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      • Memorial Day Flags

        posted May 20, 2019, 3:30 PM by Bradley Wertz

        Hello All,

        Memorial Day is rapidly approaching and we have a bit of work ahead of us to get ready.

        On Friday, May 24th at 7:00AM we will be meeting at Cedarvale Cemetery on Golden Ave. at the flagpole to start putting out 1,011 flags - just in Cedarvale!  If we have enough volunteers we should be able to finish everything in about 1 1/2 or 2 hours at the most. 

        Bay City American Legion Post 11 has agreed to take over the responsibility of caring for all the veterans interred at Eastview Cemetery starting this year.  Our post provided them with 325 flags, 4 carry bags, clipboards and pens and my assurance they would be provided an updated cemetery list every year.  At the present time there are 296 identified veterans at Eastview.

        After we are finished at Cedarvale some of us will drive down to Matagorda and place the flags at that cemetery.  This year we have 286 identified veterans there. 

        Combining the two cemeteries we will have a total of 1,297 flags to place this year.  Had AL Post 11 not agreed to take over Eastview, we would be looking at 1,593 flags.

        On Monday, May 27th we will be holding a Sunset Memorial Day Service at 7:45PM at the Cedarvale Cemetery flagpole. Due to the heat we moved to a sunset service several years ago, and it is a lot more pleasant. If you are in the area, please come out and join us.

        Then, on Tuesday, May 28th starting at 5PM, we will begin picking up all the flags from Cedarvale and Matagorda. For those of you who haven't done this before, we have tried to make it easy for you to identify our flags and not take someone's privately purchased flag.  We have used either green, black or white paint sprayed on the staff (wooden stick) of each of our flags.  If the flag on the grave does not have one of those colors spayed on it, then we leave it behind for the family that placed it there - it's not ours to take.

        This year our speaker will be Post Life Member Tom Quirk.

        With Kindest Regards,
              Ken Thames

        8th Annual BarBQ Cook-off

        posted Aug 2, 2016, 11:45 AM by Bradley Wertz   [ updated Sep 3, 2018, 1:06 PM ]

        Our 8th annual BarBQ Cook-off will be September 7th and 8th 2018 .
        Come Cook with us!! 
         

        Post Meeting Update

        posted Jul 11, 2016, 5:34 PM by Bradley Wertz   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 5:47 PM ]

        We now only hold one meeting a month on the second Tuesday of the month. 

        For those attending Tuesday July 12 there is a city wide food drive. If you can please bring one or two of my he following. 

        Non-perishable items, regular size. 
        Personal hygiene products. 

        New school supplies for the children are also welcome. 

        VFW's Memorial Day Message

        posted May 25, 2016, 10:37 AM by Bradley Wertz   [ updated May 26, 2016, 4:45 AM ]

        This Memorial Day, the VFW Pays Tribute to America’s Heroic Patriots

        Our nation’s freedom has been guaranteed by our veterans

        May 25, 2016

        KANSAS CITY, Mo. – From the earliest days of America’s founding, our great nation has been blessed with generation after generation of patriots willing to lay down their lives in defense of our freedom and way of life.

        This Memorial Day, we pay tribute to the heroic patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice – those who bravely rose up and fought for something greater than themselves, protecting a home to which they never returned. We honor their service, mourn their loss and remember the families they left behind.

        This sacred day provides an opportunity for all of America to reflect on all we are blessed with. Sadly, the true meaning of this day is often overlooked by mainstream America. To many, Memorial Day represents a day away from work, the approach of summer, the opportunity to take advantage of a Memorial Day sale.

        The freedoms that we enjoy today have been paid for at the expense of the lives of American service members, and with the tears of those whose lives were forever changed by the loss of a loved one.

        We are a nation whose freedom has been guaranteed by our veterans, and we must rededicate ourselves to honoring the legacy of our nation’s fallen by educating all who believe Memorial Day is just another holiday. We must ensure that the youth of tomorrow understands the true cost of freedom and that there is no greater way to honor the memory of those who have secured it.

        Even after Memorial Day passes we will undoubtedly continue to bear the burden of loss that comes with losing a family member, friend, one of our brothers or sisters in arms … but we must take solace in knowing these lives were not lost in vain, and remain forever grateful for their having gifted us the greatest gift on earth … freedom.

        Memorial Day Service to be held at VFW Post

        posted May 25, 2016, 7:18 AM by Bradley Wertz

        The 2016 Memorial Day service will be held at the Bay City post 2438.
        Service will start at 7:45 PM.
        Please join us in giving tribute to those who have served in our military.

        Flags not placed for Memorial Day 2016

        posted May 25, 2016, 7:14 AM by Bradley Wertz

        Due to the wet weather the VFW will not be placing flags in the local cemeteries. 

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