By Butch Hicks
The Greenbelt American Legion Post 136 Family hosted a visit by more than 60 Puerto Rican veterans and associates on April 12. The veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam were participating in the Honor Flight Network. The Department of Defense describes Honor Flights as an opportunity to honor and thank the Americans who secured our freedom by bringing them to the nation’s capital to see the memorials that commemorate their service.
Mike Moore, Post 136 adjutant and former commander, said Post 136 was proud to provide a trip respite for the veterans. “Post 136 and the Greenbelt community honor veterans during annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies,” he said. “This was another opportunity for the American Legion Family and the Greenbelt and surrounding communities to show appreciation for veterans’ service to their country.” Post 136 staff and community visitors greeted the two busloads of veterans with many “Thank you for your service” comments.
Butch Hicks is second vice commander of Greenbelt American Legion Post 136, and a Navy veteran. As the public affairs coordinator for the post, he reports to local news outlets activities involving Post 136 and community support, veterans recognition events such as community public events on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, and other functions.