Jayhawk Chapter
TROA Newsletter


This newsletter is published by the Jayhawk Chapter of Kansas, The Retired Officers Association, as a service to all members.  The Jayhawk emblem is used with the permission of the registered trademark owner, the University of Kansas.  Publication is made at bimonthly intervals.  The newsletter is only as good as the material available, so each member is requested to forward news and other items of interest to the editor or one of the service editors.

January Speaker:

     Major General Greg Gardner will speak on

     "Homeland Security"

President's Corner

by George Schaeffer  

Veterans Day, It's Origins

     In 1921, an unknown WWI American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, became the focal point of reverence for America's veterans. 
     Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation's highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of WWI fighting at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as "Armistice Day." 
     Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later by similar Congressional action. A proposal made by Rep. Edwin K. Rees of Kansas: Change Armistice Day to Veterans Day, and make it an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. 

Thank you for serving.





Volume XIII, Issue 1 
January 1, 2003
  CAPT. George Schaeffer, USN (Ret)
1st Vice-President:
  COL. Charles Heller, USA (Ret)
2nd Vice-President:
  LCOL. Stanley Sneegas, USAF (Ret)
  LCOL. Jeffery Heeb, USAFR (Ret)
  CAPT. Buck Newsom, USN (Ret)
  CAPT. Jerry Nossaman, USNR (Ret)
  COL. Jeff Hambleton, USAFR (Ret)
  CDR. David Laury, USNR (Ret)
  COL. John Mosher, USAFR
  CAPT. Herschel Stroud, USAF (Ret)
  CDR. Frank Taylor, USN (Ret)
Newsletter Editor:
  COL. John Halladay, AUS (Ret)
Web Master:
  CAPT. George Schaeffer, USN (Ret)
Inside this issue:
 January Speaker 1
 President's message 1
 Jayhawk Chapter News 2
 Army News 3
 Navy News 3
 Air Force News 4
 TROA Legislative Updates 4
 Council of Chapters 5
 TROA Legislative Updates  6
 Reservation Form 7
 Special Legislative Alert 8


Dues of $15.00 per member are now due and payable.

Please mail your checks to Buck Newsome in January

or include them with your dinner reservations.

 * Reservations for the January meeting should be sent to Buck Newsome by 17 January.

* Dues for 2003 of $15.00 are now payable to Buck Newsome.

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