What the VFW does for The Community

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We Help Bring the Community Together:

 

Monthly Community Theme Dinners at the VFW Post, located at 6 Main Street, Pelham

We Help Coordinate Pelham's Memorial Day Parade and MC the Ceremonies to honor our town's veteran sacrifices in all past wars.

We provide Honor Guards when requested at school and town events.

We provide refreshments and grilled food for the "Concerts on the Green".

We Participate in Pelham's Old Home Day and lead the parade with our honor guard.

We Participate in Good Neighbor Fund Food Drive each year.

We provide meeting spaces for several community clubs like the Girls Scouts, Spirit Group, Garden Club, and more.

We hold High School Graduates Dinner for those who have enlisted in the military
 

We host separate monthly meetings for the Republican and Democratic parties of Pelham and Hillsborough Counties.

We participate in the many charity events around town like Relay for Life, food drives, Liberty House in Manchester and we participate with OCT- Operation Care for Troops  .

We also hold ceremonies for many national holidays like POW / MIA Day, Veteran's Day, Flag Day and Pearl Harbor Day.

Specific VFW Programs Awarded Each Year

 

Patriots Pen Essay Contest - The VFW believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism. We encourage youthful minds to examine our nation's history and their own experiences in modern American society through our Patriot's Pen youth essay-writing contest. This is a scholarship program for grades 6-8.

Voice of Democracy - Knowing that a democratic society needs nurturing, the VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves regards to democratic ideas and principles and a chance to earn scholarship money. 

Teacher of the Year - Each year exceptional teachers are recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism and patriotism to their students. The VFW annually recognizes the nation's top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics and promote America's history, traditions and institutions effectively.

Policemen of the Year Award - The VFW honors an outstanding Policeman who goes above and beyond in the community.

Firefighter/EMT of the Year Award - The VFW honors an outstanding Firefighter who not only works as a team but also shines as an individual.

Boy Scout Award - Some of the VFW's earliest ties to the community involve youth groups.  Few are stronger and none more lasting than the close relationship between the VFW and Boy Scouts of America, dating back to 1915. 

Girl Scout Gold Award recipients - The VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary recognizes Girls who earn the highest Award in Girl Scouting. Also Silver and Bronze award winners.

Outstanding Volunteers of the Year - For those who give of themselves for the betterment of their local community.

Loyalty Day - is observed on May 1 in the United States.  It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.  It was made an official holiday by the U.S. Congress on July 18, 1958.  Following the passage of this law, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1959 the first official observance of Loyalty Day.  Although a legal holiday, it is not a federal holiday and many people in the United States remain unaware of it.  This is a great day to honor those who give of themselves within our community and help to support the loyalty of United States Veterans.

We Serve Those Who Served Us

 

 We provide necessary items to and visit the local VA Hospitals in Manchester and the NH Veterans Home in Tilton , NH  

We visit local Veterans in need of companionship; provide rides to doctor's appointments, stores, etc.

We provide donations to local

veterans in need of monetary assistance

We support New England Project Honor Flight which takes  WWII, Korean War, and other qualified Veterans to Washington, DC to visit their memorials

Provide assistance to The VFW National Children's Home.

We support the local Gold Star Mothers (These are mothers who have lost children during combat)