VFW Post 7464 to ob­serve 70th an­niver­sary

Record Observer - - News - By JACK SHAUM jshaum@kibay­times.com

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/.

PHOTOS BY DOUIG BISHOP

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.

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