2014-05-22 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

Free Coffee for Veterans

Free regular-brewed coffee, hot or iced, will be served to all military veterans and active duty service members at Custom House Coffee, 796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. “Memorial Day honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” says Custom House Coffee founder Bob Mastin, himself a Vietnam veteran. “But we also want to honor those who are serving or have served in the armed forces, placing themselves in harm’s way for their country.”

Upcoming Blood Drives

The Rhode Island Blood Center will hold a drive on Tuesday, May 27, in the Navy Supply Corps School multipurpose room, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Naval Health Clinic New England will also host a drive in the command conference room on Thursday, May 29, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. With the busy summer season rapidly approaching, the need is great. Roll up your sleeve to help a shipmate, neighbor, or friend.

Eight Bells Lecture

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture series will continue on Thursday, May 29, at noon, with editors David Ranzan and John Wolter presenting “With Commodore Perry to Japan: The Journal of William Speiden Jr., 1852-1855.”

The book offers a personal account of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry’s expedition to Japan through the eyes of a sixteenyear old purser’s clerk on the USS Mississippi. The Eight Bells series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and advance reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve and arrange for base access, call 401-841-7276 at least one work day prior to event.

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