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Al Heidenreich's NH Veterans' Views: National commander gets a taste of NH

September 19. 2018 8:51PM

More and more of September (and summer) is appearing in the rear view mirror, but there are still a lot of events going on of interest to veterans and their families and I will try to keep you as informed as possible.

First, a most sincere thank you to all those who took part in running the 100 Nights of Remembrance ceremony at Mount Calvary Cemetery on Sept. 8. Everyone fulfilled their assignments very well and made my job easy.

Also many thanks to those who attended and stayed around for some very pleasant conversation. See you next May at the opening ceremony on Memorial Day 2019.

Visiting celebrity

I was among those who attended the testimonial reception and banquet in honor of the newly-elected National Commander of The American Legion, Brett Reistad, who is on a yearlong tour of the country to promote America’s largest veterans’ organization and its goals for the 2019 centennial celebration.

After the meal at Sweeney Post in Manchester, he briefly addressed the large gathering and was presented with a variety of New Hampshire products. He spent a long period of time above and beyond the call of duty signing autographs and posing for photos with any and all who requested.

A fine job (as per usual) was done by the volunteers of the Post in organizing the event. Special recognition goes to the hardworking and efficient “Kitchin’ Krew.”

Bring them back

Sept. 21 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day to remind us that we never cease our efforts to locate and bring back ALL of the many thousands of our comrades from all conflicts — Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action — until they are accounted for.

Many veterans’ organizations hold POW/MIA vigils, such as Jaffrey Post 11, which is hosting a 48-hour observance this weekend. Volunteers and visitors are welcome.

A hero’s sacrifice

William H. Jutras Post 43 will honor the memory of its namesake on Saturday, Sept. 22, with a ceremony and dinner at the Post hall in recognition of the 100th anniversary of his supreme sacrifice; he saved many of his comrades from certain annihilation on that date in 1918. Tickets for that event are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at 315-1876 and 540-2110.

A special salute and big thank you to Manchester Elks Lodge #146 for a generous donation to Liberty House, a home for homeless veterans in transition. Much needed and much appreciated!

Happy autumn (Sept. 22).

Al Heidenreich is past commander of Henry J. Sweeney American Legion Post 2. Write to Al with your questions and comments at


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