From: Jim Lukaszewski
Commander VFW Post 1287, Winona
This year marks two milestones in the history of this nation. 2013 marks the 60th year since an armistice was signed ending hostilities in Korea. Forty years have passed since combat operations were halted in Vietnam ending what was the longest war in United States history.
Both wars shared similarities. Both were waged in Asia against the Communist menace and for a variety of reasons grew to be increasingly unpopular at home. Neither ended positively, with Vietnam united under Communism and Korea existing divided. In both conflicts the U.S. military performed remarkably and heroically while adhering to international rules of engagement.
Recognizing these milestones will influence the themes of veterans events scheduled in the Winona area this year. The Veteranís Day committee has had two meetings this year. The theme of this years Veteranís Day program will recognize Korean veteransí service. The upcoming Memorial Day program will feature a Vietnam veteran. I urge everyone to attend both Memorial Day and Veteranís ceremonies and services. Both the American Legion and VFW Honor Guards will be performing military rites at several area cemeteries on Sunday. Plan to attend ,if possible. The schedules and sites will be posted in both local periodicals.
The state VFW is sponsoring a week-long motorcycle tour throughout the state, the purpose of which is to raise money which will be contributed to the construction of an interpretive and historical center at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. The Ride For Healing tour will be stopping in Winona on Tuesday May 28th. They will be arriving around 4:45 Tuesday afternoon at Veteranís Memorial Park. There will be a short program with an address given by a representative of the state VFW. Donations for the project will be accepted. Following the program local VFW Post 1287 will be hosting their regular burger night and will be providing reasonably priced food and refreshments. All Vietnam veterans, motorcycle riders and classic or vintage car enthusiasts are invited to attend.