Our local Veterans continue to serve our community, Country, & Comrades in many ways, including serving dinner! On Saturday, April 9th, 2022, VFW Post 1454 & Auxiliary prepared dinner for the Michigan Army National Guard 1-119th Field Artillery Battalion Battery B at the Alma Armory to show our support, appreciation & thanks for their service.
Special thanks to the many Post & Auxiliary volunteers that helped prepare and serve a delicious home-cooked meal to the Troops. Great job!
Many Thanks to "Pit Master" Gail Alexander.
Delicious BBQ, as always!
VFW Post 1454 Commander Vic Simon & Pit Master Gail Alexander
"Stationed" at the Grill
There are many ways to show your support to our Active Duty Military Personnel. Reach out to your family, friends & community members serving in the military. Cards, letters & care packages from home are simple ways to show appreciation & brighten someone's day.
Or contact your local Veteran's organization. Many, including our own Post & Auxiliary, collect care package items to ship to our Troops stationed overseas.
Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed a safe & happy holiday season. We have another busy year planned at Alma VFW Post 1454. We invite you to join us in fun & fellowship as we assist our community and our Veterans, locally & nationwide. Our Post & Auxiliary welcomes new members! Many events throughout the year are open to non-members as well. Follow our Facebook page for the latest info.
2021 Wreaths Across America
We'd like to thank everyone involved in 2021's Wreaths Across America tribute to our nation's Fallen Soldiers. We appreciate our community's support in this worthy cause. Our thanks to all in attendance, to our volunteers and the many generous groups & individuals that contribute to the purchase of wreaths. Our Wreath's Across America event was well attended and drew the attention of the local media. If you missed the news coverage, the links are listed below.
Wreaths Across America - Thank you Sons of the American Revolution!
Wreaths Across America - Thank you Alma College!
Thank you Alma High School Football Team - Go Panthers!
Wreaths Across America
Voice of Democracy & Patriot Pen Winners!
Please join us in congratulating the recently named Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen essay winners. Each year students throughout the U.S. participate by submitting original patriotic & democratic-themed essays for the chance to earn scholarships & awards. This year's participants did an exceptional job preparing their essays. Post VOD winner Bonnie Lord's essay was also selected as the winning essay for District 9. Congratulations students! Great job!
Congratulations Voice of Democracy & Patriot Pen Winners!
VOD Winners: Lila Heiss, Karly Crowe & Bonnie Lord
Patriot Pen Winner: Luca Lebrun
Congratulations District 9 Voice of Democracy Winner!
Congratulations District 9 Teacher of the Year!
Don Pavlik Middle School, Alma, MI
Congratulations Dale Chalut!
A heartfelt thank you to the many volunteers that helped make the holidays a little brighter for local families, our Veterans & Active Duty Service Members. We appreciate the efforts of our community, Post & Auxiliary members in support of our Veterans & Active Duty Military during the holidays and throughout the year. Your generous donations, time & efforts greatly help to make our work possible. We thank you for your support!
Thank you Ellen!
Mark Your Calendars!
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Thank you for supporting your local Veterans!
Goldie is a Charter Auxiliary Member of Leslie C. McLean Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1454, the eldest VFW Post in Gratiot County, MI. At 93 years young, Goldie is the eldest Auxiliary Member of our Post. To call her an active member is an understatement though. Goldie has been our Post's reigning "Poppy Drive Champion" for more consecutive years than we can count. This year was no exception. Goldie dedicated 23 hours of volunteer time to our poppy drive efforts, singlehandedly raising $740.00 in donations!
Goldie is a valuable and much loved member of our Auxiliary & our Post. Goldie is the widow of U.S. Army WWII Veteran, Ronald E. Kanine (1923-2014). Ronald received 3 Purple Hearts during his time of service. He married Goldie on April 26, 1946. The Kanines lost their son Jack E. Kanine, Vietnam Veteran, SP 4 U.S. Army, (1949-1981) age 31 as a result of Agent Orange. Although the Kanine family has sacrificed much for our nation and our freedoms, Goldie continues her mission of dedicated service to our nation, our Veterans, our Post and our community.
Please join us in salute to Goldie Kanine for her dedication and support to all. We appreciate all of your efforts Goldie, and we applaud your outstanding poppy drive proceeds!
Thank you Goldie Kanine!
And here's Goldie & her poppy drive proceeds from 2017.
Friday night, August 21st, 2020 the Jack Cross Memorial Classic Car Show made its 2nd annual appearance at Alma VFW Post 1454. Sponsored by Pat's Auto, Inc. from St. Louis, MI, this event drew in classic car collectors & enthusiasts alike. This year's event was well attended & our guests had a wonderful time enjoying live music, great food and a parking lot full of cool classic rides.
VFW Post 1454 Members & Auxiliary would like to thank Pat's Auto, Inc. for another spectacular Jack Cross Memorial Classic Car Show event. We would like to extend a very special thank you to Pat Brennan, Mike Brennan and Dan Smith for their generous donation of $1,100.00 to our Post! And, thanks to every single one of our 50/50 raffle winners for donating their winnings back to our Post! WOW!!
Our fundraising events have been limited this summer but our work continues thanks to the support & generosity of our Members, Auxiliary, our community, friends & loyal supporters. Here's a quick look at a few projects & improvements that have been accomplished this summer. Click HERE to read the news article & watch the video on our new roof.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
MORE EVENTS COMING YOUR WAY!
UNTIL NEXT YEAR....
Pastie Order Forms Here
Monday, March 16th Noon to 5:45 pm
Register Early with RapidPass
Join us 5:00-7:00 pm - Public Welcome!
Auxiliary 1454 Members, did you know there's a Facebook Group just for you? Look for the private group Alma VFW Auxiliary & request to join!
Remember - Honor - Teach
Remember our fallen U.S. Veterans. Honor those who serve.
Teach your children the value of Freedom.
The Alma Panthers High School Football Team donated $2,500 from their annual Lift-A-Thon to purchase wreaths for this year's Wreaths Across America program. Thank you Alma Panthers for your continued support!
Annual Kid's Halloween Party Pictures
Go Fund Me Campaign Update
Thank You Alma City Police Department!
Reminder Auxiliary Pastie Orders Due Oct. 21st!
Next Fish Fry October 25th - Public Welcome!
Attention Euchre Players - Coming in November
Thank You Linda J. Baracy Memorial Charity!
VFW Post 1454 Honor Guard
Our Post's Honor Guard served at the Alma Elk's Field of Honor dedication on Sunday, Sept. 8th. This year, the Elks honored Vietnam Veterans. Many Members attended the ceremony & had flags placed in their honor. Our thanks to the Alma Elks for supporting & honoring local Veterans. Great job Honor Guard!
Our Post's Honor Guard also performed at the Alma High School Football Annual Military Appreciation Football Game on Sept. 13th. Veterans & Active Duty Military were invited to the Military Reception Tent for socializing & pre-game refreshments followed by an exciting football game with a special half-time show featuring our Post's Honor Guard, a Color Guard presentation & the Alma High School Marching Band. Great performances by all!
Thank You Alma Panthers Football & Athletics!
Auxiliary Steak Fry Closes For 2019 Season
September 15th was our last Auxiliary Steak Fry for the 2019 season. Our thanks to all who attended. Special thank you to all of the many wonderful volunteers who make the Auxiliary's Summer Steak Fry Season a huge success! Your hard work, planning, preparing, grilling & serving skills show with this wildly popular event. People lined up early & in droves all summer long. Great job & great food Auxiliary Steak Fry Team! We're already looking forward to next summer's Steak Fry events!
Congratulations Jamie & Diana!
Blood Drive Monday, September 16th
Reminder to Post & Auxiliary Members
Friday Night Fish Fry - PUBLIC WELCOME!
Congratulations Carol Sutherland!
Winner of our 50/50 Raffle!
Our thanks to all who purchased & sold tickets for our 50/50 Raffle fundraiser. The proceeds raised through ticket sales will allow us to complete much needed "home improvement" projects for our Post that all are sure to enjoy. Thank you for supporting our VFW Post and your local Veterans!
The Doctor is in!
There's always something happening at the Club. New friends to meet, something to try or something to do. Stop by often to see what's new! While you're here, don't forget to check our cork board for the latest news, events and volunteer opportunities. Have a suggestion? Join us for a monthly meeting & share you ideas. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Come Early - This Popular Event Sells Out!
Proceeds From Our Annual Golf Tournament Support Our Post's Participation In The Wreaths Across America Program!
Dart League Meetings Coming Soon!
Leslie C. McLean
VFW Post 1454
Dedicated to a lifetime of service to our county and our community.