Greetings Veterans and Fellow Patriots:

Our November meeting to be held on Friday, November 18th at 7pm at Liberty Hall will be one of our most important meetings for the future of our organization. If you want to have a voice, I would highly suggest you attend this meeting. After meeting with the fairgrounds to go over our potential contract, we need to vote if we continue our tradition of having an Awareness Rally on July 21-22nd, 2023, change to a single day event with just the rodeo or not have a rally at all.

Please read the October General Membership Meeting Minutes, so we will be able to take a vote to accept or amend them.

October 29, the 25th Southeast Idaho Homeless Stand Down was held at Reed Gym. Thank you Mark & Cindy, Nitro, Will & Sandi, Rev & Sparky and Cami for volunteering this year and helping with this needed event. While we do not head up this event, our help was greatly appreciated by the committee that does. I was approached about doing security for overnight event in the park the first weekend in December, but declined our assistance this year but would consider it for the next year.

I need to apologize to Hiedi and Courtney for putting out the wrong date for the Trunk-n-Treat.  I have it on our schedule for next year, the Friday before Halloween, October 27th, 2023.

November 11th saw some of us going to the 1st Annual Veteran’s Gala.  It was a very nice event that already is on the planning books for next year, in a different location. They sold out very quickly this year so it was a treat to be able to attend the first one. It was a fun evening and very inspiring to see all the uniforms and hear some of the history and the plans for the USS Idaho, a new submarine. They have made a special challenge coin with the crest of the sub that is beautiful. If you would like more information on this awesome new boat, please visit the USS Idaho website. There is a lot of great articles, not only on the boat, but Idaho Naval history which is quite large even though we are not close to any ocean.

November 12th was the Veterans Parade. Wow! What great support from the community! It was a long parade and we were asked for the flags that Shannon and I were carrying that also advertised our Wreaths Across America and Blood Drive. Heard many thank yous and what a great float. Thank you, Tim, for the design and putting it together with Shannon and Scott. It wouldn’t have happened without you. We are going to use the same float for the Night Lights Parade on the 25th of this month. We just need to get together on Sunday, November 20th at 5pm at Great Western Malt to add the lights to make it ready for the Night Lights Parade.

More communications will be coming out in the future to help keep all of you aware of what is happening and where we need help.  When we have events, I will try to send out a note the week of to remind everyone.

Speaking of help, we voted to have a Christmas Party for our December 16th general membership meeting.  I would love someone to head this idea up.  Games? Potluck? Music? Videos? Pictures? Please let me know by our General Meeting on the 18th of November if you want to coordinate this party.  We also have Wreaths Across America coming up next month that we need help with.  It is such an emotional experience to go out to the cemeteries and place wreaths on fallen service members graves to honor them.  Last year while placing wreaths, we were lucky enough to look up as a Bald Eagle flew over our heads on that cold December day.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting and seeing what direction you want to take our organization.

Thank you,

Yvonne “Eve” Aprato, Director
POW*MIA Awareness Rally Association – Pocatello

Upcoming Events:

November General Meeting
Friday, November 18th 7:00 pm
Liberty Hall
325 W Benton St. Pocatello

Night Lights Parade Float Decorating
Sunday, November 20th starting at 5:00pm
Potluck Dinner to follow
Great Western Malting
1666 Kraft Rd, Pocatello

Night Lights Parade
Friday, November 25th, check in starts at 4pm
Under the Benton St Bridge on 1st Ave
Parade Starts at 6:30pm

17th Annual Bikers for Blood Community Blood Drive
Thursday, December 8th from 11am – 5pm
Pocatello Donation Center – Pine Ridge Mall
4155 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello

Wreaths Across America
Saturday, December 17th 10am
Brady Chapel
Mountain View Cemetery, Pocatello

Retire with Respect
We are collecting worn or tattered US flags to retire in our Retire with Respect ceremony.
Please bring your worn and tattered US flags to any of our events.