Happy Thanksgiving 2017

May you have a wonderful time this Thanksgiving, with friends and family.

Wishing all SAMVOUSA Members and their families a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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Veterans Day 2017

To all Veterans,
Thank you for your service!
From Executives and everyone at SAMVOUSA.

Veterans Day Events

America’s Parade – New York, NY
The parade will occur on Friday, November 11 (Veterans Day), rain or shine. It starts at approximately 11:15 AM (at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony, see below) and concludes around 3:30pm.

Local Veterans Day Ceremonies & Parades
There are many local Veterans Day ceremonies and parades. Check your local news sites or Veterans organizations and charities for more information.

National Veterans Day Ceremony – Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries.

VA National Cemeteries by State – Multiple cities
This listing is in alphabetic order by state.

Veterans Day Run – Multiple Cities
the National Veterans Day Run seeks to provide a platform of appreciation for those that have served or are currently serving our Country.

About Veterans Day

Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11th. Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day” when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed this day in November 1919. Armistice is when warring parties agree to stop fighting and “Armistice Day” recognizes the end of World War 1 when hostilities ceased on November 11th at 11 A.M, 1918 (11th hour, of the 11th, of the 11th month).

On May 13th, 1938 Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday each year. A day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace. Originally Armistice Day only honored veterans of World War.

On November 11th, 1947 Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, organized a “National Veterans Day” parade in Birmingham, Alabama to recognize veterans of all wars.

This celebration led to Congress changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to recognize Veterans of all U.S. wars.

Anthem Veterans Memorial: A Unique Place to Visit on Veterans DayAnthem Veterans Memorial

The Anthem Veterans Memorial  has five pillars that represent the five branches of the United States military.  They are staggered in size and the military seal placements on each pillar are based upon the Department of Defense prescribed precedence, ranging from the United States Army, the United States Marine Corp, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, and the United States Coast Guard.

On Veterans Day as at precisely 11:11 AM on Veterans Day, November 11th, the sun’s rays will pass through each of the five pillars’ elliptical openings to illuminate a glass mosaic medallion of the Great Seal of the United States.

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Hurricane Irma

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by hurricane Irma especially those in the Caribbean, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.

The whole state of Florida has been declared a Major Disaster area.
Those needing assistance please contact FEMA.
This is a great website to apply for assistance, especially for those hardest hit.
You can apply for lender forbearance which will grant you 3 MONTHS OF NO MORTGAGE PAYMENTS with the 3 months being added to the backend of your loan. Check the map and website by clicking the FEMA link above.

The SAMVOUSA head office which recently moved to Florida has no current phone service or internet.
Cell service is up but unstable and erratic for both voice calls and data.

We ask members to please reach out to others and check on their well being and if possible provide assistance.

Thank you from all at SAMVOUSA and SAMVOINT.

Steve Porter
Vice Chairman SAMVOINT

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Happy Labour Day 2017

Wishing all our veterans and their families and safe and relaxing Labour Day Weekend.

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Boshoed Dag 2017

Boshoed day is on the 26th August

This day in 1966 – 51 years ago, was the recognised start of the South African Border War, which lasted 23 years, 6 months, 3 weeks and 2 days.
Please remember the 2,280 members of the SADF that gave their lives in service of their country during this period. Of these 776 were killed in action.

Wear something SADF related on the day.
Can be anything from your boshoed, beret, SAMVOINT badge, Balkie, etc.
Take a selfie and share/post photos on either Facebook or email to SAMVOUSA to share on the SAMVOUSA/SAMVOINT website.

Create awareness of our veterans and especially to honour those who made the supreme sacrifice.
Lest we Forget

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4th July 2017

Happy 4th July to all our veterans.

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Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day ……
we will remember them.

Memorial Day RG

Their ideal is our legacy – Their sacrifice our inspiration
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

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Happy New Year 2017

May The Year 2017 Bring for You,
Happiness, Success and be filled with Peace,
Hope, Togetherness and Family and Friends,
Wishing You a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!
From all at SAMVOUSA

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SAMVOINT Chairman’s Christmas Message

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