President’s Message

We have probably heard this many times in the last months: “This is a strange time.” Heritage League members had planned to travel to Norwich for the reopening and renaming of the Memorial Library; others to attend the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe activities. Then came the Corona virus and events were cancelled. Not a complete loss though, as this issue revisits 2nd Air Division events ending the European war 75 years ago. We look forward to a future visit at some point.

As we try to navigate through what is going on, my heart goes out to all of you-our members and especially our Veterans. Be safe. I hope you are all well I know we can get through this. Let us not forget we need each other.

A special thank you to all the people who contributed to ‘Giving Tuesday’ in November. We received a total of $1,145 from Network for Good. Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Facebook matches any money that people contribute to their favorite 501(c)(3). We are grateful we are your favorite choice. Again, we appreciate your donations.

Another special thank you to all of our members who sent in extra money with their membership renewal to help support our general fund, the Library in Norwich, and our Flower fund. Your contributions to our ‘In Memory/In Honor’ segment go along way and we are privileged to recognize your loved ones.

We are adding some new things in this Herald:

  • Calling all Veterans. We want to acknowledge all of our 2nd Air Division veterans who have recently, or are about to celebrate a very special day; their birthday. ATTENTION FAMILY MEMBERS- some of our Veterans are little shy so we are counting on you to give us this information. Please send a picture (preferably less than 5 years old), their birthdate and position they held in their bomb group. You can email Doug Dovey, whose name and information is on the Vet’s Birthday page and also on back of the Herald.
  • Please notice a notification form with our Folded Wings section to allow you to tell us of any Veteran who is no longer with us. If you know of any Veteran that has passed, please let us know so we can add them to our Folded Wings feature. You may notice that in this edition we have a lot of Folded Wings. We have been updating our database and have found many of our heroes are no longer with us. We send our love and condolences to all of their families. We will never forget them.
  • We have a new feature called Kids Corner. We are super excited about this. We want to get more school age kids involved so we have created this section just for kids. We hope that you will pass this on to your kids and grandkids so they get interested and participate. We will be posting their art work on our Facebook Page and website.
  • Our 2020 membership renewal form is in this Herald. If you have not renewed, we would appreciate if you would send it now. If you have any family members or friends that are interested in joining please pass the form on to them or they can go to our website at https://heritageleague.org/membership/ .
    Thank you to all of our new members who have joined. We are happy you joined us.

Unfortunately, the Heritage League Executive Board has just made the difficult decision that the League will not formally attend the 8th AFHS Reunion in Memphis this October. Instead, Heritage League’s annual meeting will be via the internet three weeks prior on Saturday, Oct 3, 2020. See page 24 in this Herald for details.

Finally…Our lives are filled with busy moments and events. Take some time to remember a Veteran and thank them for their service. It will mean the world to them.

– Marybeth Dyer