Loyalty Day observed in Nesquehoning
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS During the 2010 Loyalty Day Observance, awards were presented by VFW Post 8008 and auxiliary officials. Seated left to right are Ann Paulakovich- auxiliary member, Lori Grammes- social veteran,and Cathy Sommers- VFW Auxiliary president. Standing are Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, Home Association president Don DeMarco,Tom Kattner, accepting award for Michael Zavagansky,Jim Mulholland Jr- regular member, and Ted Dacey, VFW chaplain. Other award recipients who were unable to attend were Classic Beverage of Nesquehoning for the business award and Sean Flynn for theveteran social member award.
Members of the Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008 and its Ladies Auxiliary will never forget Loyalty Day on May 1. The post and auxiliary are the only ones in the four county area of District 20 who do a Loyalty Day Program.
This year the speaker was Home Association president, Don DeMarco, who has also served as post and District commander in the past. He commented that this day is loyalty to community and country. Loyalty Day serves as that specific occasion when all American Citizens should publicly reaffirm their complete loyalty to America demonstrating against individuals who advocate the overthrow of our government.
Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck read a proclamation from the community and Ted Dacey gave the Invocation as post chaplain. Everyone joined in the Star Spangled Banner.
Remarks were made by the combined efforts of Cathy Sommers, auxiliary president and Jim Mulholland Jr, the junior vice president.
Brian Sommers, commander,could not attend due to being out of town as well as senior vice president Walt Breiner who is serving in the military.
Hank Derosiers, Carbon County Veterans Affairs director,also could not attend because of another commitment.
The annual awards were presented to Mulholland, a regular member who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sean Flynn, a veteran social member and helped in remodeling the VFW without taking a penny, Ann Paulakovich, auxiliary member who performs many duties for the club, Lori Grammes, social veteran member, who is the daytime bartender and Michael Zavagansky who was attending his daughter's wedding, and Classic Beverage, business plaque who was also unable to attend but has saved the post a lot of money.
DeMarco welcomed home from the military, Craig Strohl, who will serve as the speaker at the Memorial Day service in front of the VFW.
The program concluded with everyone singing patriotic songs and refreshments followed.