All State Post
All-American Post 2008-2009
Bill Bahr, Webmaster, Public Relations, CHARACTER COUNTS! Representative, Asst Voice of Democracy Chair, and Asst Adjutant
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Help your local VFW help the community. We...
Ship packages monthly to servicemen overseas
· Provide Christmas gifts to Hines VA Hospital patients
· Participate in color/honor guards and local parades
· Perform memorial services at cemeteries
· Support the WWII Veteran Honor Flight program
· Offer assistance to servicemen on active duty
· Offer Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy student scholarships
· Support Scout of the Year and Teacher of the Year programs
· Organize Flag Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day programs
· Provide lectures at the invitation of local schools
· Provide American Flag disposal services
· Run special projects, eg, helped supply bathrobes to Illinois VA hospitals
As State Commander, Comrade Bill Wolff led the effort to raise $40,800 to supply 2700 bathrobes to Illinois VA Hospitals in 2011.
For our continuing post project, please help Bill send out lots more troop care packages this year.
Support Our Troops
7,000+ packages sent to Iraq & Afghanistan as of 12/22/11
To watch a packing session, click here.
2011-12 Illinois Community
Affairs Record Book, 2nd Place
Buddy Poppy Display Contest
Post Chair: Cliff Hall
2011-2012 State of Illinois Winner
2011 VFW National Convention: “DIRECTORS AWARD”
Category 2 – Memorial or Inspirational Displays
2010-2011 State of Illinois Winner
2009-2010 District Winner, 3rd in State
2008-9 State of Illinois Winner
2012-2013 Voice of Democracy Winner (Lake Park HS): 1st Place: Christopher Necka
2012-2013 Patriot's Pen Winners (Middle Schools):
3 First Places: Isabela Sanson (St. Isidore), Morgan E Kelly (Trinity Lutheran), & Madeline E. Derango (St Walter's)
Program-Start/Departure Times; Assembly usually 30 minutes before.
Jan 12: 19th Dist VOD Dinner Alta Villa, Addison
Jan 21: Boy Scouts, Sons of American Revolution Merit Badge, Library, 0900-1000 hrs
Feb 17: 19th Dist, Wood Dale
Feb 24: 19th Dist Patriot Pen Lunch, Batavia
Mar 9-10: SOT Food Drive, Jewell, 1000-1800 hrs each day
Mar 20: LPHS War & Peace Forum
Mar 23: 19th Dist Swing into Spring / Poppies Dinner, Addison
Apr 13: Honor Guard, Elevator Union Dinner
Apr 26 Senior Fair, Medinah Shriners Temple, 0900-1200 hrs
Apr 27: Bloomingdale Baseball Assn Honor Guard - Springfield Park, 0930 hrs
Apr 28: Dist Memorial Svc & Membership Awards
May 4: Blood Drive, Fire House (0900 - 1500 hrs)
May 4: Post Blood Drive, B'dale Fire Station, 0900-1500 hrs
May 5: Loyalty Day Parade, Batavia
May 17: Poppy Sales, McDonald's Lake Street, 1630 hrs
May 18 & 19: Poppy Sales, McDonald's Lake Street (May 18: 0840 hrs)
May 19: 19th District Convention - West Chicago
May 25: Memorial Day Practice, 1000 hrs
May 27: Memorial Day, St. Paul's Cemetery, 0900 hrs, Black Ascots, Gloves; Gazebo, 1100 hrs
May 28: Folds of Honor, Honor Guard, Medina CC, 1000 hrs
Jun 2: Rose Parade, 1200 hrs Gazebo depart, 1230 hrs line-up
Jun 3: Honor Guard, LPHS Graduation
Jun 7: Roselle Cruise Night Honor Guard, 1800 hrs
Jun 16-19: State Convention
Jun 21: Chicago Standdown
Sep 7: Septemberfest
Sep 14: Vet Clinic, Trinity Lutheran
Nov 4: VA Lecture, Alexian Brothers Senior Home
Dec 14: Post XMAS Party, Trinity Lutheran
Armed Forces Breakfast
for Blue Star Families
Memorial Day, 2008
Iraq News from post member Chris Horton, CPT, Infantry
Greetings to the Troops
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/13/07 w/music
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/13/07
Snowman's Crossing Tree Decoration 11/24/07
View Commander Joe's Veterans Day Tribute
View Nathan Bracher's (LPHS) Voice of Democracy First Place Essay.
Veterans Day, 2007
Post Officers Post History Uniform X Sheet Post Pictures Veterans Discounts
Patriot's Pen Essay Contest
Voice of Democracy Essay Contest
IL Scout Scholarship Humor Batavia Cares Bloomingdale-Roselle Rotary CHARACTER COUNTS!
Challenge to Post Members:
Buy a Blue Star Service Flag and Pin (total $10) for relatives of active
military personnel. Post will pay membership fees for those actively serving & qualifying for VFW.
Beloved Comrade Salvatore Franzese, RIP
WWII - Deceased: September 2012
Click for Echo Taps, Danny Boy, and Amazing Grace using Microsoft Internet Explorer
Gazebo Ceremonial Site, Cemetery Bench, Veteran Grave-marker, & Flag Box
To Our Veterans, We honor, We remember ("Mansions of the Lord"): www.angelfire.com/ny5/ItisPeke/VDay.html
To Our WWII Veterans, Before You Go:
Poignant Photos from Iraq: www.clermontyellow.accountsupport.com/flash/UntilThen.swf
Iraq Veterans Memorial (Video Tributes): http://iraqmemorial.org
Honor the Fallen (Locator): www.militarycity.com/valor/honor.html
"Let's Say Thanks!": Send a free printed postcard to a soldier serving overseas
World War II, J. Maxwell Edmonds, epitaph on Second Division memorial, Kohima, Burma, 1944
"When you go home, Tell them of us, and say -- For your tomorrow, We gave our today."
Vietnam quote from Dana L. Safford, former Sergeant, USMC:
"For those who have fought for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know."
LTG Hal Moore and Joe Galloway,
"We Are Soldiers Still":
"What all of us know in our hearts is that we are soldiers still. Some of us revisit the battlefield in nightmares. Some of us wear scars, visible and invisible, that mark us as
changed men who walk unseen among our neighbors, who have never known what it is like to hold a dying boy in their arms and watch the life fade from his questioning eyes."
Iraq quote from Jacob B. Schick, Cpl, USMC, wounded 20 Sept 2004 (Alive Day [anniversary of a very close escape from death] Memories):
"When you look at the American flag, what do you see? You know most people say, "an American flag." OK. I can put you in a setting that would make your skin crawl.
Because you've never been and seen a national anthem with a bunch of guerneys and wheelchairs and people with fake limbs and no limbs, burned faces, burned bodies,
and seen them salute as good as they could to the American flag.... The fight doesn't stop when you get home. In our cases, it's just begun."
Quote from Chaplain Gregory Todd, speaking at the Wounded Warriers Ceremony, Camp Lejeune, NC (Alive Day Memories):
"Today, Lord, we honor those who bear the scars of their service that testify to their duty in the protection and defense that they have provided us. We continue to pray for
our brothers and sisters in arms, those who stand the watch and are still in harm's way. Send your angels to protect them and bring them back to us safely. Amen."
"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row...."
-- Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
"We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies."
-- Moina Michael, in response
RIP: Army Staff Sgt. Paul M. Latourney, 28 of Roselle, IL; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment,
1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, TX; died March 2, 2007, in Baghdad of wounds sustained
when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on combat patrol.
Also killed was Spc. Luis O. Rodriguez-Contrera.
"Military honors: On Friday, Aug. 1, members of Bloomingdale VFW Post No. 7539 served as color guard for a memorial ceremony at the Roselle Public Library for Army Staff Sgt. Paul M. Latourney, 28, of Roselle. Latourney died in Baghdad on March 2, 2007. He was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on combat patrol. Among the dignitaries at the ceremony were Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and Roselle Mayor Gayle Smolinski. 'The lieutenant governor gave a very nice remembrance,” said Bill Bahr, a VFW member from Bloomingdale. 'And Sgt. Latourney’s mother also gave a short but powerfully touching farewell.'” Bloomingdale Press, 8/6/08: Sue Crosson-Knutson.
Arlington National Cemetery
"Rest easy, sleep well my
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell..."
VFW Motto: "Honoring the dead by helping the living...." "No One Does More For Veterans!"
Adopted Home of A Company, 1-64th Armor Battalion
'"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."
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