Run” is separated into three cross-country routes. Each group adds riders as it travels across the country. The riders on the southern route stop for gas and a brief ceremony in Marana at the Circle K at eastbound exit #236 on May 16. The exit ramp will be lined with people waving American flags in a show of support. See you there. ETA at Circle K is 7:50 am. Check website www.rftw.us/  (Run for the Wall) for more information. The Run ends Saturday, May 25, with an 11 am staging at the Lincoln Memorial and then on to a service at the Vietnam Wall Memorial.

Happy Armed Forces Day banner with United States flay flying in the background.

May 18, Armed Forces Day:

Armed Forced Day pays tribute to the more than 2 million personnel serving in the United States Armed Forces; active duty, Reserves, and the National Guard. The United States Military is composed of six branches, including the Army, Air Force, Space Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The holiday unites the country behind the men and women who currently serve in the United States military.

National Maritime Day, United States Merchant Marine patch.

May 22, National Maritime Day:

We honor the thousands of dedicated merchant mariners serving on U.S. vessels around the world. The Merchant Marine motto is “In Peace and War”. During WWII, 733 Merchant Marine ships sunk due to enemy attacks and 9,521 Merchant Mariners died. A higher percentage of total served than any US military branch.

Past Activities and Information:

Two Auxiliary Unit members with stacks of donated items for Veterans Home.

March 26, Auxiliary Unit delivers supplies:

Members of the Oro Valley Auxiliary Unit 132, Rosie Gonzales and Ros Walton, delivered supplies to the Tucson State Veterans Home to restock the lounge. The lounge is a popular destination and “hang out” for the Veterans Home residents.

Post 132 members in uniform beside trailer with Post 132 banner for a local parade.

April 6, Oro Valley’s 50th Anniversary Parade:

Many members of the Post 132 Legion family participated in the 50th Anniversary parade. Some rode on the trailer, graciously loaned for the occasion by Post 132 member David Harkins, while others walked alongside the trailer which displayed the Post 132 banner. Dan McGregor provided the truck.

Award ceremony for three local students.

April 23, Pusch Ridge Christian Academy (PRCA) Award Ceremony:

Three students attending PRCA each received a certificate of Achievement for completing the American Legion State of Arizona Boys State and Girls State programs. Chase Hoel’s certificate was presented to him by Post members Larry McNamee, and Rick Cannatella. Angelee Crooks’ and Natalie Rhoads’ certificates were presented to them by Auxiliary Unit member Melani Pyland. It is a participatory program in which the delegates create and run a fictional 51st state including local, county and state government bodies. Chase was one of two Arizona Boys State delegates selected to attend Boys Nation, a week-long program in Washington, DC. where two delegates from each state convened.

Contact Information:

Facebook: Please like, follow, and share with others to help spread the word about our Post. www.facebook.com/ovamericanlegionPost132 Post.

Website: www.ovamericanlegion132.com.

Post Mailing address: Oro Valley Post 132, PO Box 69665, Oro Valley, AZ 85737.

Auxiliary Mailing Address: Auxiliary OV Unit 132, PO Box 69246, Oro Valley, AZ 85737.

Post 132 general information: Bob Franke, phone 520-909-2070.

Post 132 commander:  Steve Didio, phone 520-332-9481 or email stevedidio@comcast.net.

Squadron 132 commander: Ed Davis, phone 520-229-1064 or email egdavis@att.net.

Riders Chapter 132 Director: Jeff Fawks, phone 661-802-2596 or email DirectorALR132@gmail.com.

Service Officer: — Jeri Harwood, phone 208-351-9945 or email jjakita@aol.com.

Auxiliary Unit 132 president:  Lori Oehlert, phone 920-319-6700 or email 15oehlert@gmail.com.

Ed Davis, Past Commander/Newsletter Editor: phone 520-229-1064 or email egdavis@att.net.

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