So, just getting around to chatting about a great weekend. Our VFW participated in 15 events at cemeteries and other ceremonial salutes in the area. This included 3 parades. (I may be low by one or two but it is at least 15) It was exhausting and I am lucky to be able to have gotten out of bed this morning. I didn’t know that I could be so old at 50. The kids enjoyed gathering up the brass as we did our 3 volley’s at each location and hopefully had some understanding of what was going on with our VFW. I also was able to speak to a couple of Veteran friends and they decided that they would like to be a part of our VFW and signed up. Our VFW is so much more than the stigma that is out there about VFW members and what they do at the post. Yes, we have a canteen but our VFW is SOOOO embedded in the local area that it is almost impossible to miss us. We do so much for our communities through both of our Members and Auxiliary charters that at times, it seems like it is impossible one organization could do all of that. These events we did this weekend, we do every year. This is not the first and it definitely wont be the last. If anyone in our area who is reading this would like to learn more about our awesome VFW and/or our tremendous Auxiliary, please, let me know and I will get you the information. I heard yet again from a friend of mine who thought you had to be retired in order to join the VFW. Not even CLOSE to the truth. We need to correct this message if this is how many active duty Veterans are thinking. Also, if you have a family member somewhere in your lineage that served, please ask as you may qualify to be an Auxiliary member. It isn’t limited to just spouses. Medford VFW Post 7677 is MUCH more than old guys sitting around drinking and swapping old war stories so if you want to make a difference in your community and to the local Veteran’s, please contact me and I will answer any questions you have. Maybe next year you can feel the pride I felt each and every time we fired a salute this past weekend honoring the men and women who wrote the ultimate check so you and I can have the freedoms we have.