During our 2018 Mid-Winter Conference Dennis Wright provided us with information about the Bells of Balangiga. We understand this is a very controversial issue, it is not our place to take side, we only wish to provide valuable information pertaining to the bells. We welcome fact-based information to add to this collection. Thank you.
15 Mar 2018
Once again, the Department of the Pacific Areas would like
the Department of Wyoming to support its National Resolution to return
the Bells of Balangiga to the Philippines. I've attached the resolution
here. As you know, we had a representative from the Department of the
Pacific Areas who spoke on this issue at Mid-Winter. If you need his
information, let me know, and I'll get it to you.
We will vote on
the Bells of Balangiga Resolution at our Department Convention in
June. Basically, the choices will be "No, we will not support the
Resolution," and "Yes, we will support the Resolution." A "yes" vote
will allow discussion about possible modifications to the Resolution.
As noted below, the Department of the Pacific Areas is willing to
provide Wyoming with duplicate bells if the Resolution passes and the
original bells go back to the Philippines.
Please discuss with your posts and be ready to vote at the June Convention.
VFW Dept of Wyoming
June 2018: At the VFW Department of Wyoming convention the vote was NO
July 2018: At the VFW National convention the vote was YES
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