On Saturday, July 9, over 50 veterans, family members, and friends gathered at Escondido’s Veterans Memorial Hall to celebrate the 89th anniversary of the formation of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1513. The post is now planning its 90th birthday party to be announced in early 2017 by invitation to a wider community base.
The post hosted a casual dinner to celebrate 89 years of serving veterans and the community, while raising funds to aid in the post’s veterans’ outreach efforts, such as serving dinner meals once a month at the Fisher HouseCamp Pendleton for those residents who have family members, both active duty and retired military, at the base hospital nearby.
The guest speaker for the evening was Master Gunnery Sergeant Douglas Fraser, operations chief for 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), Camp Pendleton. MGySgt Fraser shared his gratitude for veteran service organizations such as the VFW for playing a key part in the continuing remembrance of the U.S. military’s part in the founding and protection of our country.
In attendance was Escondido City Councilman and VFW member Ed Gallo, an Army veteran of theKorean War, representatives from Senator Joel Anderson’s office, and VFW Auxiliary’s Past State President Gloria Palmer and District 1 President Oneita Billings. Palmer spoke to the post about how to create an auxiliary. Her speech was well received, and family members showed much interest in being among the first to join.
The evening concluded with a birthday cake-cutting ceremony, using military ceremonial swords, performed by local World War II Navy veteran Bill Henson, Vietnam Army veteran Gina Burke, Desert Storm Navy veteran Joe Mortimer, and Iraq War Marine veteran Matt Foster.
VFW Post 1513’sAuxiliary is now forming. Grandparents, spouses, sons and daughters, and grandchildren of veterans (living or deceased) who are qualified to join the VFW may join the Auxiliary. For more information, visit vfwauxiliary.org/. To become a Charter Member of VFW Post 1513’s Auxiliary, email the post at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VFW Post 1513 is looking for veterans of all wars. Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month in the Veterans Memorial Hall 230 E. Park Ave in Escondido. To learn more about the Post, visit www.vfwpost1513.org and www.facebook.com/vfwpost1513.