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U.S. Army Parachutist Badge 1999 Azalea Festival Parade
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U.S. Army Parachutist Badge

April, 1999

Bulletin News


Saturday, May 15, 1999--6:30 p.m.

  Milepost 5 Seafood Restaurant

1011 Sycamore Square Drive
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 794-9344

"In the Crow's Nest"

Cocktails 6:30 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m. Meeting 8:00 p.m.

Those attending should contact Dick Andrews at (804) 272-2477.




We were proud to have our color guard lead the parade! It took place on Saturday, April 24, 1999 and included 12 marching bands from accross the country. Marching in the parade were VSC members Steve Vidra, Ryan Egglesont, Scott Sylvester, and John Black. The color guard was dressed smartly in their starched Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU), airborne maroon berets, and, of course, spit-shined paratrooper boots. Ryan and Scott carried Old Glory and the VSC flags, while Steve and John shouldered the venerable M1 Garrand rifles.



Our thanks to VSC members and loyal VSC friends whose support raised $70.01 for the Treasury.

Airborne License Plate Application VIRGINIA AIRBORNE LICENSE PLATE

Chairman Graham Rollings, (804) 739-5879, Reports he has received some license plate applications, but many more are needed. Interested troopers should return the application to

Virginia Airborne License Plate
c/o Graham Rollings
4210 Hunter's Ridge Road
Mosely VA, 23120-1247

While the orignial movement was for an 82nd Airborne Division Assn. plate, we found that we could generate more support in relatively short order for an "All Airborne" plate. The DMV requires a petition of at least 350 intended plate purchases. Membership in the 82nd Airborne Division Association is open to all current, past, active, reserve, or retired members of any armed force, U.S. or foreign as long as the applicant is airborne (parachutist) qualified.

I should also mention that someone needs to light a fire under Virginia Delegate Leo Waldrop of Virginia Beach. Despite the tremendous enthusiasm in support of Airborne License Plates demonstrated by the Lynchburg, Hampton Roads, and Virginia State Chapters, Del. Waldrop saw fit to vote against the resolution to issue the plate. While the resolution to move forward on the Airborne plate passed, another resolution to waive the 350 plate requirement for members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Rakkasans) failed. If you live in Del. Waldrop's district be sure to drop him a line to let him know that he ought to show better support for our veterans.


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