As a WWII and Korean Conflict veteran, I am a member of the Reserve Officers Association. My wife Emily is a member of ROAL, the spouse organization and we attended the State convention this past week in Cape Coral.
I was sad that the attendance was less than 50. More sad news is that the ROAL of Florida has decided to disband due to the drop in membership. Emily joined many years ago which I encouraged her to do. Her interest was great and became, over the years, local, then state and in 1992, she was selected as president of the national office of president. I encouraged her in all of these matters as she saw the need of support for the ROAL, veterans and active military.
In expressing my concern about the loss of the State’s ROAL, she advised that the reason of lack of membership over the many years was the fact that many of the ROAL members did not want their wives to join ROAL organization. Even our existing membership has lost interest in many cases and I personally feel one of the pleasures of joining and attending such meetings is maintaining old and new friendships which was very evident of the few who attended this past meeting.
It proves to me that we need to keep our minds, sharp and mix with people we’ve known for a long time and even meet new ones. Some times, we need to help someone maintain a good spirit for ourselves as well as others in our group and our country. It’s much better to do something besides watching TV and pushing a button on a computer.
Wake up, laugh and be happy to remember that our country needs us as well as the young ones coming along.
Perhaps the reason for my remark is that in 2004, Congress established the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month and May 11 is Military Spouse Appreciation Day, so I have to compliment mine and all spouses of military members and hope that after they read this reminder, that they will reinstate the ROAL of Florida as an active group of military families of the past and future.
Lets not forget to have God Bless America.
Herbert Rosser Savage, Sr.