August 2014 Newsletter

There were 10 members at the meeting on July 30, 2014.  Adjutant/Finance Officer Ned Brooks read the previous meeting's minutes which were accepted.  Ned also reported  $6,626.22  in the checking account.  There is no recent news concerning our member Jose Pequeno. Members voted to reimburse Ned  $177.00  for paying the Post's annual fee for the post office box and for stamps. The Vietnam Moving Wall is coming to Salem, NH from October 15th through the 19th.  A special day of Friday, October 17th was set aside for police officers and firefighters to attend.    Our Post will attend that day.   The time we will attend will be announced later and transportation will be provided if need be.  We also discussed providing refreshments for those veterans who are manning the Wall  24/7. As of this newsletter, Adjutant Ned Brooks reports about 50% of our members have already re-upped. If you haven't yet, please do it soon.  There typically seems to be that small single digit percentage of members we have to contact personally as the end of the year approaches. During this past month, our oldest member Charlie LaPierre (100yoa) past away.  Charlie was a World War II veteran and a retired Concord Police Officer.  Ned and others represented our post at Charlie's wake.   Charlie is also our first member who passed away since our post began nearly 13 years ago.   Click here to see his obituary from the Concord Monitor. On August 22nd, the Charron-Legion Award was presented at the graduation of the 164th Police Academy.  The recipient was Officer Ronald Cloutier of the Hudson Police Department.  Officer Cloutier is a retired Army first sergeant and was deployed several times into combat zones during his career.  Those presenting the award to Officer Cloutier were Jeremy's parents, Bob and Fran Charron, Service Officer Roger Ball and Commander Dave Hargreaves.  (See photos taken by Elena Ball) charronlegionaward1 charronlegionaward2 Also on August 22nd, the Commander and his wife, Jan, traveled to Epsom and placed Jeremy's wreath at the Short Falls sight.  It was 17 years ago on August 24th during the early morning hours that Jeremy was shot and passed away.   Included with the wreath is photos of Jeremy in his Epsom Police uniform and his Marine Corps uniform,  a brief biography of his life and the text for his Medal of Honor. charronwreath2 charronwreath1 Member Vinnie Baiocchetti wants the members to know about a Blue Knights Charity Raffle where the prizes are several firearms.  The first raffle takes place on September 1st and again on Mondays the next three weeks after until September 22nd. Good Luck to all who enter !! Jutras Post 43 Member Noel Taylor, who is the director of  100 Nights of Remembrance, is inviting all Legion Posts to participate in the closing ceremony of the event on September 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM at the Veterans' Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. Please note Ned's new phone number at the bottom of the page. Next meeting is Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Police Standards in Concord.