About the Speech Joe Sr. served as Commander of the Maurice G. Jones American Legion
Post in Flatbush, NY. In July 1973, he was also named National President
of the Rainbow Division's Veteran's Committee. The Rainbow Division is
the famous fighting unit in which Joe Sr. served during WWI.
To read Joe's diary of
the war, click here.
During his one-year
term, Joe attended several conventions across America and worked hard
to expand the Rainbow's membership. He also brought
its accounting ledger out of the red, leaving it with a positive balance
of several thousand dollars.
When his term ended on July
14, 1974, Joe made a speech that was recorded on cassette. Parts of his
speech are captured on this page.
Introduction <Click arrow for audio
(Joe began by introducing a few dignitaries and then said:)
This is a very
sad moment for me to have to give up the presidency. I really enjoyed
my year as your president. When I give up this badge, it breaks my heart.
Lindbergh Story <Click arrow for audio In November, your National President was an honored guest of Alabama's
veteran's day celebration. I flew into Birmingham on TWA and on arrival
I was surprised to note that State police, Army, Navy, and Marine honor
guard were there to meet me.
I left the plane with the good
feeling that the National President would be given such a tremendous welcome.
After I introduced myself to the Grand Marshall, he asked me to standby
for the other VIP who had arrived on the same flight . . . Colonel Charles
End of Speech <Click
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Ladies and gentlemen, you gave me a great gift in Orlando last July. At
the same time, you placed in me your trust and faith.
I thank you sincerely for this honor and I hope and pray, now that this
Rainbow year is now ended, that I contributed to Rainbow.
I hope each of you, as we again look forward, can truthfully say to himself
the faith and trust was well placed.
May God bless each of you and hold each of you within so that again once
more we can meet in good comradeship in 1975.