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NH Veterans' Views with Al Heidenreich: Another season coming to a close

September 05. 2018 11:34PM

September continues to be a very busy month of events and news of interest (hopefully) to veterans and their families, so here we go again.

I must start off by expressing my thanks (and amazement) at the response from our readers for your kind words in person and by phone, email and letters. You will never know how much they mean and are appreciated.

This weekend marks the conclusion of the 100 Nights of Remembrance at both Mount Calvary Cemetery in west Manchester on Saturday (Sept. 8) and the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen (Sept. 9).

I will not attempt to elaborate on the Sunday event as that information was in an excellent front page article by Doug Alden in last Thursday’s Union Leader, Aug. 30, which you can bring up online (

The Saturday program at Mount Calvary starts at 6 p.m. and includes members of several veterans’ organizations including the Catholic War Veterans, William H. Jutras American Legion Post 43, the Henry J. Sweeney Post 2 fire squad, and VFW Post 8214. Taps will be played, and the Boy Scouts of America will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

If you are lucky, the master of ceremonies won’t talk too long. Fat chance. Stop by and say hello. Lawn chairs recommended.

Highlight on Frangis

Next weekend is the annual Glendi celebration when all of us want to be Greek (OK, maybe not all, but most) and take part in the fabulous ethnic festivities: food, music, food, dancing. Did I mention food?

You may not readily recognize the name Paul Frangis but the Greek community sure does.

Born in Manchester on March 28, 1925, he was a lifetime resident of the Queen City until his passing in 2007 at age 81. Mr. Frangis retired after more than 30 years with NYNEX and was an active member of the Greek community and held membership with VFW Post 9347. Fairly normal existence so far, right? Now fasten your seatbelt.

Paul served in the U.S. Army and volunteered for the Office of Strategic Services and the Special Reconnaissance Battalion, aka the Greek-American Operational Group. (Remember the World War II movie “O.S.S.” with Alan Ladd? Me too.)

The name Paul Frangis is on the Soldier Memorial Monument in Hellenic Army Park, Athens, Greece.

The monument reads: “In honor of the volunteers — Greek Americans, Greek immigrants and Americans — of Company C, 2671st Special Reconnaissance Battalion, U.S. Army, who, together with Greek resistance forces in 1944, fought for the liberation of Greece, the occupied land of their forebears.”

Now you know.

Vets Got Talent

Of course we have talent but you already knew that. Now comes the time to showcase it and support a super cause at the same time.

A group of volunteers is having fun putting on an event to raise awareness of PTSD and to raise funds to help the victims.

It’s called Vets Got Talent, and auditions are open to veterans and their immediate family members who sing, dance, do magic tricks, perform comedy routines and so on.

Auditions will take place at the Fireside Inn & Suites, Gilford, and are scheduled for the following times: Sunday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The show will take place Sunday, Nov. 11, at Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia at 6 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded and proceeds will benefit Camp Resilience in Gilford. More information:

On the calendar

Sept. 9: Happy Grandparents Day. (I often wonder how many grandparents receive cards on this day, especially ones actually written by the grandkids.) Also Rosh Hashanah.

Sept. 11: Patriot Day (national day of remembrance).

Sept. 12: Newly-elected American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad will be the guest of honor at a testimonial dinner at Henry J. Sweeney Post 2 on 251 Maple St. in Manchester. A social hour with appetizers starts at 6 p.m. The dinner menu includes baked ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, rolls and dessert. The cost is $15 per person. A great opportunity to extend a warm New Hampshire welcome! Information/tickets: 623-9145.

Sept. 13: Greatest poem/love song ever written, in 1814. Hint: Francis S.K.

Sept. 17: U.S. Constitution signed in 1787. (No, not Old Ironsides.)

Sept. 18: Happy 71st birthday, U.S. Air Force. Also, Yom Kippur begins.

Sept. 21: National POW/MIA Recognition Day. We must never forget.

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