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Gold Star Mother's Day - September 2018
From left: Gold Star mothers Shirley Luther & Mary Anne Crowe.From VFW 9249 Auxiliary Americanism Chairman Bob Lamb.
Gold Star Mother’s Day is September 30th, 2018.
The Gold Star Mothers organization was founded on June 4, 1928, in Washington, D.C. by Grace Darling Seibold and 24 other Gold Star Mothers. Grace Seibold had lost her son in 1918 while he was serving with the British Royal Flying Corp. In order to release her grief - Grace and other war mothers worked in hospitals and clinics to alieve the suffering of wounded war veterans.
In May 1918, President Woodrow Wilson approved a suggestion by the Council of National Defense that American women should wear a black arm band on the left arm with a gilt star for relatives who had died in service of their country.
On the last Sunday in September, Gold Star Mother's Day is observed in the U.S. in honor of Gold Star mothers, as established in Title 36 § 111 of the United States Code. This was originally declared by Senate Joint Resolution 115 of June 23, 1936.
On September 21, 1948, the United States Post Office issued a 3-cent stamp to honor the Gold Star Mothers. The stamp, designed by Charles R. Chickering features a palm branch and a star. It was the first stamp in eight years to honor a women or a woman’' organization. The first sheet of stamps was presented to Mrs. Thomas F. Sullivan - the matriarch of the Sullivan Brothers who perished when the USS Juneau was sunk in 1942.
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization of American mothers who have lost sons or daughters in service of the United States Armed Forces. In June 2005, the Gold Star Mothers altered their membership criteria and started accepting non-citizen members. Adoptive mothers and stepmothers are also allowed. Membership is not contingent on whether the child was killed in action or the theatre of operation or the time period of the service.
Grand Island VFW Post 9249 9/11 Memorial Service - September 2018
The public is invited to the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., for a Memorial Service on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. This will commemorate the loss of 2,996 lives on the 17th Anniversary of the attacks in New York City, Shanksville, Pa and Washington. DC. All groups and organizations are invited to come to the Post and stand together for this memorial service. Bring your organization's colors and banners as we pay tribute to those who lost their lives 15 years ago. If there are any questions please contact Commander Dan McMahon 622-6911 or Sr. Vice Commander Eshelman at 773-6343.
Grand Island VFW Post 9249 Patriot's Pen Winners - June 2018
From left: Youth Activities Chairperson Kathleen Blake, Auxiliary Vice President Rosemary Wojick; Auxiliary President Davis Tolejko, Chace Pyc - 1st place, Brandon Murphy - 3rd place, Isabella Maynard - 2nd place, Post 9249 Commander Daniel McMahon.Each year the VFW and VFW Auxiliary sponsor the Patriot's Pen essay competition. This is open to all students in grades 6-8, and the 2018-19 competition asks students to examine the statement, "Why I Honor the American Flag." This year's winners are Chace Pyc - 1st place, Brandon Murphy - 3rd place, Isabella Maynard - 2nd place.
Grand Island VFW Post 9249 Scholarship Winner - June 2018
Auxiliary Vice President Rosemary Wojick; Auxiliary President Davis Tolejko, Scholarship winner Megan Stanley, Post 9249 Commander Daniel McMahon, Youth Activities Chairperson Kathleen Blake.The Grand Island VFW Post 9249 Lianne Dahlberg Memorial Scholarship recipient is GIHS senior Megan Stanley. Megan wrote an essay, "Why Should We Support Our Veterans?", see here. Megan will be studying Criminal Justice this Fall at Hillbert College.
VFW Annual Picnic Sponsorship Opportunities - May 2018On July 4th 2018, the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 and auxiliary are teaming up once again to bring to Grand Island our annual picnic. The Post will have food trucks and auxiliary will be serving corn-on-the-cob, clams, pop, water and legal beverages throughout the day. Somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 people will come to our grounds and enjoy the festivities we have planned.
The picnic will begin, following the Town's parade along Grand Island Blvd. and continue throughout the afternoon until 5:00 p.m. Friends, relatives, alumni and visitors to Grand Island will be participating. There are several games and events for the youth attending our great day. There will be a sound system for your listening and dancing pleasure.
This event is the Post's largest annual fund raising event. During the year we use the money raised to support needy Veterans and their families in and around Grand Island. Money has supported the "Van for Vets" Program, food pantries and various Veterans Hospital Volunteer programs. We continually support many community programs such as scholarships to graduating seniors, Patriot's Pen, Voice of Democracy, the Grand Island Hockey Club program, Neighbors Foundation and adult softball.
Many hours and days of planning go into making this event a success and the costs associated with our day are rising. As the Post Commander and event Chairman, I am asking for your financial support to offset some of these costs. Or Volunteer support, The Post has established 4 levels of sponsorship:
Platinum Level - $1500.00
Gold Level - $1000.00
Silver Level - $500.00
Kid Games Sponsor - $500.00 and volunteers
Platinum & Gold Level sponsors have the opportunity to put their own display on the Grounds. Multiple sponsors, will chose spots according to level. Silver Level will have their sponsorship on the back sides of our venue tickets. We Sell 45 - 50 thousand tickets. Multiple sponsors will be split up among the tickets. We will use the sponsors’ names in our press releases and signs will be posted at the entrance gates to the grounds listing sponsors and sponsorship levels.
Daniel B. McMahon - Commander, Post 9249
Givfw9249@yahoo.com - Post: 773-6343