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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - December 2016
VFW Vice Commander Paul Coughlin.
The Charles N. DeGlopper VFW Post 9249 hosted a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony on Wednesday, December 7th outside, at the post flagpole. This was the 75th anniversary of the attack by Japanese fighter planes that killed more than 2,400 Americans. Also in attendance were the American Legion Grand Island Post 1346 and the Air Force Association L.D. Bell-Niagara Frontier Chaper 204, along with many veterans and Island residents. VFW Vice Commander Paul Coughlin welcomed the attendees, VFW Chaplain Mike Cutini gave the invocation and benediction. Supervisor Nathan McMurray spoke to the group. The ceremony was followed by lunch and guest speakers inside.
American Legion Color Guard.
VFW Honor Guard.
Buglers from left: Bobby Jankowiak and Dave Pachla.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance and Open House - December 2016The Grand Island VFW Post 9249 will host a Pearl Harbor Remembrance and Open House on Wednesday, December 7th at 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Please arrive by 11:45 a.m. as the ceremony starts outside at the flag pole at 12:00 sharp. There will be speaker presentations from Col. Bowman and Col. Kilgore from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station regarding how the transition is going for their units. Light lunch will be provided.
VFW Auxiliary Hot Turkey Sandwich Sale - November 2016The VFW Post 9249 Auxiliary, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is having a Hot Turkey Sandwich sale on Sunday, November 20th from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (or sold out). Dinner is $7/$7.50 take out, includes open faced hot turkey with gravy, chips, vegetable and cranberry sauce. There will be a 50/50 and Lottery tree.
VFW Open House - November 2016The VFW and Post Commander Christian Eshelman would like to extend an invitation to the Veterans and the community for an open house on Friday, November 11th, after the 11:00 a.m. service. They will offer free lunch and dinner to Veterans, family and friends. Please come and join us in comradery and share our appreciation to those who have and are serving our great Nation. The VFW Post 9249, Charles N DeGlopper Memorial is located at 2121 Grand Island Blvd, across from Tops Express.
Navy Celebrates 241 Years of Service - October 2016
From left: Paul Coughlin and Gary Roesch
In honor of the Navy's 241st birthday, Navy men and VFW members Paul Coughlin and Gary Roesch hoisted the Navy flag at the VFW on Thursday morning, October 13th. From Wikipedia, "The U.S. Navy is the largest, most capable navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The U.S. Navy has the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with ten in service, two in the reserve fleet, and three new carriers under construction. The service has 328,194 personnel on active duty and 101,199 in the Navy Reserve. It has 272 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 aircraft in active service as of February 2016. The U.S. Navy, founded October 13, 1775, traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which was established during the American Revolutionary War and was effectively disbanded as a separate entity shortly thereafter. It played a major role in the American Civil War by blockading the Confederacy and seizing control of its rivers."
MIA/POW flag, bottom: Navy flag
VFW October Meeting - October 2016The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 monthly meeting is Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 2121 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY.
VFW Auxiliary Donates Backpaths to Sidway - September 2016
Front row, from left: Alyse Alberalla, Allison Hall, Austin Clause & Jack Trenda.
Members of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post #9249 Auxiliary stopped by Sidway School on Friday, September 9th to drop off four backpacks stuffed with school supplies for some lucky students. Students from the first grade class of Mrs. Fuchs were happy to show off the donated items. The donations will go to two students in kindergarten and two in first grade.
Back row, from left: Auxiliary members Sue McMahon, president; Linda Lozo, secretary & Kathy Blake, treasurer.
9/11 Memorial Service - September 2016Today, teachers are asking their students, "What were your parents doing on September 11, 2001?" You see, our juniors and seniors in High schools were 1-3 years old and students in every other grade, were not yet born. Americans should not let this day of remembrance go unnoticed.
The public is invited to the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., for a Memorial Service on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. This will commemorate the loss of 2,996 lives on the 15th Anniversary of the attacks in New York City, Shanksville, Pa and Washington. DC. All groups and organizations are invited to come to the Post and stand together for this memorial service. Bring your organization's colors and banners as we pay tribute to those who lost their lives 15 years ago. If there are any questions please contact Commander Eshelman at 773-6343 or Acting Adjutant Dan McMahon 622-6911.
VFW September Meeting - September 2016The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 monthly meeting is Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 2121 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY.
VFW Auxiliary Donates Proceeds- August 2016
VFW Commander Christian Eshelmann presents checks to Miracle League (top) and Dog Tags NY.The 2016 VFW Auxiliary Car Show, the Dick Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise, was a great success, even with the wet weather. Over $1800 was raised through registration fees, basket raffle and drawings during the event. Three organizations, each received a $600 donation, they are Miracle League of WNY, Gold Star Mothers and Dog Tags NY.
VFW Auxiliary 15th Annual Dick Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise - July 2016The VFW Post #9249 Auxiliary, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting the 15th Annual Dick Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise on Sunday, July 31st. Gates Open at 10:00 a.m., registration from 10:00 - 12noon, judging at 12noon, awards at 3:00 p.m. There will be oldies music of the classic car era, food and beverages for sale, 50-50 raffles, basket raffles. Donations this year will go to American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY and DOG TAGS OF NEW YORK. See flyer for details.
VFW Auxiliary 15th Annual Dick Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise - June 2016The VFW Post #9249 Auxiliary, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting the 15th Annual Dick Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise on Sunday, July 31st. The car show will have Dash Plaques for participants, oldies music of the classic car era, food and beverages for sale, 50-50 raffles, basket raffles, and Awarding of Trophies Ceremony. Sponsors donations are appreciated and the $500, $250, and $100 levels are acknowledged by Trophy presentations. Donations this year will go to American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY and DOG TAGS OF NEW YORK. See sponsor form for details.
VFW Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ - May 2016VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, June 1st from 4:00 p.m. - gone. Take-out or dine-in. Tickets are available at the post for $9.00, pre-sale are encouraged. Dinner includes chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, dinner roll and butter.
VFW Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ - May 2016VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, May 18th from 4:00 p.m. - gone. Take-out or dine-in. Tickets are available at the post for $9.00, pre-sale are encouraged. Dinner includes chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, dinner roll and butter.
VFW Donates to Mentors Court - May 2016
From left: Past Post Commander Dan McMahon, Court Mentor Phil Ippilito, Post Commander Christian Eshelman, Court Mentor and Chairman of Mentors Jack Michel, Post Quartermaster Richard Lozo, Sr.Members of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post #9249 presented a check for $500.00 to the Mentors Of Veterans Court in Buffalo, NY. The treatment court team, the Buffalo Veteran Mentor Group (a separate nonprofit organization), and a coalition of community health care providers are all vital to the success of the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court. The Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court has adopted, with slight modifications, the essential tenants as described by the U.S. Department of Justice publication, Defining Drug Courts. Monies donated are use to assist Veterans withtransportation to and from court sessions and other necessities during their court program.
The Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court was established in January 2008 and diverts eligible veteran-defendants with substance dependency and/or mental illness, who are charged with felony or misdemeanor non-violent criminal offense, to a specialized criminal court docket. Veterans are identified through evidence-based screening and assessments. They voluntarily participate in a judicially supervised treatment plan that a team of court staff, veteran health care professionals, veteran peer mentors, health care professionals and mental health professionals develop with the veteran.
The Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court is a collaborative effort among the W.N.Y. Veterans Project, Buffalo Police Department, Buffalo Veteran's Administration Health Care System, Buffalo Criminal Courts, Buffalo Drug and Mental Health Treatment Courts, Erie County Pre-trial Services and the C.O.U.R.T.S Program (Court Outreach Unit: Referral and Treatment Service), and many local town courts, and the Buffalo Veterans Mentor Group (a separate nonprofit organization). Veterans are provided with assistance in obtaining medical, educational and VA claims while attending the court sessions. The mission of the C.O.U.R.T.S. Program is to intervene in the justice system process as early in the continuum as possible. Through treatment referral and closely supervised community reintegration, the C.O.U.R.T.S. program aims to interrupt the vicious cycle of addiction, associated criminality, arrest, prosecution, conviction, incarceration, release, relapse, criminality and re-arrest.