Because of its adherence to the Congressional Charter purposes, which are “fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable and educational,” Cpl. Herbert E. Macon Post 1981 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has achieved All State Post status for 2015-2016. This is because of their efforts to assist all veterans, perpetuate the memory and history of the sacrifices made by veterans and their families, foster true patriotism and strengthen comradeship among the veteran community.
In the past year Post 1981 has instilled civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism in school-age children and the entire community of Madera. Post members have promoted democratic values and beliefs through participation in special projects including visiting classrooms to discuss their military experiences, as well as Voice of Democracy Oratory and Patriot’s Pen Essay competition for middle and high school students.
During the holidays Post 1981 distributed food boxes with 24 turkeys and 30 hams to veterans, and local families in need. Post 1981 also purchased and distributed 18 bicycles to local school children for Christmas.
The Honor Guard Post 1981 has conducted dozens of funerals in the past year, paying proper respect to our departed comrades. In addition, the Post 1981 Honor Guard is regularly called upon for special events, including the dedication of a new memorial at the VA Hospital, POW/MIA and the Pearl Harbor Ceremonies for the Clovis Memorial District.
Norman L. Allinder, Commander,
VFW Post 1981, Madera