Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3103

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3103 To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. We have a rental/banquet facility that can accommodate 119 people with adequate parking.

Operating as usual

‘Life Changing’ Canine Companion Helps Mend Relationships
11/24/2021
‘Life Changing’ Canine Companion Helps Mend Relationships

‘Life Changing’ Canine Companion Helps Mend Relationships

After he retired from the military, veteran Dustin Brown did not want to leave the house or socialize. “I dreaded going to the store or any place with large crowds or gatherings,” he said. “And I withdrew from almost all my family and friends.”

11/23/2021

TRAINING FROM NATIONAL HQs: With the assistance of the staff at National HQ, we now have a series of 10 videos to help members get a better understanding of some of the basic parts of Robert's Rules of Order (Newly Revised); These videos are based on some of the most common questions received over the past couple of years, from our own membership.

These videos can be found in a few places:

1. In OMS: Login to My VFW and navigate to VFW Training & Support. From there click on the Member & Officer Training, Forms & Templates and scroll down.

2. Directly on the Veterans of Foreign Wars Youtube channel under the "National Parliamentarian Training Series''.

3. On the VFW Parliamentary Procedures and Learning page, as a pinned/ featured post.

11/22/2021

#TodayInHistory marks 38 years since the end of the U.S.'s involvement in Grenada following Operation Urgent Fury.

11/21/2021

#TodayInHistory marks 38 years since the end of the U.S.'s involvement in Grenada following Operation Urgent Fury.

Photos from Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) : Virginia's post
11/21/2021

Photos from Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) : Virginia's post

11/21/2021

Kathy Birxh, PDP from Virginia elected as Southern Conference President. CONGRATULATIONS Kathy

VFW Commends DOD for Addressing Force-Wide Economic Challenges, Offers Support
11/20/2021
VFW Commends DOD for Addressing Force-Wide Economic Challenges, Offers Support

VFW Commends DOD for Addressing Force-Wide Economic Challenges, Offers Support

In a memorandum issued Nov. 17, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III acknowledged the economic challenges impacting many service members and their families as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and outlined the steps the Department of Defense will take to address the issue.

Preserving History
11/20/2021
Preserving History

Preserving History

In wanting to honor veterans in his hometown of Conneaut, about 71 miles east of Cleveland along Lake Erie in Ohio, Ryan Sullivan, 16, set out to detail all records of veterans buried at East Conneaut Cemetery.

We’d like to thank everyone who came out to our Holiday Turkey Potluck. It was an incredible turnout with great food, gr...
11/20/2021

We’d like to thank everyone who came out to our Holiday Turkey Potluck. It was an incredible turnout with great food, great people, and a great community.
It was great seeing the new faces and meeting all of the guests that came along.
You can keep up with the Calendar of Upcoming Events on the Post website at: https://vfw3103.org/

If you’ve been following the new Post website at https://vfw3103.org you know that tonight’s Canteen Dinner is our Holid...
11/19/2021

If you’ve been following the new Post website at https://vfw3103.org you know that tonight’s Canteen Dinner is our Holiday Turkey Potluck.
We hope to see you all there, 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

You must be a member of the VFW, Auxiliary, and/or be a guest of a member.

If you'd like more information about becoming a VFW member, or the Auxiliary, please message us.

VFW qualifications: http://www.vfw.org/join/eligibility
VFW Auxiliary qualifications: https://vfwauxiliary.org/join-us/eligibility-information/

If you’ve been following the new Post website at https://vfw3103.org you know that tonight’s Canteen Dinner is our Holiday Turkey Potluck.
We hope to see you all there, 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

You must be a member of the VFW, Auxiliary, and/or be a guest of a member.

If you'd like more information about becoming a VFW member, or the Auxiliary, please message us.

VFW qualifications: http://www.vfw.org/join/eligibility
VFW Auxiliary qualifications: https://vfwauxiliary.org/join-us/eligibility-information/

'We've Been Fighting This for 55 Years'
11/17/2021
'We've Been Fighting This for 55 Years'

'We've Been Fighting This for 55 Years'

When Army veteran Gerry Wright returned from the Vietnam War in December 1970, he would carry the burden of Agent Orange with him.

11/15/2021

*** Medal of Honor Monday! 🇺🇸🇺🇸 ***

On this day in 1951, a hero engages in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Pfc. Mack Jordan was just 22 years old when his “unflinching courage” stunned his fellow soldiers. He’d then been serving in Korea for just a few months.

The Korean War has been called “the Forgotten War.” Many Americans are used to hearing about World War II and the Vietnam War, but they know very little about the conflict sandwiched in the middle.

The heroes of that war thus receive relatively little attention—and Jordan is among these nearly forgotten heroes.

On November 15, 1951, Jordan was serving as a squad leader in the third platoon of company K. His squad was to take the lead in taking Hill 533, near Kumsong, Korea, from the enemy. The attack began at about 1:00 a.m.

“The platoon had reached a point approximately half way up the hill when the enemy opened up with a murderous volley of small arms and automatic weapons fire,” 2nd Lt. E.F. Sheehan described, “and a barrage of hand grenades. The platoon was forced to withdraw and reorganize.”

Except Jordan didn’t withdraw with everyone else. On his own initiative, he crawled forward toward one of the enemy machine gun emplacements. He threw in several grenades, then rushed the position.

“He knocked out the machine gun,” Sheehan said, “and killed five enemy soldiers. The remaining enemy fled to new positions about 20 yards above Jordan.”

Jordan could have retreated to safety, but he didn’t. He moved forward again, intending to take out the enemy further up the hill. Just then, the enemy rolled a satchel charge down the hill. It hit Jordan hard, blowing off both of his legs.

From all accounts, Jordan barely flinched. Instead, he picked up his weapons and continued to deliver deadly fire from where he lay on the ground. “By this time,” Shaheen concludes, “the rest of the platoon had reached his position and found several enemy dead lying in the trench beside him.”

Jordan was administered first aid and carried off the field of battle. It was too late, though. His wounds proved mortal.

Jordan’s bravery had saved his fellow soldiers, and a newspaper back home would soon describe him as a “Mississippi soldier who fought to the death to protect the withdrawal of his comrades from a mist shrouded hill in Korea.”

Perhaps today is a good day to remember Jordan and all the other too-often forgotten heroes of the Korean War.

RIP, Pfc. Jordan.

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Photos from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3103's post
11/15/2021

Photos from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3103's post

11/13/2021

On this day in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated. When the Memorial’s long, black walls were first proposed, they sparked controversy. Since then, they have become a place of reverence and healing.

The Memorial might never have existed but for Jan C. Scruggs, a Vietnam War veteran. The years after the war were tough, and Scruggs became more and more convinced that a memorial would help veterans heal. “Its mere existence would be societal recognition that their sacrifices were honorable rather than dishonorable,” he explained. “Veterans needed this, and so did the nation. Our country needed something symbolic to help heal our wounds.”

Scruggs hoped veterans’ service could be recognized, even in the face of disagreement with governmental policy. In 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) was incorporated.

It wasn’t easy, and VVMF struggled at first. Finally, a site was authorized near the Lincoln Memorial, with the help of two Senators. VVMF began raising more money and businessman Ross Perot helped sponsor a national design competition. More than 1,400 designs were judged by a jury of 8 artists and designers.

The jury’s decision was unanimous: It picked a simple design with two long, black granite walls. The names of the killed and missing in action would be etched into the granite. Each name would be printed in chronological order, according to the date of injury.

The jury had unknowingly selected a design submitted by a college student. She was Maya Ying Lin, an undergraduate at Yale University and the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Lin later explained the genesis for her idea: The Yale University Memorial Rotunda features the names of alumni who have died in military service. “I think it left a lasting impression on me,” Lin later wrote, “the sense of the power of a name.”

Not everyone saw it that way at first.

Perot hated the design. “The memorial did not honor all the soldiers,” he said. “It just honored the dead.” He called the proposed Memorial a “trench.” Another critic called the design a “nihilistic slab of stone.” Where were the patriotic symbols? Why did the slabs of granite sink into the earth, as if they had something to hide? One critic blasted the monument as a “black trench that scars the Mall. Black walls, the universal color of shame and sorrow and degradation.”

The controversy was finally resolved in a closed door session. “I am sick and tired of calling black a color of shame,” Brigadier General George Price blasted to the room. He reminded those assembled that “[c]olor meant nothing on the battlefields of Korea and Vietnam. We are all equal in combat. Color should mean nothing now.”

A compromise was reached. A huge flagpole would be added, as well as a statue of three soldiers. In the end, these additions were placed a short distance from the wall itself. That angered some, who had wanted the flag and statute much closer, but the deal was done.

When the Memorial was finally dedicated, thousands of Vietnam vets marched down the streets of D.C. Finally, their service was being recognized. Many wept. “It was a homecoming parade seven years after the war,” one journalist wrote.

Now, as you know, visitors flock to the memorial, looking for the name of a loved one. They leave flowers and flags. “Name rubbing” is common. A traveling wall tours the country, and a virtual wall has been created online.

Lin had sensed “the power of a name.” Have you been to the wall? What do you think? Has she been proven right?

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What Does Veterans Day Mean to You?
11/13/2021
What Does Veterans Day Mean to You?

What Does Veterans Day Mean to You?

For the members the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), as well as the millions of others who have worn the cloth of our military, all veterans share a common bond.

Photos from Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW's post
11/13/2021

Photos from Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW's post

Photos from King George County Sheriff's Office's post
11/13/2021

Photos from King George County Sheriff's Office's post

Photos from VFW Magazine's post
11/13/2021

Photos from VFW Magazine's post

11/13/2021

We will be gathering the flags that were placed in observance of Veterans Day, tomorrow morning, 13 November, at 9:00 am. Oak Hill Cemetery is across from the Popeyes Chicken, on Rt 3. If you can come out and help, that would be greatly appreciated.

Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

Thank you for your continued support.

Be sure to check out your Post’s webpage at: https://vfw3103.orgThe Canteen menu, for the month of November can be found...
11/12/2021

Be sure to check out your Post’s webpage at: https://vfw3103.org

The Canteen menu, for the month of November can be found on the main page, under Announcements.

And don’t forget to join us, at the Canteen, this Friday evening, 12 November, from 5:00-9:00 pm. We’ll be serving up Chicken and Rice with Green Beans and dessert!
Dine in or carry-out. Dinner is only $7.00 each.

We also have Queen of Hearts!

You must be a member of the VFW, Auxiliary, and/or a guest of a member.

If you'd like more information about becoming a VFW member, or the Auxiliary, please message us.

VFW qualifications: http://www.vfw.org/join/eligibility
VFW Auxiliary qualifications: https://vfwauxiliary.org/join-us/eligibility-information/

Be sure to check out your Post’s webpage at: https://vfw3103.org

The Canteen menu, for the month of November can be found on the main page, under Announcements.

And don’t forget to join us, at the Canteen, this Friday evening, 12 November, from 5:00-9:00 pm. We’ll be serving up Chicken and Rice with Green Beans and dessert!
Dine in or carry-out. Dinner is only $7.00 each.

We also have Queen of Hearts!

You must be a member of the VFW, Auxiliary, and/or a guest of a member.

If you'd like more information about becoming a VFW member, or the Auxiliary, please message us.

VFW qualifications: http://www.vfw.org/join/eligibility
VFW Auxiliary qualifications: https://vfwauxiliary.org/join-us/eligibility-information/

At Ace Hardware.#stillserving #vfwpost3103
11/11/2021

At Ace Hardware.
#stillserving #vfwpost3103

Getting ready to start the Veterans Day Procession#stillserving
11/11/2021

Getting ready to start the Veterans Day Procession

#stillserving

Getting ready to start the Veterans Day Procession

#stillserving

11/11/2021

On this day in 1921, an unidentified soldier from World War I is interred in a Tomb—the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. President Warren Harding spoke at the ceremony. He opened with these words:

"We are met today to pay the impersonal tribute. The name of him whose body lies before us took flight with his imperishable soul. We know not whence he came, but only that his death marks him with the everlasting glory of an American dying for his country."

Emblazoned on the back of the Tomb are the words:

Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God

Later, other crypts were added, nearby, for unknown soldiers from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. (The Vietnam soldier was later identified, so that crypt is vacant today.) Did you know that the Tomb has no official name? This is why you hear the names "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" and "Tomb of the Unknowns" used interchangeably.

Today, the Tomb is a tribute to those American soldiers who gave their lives for their country in these wars, without having their remains identified. The Tomb is guarded 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, in all sorts of weather. The sentinels who guard the tomb are the best soldiers from the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment. These soldiers go through intense training and testing before they are qualified to be sentinels. The job is considered a great honor.

Happy Veterans Day! I know you all join me in thanking our military men and women for their service. 🇺🇸🇺🇸

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11/11/2021

To all who have served, we thank you for your courage, your strength, and your sacrifices. Happy Veterans Day.

Photos from Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW's post
11/11/2021

Photos from Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW's post

Happy Birthday Marines!
11/10/2021
Happy Birthday Marines!

Happy Birthday Marines!

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) joins in with our grateful nation in celebrating the birthday of the United States Marine Corps, who, from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, have fought our country’s battles in the air, the land and sea for the past 246 years.

11/10/2021

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea, these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776, under the command of Captain (later Major) Samuel Nicholas. The first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, Nicholas remained the senior Marine officer throughout the American Revolution and is considered to be the first Marine Commandant.

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Greetings, Post 3103. I'm in the area most Saturdays, and wanted to stop by, but this page indicates you're open only on Fridays. Is that accurate? Any Independence Day plans, on site, this weekend?
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Thank you to district 8 Commander Charles Bush for your OUSTANDING Leadership! #VFW
Congulations on the OUTSTANDING leadership from Commander Todd Taylor and Quater Master Sheri Moore! VFW 3103 Rocks! #VFW
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VFW 3103 Largest Post Increase in membership #VFW
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