The Vietnam Veterans of America National Chapter of the Year - 1999 & 2007
President’s Message -
Greetings Brothers and Sisters,
Elections have occurred and you will have new officers to lead the greatest chapter there is come May 14th; so, this will be my last President’s message. Please join me in congratulating them!
Our chapter’s annual “Gary Lillie Recognition Dinner” happened last week, and from what I have heard, we had a fantastic turnout. This speaks a lot to the great work we do. Thank you to everyone who turned out to help setup, cook, and clean up. Thank you, Marv, for stepping in for me once again, and for handling the Recognition Dinner and program. The timing of Elections and the Recognition Dinner are always at the time of my two grandsons’ birthdays; so….this ‘Pops’ is with the family. Thank you all for understanding.
May is the month for remembrance. The chapter will have its Memorial Day celebration at the Washtenaw County Vietnam Memorial, as well as the Watch Fire the previous evening (Sunday). If you have never seen the flags being retired and the pride that this brings, I invite you to come join us at the Memorial Sunday evening to see the pride we all take in not just retiring our nation’s flag, but to hear the great remembrances we have for family and friends who have served. This time together brings us closer as a ‘family,’ as we have either served or knew someone who has served this wondrous nation. As I close, I would like to thank my fellow officers, Dave, Jon, Marv, and Del, for the work they have done for this chapter, and for covering for me in my various absences. You are the best! So on that note……it has been a great honor to serve you all. You are the greatest group around.
God Bless You All and May He keep You Safe, as you go about life!
God bless you and this wonderful nation!
Phil (Flip) Hecker
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