Below are a list of upcoming events that support the National League of POW/MIA Families and responsible public awareness of the POW/MIA issue. This list will be updated regularly so continue to check back periodically. If you would like to have your event added to the page, or if you have questions about an event listed, please send an email to our Office Administrator Leslie Swindells at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-465-7432. You can also find events and other news at our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-League-of-POWMIA-Families
And the winner is….Dawn Dempsey from Dubuque, IA!
Dawn is the winner of the raffle for the Name the Character in a new book by Gerri Krotow. Dawn has decided to honor her Grandfather, Charles G. Dempsey, a navy vet from WWII, as the character name in Geri’s book. “I can not express how very excited I am about the opportunity of naming a character in your book to be released next year. I plan on purchasing a copy for all of my siblings and their children, along with all of my cousins and relatives to my grandfather for the holidays next year. This is such an honor to my family and to all veterans. “
Thanks to Geri and her editor Paula Eykelhof (Executive Editor, Harlequin/Mira Books) for the thoughtful donation of a character name to be use in the raffle. And thanks to Dawn & everyone that bought raffle chances. A Navy Christmas is due out in November 2014.
To see other of Geri’s book or watch for this book to come out check out her website www.gerikrotow.com
Donate $1 to the National League of POW/MIA Families and get a chance to have your name appear as a character in NAVY CHRISTMAS, out November 2014
Geri Krotow, author of the Whidbey Island Series, is auctioning off a chance to have your name as a character in her upcoming book NAVY CHRISTMAS, out November, 2014. The raffle will start on Oct 1st, and the winner will be drawn on Dec 10th. All raffle chances must be received before Dec. 9, 2013. The drawing will be held at a Christmas POW/MIA fund-raiser in Dubuque, Iowa. The winner will be notified and mailed an autographed copy of the author’s current book, Navy Orders, donated by the author. Mail your name, address and phone number, along with $1 per chance, to Elaine Palen, POW/MIA Raffle, 2232 Suzanne Drive, Dubuque, IA 52002. For additional information, email email@example.com, with RAFFLE in the subject line.
To see more books from Geri please check out her website at: gerikrotow.com
Complementary Tickets for Armed Forces Bowl
This is an opportunity for you, as family members of POW/MIA veterans, to receive complimentary tickets for the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (BHAFB) Game, being held at the Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on December 30 2013. Bell Helicopter is one of more than 5,000 Partners of the 50th Vietnam War Anniversary Commemoration Commission, and they have graciously offered complimentary tickets to this annual televised event. By visiting their web site — http://www.armedforcesbowl.com/armed-forces-ticket-request, veterans, POW/MIA families and active duty personnel can request complimentary tickets. This event is also posted on the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration website – www.vietnamwar50th.com.
Veterans Day 11-11-2013
Veterans Day in the Nation’s Capitol
Chairman of the Board Ann Mills-Griffiths and Office Administrator Leslie Swindells (pictured in the East Wing Foyer) represented the League at the White House Veterans Day Breakfast. Yes, our POW/MIA Flag was flying proudly over the White House (see photo). In addition to veterans from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, 1st Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, senior military officers and enlisted representatives of all Services and veteran organization leaders, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of Veterans Affairs General Eric Shinseki, USA (Ret), were in attendance. President Obama and Vice President Biden held a receiving/photo-op line concluding the event in time for all to reach Veterans Day ceremonies held at Arlington National Cemetery and across the region and nation.
One such event, at the US Air Force Memorial, was co-hosted by the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) and the Air Force Association (AFA). Keynote speaker for the event was Lt Gen Stephen L. Hoog, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, preceded by remarks provided by retired Air Force General John A. Shaud, representing AFA, and retired Master Sgt Morgan Brown, AFSA. The event was concluded with a wreath-laying ceremony and playing of Taps.
July 26th, 27th, 28th 2013: Pocatello POW*MIA Awareness Association Motorcycle Rally (Pocatello, ID)
Come out and join the Pocatello POW*MIA Awareness Association in their annual Motorcycle Rally! This year’s event features a keynote address by National League of POW/MIA Families member and Returned POW, LtCol David Gray (USAF, Ret.). Gray served as a member of the Board of Directors for 20 years, most recently as the Vice Chairman. Participate in various competitions and events and enjoy musical performances on Saturday with bands including American Hitman and Snake Bones. To learn more about the Rally, events taking place, and accommodations, visit http://powmiarodeo.org/2013-rally-home/.
June 11th – 14th 2014: National League of POW/MIA Families 45th Annual Meeting (Arlington, VA)
Each year, the League hosts an annual meeting that brings together a wide spectrum of US officials to update the POW/MIA families, veterans, and other Americans on efforts being made and recent progress on the issue. The 2014 meeting will be held at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, from Thursday, June 12th through Saturday, June 15th. Registration will be done in advance with forms being sent by mail after the first of the year. Meeting credentials (name tag, materials, etc.) will be available for pick-up on June 11th after 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton Crystal City.
The meeting will again feature a boutique of items donated throughout the year such as jewelry, handmade items, quilts, scrapbooks, etc. Funds raised directly benefit the League and donors will be provided a letter acknowledging their donation for tax purposes.