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Letters To PGRPA


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  • Update received from the Natl. Cemetery of the Alleghenies regarding The Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Ceremony

    Update received from the Natl. Cemetery of the Alleghenies regarding The Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Ceremony.



    The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies will be holding a Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Ceremony on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 9:00am.  The ceremony will be held at the assembly area across from the Public Information Center.

    We will conduct a wreath laying ceremony and no-contact presentation of lapel pins ceremonies for Vietnam War Veterans in honor of their valued service to our Nation.  Please pass the word to all Vietnam Veterans who have not yet received a lapel pin and who have not been officially welcomed home.

    The commemoration of Vietnam War Veterans Day, which was designated in law as Monday, March 29th, marks the end point in 1973 when U.S. troops left South Vietnam ending America’s direct military involvement.

    Due to the on-going COVID pandemic and to protect the health and safety of cemetery team members and guests from the community, I am asking that only 1 representative from each organization attend and welcome home those Vietnam Veterans who have not yet received a lapel pin.  I am also asking that all attendees wear face coverings and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.

    For those who are unable to attend, I want to thank you for your service to our nation and to share with you a short video called A Moment of Truth; Not Forgotten.

    If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at 724-746-4291 Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm.

    Take care and Stay Safe!





    Edward A. Hajduk


    National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

    1158 Morgan Road

    Bridgeville, PA. 15017

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  • Vets 75 and older: 16 & 18 January 2020 Walk-in COVID Vaccine Clinic

    Received From Ed, Director of The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

    Please share with veterans who are 75 years or older and who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

    VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) will host walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at our University Drive campus in Oakland.

    To receive a vaccine on these dates, Veterans must:

    be 75 years or older
    be eligible for and enrolled in VA health care
    receive health care at VA Pittsburgh.

    If you meet all three of the above criteria, please stop by our University Drive campus during these walk-in clinics. No appointment is necessary.

    If you meet all three of the above criteria but cannot make it to these walk-in clinics, please reach out to your primary care team to request an appointment to receive the vaccine.

    VAPHS is providing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine requires two doses, given approximately 21 days apart.
    VA worked with the CDC to develop a phased distribution plan to maximize the benefit of COVID-19 vaccines. In these first weeks, there is limited vaccine available. As vaccine supply increases and we move through the distribution plan, care teams will contact Veterans to let them know of their options. Our goal is to eventually offer a COVID-19 vaccine to all Veterans and VA health care personnel who choose to be vaccinated.

    Take care and have a wonderful day!

    Edward A. Hajduk
    National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

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  • Removal of Wreaths At The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies / 23 January 2021 / Cecil Township, PA

    Good Evening All,

    Received from NCOTA, Please share inviting all.

    Good afternoon everyone, I hope everyone is healthy and happy.

    Just a reminder, we will be having our Wreaths Across America (WAA) clean up on Saturday (1/23/21) starting at 8am. Please meet at the Public Information Center and please dress accordingly. Following the weather, they are talking about a polar vortex that is supposed to hit our area the later part of January.

    Please pass the word around for those who can help. We will follow the same protocol we did last year.

    Volunteers will gather up the wreaths and bring them to the side of the road.
    The red ribbons will then be pulled off the wreaths and placed in the garbage bags provided. The ribbons and not recyclable and they get caught up in the shredder when the wreaths get shredded. This is to ensure that the wreaths get properly recycled.
    The caretakers will drive around the cemetery and the volunteers will load up the Toro’s and trailers.
    The caretakers will then drive to the maintenance yard where more volunteers will throw the wreaths into the dumpsters.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you for all you help and have a wonderful day!



    Edward A. Hajduk
    National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

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  • Notes of Thanks from the Family of Robert Yohn

    Nancy is the daughter of Robert Yohn, whom we recently honored.  Randy Ruff was our Ride Captain In Charge.
    I thank all who were able to attend Mr Yohn’s Honor Mission! ~ Timothy Smith, State Captain

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  • Second Note of Thanks (Lawrence Naughton)
    A second note of Thanks from the family of Lawrence Naughton to the Patriot Guard Riders of Pennsylvania:
    “Dear Pennsylvania Patriot Guard Riders,
      My family was so honored you escorted my Dad, Lawrence L Naughton, and us to his resting place at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies on Monday, June 17th…and the majority of the way in the rain. Thank you for the dignity and respect you show our great veterans. And thank you ALL for your Service to our Country!
    God Bless you! Love,
    Becky N.W.
    Bedford, IN”
      It is an annoyance that the US Post Office has the motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” because YOU (the Patriot Guard Riders) ARE the couriers of the *Dignity*Honor*Respect* brought to our Nation’s Heroes at every mission.
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