"What I would Tell America's Founding Fathers?" "If I was able to talk with the Founding Fathers, there would many issues to discuss. Firstly, what are their views on slavery?"Read More→
Voice of Democracy
"Is our constitution still relevant?" "Is the U.S Constitution still relevant? In celebration and honor of the U.S Constitution's 225th birthday I would whole-heartedle say us..."Read More→
VFW Ladies Auxiliary
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars is a national, patriotic, non-profit organization established in 1914. We show unwavering support for real American heroes and live by the motto, "Honor the dead by helping the living."Read More→
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VFW Post 9143 MeetingPost 9143 will conduct its monthly meeting on June 19, 2013, with Dinner being served at 7 PM Followed by the business meeting at 8 PM
VFW District 2 MeetingDistrict 2 meeting will be held on August 4, 2013 at the Livonia GA post, starting at 10:00 AM, Carpools to the Toccoa Post will leave our post at 8 AM
Memorial DayAll Veterans are invited to attend and participant in the Memorial Day service at the Veterans Memorial on Veterans Memorial Drive in Cumming, on Firday May 24, 2013. The service will start at 11 AM and is hosted by the City of Cumming, GA.
Flag RetirementOn June 14, 2013, VFW Post 9143 will sponser a Flag Retirement Ceremony, along with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 39, Please have all flags for retirement turned to the post prior to June 14, 2013.
July 4 ParadeVFW Post 9143 will be participating in the Annual 4th of July Parade in the City of Cumming, More details will be provided after our June Meeting.
Memorial Day Breakfast, May 27, 2013Post 9143 will hold its annual Memorial Day Breakfast starting at 8 AM on Monday May 27,2013. Breakfast will consist of all you can eat Pancakes, with Scrambled Eggs and your choice of Sausage or Bacon. A donation of $5.00 would be greatly appreciated. Read More →
Buddy PoppyThe VFW conducted its first poppy distribution before Memorial Day in 1922, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. The VFW has made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans. No other organization, firm or individual can legally use the name "Buddy" Poppy. Today, VFW Buddy Poppies are still assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals. Our Veterans will be at various locations through Memorial Day passing out these flowers.
Memorial Day - May 27, 2013Memorial Day is officially celebrated on the last Monday during the month of May. Memorial Day is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country. It is also a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. The roots of Memorial Day go back to 1865 and the end of the Civil War. Memorial Day was traditionally held on the 30th of May. In 1971, Congress changed it to the last Monday in order to afford a three day holiday weekend. Regardless of the date, we encourage you to attend a parade, and to visit a cemetery to honor and remember our servicemen . Take time to remember lost loved ones in whatever way you feel appropriate.
D - Day - June 6Invasion Date June 6, 1944 – The D in D-Day stands for “day” since the final invasion date was unknown and weather dependent Allied Forces 156,000 Allied troops from The United States, The United Kingdom, Canada,Free France and Norway Areas of Invasion The Allied code names for the beaches along the 50-mile stretch of Normandy coast targeted for landing were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Omaha was the costliest beach in terms of Allied casualties. The Armada 5,000 ships and landing craft 50,000 vehicles 11,000 planes, Causalities Numbers represent total killed, wounded, missing or captured United States – 6,603 (1,465 killed) United Kingdom – 2,700 Canada – 1,074 (359 fatal)Germany – Estimated between 4,000 – 9,000 Outcome - By June 11, with the beachheads firmly secured, more than 326,000 troops had crossed with more than 100,000 tons of military equipment. Paris was liberated on August 25. Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945. The number of remaining D-Day vets is estimated anywhere between 8,000 and 60,000
Independance Day - July 4, 2013The fourth of July is the birthday of our nation. Today, we celebrate and enjoy the freedom that comes with the event that made this day so special. Thomas Jefferson, is the author of the Declaration of Independence. He led a committee that crafted the declaration between June 11-28, 1776. Jefferson and other discontented representatives from the thirteen colonies, voted and approved it on July 4, 1776. The document declared freedom for the 13 colonies from British rule. It currently resides in the Exhibition Hall of the National Archive in Washington, D.C The Declaration of Independence was not signed by all representatives until August, 1776. To make it official, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress signed it. Now, can anyone guess where the saying "put your John Hancock on it" came from!?! Today, we enjoy the benefits of the freedom which the framers signed and ultimately fought for. For us, it is a time for baseball, hot dogs and family picnics. Summer is in full swing and life is good.
Victory over Japan Day - August 14, 2013There is some confusion over what date is V-J Day. You can consider any (or all) of three dates as V-J Day. President Harry S. Truman caused some of this confusion........ On August 14, 1945, the Japanese government cabled to the U.S. their surrender. This is the date of most modern observances. On August 15, 1945, news of the surrender was announced to the world. This sparked spontaneous celebrations over the final ending of World War II. On September 2, 1945, a formal surrender ceremony was held in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri. At the time, President Truman declared September 2 to be VJ Day. Regardless of which day you view as VJ Day, World War II was finally over. The war in the Pacific was hard fought and bloody. The tide had definitely turned, and the U.S. military was fighting island by island towards Japan. Resistance was fierce. Casualties on both sides were high. The U.S. had developed the atomic bomb. The U.S. government was anxious to end the war, and stop the loss of American lives. On August 6th, 1945, the United States military dropped an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan in an effort to force Japan into an immediate, unconditional surrender. Instead of immediately surrendering, the Japanese government debated what to do. So, the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb on August 9, 1945 over the city of Nagasaki, Japan. On August 14, 1945, Japanese Emperor Hirohito cabled the U.S. to surrender, and agreed to the terms of the Potsdam Declaration