2121 Grand Island Blvd.
Commander Ann Marie Pfohl
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VFW Burger Burn - June 2021VFW Post 9249 will be having a Burger Burn on July 3rd at 2121 Grand Island Blvd. They will be offering burgers, hotdogs, chips, soda and strawberry shortcake. The event will be in the front parking lot during and after the parade. COVID guidelines for gathering on the property as that day will be followed. We appreciate your support as always. Hopefully, the 4 of July Open house tradition can return in 2022.
Buddy Poppy Days - May 2021
Poppies will be available on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, May 27-29 at Speedeway, Whitehaven Road, 7-11 on Love Road and Top's Market.
Below from the VFW website:
Before Memorial Day in 1922, we conducted our first poppy distribution, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as it remains today. During our 1923 encampment, we decided that VFW "Buddy" Poppies would be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with financial assistance. The next year, disabled veterans at the Buddy Poppy factory in Pittsburgh assembled VFW Buddy Poppies. The designation "Buddy Poppy" was adopted at that time.
In February 1924, we registered the name Buddy Poppy with the U.S. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting our organization all trademark rights in the name of Buddy under the classification of artificial flowers. We've made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans. No other organization, firm or individual can legally use the name Buddy Poppy. Today, our Buddy Poppies are still assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals.
The VFW Buddy Poppy program provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home For Children. Show your support today. Host a Buddy Poppy drive in your town, or have your local government issue a special proclamation.
VFW Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ - May 2021VFW Post 9249 is hosting Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, May 26th. It will be from 4:00 p.m. until sold out and is take-out only. See flyer.
VFW Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ - May 2021VFW Post 9249 is hosting Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, May 12th and May 26th. It will be from 4:00 p.m. until sold out and is take-out only. See flyer.
VFW Sponsored Easter Drive-Thru - April 2021
Better late than never! VFW Post 9249 hosted a drive-thru Easter celebration on Saturdfay, Arpril 3rd at the DeGlopper Memorial. Between 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. were invited to drive-thru for Easter treats. They could also have their picture taken with the Easter bunny.
VFW Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ - April 2021VFW Post 9249 is hosting Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, April 28th, May 12th and May 26th. It will be from 4:00 p.m. until sold out and is take-out only. See flyer.
Patriot's Day - April 19, 2021 - April 2021Patriot's Day is an annual holiday celebrated on the third Monday of April. It commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord which took place on April 19, 1775, and were the first battles fought in the American Revolutionary War.
Before the War for Independence, the colonies in the area around Boston were heavily controlled by British Rule. The people were unhappy with this, and as a response, the residents in those colonies took arms and went to battle against the British. British forces were on the move to seize rebel arm caches. So, on April 19, 1775, the fight for independence officially began, and the first shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired in the battles of Lexington and Concord. Unbeknownst at the time, these battles were the ones who originated the creation of the United States of America.
The key figure associated with Patriots' Day is Paul Revere, a silversmith, who was the one who rode to Lexington in the night to alert the people of the British invasion. William Dawes was another accomplice and a relay team of riders spread the alert throughout the countryside.
In 1864 the Lexinton Historical Society called for April 19 to be known as "Lexington Day". However, not thinking this was fair, the people in Concord thought it should be named "Concord Day". Eventually, they compromised on Patriots' Day.
This day is not to be confused with Patriot Day, which happens on September 11 and remembers the anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center.
Patriots' Day is a public holiday in the states of Maine and Massachusetts, where people have the day off and schools and businesses are closed for the day. Even though other states in America observe this day, it is not a federal holiday. It is also the day the Boston Marathon is run.
6th Annual Memorial Day Flags on the Boulevard - April 2021
For Memorial Day, May 31, large flags will be placed in Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial, intersection of Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road,and flown for one week in Memory and Honor of those who have given their lives for our country.(Approx May 27–Jun 2) The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 is sponsoring this event to raise money for veterans and the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Project expansion. Flag sponsorships are $50 and $100. See flyer for details and form.
VFW Auxiliary Lenten Fish Fry - March 2021The Auxiliary of VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is having a Lenten Fish Dinner on Friday, March 26th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and April 2nd from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., eat in or take-out. Includes fish, french fries, cole slaw, bread & butter for $12.00 per person. Chicken finger basket also available. 50/50 and raffles.
VFW Auxiliary National Anthem Singing Contest - February 2021
The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post #9249 Auxiliary invites you to enter their National Anthem Singing Contest. Contest is open to youth ages six to sixteen. Record a video of your solo vocal performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner", save the video to a DVD, flash drive or video platform and submit by March 31, 2021.
See contest flyer here. You can find the "Get Excited for the Red, White & Blue" entry form at the National VFW Auxiliary website here.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD) is January 9th - January 2021National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is a day for our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career people in law enforcement have chosen in public service to us all.
Facts About Law Enforcement and Outreach:
In 2019, there were 228 officer suicides nationwide and 172 in 2018. The ultimate goal of LEAD is to recognize the difficulties people in law enforcement may face, and to build a larger focus on officer/law enforcement wellness and support from the community.
The Department of Justice recently launched the HERE, HELP, HOPE campaign. It is for anyone who is in law enforcement. At anytime anyone can call 1-800-273-TALK or text “blue” to 741741.
C.O.P.S. National Conference also supports National LEAD by holding a conference that offers needed focus on officer wellness and the need to proactively address the cumulative stresses that can occur over an officer’s career. This conference is for all law enforcement officers (active or retired) nationwide.
How You Can Show Your Support for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day:
Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement.
Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency.
Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media.
Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement.
Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers.
Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards.
Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your organization’s web page or social media pages.
Coordinate and/or participate in a Blue Blood Drive.
The most important thing you can do on this day is to thank a person in law enforcement for the work they do every day.