We have received word from our District & Department leadership that Edmonds Post 8870 has met the requirements for All-State Post for the current VFW year.
While Quartermaster Dennis Peterson and
Commander Mike Denton will wear the “White Hat”, it is worn in recognition
of all that has been accomplished by our entire membership in the past
Ours is a busy post, with many members
participating in community service and keeping an eye out for new members
on a regular basis.
Particular thanks go out to Past Post and
District Commander Jim Traner for his guidance, District 1
staff, especially Commander Doug White, for special help and leadership
and our stalwart Quartermaster, Dennis Peterson.
As we approach the installation of our new Commander at the May
meeting, I want to thank all of you for the honor and privilege of serving
as your Commander for these past two years. It has been a busy time, has
passed swiftly and I have learned much.
At the District meeting of commanders recently, District 1
Commander Doug White told me that if he were not already a VFW member and
free to join any post he liked, he would probably choose 8870. He said
he very much enjoys visiting our post and finds our meetings among the
most enjoyable of the district. High praise indeed and it is you, our
members who deserve those accolades. Commander White has agreed to be our
installing officer at the May meeting. My most visible role going forward, will
be to continue to act as your newsletter editor.
As has been our longstanding practice, the Post will be
distributing poppies on Friday and Saturday, May 24 & 25 of Memorial
Day weekend. We will be at four locations: The QFC stores at Mukilteo
Speedway, Edmonds Westgate & West Lynnwood (196th & 76th) and at
the Fred Meyer at 164th and Alderwood Mall Blvd.(All of these locations
are Kroger Co. stores and we are grateful for their support. Other notable
grocery chains have turned us down in the past)
You can sign up any time on the Post website. Sign up sheets will also be available once again at the May Post meeting. This really needs to be an “All Hands Evolution” as we say in the USN, so please step up and take a couple of shifts. We very much need more help at the West Lynnwood QFC. If you have willing friends and family, we can use all the help we can get.
Poppy distribution is the sole source of funds for our Relief
Fund and we need lots of people handing out poppies and taking
It is a fun and rewarding experience to honor our fallen as we
raise funds, with the added opportunity to hear donors’ stories of their
own or family members’ service and share our own.
In Flanders Fields the Poppies blow, among
the crosses, row on row…
Our incoming Commander, Rose Gilliland seems to be a bit camera
shy, despite being one of the more active members of our post for quite
some time, but we were able to dredge up this pic of her from the
presentation of a donation to one of our veterans homes in 2016.
For the past several years, she has been a valued member of our
Relief Committee, our Jr. Vice Commander and a faithful distributor of
poppies as well as just about everything else we do.
An Army Veteran of Desert Storm, she joined the Army in 1986
was stationed with B Co. 3/9th Aviation Regiment, Ft. Lewis, Wa. In 1989
she was sent to Korea to join 2nd Battalion 501st Avn Regiment at. Camp
Humphreys. Having left active service in 1990 Rose was recalled for Desert
Storm in 1991, again with B Co. 3/9th Aviation Regiment at Ft. Lewis. Rose
lives and works in Mukilteo.
She will be installed as Commander in ceremonies at the May
At the April Post meeting, Casey Davis, Executive Director of
Edmonds Food Bank spoke to us about the Food Bank’s operations and it’s
potential impact on veterans in need.
The mission of the food bank, operating out of the Edmonds
United Methodist Church, is to provide, free of charge, fresh and
nutritious food to families needing help who are located in Edmonds
and in the surrounding communities of South Snohomish County.
Hunger affects many of us. One life transition – job loss
or change, health issue, family crisis, cuts in benefits – can make it so
we must choose between healthy food and other necessities. Often, we
just need a little assistance. The Carol Rowe Memorial Edmonds Food Bank
operates to provide that help. Open on Mondays & Tuesdays, 50
weeks a year.
Davis points out that Edmonds has the largest percentage of
veterans (11%) in its population of any city in Snohomish County, with far
more of them in need of some level of help than we might think.
Davis discussed with post members some ideas of the kind of assistance
VFW might offer to reach those veterans in need, such as having cover
wearing members as volunteers on food distribution days, holding regular
food donation drives, among others. We agreed that discussion among our
staff and membership is in order toward reaching out to veterans who might
be in need of food assistance.
“Today, war is a high-tech affair. The modern soldier
relies on advanced weapons and communications technology as
his essential support. But in World War II, soldiers relied on
an entirely different kind of support–a kind of support soldiers have
used since ancient times. Animals. Dogs, horses, and pigeons became World
War II soldiers’ best friends in battle, serving to carry weapons, wounded
men, and messages through artillery fire. In War Animals, bestselling
author Robin Hutton brings the animal heroes of World War II to vivid life
with the heroic true tales of: Famed pigeon G.I. Joe, who saved
an Italian village and British troops by flying 20 miles in
20 minutes to carry a message to Allied forces; Chips, a
German Shepherd trained as a sentry who attacked an Italian
machine gun team, sustaining powder burns and saving his handler’s
life; Bing, a paradog who jumped out of a plane on D-Day, landed in a
tree, and once on the ground helped his handlers locate the enemy. A
heartwarming and sometimes even hilarious history of bonafide heroes of
feather and fur, War Animals is a World War II story you’ve never read
before.”– Provided by publisher.
I found this book quite interesting, especially the War Dog
part. The US Army used dogs as sentry, scout dogs, sled and pack, mine
detection, and messenger dogs. The US Coast Guard used them mainly for
sentry duties, and the US Marines used them as scout dogs. Pigeons were used as
message carriers, horses and mules were used it the Italian theater,
carrying supplies up hills and mountains that vehicles could not
The book also covers the British use of animals, especially
rescue dogs who located trapped civilians in bombed out buildings from
German bombing attacks. This book introduced me to the British People’s
Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Dicken Medal which was awarded to some of
these outstanding animals.
In the efforts to bring awareness to the meaning of Memorial
Day, Ace Hardware is going to give away 1 million American stick flags.
VFW Posts, including Post 8870 are receiving these flags to place on
Our thanks to Ace Hardware store and especially our
local Edmonds store.
A Time to Remember 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 22 Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College
Edmonds Community College invites everyone to the Sixth Annual Memorial Day Ceremony with wreath laying on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM at the Campus’ BlackBox Theater.
This year we’ll be marking the 75th Anniversary of the
DDay Invasion of Normandy.
Each year we come together on the Wednesday before Memorial Day to reflect on the price paid for our freedom, and to show our gratitude to the families of the fallen as well as those still living who are connected to our Armed Forces in some way.
We hope you will join us for this special event that has
become a time-honored tradition on our campus. People from across our
campus and community come together to create our Memorial Day Ceremony.
Local Girl Scout Troops from Lynnwood and Mukilteo place flags along our
procession route between the theater and the Boots to Books
Monument where we’ll lay a wreath created by Linda Toccoli from
our Campus Horticulture Department.
Our Master of Ceremonies will be Jon Ramer, USAF (Ret.). We
will have speeches from our College President and the Mayor of Lynnwood,
as well as one of our student veterans, a retired US Army Apache
Helicopter Pilot. Musical performances by Native American Flautist Peter Ali,
Bugler Glenn Ledbetter and Bagpiper Toby Beard are also featured.
Secretary/Treasurer: Jo Boyett Phone: (425)481-9208
Chaplain: Alan Bridgeford
Conductress: Carrie Bridgeford
Guard: Carrie Bridgeford
3-year Trustee: Trudy Holden
As the Edmonds Senior Center closes for construction of the new
Edmonds Waterfront Center, which will house the Senior Center in future,
we find it necessary to move our meeting location, beginning with the June
Our May 9th meeting will be held at 12:00 pm at the Edmonds
Senior Center, as, usual.
Our June 13th meeting will be held at 12:00 pm at Holy Trinity
Church, 657 Daly St in Edmonds, unless otherwise noted.
Lunch is available at both locations before the meeting for
It is always gratifying to see our Post
honorees advance to the next level and we had the opportunity to honor one
such at the March Post meeting knowing the was eligible for the
Detective Nicole Stone began her career in law
enforcement working as an assistant to the Traffic Unit Sergeant in
the Spokane Police Department, while attending Spokane Community
College, studying Administration of Justice/Law Enforcement. Continuing
her education, she became a Reserve Police Officer for the Spokane P.D.
and worked as a Corrections Officer for Spokane County Jail.
Since joining the Mukilteo P.D. in 2008, Stone
has built an impressive record investigating and achieving convictions
in major cases, including the notorious Chennault Beach Triple Murder
case. She worked as co-lead for the house party triple murder case, which
garnered nationwide media attention. She received the Mukilteo Police
Department Commendation Award for her work on this case. Since 2015, Stone
has been one of the elite investigators chosen from all police agencies county
wide forming the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team.
Post 8870 is proud to be able to recognize
Detective Stone’s work and to sponsor her to the District 1 and
now Department of Washington and potentially national awards. Our thanks
for her dedication to public safety.
L to R: Asst. Chief G. Koen, Detective
John Ernst, Honoree Detective Nicole Stone, Sr Vice Commander Carl
Kurfess, Chief Cheol Kang.
VFW Post member Pastor Edgar Gray Jr. passed
away recently. He as born on October 15, 1933 in Ada, Ok., the second
child of Deacon Edgar Gray Sr. Upon graduation from High school, he
enlisted in the US Navy. Petty Officer Gray served as a Machinist’s Mate
Third class for 4 years plus two in the reserves and was a veteran of the
Gray graduated from the University of
Washington in 1977 with a BA in History and Education. Before his
University Graduation, he served on The Washington State Ordination Board (for
Pastors) 1972-1975. Comrade Gray was a long time member of Post 8870 and
served as Post Chaplain for many years. He leaves a wife, six sons three
daughters, 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grand children and a host of nieces
Many thanks to our Post comrade Roosevelt D.
Ward, Jr., CPO Retired, USN. for providing the information on Edgar’s
life. We will drape our charter in Comrade Gray’s honor at the April