The Post is saddened by the loss of long-time member Bill Ream this past Wednesday. From his obituary:
William V. Ream, 69, of Lancaster, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at Harrisburg Hospital. Born in Elizabethtown, he was the son of the late Victor William and Anna DePue Ream. He and his wife, Dorothy Haines Ream, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in April.
Bill was employed in mechanical maintenance for Safe Hardware, Alumax, Playskool, and Anderson Pretzel Bakery; and served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Lions Club, the North American Hunting Club, Millersville VFW and the Mount Joy American Legion. Bill enjoyed fishing and hunting.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Robin Parker, wife of Donald R. Parker Jr., of Lancaster, and sons Erik Ream, husband of Janet, of Penobscot, Maine, and Victor Allen Ream, husband of Amie, of Lancaster; a sister, Ardella Knouff, of Lancaster, and a brother, Robert Ream, of East Petersburg. He is also survived by grandchildren Patrick and Clayton Parker, Brian and Erika Ream, 2 great-grandchildren Aubriannah Francis and Hunter Ream. He was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Batts.
Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Starts at 11am and goes until we sell out! This is our big fund raiser, so come early if you can help or come as close to 11 if you just want to get a delicious chicken dinner – but make sure you come!
We’ll also be hosting a bus load of veterans from the Veteran’s Hospital in Coatesville, and serving them is incredibly rewarding. Come out and lend a hand!
From LancasterOnline.com comes a heart-warming story of a local soldier sending birthday wishes to his wife:
What kind of special birthday gift can a young soldier get for his wife while he’s fighting in Afghanistan?
Spc. Zachary Kuhns of Marietta came up with an idea to make today special and memorable for his wife, Nykole.
With the help of a few local children and a friend with a camera, plus a lot of e-mails and telephone calls over the past several weeks, Kuhns asked to have his birthday greeting published in the newspaper today as a surprise for Nykole Kuhns’ 22nd birthday.
“I wanted something that would mean a lot to her and would last a lifetime,” Kuhns said, “something that was from the heart.”
Kuhns, 23, has been stationed with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in Kabul for nearly six months now.
His wife works for Lancaster County’s Office of Domestic Relations.
From the National Website:
As we recognize the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War this year, VFW has some special plans for our members who served there in 1950-53.
A few projects we’ve already undertaken include: creating certificates to formally and individually recognize their service; donating $25,000 to the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., to sponsor an exhibit honoring them, as well as providing copies of the June/July 2010 special Korean War-issue of VFW magazine; and reprinting the VFW-produced book Battles of the Korean War.
Our Korean War vets also will be honored at VFW’s national convention in Indianapolis this year with a chance to win a free trip to Washington, D.C.
During this convention, we encourage all our Korean War vets who served in the war zone from 1950-53 to stop by the VFW Emblem and Supply department booth and enter their names for a chance to spend Veterans Day in the nation’s capital.
We will select four winners—one (plus their spouse or guest) from each of VFW’s conferences. In addition to airfare and lodging in Washington from Nov. 10-12, the winners also will be treated to a dinner on Nov. 10 and be guests at ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and the Korean War Veterans Memorial on Nov. 11. Winners will be announced at the Business Session on Wednesday morning during the convention.
All our Korean War vet members who attend the convention this year will receive special recognition, and we want to make sure all attendees know their status as Korean War veterans. Their official name badges will include a special recognition ribbon identifying them as such. Attendees will notice signs publicizing these special ribbons, so make sure all Korean War veterans are aware of this.
Take a moment to acknowledge their service and thank them for their contributions.