Working with the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and now the Marine Corps League gives me the opportunity to thank both veterans and active military for their service. Marines, Navy corpsmen and anyone else who is interested are invited to the following event, publicized in a news release I wrote and distributed:
The monthly meeting of the Simpson-Hoggatt Detachment of the Marine Corps League will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Disabled Veterans of America location, 8787 Old Santa Fe Rd. in Kansas City, Mo.
The meeting will feature a ceremony and presentation of a framed poem to Lance and Katherine Simson, Overland Park, Kan., parents of Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Simson, a hospitalman who received a Silver Star for “conspicuous gallantry” in combat operations in Afghanistan. Simpson-Hoggatt Detachment member Ed Becker, who served as a Navy corpsman, wrote the poem as a tribute to Simson and other corpsmen’s service to the Marine Corps. Simson recently returned to Afghanistan for a second tour of duty.
The event is free and the public is invited. For more information call Commandant Ken Spencer at 913-362-8383.