by: Gillian Ford
Contributors: Jim Wilkins & Rev. Miriam Slejko
“Chief” Johnson served in the United States Navy from 1952-1983 (33+ years) on 18 different ships and on five bases ashore including at Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines and Japan. He served under Presidents Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. After retirement, Dick served on the Honor Guard at Fort Logan National Cemetery for 20 years here in Colorado.
The World War II Memorial dedicated in 2004 was built to honor the service and sacrifice of 16,000,000 Americans. While 1,200,000 WWII veterans are still alive today, nearly 1,400 are passing away daily.
You can help celebrate “Chief” Johnson in two ways:
1. Write a letter to Dick thanking him for his service. Letters will be received at the Trinity Military Ministry Table in Fellowship Hall March 17-April 7
2. Join the Welcome Home group who will gather at Denver International Airport to meet Dick’s return flight. Sign up at the Trinity Military Ministry table.
Spouses of service members are important too and serve in their own way. Carolyn, Dick’s wife of 28 years, is also a long time member of Trinity. Dick and Carolyn met and were married at Trinity. Both Dick and Carolyn are part of Trinity’s Military ministry.
Honor Flight in Washington, D.C.
Our own Trinity member, Dick Johnson, will be honored on an Honor Flight for Veterans to Washington, D.C. on April 25-27, 2019. It is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Honor Flight and Trinity’s Military Ministry.
Dick and other veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War will tour the memorials and monuments dedicated to their service located in Washington, D.C. These memorials are primarily inaccessible to most veterans due to age, health, financial status and other circumstances. For them, attending this trip will be a soaring salute. For the Military Ministry, it is a small way of showing our support for these heroes and our deep gratitude for the freedom we enjoy today.
Presentation at Trinity
On Sunday, March 17, Mary Haddon, President, Rocky Mountain Honor Flight will present the Honor Flight for Veterans program in Fellowship Hall following at 12:30pm. The congregation is invited to stay, enjoy a burrito or punch and cookies, and hear about this exciting program which Trinity’s Military Mission supports.
Trinity's Military Ministry members: (from left, seated) Barbara Koener; (standing) Carol Brown, Beverly Gerlock, Jim Wilkins, Larry Brown, Nancy McFaddin, Myrt Dorroh, Judy Woodring, Dave Gerlock, Arlen McFaddin, Bob Dorroh, Chuck Woodring.