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FLAG DAY The U.S. flag is a symbol
Of what Americans treasure
It represents the values
We cherish beyond measure.
Our flag flies high for freedom,
For legal equality,
For constitutional rights,
And Justice for you and me.
Our flag flies high for bravery,
The courage it takes to fight
And even give our lives
For what we know is right.
Our flag flies high for compassion;
We quickly help those in need;
When there is a need for service,
Americans take the lead.
The American flag is an icon,
Representing the American way;
Our hearts swell with emotion,
When we see it rippple and sway.
Greetings and welcome to our website. We welcome your feedback. You may leave your comments in the 'guest book' located at the bottom of each page or contact a Post Officer via the Contact and Information Page. Please enjoy the site as it conveys to you who we are, what we do, and how we contribute to our community.
To members and non-members alike, I extend my hand in friendship and invite you to join us as we make a difference in supporting veterans and contributing to our community. We have ample opportunity within the Post to use your talents to support a wide array of volunteer efforts. Your active involvement in the VFW and Post 2503 is needed to ensure that the contributions to veterans , our community, and the long history and traditions of the Veterans of Foreign Wars continue without interruption.
Within our Post, volunteers are the heart of the Post and without them we have an empty building. Without people to volunteer, we cannot survive as a Post. Without volunteers, we cannot provide service to veterans and their families. Many volunteers have given decades of their lives to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, to Post 2503 and to their communities .Please congratulate each volunteer for their contributions.If you have not volunteered or can increase the amount of time you can give, please consider doing so.We cannot survive without you.
Our Community, our Post and our Honor Guard unit are in much need of your support. Won't you consider volunteering your time to assist veterans? Please contact:
March 6th is the first round of elections for 2014-2015. Please exercise your right as a member of VFW Post 2503 and attend the March and April 2014 Membership meetings to nominate and vote for the candidates who you believe will be the most capable candidates to be entrusted with the leadership responsibilities of leading our Post in the fulfillment of our National Charter, our Post by-laws, and all activities that are needed to ensure that we are fulfilling the obligations of our non-profit status to support veterans and their families.
OPINION FROM THE QUARTERMASTER
Many members of Post 2503 are busy with their lives raising families and working and as a result often do not have the time to volunteer or participate in Post activities. However, as with community, state and national elections, all too often election results do not truly match up to the expectations of many citizens simply because many people did not bother to vote. That premise is all too often a reality in veteran service organizations.
Some people within the VFW feel that people who do not regularly attend Post activities/meetings should not have the right to determine who the Post leadership should be. As Quartermaster, I adamantly disagree with that assertion. It is my belief (and National by-law) that every member of the Post has earned their right to cast a vote simply by having served in harm’s way and their current membership status in the VFW/Post.
It is also my assertion that much improvement in VFW Post 2503’s support of veterans’ and their families has occurred as a result of the efforts of the current leadership group, the efforts of many volunteers, some who have volunteered for decades, and the donations of many members. The financial well-being of the Post has much improved during the past two years. That in turn has allowed us to improve our capacity to fulfill our non-profit charter.
It is my contention that being a member of VFW Post 2503 incurs with it a minimum responsibility of each member. That responsibility includes the responsibility to vote and select those who are best qualified to fulfill the responsibility of elected office.
The election process for the 2014-2015 year will be completed during our March and April membership meetings. In March, the first round of nominations will occur. In April, the second and third (and final) rounds of nominations will be completed. The actual voting will occur after nominations are closed in the April membership meeting.
I urge every member to participate in the election process by attending the March AND April meetings. During the April meeting, those candidates who are running for office should be asked to articulate why they should be elected, what they will do to further improve upon what has transpired, what they intend on doing to fulfill our non-profit charter and just why they should be entrusted with the responsibility of office. That information should assist you in making a reasoned decision as to whom you will vote for.
Ronald J. Dupell, Quartermaster
A thought to ponder
"We can't let the enemy take one more inch. Not one more inch! We can't be silent anymore! The silence has to stop, and it has to stop today! Young men and women are dying in forgien lands to preserve the freedoms we enjoy every single day. Can you hear them? Just listen. It's their voices from the grave. They're wondering if they died in vain. Do we dare diminish their sacrifice by our silence? Well if your answer is no then you think about this. When History is written, will History say that you stood by and did nothing? Or will it say that you fought? You fought like those brave souls. You fought to preserve the memory of the young men and women that have given everything for this country, and for you!"
Quoted from: Last Ounce of Courage
Missing In America Project" documentary is dedicated to the MIAP. The purpose of the MIA Project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations. To provide honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.
Click on the title bar above to see a video which further explains the MIAP. Click on the bar below to see other videos of MIAP activities.
Vietnam-era Veterans whose service involved duty on or near the perimeters of military bases in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 may have been exposed to herbicides and may qualify for VA benefits.
1-877-WAR-VETS is a confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.
The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas-a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated.
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.
Ronald Reagon, Fortieth President of the United States of America
Our country's flag has fifty stars,
And stripes both red and white A field of blue and freedom too,
Is something for which we'll fight.
The fifty stars on our country's flag,
Each stands for a state you see,
Some are big and some are small,
But every one is free.
The seven red stripes on our country's flag,
They all stand for blood.
They also stand for every man
That died in foreign mud.
The six white stripes on our country's flag,
They stand for purity.
Love the Lord we must and in 'God we Trust,"
That's what they mean to me.
The field of blue on our country's flag
Stands for courage and bravery.
Without the things that courage brings,
Our country could never be.
Many people stand,
And many flags uncurl;
But I'd rather be an American,
Than anyone else in the world.
It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is theVETERAN who salutes the Flag.
It is the VETERAN who serves under the Flag.
ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD,
AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.
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