VFW Post 7464 to observe 70th anniversary
GRASONVILLE — Less than a year after World War II finally ended, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7464 was founded in Grasonville and continues to flourish 70 years later.
To observe that considerable milestone, the post will hold a special anniversary observance on Sunday, June 12 at its location at 203 VFW Ave. and the public is invited to attend at no charge. The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the post pavilion and will feature speakers discussing the post’s history while looking ahead at its future. There will be burgers, hot dogs, salads, and beverages available.
Post 7464 officially came into existence on June 12, 1946 with 60 charter members who initially met on the second floor of the building that now houses the Grasonville Post Office, said member Allan Holloman, who is also a history buff. He said the members are anxious to hear about “what took place in the past” at the post and what can be expected in the coming years.
The Ladies’ Auxiliary was officially begun on March 22, 1947 with 25 charter members and was followed with the creation of the Mens’ Auxiliary on January 13, 2004 with 38 charter members.
According to Holloman the post is doing well and has a good membership as it heads into its next decade. New officers were recently elected and officially take office on June 9. They are Herb Jones, Post Commander; Pete Martinez, Men’s Auxiliary President; Trish Speakman, Ladies’ Auxiliary President; and Rick Hagman, Chaplain.
“My top level goals will be to increase membership, promote the VFW within the community and continue to make needed improvements to the post,” Jones said in a message to the members. “These goals achieved will ensure that Grasonville VFW Post 7464 will meet the VFW mission for years to come.”
According to the national organization’s web site, the VFW mission is to “foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.” It goes on to state that its vision is to “ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great countr y.”
The VFW can trace its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish American War and Philippine Insurrection “founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service,” according to the web site.
Information on the national organization can be found by visiting www.vfw.org or on Post 7464 by logging onto www.facebook.com/VFWPost-7464-322400574509457/.
Sunday afternoon, June 12, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7464, in Grasonville, will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Pictured, from the left, are past post commanders Albert Stant, Clifton “Dickie” Coursey, Martin Skinner, Kenneth Phillips Sr. and Craig Conrad. A program will be held at the Post from 1 to 4 p.m. for all Post families and members.