Posted 25 June 2017
COOTEHALL SOLDIER HONOURED
A ceremony honouring Irish native, Private First Class Michael J. Moffatt, Company “A”, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division, United States Army, Killed in Action in France on October 18th 1918 took place at his resting site in Kiltoghert Cemetery, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, Ireland on 4th June 2017. PFC Moffatt was originally buried at the Somme American Military Cemetery in Northeast France and his remains were re-patriated to Ireland at the family’s request in 1922 and hastily buried with little or no military formality at the Moffatt burial plot in Kiltoghert. For nearly 95 years Michael has lain in an unmarked grave but thanks to the efforts of his nephew, Eamon Moffatt and Michael Noone of The American Legion, a US Military type Headstone is now in place, courtesy of the American Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The ceremony, conducted by the American Legion Post IR-03 in Ireland, included unveiling the headstone, blessing the grave by local Parish Priest Fr. Brendan McDonagh, folding of a US burial flag and presentation to Next of Kin, Eamon Moffatt, a rendition of laments and marches by Piper Pat Conlon, laying a wreath on behalf of The American Legion by Legionnaire Gerard Duignan, a relation of the Moffatt family, sounding the Last Post by a bugler and finishing off with playing both National Anthems. An attendance of over one hundred neighbours, friends, parishioners and Irish Veterans were present to remember and honour this courageous soldier from the Great War.
Posted 24 June 2017
Margraten Post NL01 general meeting on Friday, 23 June.
Commander Vincent congratulates the newest member of the Post Ray Perez
Jim Brotherton and Mark Chernek a couple of photogenic patriots
Posted 12 June 2017
Youth Fishing June 2017
Great time watching the youth of Ansbach fish today.
Kid’s Fishing Day with Legion Post 1982
Going fishing with our young children is one of the most natural things in the world. Many parents start when the youngsters are old enough to show some interest in trying to catch a fish.
For Soldiers stationed in Germany, things are a little different. The kids cannot legally fish, i.e. get a fishing license, until the age of 16. There are provisions for younger kids, age 10 to 16, to fish under the direct supervision of a parent with a fishing license. The problem is, how do the military parents get their fishing license? This process is more difficult in Germany than in the United States.
American Legion Post 1982, in Ansbach, Germany, wanted to give this opportunity to fish with younger children to the local Soldiers and their families. The military controls a lake, appropriately named Soldier’s Lake, on our installation near the Urlas Shopping Center in Katterbach. The Legionnaires coordinated with the local MWR Outdoor Recreation to allow children to fish with their parents. This initial coordination started about five years ago.
Now, the Kid’s Fishing Day is a tradition in the US Army Garrison Ansbach. We conducted our first Kid’s Fishing Day of this year on 3 June. Approximately 80 kids and 70 parents came out and fished. To keep it all legal, Mr. Fred Lane, Hunting and Fishing Coordinator with Outdoor Recreation, coordinated to have several licensed fishermen present on the lake to assist the young fishermen and -women. Outdoor Rec provided the fishing tackle, as well as bait. They also stocked the lake with trout before the event. Mr. Lane and his assistants were very supportive.
The Lakehouse, situated directly on the lake, with its grill and tables, was used for preparing and serving the food and also to sit and eat in the shade. The shade was appreciated; as the day was very warm by German standards.
Post 1982 supports two days of kid’s fishing on the lake each summer, usually on the first Saturday in June and in August. In addition to donuts, water and soft drinks during the morning, Veterans provided a free lunch of hamburgers, chips, soft drinks and fresh fruit pieces to the kids and parents.
For this event, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10708 assisted with providing water, charcoal, and soft drinks and helping with the grill and serving lines at lunch. Fishing medals were provided to each child who participated, whether they had nabbed a fish or not. This year, the local Service Credit Union also provided insulated lunch bags as gifts for each child.
As can be seen in the photos, the kids loved it. Parents also enjoyed the opportunity to spend a morning in the fresh air with the kids; without the television, computer games or cell phones as a distraction. There were also valuable lessons learned by the kids. Worms and maggots must be put on the hooks. Not every fisherman catches a fish. Once caught, the fish must be killed and then cleaned. Parents get to answer lots of questions from the little ones.
Susan Houston, Legion Post 1982 Commander, said “Overall, the Kid’s Fishing Day was a great success! The weather was warm and sunny, the fish were biting, and the kids had a great time. Parents were happy to spend a Saturday morning with their kids in a different atmosphere. Veterans from the Legion and VFW, as well as MWR reps, were happy to work together and provide a successful event for the local community. It was a win-win situation for everyone involved!”
Posted 9 June 2017