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VFW Post 2503 has wireless access to the internet. The instructions for accessing the network are contained here and are also available at the Post.
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You can renew your dues online and manage your VFW Membership by creating a user account at http://www.vfw.org/. Simply click on the icon titled ' 'create a VFW account' in the menu above. You can access your membership record at any time; request a new or replacement membership card; update your contact information to include your name, address, e-mail, and phone number; or become a Life Member or Legacy Life Member.
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.
VFW Post 2503 Commander Fred Van Peer is currently in Berlin as part of the Checkpoint Charlie Program of Germany. Omaha World Herald columnist Mike Kelly posted an article about Fred's journey in the September 27, 2015 Omaha World Herald. Here is a link to the article for you to enjoy as we did.
The USA flags above are donated casket flags from
deceased members of VFW Post 2503.
The names of the deceased members
are written on the side of each flag.
By Mike Strasser, U.S. Military Academy Public Affairs. PARAMUS, N.J. (Oct. 15, 2013) -- Retired Master Sgt. Nicholas Oresko was honored at a public funeral service Oct. 10, in Paramus, N.J. Oresko died Oct. 4, at the age of 96, and was the oldest living World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient.
THANK YOU FOR SERVING !!!
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:
Adm. Bill McRaven is a bad-ass — and fount of good advice.
Head of the Joint U.S. Special Operations Command, he is a 36-year SEAL who has been at the tip of the spear in the war on terror since 2001. He has commanded a squadron in the fabled Naval Special Warfare Development Group, better known as SEAL Team Six, and he oversaw planning and execution of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
He is also the most mysterious and guarded Navy four-star. While Admirals Greenert, Gortney, Locklear and company frequently appear in the media and before Congress, McRaven shies away from the spotlight. In fact, outside the special operations community, he rose all the way to four-star without attracting much notice until Operation Neptune Spear.
But students at the University of Texas at Austin got a rare treat last weekend when McRaven delivered their commencement speech. McRaven, a 1977 UT grad, riffed on the school’s motto (“What starts here changes the world.”) to deliver the 10 lessons he learned during his SEAL training. Among them: If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.”
He closes the speech with the classic SEAL metaphor for failure: ringing the bell. “Don’t ever, ever ring the bell,” he says.
Click on the Button below to hear his speech given at the University of Texas Commencement 2014
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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If you are a member, auxiliary member, AMVET, or Son of AMVET , please provide name, mailing address, e-mail address, and membership status.