Burgers, brats and fries at 5. Darts at 7. Come see us.
OUR MISSION:To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
POST 4054 is a Veterans Organization Chartered in 1946. Dedicated to helping all Veterans.
OUR VISION: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
Burgers, brats and fries at 5. Darts at 7. Come see us.
Amazing turn out last night for the fish fry. Thank you everyone for coming. We will see ya'll next month.
Marcellus VFW Post 4054
This Friday come on down to the VFW in Marcellus
This Friday come on down to the VFW in Marcellus
Don't forget members that there is a meeting tonight at 7:00. Please be there. Good information tonight.
Don't forget meeting and election of officers Tonite 7 pm
T he American flag does not fly because the wind moves past it.....
The American flag flies from the last breath of each military member who has died serving it.”
AIRLINE CAPTAIN - You will not regret reading this one. I Promise. My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H.R. on this flight." (H.R. stands for Human Remains.)
"Are they military?" I asked.
'Yes', she said.
'Is there an escort?' I asked.
'Yes, I've already assigned him a seat.'
'Would you please tell him to come to the Flight Deck. You can board him early,' I said... A short while later a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us. 'My soldier is on his way back to Virginia,' he said. He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words. I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughest job in the military, and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the Flight Deck to find his seat.
We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure. About 30 minutes into our flight, I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin.
'I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying, is also on board', she said. She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left. We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia. The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane.
I could hear the desperation in the flight attendants voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do.
'I'm on it', I said. I told her that I would get back to her.
Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail like messages. I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher. I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me. Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:
'Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on this now, and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft. The team will escort the family to the ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family. The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal, where the remains can be seen on the ramp.. It is a private area for the family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home. Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans. Please pass our condolences on to the family. Thanks.
I sent a message back, telling flight control thanks for a good job.. I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father.. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, 'You have no idea how much this will mean to them.'
Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area.. The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us
'There is a team in place to meet the aircraft', we were told. It looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family from getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the copilot to tell the ramp controller, we were going to stop short of the gate to make an announcement to the passengers He did that and the ramp controller said, 'Take your time.'
I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said: 'Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking: I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement. We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect. His name is Private ######, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private ###### s under your feet in the cargo hold Escorting him today is Army Sergeant ######. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.'
We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shutdown procedures. A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see. I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.
When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later, more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft was clapping. Words of 'God Bless You', I'm sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane. They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one.
Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.
I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safety in these United States of AMERICA.
I know everyone who reads this will have tears in their eyes, including me. Prayer chain for our Military. Don't break it! Please send this on after a short prayer for our service men and women.
Don't break it!
They die for me and mine and you and yours and deserve our honor and respect
Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world... There is nothing attached. Just send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one.
GOD BLESS YOU!!!
Thank you all who have served, or are serving. We will not forget!!!!
Come up and see us tonight.
SWISS STEAK Fri. 5-7, $10
Chicken tender baskets in bar Friday nite-at the post
Mark your calendar. March 22-NY STRIP. APRIL 12-SWISS STEAK, APRIL 24-MEETING WITH ELECTION OF OFFICERS, AND MAY 10-FISH FRIES START, MAY24-NY STRIP.
Don't forget the steak dinner this Friday from 5-7 and music follows from 7-9. Help support the VFW.
On this day in 1945, Marines invade Iwo Jima, igniting some of the most intense and violent fighting of the Pacific in World War Two.
Post is open today. Larry's volunteer bartender. Come support the post
The post is open today for darts and burgers. Come on down, but drive careful
There have been many questions, complaints, and comments made recently regarding changes to the operation of the Post’s Canteen.
It’s an unfortunate fact that VFW Posts across the country are on the verge of closure, have been closed, or are being forced to merge in order to just survive.
It’s been a sad trend for many years now. It’s undeniable. All the in-fighting, bickering, conjecture, resignations, Officer turn-over and rumors do not change the hard, financial facts of this nation-wide trend. I’m certain all of that behavior probably occurred at other posts as well, right before they were forced to close due to financial insolvency.
It’s understandable, because we are all passionate about our Military Service and what our VFW Post stands for. What it provides our Veterans and their families. But it does not help.
Our Post is no different. There is nothing special about it that protects it from this sad trend and the fate many other VFW Posts have already fallen victim to, around the country.
The survival of this Post is literally at stake. We can’t sell enough steaks, throw enough darts, or sell enough beverages to forestall a similar fate unless steps are taken, immediately, to cut costs wherever possible. This Post is no different than any other for-profit business. Income must outpace costs. There is no way around it, It’s simple economics. Everyone’s heard it said; “Numbers do not lie”.
Please. Don’t believe what I’ve said here. Do your own investigation of why VFW Posts are dying at the rate they are. It’s frightening how similar their stories are, to ours right now.
Or not. I’m sure many of you wonder who is this person? Where did he come from? Why doesn’t he just go back there?
I’m just a Veteran. My home is 40 minutes away. There’s another VFW Post a mere 10 minutes from my front door. I chose to join this Post because after visiting it, I felt it was special. Several of my Comrades are members here. I would like to see it defy the trend I’ve spoken about. So that future generations of Veterans can feel what I did when I walked in.
LEXINGTON — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3074 has seen its share of sad days.Days when its members stood by solemnly as grim witnesses to funerals — so many that
I'm signed in.
Effective Monday, February 11th, new canteen hours will be
Sundays Noon - 8pm
Depending on weather and business conditions.
Scheduled events, during the week such as Burger and Dart night, will require Post member scheduling the event to provide their own bartender.
Beloved wife of our Post Commander, Sam Butler, and dear friend to many of us. Kelly helped countless Veterans and Veteran causes for many years. She will be greatly missed.
Life Story for Kelly L Butler | DOWAGIAC, Mich. — Kelly Lynn Butler, 46, of Dowagiac, passed away peacefully at Memorial Hospital in South Bend on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, following an unexpected illness. She was born, in Logansport, May 12, 1972, to her father, Michael (Jane) Buttice and mothe....
It is with our deepest sorrow we inform you that Kelly L. Butler, 46, of Dowagiac, wife of our Post Commander Sam Butler, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.
Viewing will be Wednesday Dec 26, from 6-8 pm.
Services will be on Thursday, Dec 27th at 11 am at Billings Funeral Home 812 Baldwin Street, Elkhart, IN 46514
Procession and Motorcycle escort will immediately follow, to the Crane St cemetery for services there.
This is what happens when a Marine sings the Marines’ Hymn to his 3-year-old son every night.
Don't forget that every Tues. from 5-7 is $5 brats and fries. Then Darts at 7:00. Come on down for one or the other or both.
Inspirational World War II Spitfire pilot Mary Ellis has died at the age of 101.
Article 92 of the U.C.M.J.
“Navy Sailor Refuses To Stand For National Anthem - IMMEDIATELY Regrets It”.
A former Navy intelligence specialist recently took a page out of Colin Kaepernick's playbook and refused to stand for the national anthem during morning colors. However, she quickly learned she'd made a huge mistake.
Conservative Tribune reported that Petty Officer 2nd Class Janaye Ervin was stripped of her security clearance and assigned to menial labor for a few days before she was forced to leave the Navy for disrespecting our country so blatantly.
It all started on September 19 , when Ervin refused to stand for the anthem when she was on reserve duty at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The International BusinessTimes reported that Ervin claimed she was trying to make a statement about blacks being persecuted in the United States by doing this. "I just didn't want to stand at that moment," Ervin said "I can't stand for this song knowing that the song isn't for me, being black. The song doesn't represent me at all. To be honest, I never really thought about the flag my entire life, I had no reason to. It's just a flag.”
The next day, Ervin's superiors read her rights and gave her a warning about potentially compromising her security clearance, which she needed for both her military and civilian job. One day after that, she was stripped of her security clearance and escorted out of the secure area where she was working.
Ervin is now claiming that she was never told which order she was violating, but this is clearly a lie since she violated the 10th General Order for Sentries , "...To salute all officers and colors and standards not cased.....” which is taught in all Navy boot camps.
All members of the Navy are required to memorize all 11 general orders in bootcamp, and they are aware that violating any one of them is subject to Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and is subject to whatever punishment is decided by court-martial.
On September 21 , Ervin took to Facebook to publicly whine about how "unfair" this has been for her. "The Navy has decided to punish me for defending the Constitution and has taken away my equipment I need to do my Naval job," she wrote, according to PopularMilitary.com .
Hey, Janaye, the Navy did not take ANYTHING from you... you forfeited your own job when you knowingly violated a general order.
HERO'S WELCOME: A line of police officers on motorcycles stopped to salute soldiers returning home after deployment in Afghanistan 💙https://cbsn.ws/2DPOuno
Change of watch... #SsgtCardin.....
If you’re a soldier surrounded by enemy troops, there’s only one plane you want coming to your rescue: the A-10 Warthog.
A POEM WORTH READING
He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.
And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Joe has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.
He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Veteran died today.
When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?
The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.
While the ordinary Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.
It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?
Or would you want a Veteran
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.
He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.
For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran's part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A VETERAN DIED TODAY."
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