Welcome to VFW Post 8867

Flag Day June 14, 2015
Flag Day June 14, 2015
   Flag Day June 14, 2015
Thanks to all who participated in VFW Post 8867 Flag Day Ceremonies and disposal of more than 20,000 flags.  Special thanks to organizer John Pearson, who was up at 5 AM preparing the 12 barrels to retire flags by incineration.

Public Law94-344 para. 42 states: "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.  A torn Flag may be mended, or if soiled it may be washed or dry cleaned."  Proudly display and respect the Stars and Stripes.

Best Regards...Jack C. Russell, Cmdr.

Memorial Day 2015
VFW Post 8867 Memorial Day Parade May 2015
   VFW Post 8867 Memorial Day Parade May
Sunday, May 24, 2015 
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS MEMORIAL DAY - May 25, 2015 In May 1868 Commander-in-Chief John Logan issued General Order no. 11 which states in part “The 30th day of May 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country . . . “. Since the days of the Civil War, Americans have honored and remembered our fallen service members each year for almost 150 years. Today, Memorial Day, is a sacred day for Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is a day of solemn remembrance. We stand with patriots who come home from the fight and mourn the valiant fallen, our heroes. We empathize with their families, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, wives husbands and children. When a warrior, a patriot is lost fighting for his or her ideals, the community and nation suffers the loss also. As we gather for activities over this long weekend, we must remain ever-cognizant of the price paid for the freedoms we enjoy. Freedom is not free. Those who made the ultimate sacrifice believed in something greater than their selves. Our warriors, our heroes believed in the American way of life, free of tyranny and fear. They were willing to die to protect our freedoms. Some of those are freedoms of speech, religion, the press and freedom of assembly. This Memorial Day take time out. Then reflect on the absolute selflessness of the one million three hundred thousand members of our nation’s military, who paid the price to ensure our way of life endures. Let us not forget the families whose pain will never go away, but may be lessened with our prayers, honors and remembrance. God Bless our fallen, their families, and American men and women in uniform throughout the world. God Bless America! Jack C. Russell, Commander VFW Post 8867, Brick, NJ

V-E Day, Dinner, Blessing 0f the Bikes
1.) Friday May 8, 2015 @ 5:45 PM, we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe. May 8, 1945 V-E Day is celebrated in America and Britain. 2.) Friday May 8. 2015 @ 6 PM Dinner (WWII Vets free) Menu: Garden Salad, Pulled Pork on Brioche Roll, Freedom Fries, Dessert & Coffee $10.00, includes entertainment 3.) Saturday May 9, 2015, 1 PM - 5 PM: Blessing of the Bikes. Picnic Pavilion/Grove. Food, beverage, raffles. General admission $20/ Extra Rider $15 for advanced ticket purchase. At Gate add $5. All are invited with or w/o bikes. See you this weekend. Regards . . . Jack, Cmdr.

Installation of Post 8867 Officers
Election and appointment of Officers for fiscal year 2015Ė2016 were finalized in April. Officers elected are: Commander, Steve Grinnell; Sr. Vice Cmdr., Ken Eith; Jr. Vice Cmdr., John Kirwin; Quartermaster, Joe Lamb; Chaplain, Charles Richardson; 3 Year Trustee, Jack Russell. Elected and appointed Officers will be sworn in during the Post Installation Ceremonies Sunday May 3rd at 2 PM. Ladies and Menís Auxiliaries will be sworn in also. All members are invited to attend. The Post Command will change effective June 20, 2015, which coincides with Dept. of NJ changes. During the May 3rd program, we will recognize WWII Veterans. It was 70 years ago May 8, 1945, VE Day, that Germany signed an unconditional surrender. WWII Veterans are encouraged to attend and to display memorabilia. Please contact Commander Russell at 732-804-3661. Congratulations to incoming Officers. Please see attachment for a complete list of elected and appointed officers. Sincerely . . . Jack, Cmdr.

Friday Night Dinner, Post Elections, County Connection
1,)  Friday Night Dinner April 3, 2015 @ 6 PM
Choice of Menu:  
Seafood Alfredo / Linguine w/Crab Cake


Chicken Alfredo / Linguine w/Crab Cake

Dessert and Coffee         Only $12.00 

Entertainment by C&R Karaoke

2.)  Post Nominations and Elections Monday 4/6/2015 @ 6:30 PM

Manual of Procedure Sec. 217 States Post Officers shall be elected in April.   
". . . nominations and elections shall be Commander, Senior Vice Commander, Junior Vice Commander, Quartermaster, Chaplain and Trustee."  Absentee ballots and proxy voted are prohibited.
3.)  County Connection RV will be at the Post Thursday 4/9/2015 10 AM-2 PM and again each month on the 2nd Thursday.
The purpose of the mobile van and staff is to provide information about County, State & Federal Services available to Seniors and Veterans.  VFW Post 8867 Service Officer Bob Michalski will be on to assist questions of Veterans benefits.   
Happy Easter! .  .  .  Jack, Cmdr.

Service Officer Michalski
VFW Post 8867 Service Officer Bob Michalski is eager to assist Veterans and families in processing claims and benefits for Veterans. Bob attended a Service Officer Seminar in October 2014 from VFW Dept. of NJ Officer Training Institute in Sea Girt. He then received five additional days of training in A.C. for Service Officers. Bob continues to update knowledge and skills. Please see the attachment describing some responsibilities of VFW Service Officers.

GI Go Fund Helps Veterans
Thursday, December 11, 2014 
The GI Go Fund is a non-profit charitable organization that provides assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.  GI Go helps veterans find employment, access housing, and secure educational and health benefits.

Gift cards were presented to veterans by Jack Fanous Executive Director and Brick Township Mayor John Ducey.

Post Update December Events
Thursday, December 4, 2014 
VFW Post 8867 Update for December Events
1.)  Friday 12/5/2014 @ 6 PM.  Dinner by Ladies Auxiliary
        Home Made Baked Ziti
        Garlic Bread Parmesan
                *  *  *  $8.00  *  *  * 
          Plus Entertainment by DJ Reggie
2.)  Sunday 12/7/2014 @ Noon - Pearl Harbor Remembrance.  We will hold a brief ceremony at the flagpole to remember survivors and those who perished from the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.
3.)  Saturday 12/20/2014 @ 1 - 4 PM.  Children's Christmas Party with visit from Santa.  Sign up your children or grandchildren in the Canteen now.  Must be preregistered to attend.

4.)  Wednesday 12/31/2014 @ 8 PM to1 AM - 2nd Annual New Year's Eve Celebration "Operation Joint Endeavor". 
Hosted by VFW Post 8867 & American Legion Post 348.  Live Band "The Mangos" and "DJ Reggie".  Food by Classic Caterers Jack Gregory.  Beer and wine included.  Only $35 per person! Limited tickets now on sale in the Canteen. No ticket sales at the door. 
Jack C. Russell Commander.

Happy Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 20, 2014 
VFW Members & Friends,

1.) St. Peter School is having a Veteran's Day celebration Friday Nov. 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM in the school gym.  All Veterans are welcome.  The celebration will include light refreshments, a prayer service and a few patriotic songs presented by the students of St. Peter School.  Those of us who attended last year agree it is well worth the time.  The address is:  415 Atlantic Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
2.) Dinner Special by Ladies Auxiliary in Post Canteen Fri. 11/21/2014 at 6 PM:
        Oven roasted Turkey w/Stuffing
        Potato, Veggies & Cranberry Sauce
        Dessert         *  *  *   $10  *  *  *
With Entertainment by C&R Karaoke
Please NOTE:  The next Friday Night Dinner is Dec. 5th.  We will NOT have dinner Fri. 11/28/2014.
3.)  "Thanksgiving Dinner" at American Legion Post 348 to any and all Veterans at 822 Mantoloking Road, Brick at 2:00 - 5:00 PM.  If you would like to attend or help serve, please tel. Bruce Blaum at 732-903-7958 for more information.
Regards .  .  .  Jack C. Russell, Commander

Commander Update for Post Events
Friday, July 25, 2014 

On Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 12 Noon at the Post, we will commemorate the 61st Anniversary of the Korean Armistice.  It is important to remember our Korean Veterans and the 33,000 U.S. service members killed in action.  After the brief ceremony, we will show the video "Freedom is Not Free" produced by the Korean War Veterans Association.  (Just 10 min.)

 And on Sunday July 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM in the Canteen, FREE Blue Claw Crabs (while limited supply lasts).  Bring your own mallet, crackers and newspapers.
On Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Noon to 4 PM, VFW Post 8867 Annual Labor Day Weekend Picnic.  Donation is $12.00 in advance for Adults, $15.00 at the gate, and On sale NOW at the Canteen
Children 6-12 $6.00;  5 and under free.
Next Post meeting is on Monday August 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM.  Volunteer a few hours on a committee or two and be involved with Veterans activities, Boy Scouts, students, JROTC, the Brick community.  See how you can benefit when you bring in a new Post member.
On Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1 to 5 PM, VFW Post 8867 will host the Homecoming Event for NJ State Jr. Vice Commander Conrad "Connie" Hoffmann.  Connie is from Toms River Post, our District 12, and he will be NJ State Commander in two years.  Free food, beverages, entertainment plus more and souvenir mugs for a $10 donation each.  VFW State Commander Jack Kane and other State Officers will be there.  I will too, how about you?
Regards .  .  . Jack C. Russell, Cmdr. 

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