The Commander’s Welcome
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the AMVET Post 312 for allowing me to serve as your Commander again after a few years off. I will do my best to meet and exceed your expectations.
The Post has an obligation through the aims and objectives of the AMVETS. We are to assist veterans and their families, continue to foster improvement in the community that we live in and help our younger generation understand that freedom is not free. It is paid for by our veterans that are currently serving, have previously served and most of all for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives.
We have begun a Veteran’s Relief Fund that is used to assist our fellow veterans, their families and the community. It is funded through your generous donations, special events and our games. We have a policy on how these donations are managed so that we do not have someone taking advantage of our organization or have someone refused that should have received assistance. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Always remember AMVETS is a volunteer organization. If you see something that needs to be done, please take the time to do it. If all of our members would volunteer for one single event per month or per quarter, we would be the best post in the entire USA. We need your help! Everyone has a skill set that we can use for our continuous improvement. Please help!
My personal goals for this year is to continue the improvements to our facility, seek out and plan events that keep our membership active with the Post, and ensure we have a revenue stream to exceed all of our commitments and pay down some of our debt. As the second largest Post in the State of Florida, we need to set the example on how to maintain an active volunteer staff of members that enjoy what they are doing and know that it is helping the organization.
Thank you once again for an opportunity to serve as your Post Commander. I promise you will not be disappointed.
Yours in Service,
Ron Larrivee, BUC, USN Ret, CDRAMVETS Post 312
The Missing Man Table
This TABLE, set for one, is our way of symbolizing the fact that members of our military family are missing from our midst. They are commonly called POW/MIA's. We call them "brothers". They are unable to be with us this day, and so this is the way we remember them:
This TABLE set for one is small - symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors.
The TABLECLOTH is white - symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms.
The single ROSE display in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting their return.
The yellow RIBBON tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the yellow ribbon worn on the lapel and breast of thousands who await their return and who bear witness to unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing.
A slice of Lemon is on a bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate.
There is SALT upon the bread plate - symbolic of the families tears as they wait.
The GLASS is inverted - they cannot raise their glass in a toast with us.
The CHAIR - The chair is empty - They are absent from our sight but not our heart.
REMEMBER - All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depend upon their might and aid, and relied upon them; for surely they have not forsaken you.