Armory doors closed to National Guard reunion
I am writing this letter to inform you of a situation that has occurred. It involves the National Guard units, specifically the 199th HHC and C Company on Maui that were activated from May 1968 through December 1969 to serve during the Vietnam War.
Every year, the members of those groups hold a reunion to commemorate the event and to honor the colors and the men who have passed on. When we asked to have our reunion held at the new Puunene armory, we were refused and told we would need to purchase a million-dollar insurance policy and pay for the water and electricity.
Many of us served our country well and are proud of it. We were very disappointed to be shut out like that as if we never belonged to the Guard.
I have asked to have a copy of the armory rules and regulations sent to me, but have not received it.
Perhaps an exception can be made for us to hold our future yearly reunions at the armory without all the stipulations.
Any assistance in this matter is appreciated. I can be contacted at 281-2004.
Manuel A. Lopes
* Opinion. A Letter to the Editor headlined “Armory doors closed to National Guard reunion,” which was published on Page C2 on Sunday, made reference to the wrong battalion. It should have read: “It involves the National Guard units, specifically the 299th HHC and C Company on Maui that were activated from May 1968 through December 1969 to serve during the Vietnam War.”
The Maui News apologizes for the error.