Welcome to VFW Post 8867

Independence Day Ceremony
Friday, July 4, 2014 
Not to be deterred by remnants of hurricane Arthur, VFW Post 8867 hosted an Independence Day Ceremony on July 4th at Noon in the banquet hall. Commander Russell stated a brief history of the events leading to representatives of the 13 colonies meeting secretly on July 2, 1776 to vote for independence from Great Britain. Two days later the Declaration of Independence was published and signed by colony Delegates over the next month. Following the ceremony guests were served hotdogs, hamburgers, beans and salads indoors at the Canteen. Special thanks to Chef Mark Youmans for cooking and setting up the food. Happy Birthday U.S.A. was sung by all, as the Commander served a cake with candles designating the 238th birthday of these United States.

Flag Day June 14th
Flag Day, John Pearson and Post Members fittingly disposed over 20,000 worn, torn, soiled and faded Flags.
   Flag Day, John Pearson and Post Members
      fittingly disposed over 20,000 worn,
      torn, soiled and faded Flags.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Flag Day Volunteers on Saturday, June 14, 2014 under the leadership of John Pearson and VFW Post 8867, conducted our annual U.S. Flag retirement ceremony. 

"When the Flag is so badly torn, soiled or faded that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, the Flag should be destroyed in a dignified way, Preferably by burning..." Ref. Public Law 94-344.

Volunteers helped burn Flags from 6AM to 12 Noon. There were eleven 55 gallon drums ablaze to retire an estimated 25,000 Flags of all sizes contributed thru out Ocean County. Thank you to the twenty VFW members, Men's Auxiliary, Ladies Auxiliary and civilian volunteers for participating in the annual event to retire our National Symbol.

Initiation Ceremony & VFW Post 8867 65th Birthday
New Member Initiation VFW Post 8867
   New Member Initiation VFW Post 8867
VFW Post 8867 members and guests attended the New Member Initiation Ceremony February 23rd followed by the Post's 65th Birthday Celebration.  Members stating the Obligation and receiving the Cross of Malta were: John Kirwan, Joe Lamb, Louis MacDonald, Robert Michalki and Charles Stout.

At the conclusion of the Initiation Ceremony, Past State Commander Pierre Lameraux thanked the Post for supporting the District at every opportunity.  Pierre presented a 65th Anniversary Citation from William A. Thien, VFW Commander-in-Chief, congratulating the Post on 65 years of service to the nation, community and veterans of all wars.  The Commander-in-Chief thanked each veteran and auxiliary member for contributing to success of programs and purposes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8867.

Past State Commander Walter Merklin presented a plaque to Post 8867 for sixty-five years of service to veterans and the community. Dinner was prepared by Mulberry Street with entertainment by DJ Reggie.


Jack C. Russell, Commander 

Operation Joint Endeavor New Year's Eve Party
(Left to Right) VFW Post Cmdr. Russell; US Army Spc. Travis Ruggiero; American Legion 348 Cmdr. Skip Amundson
   (Left to Right) VFW Post Cmdr. Russell;
      US Army Spc. Travis Ruggiero; American
      Legion 348 Cmdr. Skip Amundson
Commanders Russell and Amundson welcome home Travis Ruggiero, who returned from a tour in Afghanistan only two weeks earlier.

The New Year's Eve Party was a great success and was sold out prior to the evening. 

Thank you to the joint American Legion and VFW committee for their planning, work and decorations for the successful event.

VFW Post 8867 Ladies Auxiliary News
President, Diane Merfert
   President, Diane Merfert
Happy Holidays!

The VFW Post 8867 Ladies Auxiliary hosted and sponsored the Children’s Christmas Party on  December 14, 2013.

The Adult Christmas Party was on  December 14, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Friday Night Dinners at the Post begin at 6:00 PM.

VFW Post 8867 Ladies Auxiliary welcomes your food donations for the Bill Reeves Food Pantry at Vet Works. Bring non-perishable food to the Canteen and it will be taken to Bill Reeves Food Pantry. Donations are appreciated. Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Diane Merfert, President


Commander Update and Holiday Greetings
On behalf of VFW Post 8867 Cmdr. Russell presented check to NJ Cmdr. Art Taylor for State Commander's Project.
   On behalf of VFW Post 8867 Cmdr. Russell
      presented check to NJ Cmdr. Art Taylor
      for State Commander's Project.
Holiday Greetings Comrades,

Post 8867 Members, Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries have been busy since our last publication of the Newsletter.  Our main work continues to be Veterans helping worthy Veterans.

The annual Labor Day picnic was well attended with family activities for children and adults.  From face painting, moon walk and playground to horseshoes, dancing to DJ Reggie and camaraderie.  Thanks go to members and both the Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries.  Planning, shopping, cooking and supervising activities required a lot of volunteer hours and coordination.

Our Color Guard has been active several times this quarter.  Whether at Pt. Pleasant Beach, the grand re-opening of a Supercenter or their presence at the new Mayor and Council inauguration on New Year’s Day 2014, Co-captains Bob Miller and Bill Duffy and the entire Color Guard proudly represent Post 8867.

Post Remembrance events include POW/MIA 9/22/2013 sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary and two Veterans Day ceremonies 11/11/2013, one at Town Hall and the other at the Post.  In the address at Town Hall, I appealed to attendees to assist our older veterans in need and to help create jobs for our men and women in uniform returning from tours in Afghanistan and elsewhere.  After our Post service Brick Police Benevolent Association provided breakfast for veterans and families.  We appreciate the work done by Bob Shepherd, Mike Bevacqua and other PBA members in organizing the event.

Veteran’s Day activities also included Post 8867 co-sponsoring with VFW Post 4715 and Brick Library a book signing and lecture “Let Us Never Forget” Stories and paintings of WWII by author/painter Francis J. McGinley.  Our Post members also attended breakfast and entertainment honoring Veterans at Veteran’s Memorial Middle School, “Honoring Our Heroes” at the Chelsea and a Tribute to Veterans at St. Peter School.  On 12/7/2013 we remembered the attack and losses at Pearl Harbor.  Our Post also attended N.J. Mission of Honor at Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery and helped sponsor 2013 Run for the Fallen.  Whether providing holiday turkeys for Veteran’s families, stocking Wm. Reeves Pantry or delivering gifts to Vet Haven North, Post 8867 supports Veterans.

President Pete Pedersen and the Men’s Auxiliary sponsored a “Seafood Festival” in October.  The sold out crowd feasted on lobsters, shrimp, clams, mussels, beef, corn, etc.  Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries and Post members take turns providing tasty and affordable dinners each Friday night, thanks to Pete, Diane Merfert and Hook.  No reservations are needed, just be at the Canteen at 6 PM each Friday.

Future events include children’s and adult Christmas parties 12/14/2013 at 1 PM and 5 PM respectively, as noted in our August 2013 Newsletter.  December 31st ring in the New Year at the Post with friends and joint sponsor American Legion Post 348.  A.L. Cmdr. Skip Amundson, Bar Chairman Rich Kruysman, their wives and others have been busy assisting Mike Rubin, Hook and myself to make this the best New Year’s Eve Party ever.  Youth Awards will be 1/20/14 at 7 PM and we hold another 65th Post Birthday celebration 2/23/2014 at 2 PM.  New members will be inducted and receive VFW pins.  I’m looking forward to seeing you.


Jack C. Russell, Commander


VFW Post 8867 December 2013 Newsletter
Click on the icon to read or print the December 2013 VFW Post 8867 Newsletter.

VFW Post 8867 Newsletter August 2013
Please read the August 2013 Newsletter and check the Calendar of Events.

Click the icon below to read and print the pdf file.

VFW Post 8867 Labor Day Weekend Picnic
VFW Post 8867 Members, Family and Friends at Labor Day Weekend Picnic
   VFW Post 8867 Members, Family and
      Friends at Labor Day Weekend Picnic
Our VFW Post 8867 Labor Day Weekend Picnic was a great success with families, friends, food and fun.  Thanks go to picnic Chairmen Lou Raith, Hook Gollas, Mike Rubin and all volunteers for making the event happen.  Everyone pitched in including grounds keeper Chris, all the cooks and bartenders with help from VFW 8867 Men's and Ladies Auxiliaries members and Presidents Pedersen and Merfert.  Special acknowledgements go to American Legion Commander Skip and crew for their support and help in cooking and dispensing beverages.  We look forward to VFW/American Legion joint ventures. 

Jack C. Russell, Commander VFW Post 8867

1st Annual Commander's Breakfast
Commander's Breakfast
   Commander's Breakfast
Post members, Ladies and Men's Auxiliaries met and greeted past and present Commanders and Presidents at the Commander's 1st Annual Breakfast held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at VFW Post 8867.

The occasion acknowledged the work of past Commanders and Presidents and planned for the future.

A catered breakfast was served.

Jack C. Russell, Commander VFW Post 8867

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