VFW Mural Dedication Ceremony
Saturday - November 10, 2018 @ 11:00am
Today VFW Post 3137 dedicated our mural to all the men and women who honorably served.
From Concept to Reality
Post Commander Buddy Gillam presided over the mural dedication ceremony today and with Co-Chair John Bauer unveiled and recited the words from the commemorative bronze plaque (pictured above). Joining him for the presentation was the mural committee co-chaired by John Bauer and Dennis Hamilton and committee members Al Lowry and Eddie Spear. John Bauer's grandson also read an essay he wrote on the meaning of Veterans Day to him.
And most important our commissioned and very talented well-known local artist, Gretta Kruesi who took the committee ideas to incorporate elements and painted the stunning mural you see today. Her vision, dedication, passion and perseverance for the project was outstanding as she worked tirelessly to complete her mission for this day.
Special thanks go out to Malcolm Burgis and the Windjammer for providing the canvas. Post Quartermaster Bo Stallings oversaw and coordinated logistics for the groundwork and securing a scissor lift, stand lights and the plaque mounting. The scissor lift was graciously donated by Sunbelt Rental for the duration of the project. Ground up lighting was installed by William Burgis so the mural remains lit for viewing into the evening. So many others contributed their time and effort in various capacities and we just can't thank them all enough.
In attendance were special guests, IOP Mayor Jimmy Carroll, city council members and members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Services. Many VFW members and guests of the post came out and a luncheon was provided immediately following the ceremony.
In the few simple words that means so much for so many "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE"
VFW Announces New Brand Identity
Change to better represent America's largest combat veterans organization
November 06, 2018 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., America's largest and oldest major combat veterans organization, is pleased to announce it has deployed a new look.
The new VFW logo and visual language embraces the organization's storied 119 years of service to America's veterans, service members and their families, while underscoring its forward-thinking approach to service and distinguished membership base. The VFW believes the new logo will improve market position and provide visual clarity to its mission.
"We're excited about the bold, new look," said B.J. Lawrence, national commander of the VFW. "There's a lot of complex meaning built into our new logo, yet it clearly communicates who we are and what we're about – service to nation while in the military and continuing service to our nation as veterans."
The new logo is a drastic change from its predecessor, and is the first-ever official logo that was designed without the organization's traditional Cross of Malta shield, which remains the official seal of the VFW. It includes an artistic representation of service stripes which represent length of service on most U.S. military uniforms. As such, the first and leaner of the two service stripes represents the organization's steadfast entry into its second century of service to America's veterans, service members and their families. The second, broader stripe, represents its first storied century of service, spanning back to 1899. In addition to the direct metaphor of the stripes, the visual progression leading to the build of the letter "V" represents our sustained and forward movement into achieving the VFW's mission of service to others. The distinctive gold coloring gives nod to the VFW's stringent membership eligibility requirements and the gold standard of service the VFW provides. The red represents the danger each of its members has faced and the energy with which the VFW operates.
In support of the project, the VFW has created individual custom logos for use by each of its 52 VFW Department headquarters in all 50 states and overseas, and nearly 6,300 individual VFW Posts.
"The VFW is such an amazing organization and just as relevant, if not more so, than any other time in our history. It's time all of America notices us and I feel confident this is another step in accomplishing just that," said Lawrence.
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Sunday November 11, 2018 @ 3:00pm
This Sunday... Veterans Day our post will be having "pot luck" at 3:00pm.. members bring a dish and and join in ...All Veterans will receive a complimentary beverage ..Thank you for your service.
"While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime,"
VFW Post 3137 Monthly Comrades Meeting
Monday - November 12, 2018 @ 6:30pm
A great opportunity for everyone to stay in touch and be a part of all that we do at post 3137 to support our fellow veterans, their families, and the mission of the VFW. Important topics which affect you and the operation of our post, including business related items, post improvements, and upcoming social events are discussed and crucial decisions.
Can't make the meeting but have ideas or suggestions for the post, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make sure to address them.
Pre Thanksgiving Dinner - Open to the Public
Saturday November 17, 2018 - from 6:00pm Until 8:00pm
6pm – 8pm or until the food runs out - $10 Per Plate
Deep Fried Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing With Gravy, Green Beans, Rolls, Cranberry Sauce, Assorted Desserts.
Come Join The Fun And Have A Great Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner!!
We need volunteers...to bring Turkeys, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing,Gravy, Green Beans, Rolls, Cranberry Sauce and Desserts. We need Volunteers to help serve, kitchen duty and clean up. If you can help out you can signup for areas needed at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044ba9a72ba4fb6-prethanksgiving1
Special Thanksgiving Day - November 22, 2018
Val will open the post on Thanksgiving day at 3:00pm and serving Turkey Sandwiches to interested Members.
VFW Post 3137 Monthly Post Auxiliary Meeting Reminder
Monday November 19, 2018 @ 6:30pm
Members are encouraged to actively participate and hope you can attend. Meetings are an opportunity for everyone to stay in touch and be a part of all that we do at post 3137 to support our fellow veterans, their families, and the mission of the VFW.
Can't make the meeting but have ideas or suggestions for the post, email them to email@example.com and we'll make sure to address them.
VFW Gear - New Shipment of Shirts. Buy your Christmas presents now!
Stop and shop when you're in!
Toys for Tots
Our toys for tots box is back through December 10th. Please take the time to bring your unwrapped toy by our post so it will be ready for pick up.....you do not need to be a member to drop off a toy for a child to have for Christmas....ring our bell and we will be happy to let you in...
Let us make this happen for these kids....thanks for your support from post 3137
Coat Drive for Vets
Coats will be collected through pre-Thanksgiving.
Thanks for your support from post 3137
Rentals - Downstairs at VFW Post 3137
Why not hold your next event right on the beach. Rental space is available below the post for
Rent the downstairs of VFW Post 3137 for any type of celebration! Birthdays, Wedding Receptions, Graduations and Retirements!
For more details visit: http://www.vfwpost3137.org/rentals/
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