Lions Clubs Veterans Welcome International Foundation Chairman Al Brandel to National Memorial Day Parade

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World War II Veterans Honored on the Lions Float

We honor all veterans, those who have fallen, and those who have served their country and now continue their service to their communities.

Al Brandel, Chairman of the Lions Clubs International Foundation, highlighted the Lions Clubs float on Monday, May 31, at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC.

Brandel shared the float with 2010 parade honorees, the WWII veterans, and other military veterans who are Lions Clubs members. Lions veterans have served their country in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over 160 members of Lions Clubs in Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia marched along Constitution Avenue. This is the second year the Lions Clubs has participated in the National Memorial Day Parade.

The float followed a “Sea of Purple” of club banners from across Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Clubs were represented from as far as Spotsylvania, VA, in the south and Brookside, DE, in the north.

“We honor all veterans, those who have fallen, and those who have served their country and now continue their service to their communities,” said Lion Woody Woodard, chairperson of the Lions Clubs National Memorial Day Parade Committee. “Lions Clubs honor our military ‘Everyday Heroes’ who have given the ultimate sacrifice.”

Lions collected eyeglasses and hearing aids along the Parade route and at their Sight and Hearing Van at the start of the Parade.

Lions Clubs of Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia include over 500 clubs and almost 17,000 men and women.

The Sight and Hearing Van Corporation of District 24-A (Northern Virginia) is a community based 501(c)(3) corporation that is dedicated to screening the sight and hearing for the public. This is a free service and is available by request. The Corporation operates two health screening vans that may be scheduled by any Virginia Lions Club by calling 703-916-0973, or e-mail: 24ashvansscheduler(at)comcast(dot)net also visit our website http://www.valions.org/shvan/

Lions Community Outreach Foundation (LCOF) of District 22-C (DC and Maryland) is a community based, not-for profit organization committed to preventing blindness through sight-saving outreach programs. Visit the LCOF for sight services, volunteer opportunities and eyeglass collection at http://www.lionsoutreach.org.

About Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
Lions Clubs International Foundation is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International, the largest service club organization in the world with more than 1.3 million members in 205 geographic areas and countries. Since LCIF began in 1968, it has awarded more than 10,000 grants totaling more than US$700 million. Lions fund a majority of the monies given out for these major projects. 100% of funds donated go directly back to program work. Four star rating by Charity Navigator. Top NGO Award from Financial Times in 2007. LCIF has donated over $33 million as Disaster Relief to the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, China, Haiti and Chilean earthquakes. LCIF was ranked by a Financial Times' study as the number one non-governmental organization with which to partner. Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.

The National Memorial Day Parade is the largest Memorial Day event in the nation. It had attracted over a quarter of a million spectators and was broadcast live for the first time on the Military Channel.

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