|Senior Vice Commander||Fred Apgar|
|Junior Vice Commander||Ron Clyborne|
|Judge Advocate||Chuck Siljeg|
|1st Year Trustee||Bob Crawford|
|3rd Year Trustee||Les Abel|
We are again supporting the Edmonds Night Out for kids. We will have a couple of folks manning a table giving out safety brochures and flags to the young folks who will be attending the event at the Frances Anderson Playfield on July 26th from 5PM to 8PM. In addition, we will present the colors at the beginning ceremony. If you would like to participate in the evening, please let the quartermaster know.
Bob Crawford’s crew of volunteers outdid themselves raising slightly over $11,000, a record for the Post. We had raised approximately $9,500 per fundraiser last year and the pessimistic side of my CPA brain budgeted $8,500 for this year. Had we reached the $9,500 amount I would have been ecstatic, but to raise what we did was truly amazing. Of course, Fred Apgar and his crew toasted the rest of us, but every bit helped, including Erv Schmidt’s annual table at the cemetery on Memorial Day where he raised over $300 from the folks attending the services. I want to thank everyone who participated in the event. I know it can be a bit cold, a bit windy, and a bit wet at times, but your service allows us to support the various projects that are important to veterans. And a special thanks goes to Bob Crawford.
OK folks, the parade is in a few days and I’d like to have as many folks as we can muster to march (walk) in it. For you members who can’t make the meetings due to work schedules, this is a great opportunity to participate and be applauded for doing so. We will form up at 11:30AM at 6th and Main Street. The route is about a mile long, but we have vehicles for those of you who can’t walk.
I gave up trying to keep the newsletter to three pages (you folks who get it online won’t notice) Our Post is too active in the community and our Post members too involved in various activities to limit their recognition by keeping my page count down. After Memorial Day I thought we would kick back for the summer. Instead, we have so much stuff going on that I finally figured I’d have to pass out a sheet in the meeting listing everything because I knew I would be getting a ton of phone calls and emails asking for dates, times, and addresses. The Post is active in the community and it seems every week when I attend Rotary I get fined a buck for having my picture in the newspaper (no—I will not pay again at our Post meetings). The reason is that Fred Apgar does a great job of getting articles off to the various news outlets. And finally, what can I say about our Buddy Poppy effort led by Bob Crawford; over $11,000 collected by our members. Those funds will all go into the relief fund and be used to assist veterans, active military personnel, and various causes such as Honor Flight, Voice of Democracy and Teacher awards, Boy Scouts, and many others. Thanks for all you do.
I recently asked for old photos and the gentleman above replied. The picture was taken in Normandy immediately after the invasion. He was 23 and was awarded a battlefield commission. He was XO of his Battery and received a Bronze Star w/ V. He served in 5 campaigns in Europe including the liberation of Paris. He stayed in the Reserves and left the service with the rank of Major. Click here for the answer.
Warren Eddy is back home in Edmonds after 30 years in California and looking good for a man of 90 (plus?). He is married with two children, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild. As footnote, he is a past Commander of an American Legion Post in Southern California. Thanks for the memories Warren. Now how about a few more volunteers.
To learn more about the VFW membership, download:
VFW Membership Brochure
Please include a copy of your DD-214 and payment of $25.00 (if a check, please make it payable to VFW Post 8870) with your Membership Application and mail it to:
VFW Post 8870
PO Box 701
Edmonds, WA 98020-0701
You may also fill out the credit card information on the right side of the Membership Application. Please sign the form where indicated. If you would like a Life Membership or a Legacy Membership please see the Life Membership tab on the home page for further information.
DD-214’s are now available on line. The National Personnel Records Center has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD214’s online: http://vetrecs.archives.gov Military veterans and next of kin of deceased former military members may now use the new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete SP Form 180 which can be downloaded from the online website. You can find a link to this website on our Home Page.
Our Quartermaster has pointed out to me The Women in Military Service For America Memorial located at the Arlington National Cemetery. As the son of a WWII army nurse, I didn’t realize this memorial even existed so I wish to thank our Quartermaster Liz Mather for bringing it to our attention. Dedicated in 1997, it is dedicated to women who have defended America throughout our history. You can learn much more about it at www.womensmemorial.org