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VFW Post 7539
All State Post
All-American Post 2008-2009
Bill Bahr, Webmaster, Public Information/Relations, CHARACTER COUNTS! Rep, Asst Voice of Democracy Chair, and Asst Adjutant
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
· Alert our community to where veterans can seek help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) and Suicide Prevention. Dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies!
PTSD Locator and Directory for specialized treatment
As State Commander, Comrade Bill Wolff led the effort to raise $40,800 to supply 1700 bathrobes to Illinois VA Hospitals in 2011.
For our continuing post project, please help Bill send out lots more troop care packages this year.
8,100+ packages sent to Iraq & Afghanistan as of 11/29/13
Support Our Troops Info
Watch a packing session.
2011-12 Illinois Community
Affairs Record Book, 2nd Place
Buddy Poppy Display Contest
Post Chair: Cliff Hall
2012-13 State of Illinois Runner-up
2011-12 State of Illinois Winner
2011 VFW National Convention: “DIRECTORS AWARD”
Category 2 – Memorial or Inspirational Displays
2010-11 State of Illinois Winner
2009-10 District Winner, 3rd in State
2008-9 State of Illinois Winner
2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Winners (Glenbard North): 1st Place - Jerry James (2nd Place at District);
2nd Place - Joe O'Leary
2014-2015 Patriot's Pen Winners (Middle Schools):
3 First Places: Marisa M. Vandini of St Walters; Natalie V. Kuchler of St Isidore; Mikayla A. Brown of Trinity Luthern
Program-Start/Departure Times; Assembly usually 30 minutes before.
Jan 10: VOD Dinner
Jan 15: VFW Blood Drive, Bloomingdale Fire House, 1400-1900 hrs
Jan 25: Patriot Pen in Batavia
Feb 15: District Meeting Hosted by VFW Post 7539, @ Addison Post, Bfst 1100 hrs; Mtng 1300 hrs
Feb 19: Post Meeting at Bloomingdale Fire House, 1900 hrs, includes CPR class, SOs invited.
Feb 23: Memorial Day Committee meet at Library at 1900 hrs
Mar 13: Rock the Vets, Darian Post
Mar 21: Buddy Poppy Dinner at the Addison Post
Apr 18: Elevator Union Color Guard
Apr 24: Senior Day Fair at the Medinah Shriners Facility
Apr 26: Memorial for deceased Members at Warrenville Post
May 3: Loyalty day Parade in Batavia
May 17: 19th District Annual Convention, DeKalb, 1300 hrs
Jun 18-19: DuPage Stand-Down
Jun 11: 14th VFW State Convention in Springfield
Sep 19: Vets Clinic, Trinity Lutheran
Past Event Calendars
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/10/2014
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/23/2013
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/18/2012
Veterans Clinic 11/17/2012
Chicago Honor Flight 5/30/2011
Bloomingdale Walk-a-dog-a-thon 5/1/2011 (2:15 and 10:00)
Hines Visit 12/8/2010
Memorial Day 2010
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/9/2009
Home of the Brave: Noah, Shealeigh, and Vets
Veterans Day 2009 Tribute
Comrade Sean Grimes and Family on Video for the USMC
All-American Post Nomination Letter: 2008-09 Activities
Memorial Day 2009
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/10/08
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 Hines VA Hospital Map
Patriot's Pen Essay Contest
Voice of Democracy Essay Contest
St. Paul's Evergreen Cemetery
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 Walter L. Koons, RIP
World War II, Army, Deceased: 21 January 2015. Obituary
Echo Taps, Danny Boy, and Amazing Grace using Microsoft Internet Explorer
Gazebo Ceremonial Site, Cmdr John Ross 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
Photos from Iraq:
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.
Daily Herald, Sunday, September 7, 2014 page 3
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."
Bean Navy!! :)
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