We had a great turn out for our 2018 Memorial Day Ceremony. Our thanks to all in attendance for joining us on this beautiful day to honor our fallen comrades. Our Memorial Day Ceremony began at Riverside Park in Alma, MI with a ceremonial wreath drop by air. Our Chaplain Don Burt lead in prayer. Our Post's Sr. Vice Commander Doug Yarnell & Auxiliary President Loretta Lombard paid tribute to our fallen comrades and our Honor Guard gave a "21 Gun Salute" followed by "Taps".
Our Memorial Day Ceremony continues at the All Wars Memorial in the Veterans Section of Riverside Cemetery. Our Post places American flags on every Veteran's grave in Chapel Gardens, New Haven Twp. and Riverside Cemeteries. During our Memorial Day Ceremony we place flowers, a wreath and an American flag at the All Wars Memorial in Riverside Cemetery. The ceremony concludes with another "21 Gun Salute" and "Taps."
After the ceremony all were invited back to our Post for coffee, pastries and fellowship. We enjoyed another great turn out. If you missed this year's ceremony, we hope you will plan to attend next year. Our Memorial Day Ceremony takes place every year on Monday, Memorial Day at 10:00 a.m. beginning at Riverside Park in Alma, MI. All are welcome to attend.
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Thank You Anderson Custom Carpeting!
Our thanks to Craig & Mary Anderson of Anderson Custom Carpeting in St. Louis, MI for donating the new flooring installed in the front & back entrances of our Post. The new flooring is beautiful and a great way to welcome our guests. Thank you Anderson Custom Carpeting for supporting our VFW Post and our local Veterans!
Thank You Alma Fire District & Nozzlemen MC!
Our thanks to the Alma Fire District for helping us give a warm welcome the Nozzlemen MC for their annual ride-in to our Post. Alma Fire District brought in the big rig to hoist a very big flag. It's quite a sight to see! We had a full house and a great time was had by all. We were honored to receive a beautiful plaque from our guests, The Nozzlemen. Thank you Alma Fire District and Nozzlemen MC for your continued support of local Veterans! We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Many thanks to our volunteers who donated food and helped us welcome & host the Nozzlemen! Thank you Jeanne, Aleta, Annie, Tyler, Darlene, Sandy, Sheila, Jackie, Loretta, Kim & Pat. Dinner was delicious!
We had a great turnout for the Catfish & Horse Race event. Thanks to Jeff & Kathy Humphrey for this fun event!
And we just can't say it enough... We would like to give a huge thank you to our Club Manager Ellen Winn for making EVERYONE feel welcome on a daily basis!
Improving Our Community, Improving Ourselves
Everyone is busy with spring clean-up and our Post is no exception. Our thanks to the many helping hands who have volunteered to spruce up our Post and our community. We had a great crew to help with the improvements at the Veterans Memorial at Riverside Cemetery. Thank you Jeff, Les, Sam, Vic & "Fritz." We all appreciate your hard work & dedication!
VFW Post 1454 Honor Guard
Our Honor Guard participated in the Alma Elks Lodge #1400 Field of Honor Dedication Ceremony on May 6th. The weather was cold & rainy but many turned out for the beautiful dedication ceremony by the Alma Elks. Our Honor Guard always does a wonderful job representing our Post. We're very proud of these men! Nothing stops them from honoring their Comrades.
Calling All Motorcycle Enthusiast
The Club would like to start a motorcycle riders group. All those interested please contact Vince Held at 989-621-4705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"Gearing Up" for Memorial Day Weekend
ALL Veterans are invited to march or ride along in the Jeep or Deuce 1/2 with VFW Post 1454 in the 51st Annual Highland Festival Parade. If interested, meet at the parade line up site at 10 am.
Photo Courtesy of Keith Virgo Photography
Special thank you to Jeff Plot
for the generous donation toward our Poppy Program!
Don't forget our monthly meals!
Our thanks to all of the Alma High School students who participated in this year's VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest. All of the young men & women who participated did a wonderful job writing & delivering thoughtful speeches on this year's VOD topic "American History: Our Hope For The Future." A volunteer panel of Post & Auxiliary Members selected their favorites and we are please to report that two of our Post's submissions won 1st & 4th place for District 9 and moved on to the State finals. Congratulations to Karen Nguyen our 1st place winner and Sara Gadde our 4th place winner. Great job! Our Post will now hold the 1st place trophy until next year. Stop by the Post and check it out!
We had a great turn out for our Chili Cook Off held on Sunday, January 21st. 15 chili recipes were entered into the competition and many turned out to sample and judge. We hope to make this an annual event so please plan to compete & attend next year!
Congratulations (& Bragging Rights) To:
1st Place - Randy Apple
2nd Place - Gail Alexander
3rd Place - Diane Pieper
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.
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.
Vietnam Freedom Wall - Veterans Park, Belding, MI
(To watch videos shared to our Facebook page click the links below.)
Honor A Vietnam Veteran - Engrave A Brick Program
Bus Trip, Park Tour & VFW Post 4406 Photos
May has been a busy month here at VFW Post 1454. Our thanks to the many volunteers that helped make our May events possible and successful. Your support allows our Post to continue serving our community and our local Veterans. We couldn't do it without you!
A special thank you to the City of Alma for purchasing the American flags placed each year on every Veteran's grave throughout Riverside Cemetery in Alma, Michigan. A special thank you to the many volunteers who turned out to help us place the flags honoring our Comrades.
This year's Buddy Poppy sales were a big success! Our thanks to all who helped support this wonderful program and a big Post thank you to Goldie, a senior Auxiliary Member for helping us count Buddy Poppy donations. Goldie is very active within our Auxiliary and an important member of our Post family. Please thank Goldie for all the wonderful things she does for our Post!
We had a great turnout for our first Homemade Pizza Party! We had many volunteers handcrafting a variety of delicious pizzas and a great turn out for the event. We will plan more pizza parties in the future. Be sure to bookmark our Events page or follow us on Facebook for more information.
Special thanks to Doug Yarnell. Not only did he help make the pizzas, he also volunteered for the clean-up crew! And always our thanks to Jeff Humphrey and our club manager Ellen Winn who both help make all things possible!
Thank you Great Lakes Highlanders!
Please join us in salute to the Alma High School Varsity Football Team. We thank you for your continued support of local Veterans and Post 1454. We will be cheering you on as you make your way toward the State Finals! Go Panthers!
Leslie C. McLean
VFW Post 1454
Dedicated to a lifetime of service to our county and our community.