The Veterans’ Support Group is composed of former members of the armed forces who are retired, active duty, reservists, guardsmen including those who have served one or more tours of duty. The VSG goal is to enable area veterans and current military members to know and assist each other in our parish and community life. The veterans aim to establish a WGV-area presence as a support referral resource. Under the banner of “Calling All Vets,” the intent is to encourage military members returning from worldwide duties to become a part of community and parish life. VSG embraces recent retirees in their family transition to our faith community.
A major achievement of this association is the establishment and sustained maintenance of the OLGC Cemetery GEORGE NATHANIEL ROBERTS VETERANS’ PLAZA. Dedicated in the name of a local combat wounded citizen-soldier and WWII Purple Heart recipient, the plaza is adorned with our nation’s flag and those of the military services. There is an on-going memorial paver program to honor family, friends, military associations, and favorite military units in the Veterans’ Plaza. Parishioners and area residents are invited to experience the peace and serenity of the site as they reflect on the service of their special veteran.
The VSG supports annual OLGC Cemetery Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day Masses and Veterans’ Plaza wreath-laying ceremonies. There are over twenty-one veteran gravesites in the OLGC Cemetery that our veterans visit semi-annually to refresh USA flags and veteran graveside markers. The Group sponsors veteran outings to military museums and military battle sites to encourage brotherhood/sisterhood. The VSG sponsors a fundraiser parish dinner in the fall of each year. There are Quarterly General Membership Meetings or Socials, such as Jax Jumbo Shrimp baseball game trips.
Anyone who has served any period in our nation’s armed forces is cordially invited to the VSG meetings and socials as announced in our parish bulletin and on this website.
To join us or for more information, please contact:
Contact: Ed Moitoza
Email: [email protected].