Magazine article VFW Magazine

VFW in Action

Magazine article VFW Magazine

VFW in Action

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VFW members and Posts demonstrating community service.

Commemorating the 'Forgotten War'

Posts get involved in the three-year remembrance of the Korean War.

June kicks off the 2000-2003 commemoration of the Korean War, and a large number of Posts plan to host special activities. In Arizona, for instance, nearly every Post has applied for commemorative status from the Department of Defense.

"We have worked closely with each Post, encouraging them to apply," said Sr. Vice Commander Vincent Rigo. "Department and Auxiliary leaders have worked really hard at this."

To obtain commemorative status, Posts must file applications outlining planned activities and provide reports following each event. Each "commemorative" group must agree to:

develop annual programs;

host a minimum of three events each year that honor veterans and their families; or

support school programs teaching the history of this era.

For Posts with members.who have little time or resources, Rigo offers these suggestions:

Host a POW/MIA Day ceremony and pay special tribute to Korean War casualties still unaccounted for.

Sponsor an event on july 27, celebrating the armistice and be sure to fly the commemorative flag.

Honor Korean War veterans and their families during a Veterans Day ceremony

Host a commemoration dinner at the Post home with Korean War veterans as guests of honor.

Posts that qualify for commemorative status will receive an official 50th anniversary flag and a certificate from the secretary of defense designating them as an official

Korean War Commemorative Community.

They also will receive other informational materials pertaining to the Korean War, like maps, posters, fact sheets and chronologies. …

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