20th anniversary celebration

As your Maine state ambassador for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, I will be representing the state of Maine and all Maine women veterans, active duty troops and National Guard/reservists who have served and are still serving our country at this celebration Oct. 20-22 in Washington, D.C.

The Women’s Memorial is located at the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery and is the only national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history. The Women’s Memorial documents the experiences of women and tells their stories of service, sacrifice and achievements; makes their contributions a visible part of our history; illustrates their partnership with men in defense of our nation; and serves as inspiration for others.

I encourage all women who have served or are still serving, and families of women who served and have passed away, to register their military service information on the Women’s Memorial. You can register online by visiting womensmemorial.org, or you can email or call me and I will mail you an application to submit via regular mail. There is no cost to register.

What we don’t record we lose. Over 2.5 million women have served in defense of America.  By registering your story or the story of a loved one, you are guaranteeing each woman’s story a permanent place in America’s history. Thank you for your support!

U.S. Navy: A powerful presence

Since its birth Oct. 13, 1775, the Navy has been involved in more than 10 major wars and countless battles in the effort to bring security, democracy, peace and prosperity to the American people. It has stood as a constant deterrent against international aggression, fought the good fight when necessary and acted as a willing source of assistance to those in crisis or need around the globe. Happy birthday, U.S. Navy and all our sailors serving around the world to protect our freedoms. Stay safe and thank you for your service!

Homeless Veteran Stand-Down

Connecting Maine’s homeless veterans to the Maine Veterans Administration (VA) and community resources: The VA Maine Healthcare System will host this 20th annual event Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Togus campus.

The following are provided free of charge: transportation from designated pick-up locations by the Disabled American Veterans, childcare, food and drinks, haircuts, boots and clothing, personal care items, health care services, women’s services, housing resources, employment and training resources, veteran benefits, legal services, tax advocacy, food stamp and MaineCare applications, flu shots, and HEP C and HIV testing (optional).

For more information, contact Gabrielle Farris at 623-8411, ext. 2802, or toll-free, 1-877-423-8263, ext. 2802.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Belfast Post 3108

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the VFW will host a Halloween Dance at their post, 34 Field St., Belfast, 7 to 11 p.m., featuring the Mainely Country Band. This non-smoking event is open to the public, with a costume contest, 50/50 raffle, spooktacular prizes and more. Tickets are $6 each in advance ($10 for couples) or $7.50 each at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, please stop by the VFW. You can also connect with the VFW on Facebook and “like” their page at Randall Collins VFW.

Joy Asuncion is an Honor Flight Maine board member, a Maine Troop Greeter and Maine State Ambassador for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. You can reach her at joyasuncion@roadrunner.com or 930-5640.