Veterans Day is always a special day at VFW Post 1454. Each year we welcome our local Veterans for a luncheon prepared & served by our Post Auxiliary. This year, we were joined by members of the Alma Cub Scouts. The young men of the Alma Cub Scouts were great helpers assisting our Post by setting up the tables and serving meals to our local Veterans and their family members. We would like to thank the Alma Cub Scouts, their parents and Scout leaders for helping us honor our local Veterans. It was an honor to work with these wonderful young Scouts. The boys took turns serving our guests and thanked each Veteran for their service. It was a wonderful experience for our Post and our guests. Thank you Alma Cub Scouts!
Once the tables were set, Post Commander Vic Simon shared the meaning behind The White Table also known as the Fallen Comrade or Missing Man Table with the Cub Scouts and gave them each a VFW pin. After all of our Veterans and guests were served, the Cub Scouts joined them to share a meal.
The Auxiliary prepared salads, baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, corn, dinner rolls and a endless supply of apple & pumpkin pies. We had a great turn-out for our Veterans Day luncheon with over 70 dinners served!
Later that evening, several Post Members attended the Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the Alma Elks Lodge 1400. Post Member & Trustee 3 Year Jeff Humphrey had the honor of introducing another Post Member, our Junior Vice TJ Pierce, who gave a moving speech about his experience as an FO in Afghanistan. TJ is a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient and a huge asset to our Post. We are very proud of TJ.
All branches of our Military were represented and Veterans of every branch were in attendance for the ceremony as were active duty members of the Michigan National Guard Bravo Battery 1-119th Field Artillery. Post Member Doug Yarnell represented the Marine Corp carrying the Marine Corp Flag in the Honor Guard. Post Member & Senior Vice Fred "Frits" Fales performed Taps.
The Elks put on a wonderful ceremony and served a delicious meal. Each year to conclude the ceremony, Alma Elks Lodge 1400 honors a local Veteran with a Certificate of Honor. This year that honor was bestowed upon our own Post Commander, Victor J. Simon. Vic is a Veteran of the United States Army's 82nd Airborne. Vic served as an MP during Vietnam. Vic has served as our Post's Commander for the past 5 years and is the first Vietnam Veteran to receive the Certificate of Honor from the Alma Elks. We are very proud of our Commander for his dedication and service to his Country, his Comrades and VFW Post 1454.
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David Wright, born and raised in Ithaca, Michigan is a retired Army Sergeant who was wounded in Vietnam while leading his platoon on Valentine's Day 1969. David was hit by enemy fire but continued to hold his exposed position while he tended to his wounded comrades. His actions allowed his soldiers to make it to safety. David Wright served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.
On Friday, November 10th, 2017, Alma VFW Post 1454 was honored to provide our Post to Representative John Moolenaar and staff to bestow upon Retired Army Sergeant David Wright the Purple Heart he earned so many years ago. David was also awarded the Army Commendation Medal with V Device for valorous action and Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver Star, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Device, Sharpshooter Badge and Vietnam Commemoration Pin along with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.
VFW Post 1454 salutes Retired Army Sergeant David Wright for his brave and selfless actions. We extend our sincere thanks to Representative Moolenaar for his efforts to ensure our Veterans receive the honors, medals and recognition they have earned.
Veterans Day - November 11, 2017
For all local Veterans,
VFW 1454's Auxiliary will be serving a free lunch to honor you. Lunch starts at 12:00 pm on November 11th at the Alma VFW Post.
Veterans Day - November 11th
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Leslie C. McLean