NC-5; I have been the president for a whole year now, and boy have we been busy. We have had a great year with many significant events that stand out in my mind. First, was a great showing of our town for last year’s Veterans Day parade. Then there was the tall pile of stuffed animals that covered the floor at the Onslow County Hospital for our Care Bear Ride in early December. The tear-filled eyes of our veterans in the Fayetteville State Veterans Home, as we handed them a hand drawn Christmas cards from Carolina Forest Middle School. A 105 year old veteran was sitting in the hallway reading his handmade card, crying that some child cared enough to make a Christmas card, thanking him for his service and their freedom.
We have lost a few friends and gained new ones. Several have been sick but have recovered, and others are sick now, so we pause to pray for them, asking for healing from our Lord.
Last year, I challenged our membership to step up and take an active role in the chapter. To do just one more thing then you did in the past. Because of your efforts, we are stronger together. We all appreciate those who accepted that challenge, which enabled us to accomplish more. Some members made themselves available for positions in the chapter during the elections, and are now in new positions. Some just decided to be more available during events, and overall more of you have been helping during events. As we look at the New Year, I hope you will do even more this coming year. Our chapter depends on your membership. You chose POW/MIA Issues to be the one you wanted to support so I ask you now to check your personal list: is it still something you want to support? As you know, Rolling Thunders mission is more than meetings and riding for events, it is your time, effort, money, gas and belief. It is more than the minimum 3 meeting and 3 events a year.
Decide to be more this year than the last. Be an active member. Continue to be NC-5 proud.
Your President Dave
I wish Americans heard more about our missing comrades, and the search for them. While held captive, I found inspiration in a quote etched on a wall by a former POW that read, “Freedom has a taste to it that those who fight and nearly die for it that the protected will never know.” -U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03)