The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9876 held its traditional Veterans’ Day Ceremony on November 11th, 2012. Approximately 80 members, family and friends gathered to pay homage to the millions of Veterans that have given their lives to secure the freedoms that we currently enjoy.
The ceremony, arranged by the Post’s Junior Vice Commander, John “Pat” Clark, started with the “Posting of Colors” by our Young Marines group. This was followed by the singing of our National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Commander Eric Larsen presents Major Daniel Robinson with a certificate of appreciation.
Commander Eric Larsen introduced the guest speaker, Major Daniel H. Robinson of the United States Army. Major Robinson has a distinguished career in the Army as a pilot and training officer. He has served in numerous countries around the world including Iraq and Afghanistan. His current assignment is the Deputy Commander of Detachment One of the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command. His responsibilities include searching out and accounting for servicemen that have been reported as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action in the Pacific Area.
Jim congratulates Chaplain Michael Warner as Sue from PMTV looks on.
In his presentation to our group he reminded us that there are tens of thousands of servicemen that are still unaccounted for around the world. His assignment is to help account for as many of these veterans as possible and to bring closure to their families and loved ones.
Our Chaplain, Michael Warner, gave a prayer for the dedicated people that are doing this most difficult job and a prayer for the men and women that are even now on active duty risking their lives for our freedoms. The Post then recognized our veterans in attendance and their respective branches of service.
The presentations were followed by a buffet provided by the VFW Post 9876 Fred Estes Memorial Fund and the American Veterans Wives Club.
“Sure, give me a couple of the flowers.”
Poppy flowers sell like hot cakes, with money raised going to charitable causes.
A minute of silence is held to pay homage to veterans around the world.
Members enjoy coffee and beer among family and comrades.