As the end of May approaches, families in the U.S. look upon its three day weekend as the 'Start of Summer'. Officially starting about three weeks later, summer means schools are out and vacation plans are about to be realized. In 1950, May 30 was designated as a day to remember Fallen Veterans and to Pray For Permanent Peace. A 1968 law moved the celebrated day to the last Monday in May, creating a three day weekend which has evolved to a point that the "Memorial" is easily forgotten. "Memorial Day", established shortly after the Civil War, was to remember those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice and their families. Let's put the importance of the day back into our activities and use its marking the 'Start of Summer' as coincidence, not the other way around. Be safe in your travels this holiday weekend, and remember to keep its purpose foremost in your minds.
To commemorate Memorial Day, several events are taking place. The Post will again join with Tractor Supply in Hendersonville on May 23rd to conduct a Buddy Poppy Distribution at the local store. Members are asked to help remind the community what Memorial Day is about. Also, the Officers invite you to join us for our Memorial Day Picnic May 25th starting at 1 PM, after the Gallatin Veterans Park Service.
Post activities continue outside. The Foxhole Lounge (closed Mondays) has even made the pavilion ("Woodshed") an extension of the lounge. The Horseshoe competitions have the 'pits' working and the Golf Tournament Fund raiser (Sept. 26) is accepting sponsors. You might even notice the Project 22 garden is well on its way. Come be a part of our activities. Remember too, our new format puts long term information in the 'Ongoing' and 'Document' sections below (i.e. current Post Newsletter and VFW Dispatch).
Our Sr. Vice Commander and District 4 Commander Bob Underwood's campaign is in the final month for the Department Quartermaster position. He continues to travel the state informing members at Post and District meetings that he is motivated by the national call for younger veterans in higher offices and his degrees in Accounting and Computer Science have prepared him for the position that oversee the Department's communications and assets. He asks everyone to recommend and follow his campaign Facebook page. The Post endorsed Bob as he pursues election at the Department Convention, June 20th.
The Honor Run to the Middle East Conflicts Memorial (Website and Facebook page) in Marseilles, Illinois (now called Warrior Project) now has its own Facebook . Funding is seriously needed. Plans are still being worked out and the committee is still looking for workers. Contact the Post at 615-824-9851 to participate.
Ongoing Info-> ->
Lounge - (Closed on Mondays)
The food menu changes daily. Pub style food of all kinds. Drop by after work and see what Cody has in store to soothe your appetite.
Booster meetings are the Wednesday before the Second Thursday of each month. Members are encouraged to attend and direct the projects that support the Post. 6:30, May 13 is the next meeting.
2015-16 Student Competitions -
Themes for VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Competitions will be; VOD: My Vision for America & PP: What Freedom Means to Me. Students do not have to wait until next school year to get started.
Suicide Awareness --
Too many Veterans are taking their lives. Family Members often don't understand the conflicts PTSD sufferers deal with and have difficulty communicating with them. Be aware of signs of PTSD and/or suicidal thoughts. Do not shrug them off as a 'condition' nor try to handle this alone. HELP IS AVAILABLE. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, check this link or call 1-800-273-8255 for help dealing with the feelings. HOPE is not gone!