May 6, 2017
* Members from the New River Chapter, MOAA braved the cold and wind on May 6th to volunteer at the annual New River Marathon, a qualifying race for bigger marathons like Boston, New York and the Marine Corps races.
* This year, we manned water and Gatorade stations at the 12 and 14 mile points along the New River race course. A total 153 runners competed in the marathon; the winning race time was 2:53:38.
* Shown (upper right) Bob Worley and Lou Burge wait for the lead runner at the 12 mile mark while Cathy Ehrhardt and Lynne Hayes (lower right) brave the wind at the 14 mile post.
* Other thumbnail pictures show Porter Hicks trying to keep water cups from being blown away by strong wind gusts, Bob and Bobbie Worley ready to pass out energy gel, and Porter and Steve Tucker watching Chuck Hayes offer a choice between water and Gatorade to marathoners.
April 6, 2017
* The New River Chapter received two 4 Star Awards for their website and e-newsletter during a presentation held as part of the 2017 "Storming the Hill" in Alexandria, VA.
* Open the News and Events page on the North Carolina Council of Chapters website with details on all the communication awards received by Council and Chapters on April 6th.
May 20, 2017
This is the flyer with information regarding the upcoming "2nd Annual Marathon Jam" that will be hosted by the New River Chapter at the Ashe County Arts Council on May 20, 2017.
The photograph (below right) is a placard atop a "healing quilt" on display at the Ashe County Arts Council that explains it's purpose and how the many donated quilts will be shared at the Marathon Jam on May 20th...
Link: Click here to open the Photo Gallery with event pictures...
November 2-3, 2016
* Over 275 Ashe County veterans and guests attended the theater showings of "Hacksaw Ridge" hosted by the New River Chapter on November 2nd and 3rd at the hometown Parkway Theater in West Jefferson, NC.
* COL Charles Knapp, MC, USA-Ret., a special consultant for the Mel Gibson film is shown (above right) posing with a publicity poster and holding Doss's Medal of Honor which the Desmond Doss Council, Calhoun, GA, owns as the official repository charged with maintaining the life, legacy and memorabilia of one of America's greatest war heros.
* Dr. Knapp is the Chairman of the Desmond Doss Council and has been involved for more than a decade in getting the movie made and working to ensure the accuracy of all aspects of the true story of what historians regard as the final, and bloodiest battle of WWII.
* CAPT Douglas Ehrhardt, MSC, USN-Ret., immediate Past President, New River Chapter, MOAA is pictured (below right) presenting the poster the New River Chapter made for publicity purposes at the special, by invitation only showing for veterans to COL Knapp.
* The New River Chapter's CAPT Doug Ehrhardt and COL Charles Knapp are pictured holding the publicity poster for "Hacksaw Ridge" with the list of sponsors from the community who provided the generous support that enabled us to host the film at no cost for Ashe County veterans.
* The New River Chapter greatly appreciates:
- GE Aviation
- AEV Emergency Vehicles
- Vannoy Construction
- Skyline/Skybest Telephone
- Blue Ridge Electric
- McDonalds of West Jefferson
Message from Director Mel Gibson
* The inspirational movie about WWII Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who saved the lives of 75 of his fellow soldiers in Okinawa opened in more than 3000 theaters in the U.S. on November 4th. In the attached video clip, director Mel Gibson shared a special message of gratitude to veterans for their service and the power of Desmond Doss's faith that enabled his extraordinary service on the battlefield.
* The New River Chapter hosted two pre-opening day showings of the film at the Parkway Theater in West Jefferson, NC on November 2nd and 3rd...tickets were made available to all Ashe County Veterans on a first-come, first-serve basis as there were only 160 seats available each evening. We wish there could have been more as the response was remarkable.
* Special thanks go out to the many generous sponsors, shown here, who helped our Chapter to make this available for our counties veterans.
* Please share with fellow veterans, and GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!
* To learn more about Desmond Doss, click here.
* To get more information on the production of the movie, click here.
September 20, 2016
* As part of a DoD initiative to recognize and thank veterans of the Vietnam War, a 50th Anniversary Vietnam Commemorative Display and Vietnam Veterans Recognition event was held on September 20, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:30 PM at the Museum of Ashe County History in Jefferson, NC. The event was sponsored in conjunction with the North Carolina Council of Chapters, a DoD 50th Vietnam War Commemorative Partner.
* All veterans - anyone who served between the years 1955 and 1975 - were encouraged to sign in and place a pin on a map of Vietnam to designate where they were stationed during the war. A formal recognition ceremony was held to provide a certificate of appreciation and a lapel pin to each veteran attending the ceremony.