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ARMED FORCES DAY , a national day of observance in the United States is celebrated on the third Saturday in May, which this year will be observed Saturday, May 18, 2013 as a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States Armed Forces.  Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday in May.  President Harry S. Truman, our 33rd President of the United States, led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.  On August 31, 1949, Secretary of the Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corp. and Air Forces Day.  The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.    Many events across the nation take place on Armed Forces Day, such as parades, to honor Americans in uniform who served their country in times of war and peace.  Those who are honored on this day include the men and women who serve the Army, Navy, Marines, Air force and Coast Guard.  National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week, over any period in May, due to their unique training schedules.  We should all be proud of those who serve us and always be proud of our flag.  Remember this week or on May 18, 2013 FLY YOUR FLAG PROUDLY ON ARMED FORCES DAY.

On Monday, May 20, 2013, the Covina Woman’s Club Domestic Violence Action coalition will be showing the Academy Award Nominated Documentary Film, “The Invisible War” at their monthly DVAC meeting.  This film is “a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets:  the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.  The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem today; a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.  Twenty percent of all active-duty female servicewomen are sexually assaulted.”   This is not just a documentary about rape of women in the military,  it also discusses the sexual assault of men in the military.  Please share this information with anyone you know that has children and/or grandchildren in the military.  The film is 97 minutes in length and is shown free of charge. You need not be a member to attend.  Guests are welcome and you may bring your lunch or a snack to eat while the movie is shown.  The film will begin at 12:00 noon.

Diana Asmundson, President of the Baldwin Park Woman’s Club is proud to report that at the San Gabriel Valley District Convention in April, the club was awarded thirteen Awards:  Honorable Mention for Public Issues and for Membership;  Third Place Awards for Public Issues Partnerships and for Leadership;  Second Place Awards for Arts,  Education,  Home Life,  Habitat for Humanity,  Women’s History & Resource Center,  Fundraising and for Legislation & Public Policy;  First Place Awards in Communications and Public Relations and for Club Newsletter.  First Vice President Vivian Olivas is Dean of Chairmen and responsible for all reports submitted in order to be judged for awards.  The Baldwin Park Woman’s Club was organized in 1906, Federated in 1915 and has a membership of 72.  Meetings are held the first Friday of each month, 10:00 am at the Clubhouse located at 3817 Baldwin Park Boulevard, Baldwin Park, California.  Guests are always welcome.  For membership information:  626-917-8913.

With all this hot weather and summer heat ahead of us, it’s time to think of swimming and swimming pools.  The El Monte Aquatic Center, home of Olympic Swimming Champions Lance Larson and Sandy Neilson, is the perfect place to enjoy time in the pool.  The El Monte Aquatic Center includes an indoor pool, outdoor pool, water slide, an indoor therapy pool, and also has multiple meeting rooms, a large multi-purpose conference room, showers, locker area, storage bag rooms, restrooms and a snack bar.  The El Monte Aquatic Center is user friendly for the physically challenged.  Wheelchair ramps with a water wheelchair, steps and a chair lift are readily available.  Assistance is available.  Aquatic Center hours, through the end of May are:  Monday/Wednesday 9:00a.m. -8:00p.m., Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday 4:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30a.m. – 2:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Further information: 626-580-2213.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.