American Legion Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291 Legion Year 18 – 19 Newsletter No. 3 紐約華裔美國退伍軍人會會務簡訊
Dear Legionnaires 親愛的會友:
We sincerely hope the Holiday Season brought everyone good health and happiness. The Lunar New Year is right around the corner and we wish you and your families a happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous New Year, the year of the Pig.
The Post has been busy the last few months with many activities. In October, post members participated in the Republic of China Double Ten Parade in Chinatown. In November, the Post hosted the annual Veteran’s Day Parade on November 10th instead of the traditional November 11th to accommodate members who wished to participate in “America’s Parade” hosted by the United War Veterans on Fifth Avenue. It was a great honor to have 40 Midshipmen from the Naval Academy, members of the Academy’s Chinese Cultural Club, participate in our parade in Chinatown. They have been visiting our Post around Veteran’s Day for the past five years. The Thanksgiving party was held on November 18th in the Chairman Peter Woo Auditorium and on the 3rd floor where 230 Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of American Legion members, family and friends attended and enjoyed the holiday meal.
It is with heavy hearts we share that our Chairman, Peter Woo passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 15, 2018. It is a huge loss for the Lt. Kimlau Post 1291 and we will all miss him dearly. Chairman Woo was a WWII Veteran and served with the famed Flying Tiger Unit in the China, Burma and India Theater. He was the most senior leader of Lt. Kimlau Post 1291 and a mentor to all of us. He single handedly secured our permanent Post Headquarters. He was a driving force and utilized his close connections with the City government to expedite the building of the Lt. Kimlau Memorial at Kimlau Square. Above all, he often said he was most proud of the fact that he instilled a sound financial record keeping system in the Post’s early days to ensure accountability of the Post’s finances, thus allowing our Post to continue to grow. There are countless contributions made by Chairman Woo that have benefited our Post greatly. Chairman Woo was a fixture in the Post; he had been routinely coming to the Post almost every day for the past 50 or more years. Even on December 15, he spent the whole day at the Post talking with members and enjoying his favorite game of “Sky Nine” before he passed away peacefully at home. We are all still in shock and saddened by the sudden loss of a great man.
As you may have heard, the H.R. Bill 2358, the Chinese-American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act was passed unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives on December 12, 2018. The American Legion Lt. B. R. Kimlau Post 1291 had been working closely with the Chinese American Citizen Alliance Greater New York (CACAGNY) to advocate the Bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of the 20,000 Chinese American men and women who served in the U. S. Armed Forces during World War II. The Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by Congress and is the highest civilian award in the United States. Legislature Bill S.1050 had already passed unanimously in the U. S. Senate on September 12, 2018. President Trump has signed it into law on December 20, 2018, all Chinese-Americans who dutifully and honorably served in the U. S. Armed Forces during World War II or their families will receive the award in recognition of their bravery and sacrifice. Sadly, Chairman Woo will not be receiving this high honor in person.
We sincerely thank the families of Maj. Stanley Lee, John H. Wong, Past Commander Lester Fong, Kien Pang Gee and Samuel Hom for making donations to create scholarships in memory of our long time members. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage members and member’s progeny for higher education. The “Maj. Stanley Lee Memorial Scholarship” of $1,000, in its first year of a ten year program was awarded to Post member Xuan Yan. The “John H. Wong Memorial Scholarship” of $1,000, in its third year of a five year program was awarded to Kelly Ng, granddaughter of Jack Y. F. Ng. The “PC Lester Fong Memorial Scholarship” of $1,000 was awarded to Kathleen Eng, daughter of Hon. Judge Randall Eng. The “Kien Pang Gee Memorial Scholarship” of $500 was awarded to Lucy Yin, daughter of Min Xiong. The “Samuel Hom Memorial Scholarship” of $500 was awarded to Leah Chung, granddaughter of Kai S. Chung.
We were pleased to hand out the above awards, as well as the Post Scholarship awards (equal to $500 each) to nine well deserving recipients during the recent Post annual Christmas party. We would like to congratulate them all on their outstanding achievement and wish them continued success in their future endeavors. We also handed out five Robert S. Wong Chinese Study Scholarship Awards. All award recipients completed a certified course in Chinese Study. Please note that the post has revised the scholarship application period to allow students to submit their scholarship applications from January 1st to August 31st.
本會在過去的幾個月中為會員提供及舉辦了各項活動。在本年十月，本會參加在紐約華埠舉行的 雙十節遊行。在十一月，本會每年在十一月十一日舉辦的軍人節遊行改在十一月十日舉行以便會 員參加在十一月十一日曼哈頓五大道由紐約退伍軍人同盟會主辦的美國軍人節遊行。海軍軍官學 校的中文文化交流學會繼以往五年來再一次派四十會員在十一月十日參加本會舉辦的軍人節遊行 並受到本會熱烈歡迎。每年一度的感恩節午餐聚會在十一月十八日本會二樓伍覺長董事長禮堂及 三樓舉行，有二百三十會員及親朋參加。
以非常悲痛的心情告訴你，伍覺良董事長在十二月十五日傍晚不幸在家中突然安祥逝世，這對軍 人會實是一個重大損失，我們對董事長離世噩秏深感遺憾。伍覺良董事長在第二次世界大戰被徵 入伍，他被調派往美國第十四空軍聲譽卓著的飛虎隊服役，隨十四空軍部隊由印度進駐中國西南 各省抗日。他是軍人會最受尊崇及資深的前任主席，亦是我們一班後輩的良好導師。他對本會購 買現有的會址大樓全力支持，並以私人名譽擔保軍人會貸款。他利用他熟悉市府政要的私人親密 的關係協助軍人會透過一切煩惱的手續，令建造華裔退伍軍人忠烈坊得到順利進行。他覺得最自 豪的是在早期制定了一個周全的財務保管規劃，以保障本會財政及預防流弊，從而使本會財政一 直循規而上，董事長長期對本會的數不勝數的貢獻使到本會受益匪淺。董事長在過去五、六十年 來，經常每日都到軍人會，甚至在十二月十五日那天，他也一早來到軍人會與同袍熱情傾談，後 來又打了整個下午他最喜愛的天九牌局，真想不到他回家後不到半小時就與世長辭。
你可能巳經知道眾議院在十二月十二日一致通過 HR 2358，第二次世界大戰美國華裔退伍軍人國 會金章法案，紐約華裔美國退伍軍人會與紐約同源會合作極力推薦國會參議院提倡的 S 1050 法案 及眾議院提倡的 HR 2358 法案，以表彰二萬多服役於第二次世界大戰期間的華裔退伍軍人，這個 國會金章是美國公民可以獲得的最高榮譽的勳章。參議院 S 1050 早在九月十二日已經獲得一致 通過，川普總統在十二月二十日簽署成為法例，所有參與第二次大戰獲得榮譽退伍的軍人或家屬 將會得到這個勳章，以表彰他們的忠勇為國及犧牲。只可惜伍覺良董事長不能親自領獎了。
本會非常感謝李飛揚家人及 Saunders 家人，黃雄源家人，前任主席鄺榮耀家人，張培年家人及朱 鏡澎家人捐款設立幾個「紀念獎學金」，頒發給成績優異的學生，以鼓勵會員及其子弟勤奮向 學，力求上進。為期十年每年一千元的「Maj. Stanley G. Y. Lee 少校紀念獎學金」頒發給會員嚴 烜，為期五年每年一千元的「黃雄源紀念獎學金」第三年頒發給伍福源孫女，一千元的「前任主 席鄺榮耀紀念獎學金」頒發給伍元天法官的女兒，五百元的「張培年紀念獎學金」頒發給李禎年 的孫女，五百元的「朱鏡澎紀念獎學金」頒發給熊敏女兒。
本會在今年聖誕節聚餐時除了頒發上述的「紀念獎學金」外，同時亦頒發本會設立每年的獎學金 給九名成績優異的學生，希望他們繼續努力向學。本會並頒發「司徒旺中國文化獎學金」給五名 成功地讀畢中文有關的課程。並請注意本會獎學金申請期間現改為由一月一日開始至八月三十一 日截止。
Pentagon to Open Online Exchange Shopping to Vets in 2017
A Defense Department retail board has given the green light to a plan to open online exchange shopping to all honorably discharged veterans, with hopes of starting the program on Veterans Day in 2017.
To get started, please visit the site to register:
The Exchange is excited to welcome Veterans of all United States Armed Forces as part of the Veterans online shopping benefit. We will soon be able to serve you through the lifelong shopping privileges you’ve rightfully earned.