by Rebecca Barnett
Please join us on November 11 at 11 a.m. to honor our Veterans for our annual Veterans Day ceremony at Winchester Park, weather permitting. If there is inclement weather, it will be held at the Winchester American Legion. Please follow us on Facebook at Veterans’ Day Ceremony or Winchester VFW.
If you didn’t know, the local community is blessed to have two different non-profit Veteran’s organizations in Winchester. Julian Wells American Legion Auxiliary Post 442 and the Winchester Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 11524. New members are always welcome to be a part of the military camaraderie that is valued through the mission and shared goals of our local Veterans.
On August 29, the Winchester VFW Post 11524 Commander, Matt Barber, started a raffle ticket campaign for incredible prizes in order to renovate the Julian Wells American Legion building in Winchester. In less than one month, they sold 140 tickets and made $5,100 towards renovating the American Legion. They also sold $650 in food, which went towards the Winchester VFW scholarship fund.
Every year the VFW awards three high school students $500 each in scholarship money. These scholarships are for both Winchester and Bluffs high school students. The Winchester VFW is proud to offer and participate in a scholarship contest that promotes patriotism, assists students in furthering their education, and helps students reach their full potential.
Both the American Legion and VFW Scholarship packages are available, please see your high school counselor for details.
On September 19, winners were drawn for the American Legion Renovation raffle. Prize winners included:
Banks Blind: Brock Luxmore
YETI Cooler: Sam Ford
Car Detail: Corey Mason
A big thank you goes out to those that donated to a great cause, those that volunteer their time to help, and those that eat our grub. We are blessed for our community and those that support our troops, it was a great day! Thanks to everyone who participated.