Monday, May 4, 2009

May 1st American Cold War Veterans Breakfast

Friday May 1st the American Cold War Veterans hosted a Congressional breakfast
in the Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC.

Jerald Terwilliger Vice Chairman delivered the welcoming and opening remarks. Dr. Frank Tims
presented reasons why the Cold War was fought and how American military personnel helped to
defeat the Communist aggression.

Ernie Gallo gave a report concerning the attack on the USS Pueblo by Israel forces and the
number of crew members killed and injured. The truth of this ignoble attack have not yet
been released. Several investigations have come to different conclusions, none of which make
sense or reveal what actually occurred.

A team from the Army Freedom Team presented Army Freedom Awards to William Boyle, Julio Decastro, Tony Alveraz, Jose Villa, and Jerald Terwilliger. The award included a certificate
signed by the Secretary of the Army, The Army Chief of Staff, a letter signed by both and an
Army Lapel Pin. Yours truly was quite surprised and honored by this as I am a Navy Vet.
The award was given for support and efforts on behalf of the American Cold War Veterans;
on behalf of all veterans, and continued attempts to have congress authorize a Cold War
Service Medal.

Following the breakfast the group traveled to Arlington National Cemetery, where a ceremony
was held to honor the Forgotten Heroes of the Cold War. A Color Guard from Carson Long
School presented the Colors, followed by remarks by Jerald Terwilliger, Dr. Frank Tims and
Ernie Gallo. An invocation by the Chaplin was followed by the playing of Taps. Scott L'Echure
rang a bell 21 times to simulate a 21 gun salute.

The group then split into several groups and spread throughout the cemetery to place flowers,
with military honors on the graves of some of these fallen heroes. After which visits to the
Vietnam Wall, Korean War Memorial, Laos Memorial and other memorial sites in the area.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Vice Chairman
American Cold War Vetrans
"We Remember"