HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you had a most Blessed and Happy Advent, Christmas and New Year Holiday with family, friends, and your Brother Knights. All the best in the coming year.
US FLAGS: Last month I wrote about the generous donation of US flags to our Indiana knights through Lowe’s Hardware. As a quick reminder – these are new US flags of various sizes and types that were “returns” to Lowe’s that cannot be resold by their retail stores. We have picked up several hundred flags, flagpole sets and bunting banners from their regional warehouse just north of Indianapolis – and are offering these US flags to be repurposed through our councils and assemblies.
Several councils and assemblies have submitted an email request for flags – and at the recent (10 -12 December) State Council/ District Deputy meetings in Indianapolis I was able to distribute over 170 flags and flagpole sets. Based on the requests that were submitted, our knights are intending to use these flags for the following purposes: parish schools and classrooms; scout troops & activities, including Eagle Scout projects; veteran memorials; council and assembly buildings and meeting areas; donations to veterans & veteran organizations; as presentation items to new knights at exemplification ceremonies; with the American Legion’s “Patriot Guard” motorcycle escorts for Funerals, etc; and 20 flags were provided to our Indiana Knights of Columbus “Disaster Relief” team under State Warden Bill McDonald.
Council/Assembly Number/ Location; Point of Contact: Name - Email - Phone Number;
Short written statement of intended use for the Flags Requested/ How Many/ etc.
If you have any questions about requesting US flags, call me at (260) 341-7556
“WARRIORS TO LOURDES”: Many, many thanks to those councils, assemblies and individuals who have donated to our Indiana K of C goal to sponsor two worthy military members to the International Military Pilgrimage (PMI) in Lourdes, France. Assuming the PMI will not be postponed again – the military representatives (“Warriors”) of over 40 nations will converge in Lourdes during May 2022. Right now – it appears sure that the Indiana Knights will meet our $5,200 goal – with the possibility to exceed. That could translate into sending a 3rd Warrior to Lourdes in 2022, or - be the start of our next annual goal for May 2023.
If your council or assembly has not already donated to the “Warriors to Lourdes” or “Military Chaplain Scholarship” Funds, please look at Form IN VET-1 on the states’ form page (indianakofc.org/forms) and consider contributing to these worthy causes.
STATE CONVENTION, FORT WAYNE – APRIL 2022: Looking forward to seeing many of you at this year’s state convention. Your Veterans Affairs team is currently working on sponsoring a “Breakout Session” at the Convention, that will focus on “MILITARY CHAPLAINS”. Besides explaining the path a seminarian follows to become a chaplain in the US military and the current critical shortage of chaplains, we will highlight the stories on many heroic chaplains from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the War on Terror (several of whom are on the path to canonization). We hope to have an interesting session on these spiritual and dedicated Catholic men, who minister to our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen and their families.
As always, it is an honor to serve as your State Chairman for Veterans Affairs. Your comments, ideas and suggestions for future projects are always welcome!
Indiana State Veterans Affairs Chairman
PGK/ FDD/ US Army (R)