Service Member's Corner

JulY 2023 Update


Hello CP 186 members, 

Join us for our upcoming meeting on June 28th at the NVC Memorial Hall

For God and Country,


Haydon Mar, Commander

Cathay Post #186

Next General Membership Meeting:

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at the NVC Memorial Hall.

If you have any agenda items for consideration, please contact Post Commander, Haydon Mar a week prior to the meeting.   Thank you. 

Memorial Day Ceremony at Hing Hay Park   

We appreciate the incredible support by many of you for our annual Seattle Chinatown-International District Memorial Day Ceremony.   We are grateful to our keynote speaker, the Honorable Andrea Chin, Seattle Municipal Judge for her insightful words of remembrance.  

Our Distinguished Visitors:

Special Thanks:

Every year, many Cathay Post members attend the morning Nisei Veterans Committee Memorial Day Ceremony at Lake View Cemetery to honor our fallen Nisei brothers.  This year was NVC's 78th annual memorial service.  Cathay Post Commander, Haydon Mar and Sergeant-At-Arms, Jackson Chan, represented Cathay Post #186 with the wreath presentation.  We are honored to be part of this time honored memorial service.   

Funds from our AAPI Hometown Hero grant were used to help co-sponsor Seattle Police Department's Chinatown-International District (C-ID) community outreach "Boba Tea with SPD."    The event was held on May 10, 2023 and over 100 community members turned out.  Thank you Seattle Police Department for keeping our communities safe.  

Cathay Post #186:  "Serving Those Who Serve"

Veterans Strengthening America!

Annual Post Elections Results:      

Congratulations to our 2023-24 Cathay Post #186 new officer-elected.  Nomination and voting of Cathay Post officers position took place at the May 24th meeting.  The following new officers will begin their term September 2023 and serve through August 2024.  The Officer installation will be sworn in by our District Commander and will take place at our installation banquet at a future date yet to be determined.  Congratulations to our officer-elects!      

Honoring A Fellow Veteran  

Joseph Fraga Mathews was laid to rest with full military honors last week at Tahoma National Cemetery. Matthews served in the U.S. Army and served honorably for 5 years receiving a National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Mathews passed away at the age of 76 in Renton, WA on May 5, 2023.

"We're honored to assist in giving Mr. Mathews the dignified military services and final salute he deserves,” said Greenwood Manager Rae Morse.

THANK YOU Greenwood Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Tahoma National Cemetery, Tahoma Honor Guard, Gerald Chang and Tony Chinn of Cathay Post 186 - Seattle, WA, VFW Post 6785 and many veterans and family members for honoring the life and service of Joseph Fraga Matthews.

Veterans Helping Veterans

Free "handyman" help for Cathay Post veterans and widows of former members on minor home repairs. 
If you have any minor home repairs needs, please contact us for a free assessment.

We are NOT licensed, bonded or insured experts.  But we are willing to assist with minor installation of home safety devises such as hand rails, grab bars, change high ceiling light bulbs etc.

Pictured above is a recent project installing new stair handrail and reinforcing the old hand rails for Warren Yee's mom, Sally, in her home. 

Please email Adjutant Kent Wong if you have a potential project for our team.  Thanks.    

Veterans Helping Veterans! 

We're pleased to have Charles Blair join the American Legion and Cathay Post #186 family.      

Photos from our May 24, 2023 Cathay Post #186 meeting. Thanks to everyone who came to our meeting and for the help assembling our Memorial Day star fundraiser.  Hope to see all of you in the June meeting.   

Save-the-Date for the Nisei Veterans Committee's (NVC) Chow Mein Dinner and Baked Goods Sale on Sunday, June 25th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm PDT at the NVC Memorial Hall in Seattle.

Let's show a strong CP186 support to our NVC brother.  They have provided us a great meeting place and have gone "above and beyond" to help us.  Let's support them in their fundraiser.    

Meals and Baked Goods will be Take-Out only this year.   $20 Donation per dinner.  You can also pay with a credit card at their "curb side pick up" or "take-out" at the NVC Memorial Hall.  Thanks.

TONY CHINN, U.S. Army Veteran


“Heroes don’t wear capes or tights ... they wear dog tags and combat boots.”

Thank You for your Service, Tony Chinn!

Tax Deductible Donations

Cathay Post #186 is making a positive impact.  Here are a few examples:

You can help us achieve our mission with a tax-deductible donation.

To donate cash, you can send us a check made payable to "American Legion - Cathay Post #186".  If you want your gift used for a specific purpose by indicating that purpose either in the memo line or in a letter to us.

Contact us if you want to add a bequest in your Will.   We can help you include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to Cathay Post #186 as part of your estate plan.

Donations to American Legion Cathay Post #186 are Tax Deductible:

If you have any questions about donations, please contact Cathay Post Adjutant, Kent Wong.