All State Post
Memorial day will be celebrated on Monday the 25th of May. The Honor Guard will be active in the ceremony at the square in downtown Elyria and will be marching in the parade.
Our post will be hosting the next District 9 meeting on May 31st. Lets have a good showing. Registration is from 9:00 to 10:00am. The meeting begins at 10:00 until Noon with lunch afterwards. Also the District 9 testimonial dinner for the District Commander, Jake Allison and the Ladies Auxiliary President, Debbie Garrard will be held on May 2nd at VFW Post 3343.
Commander - Bobby L. Skaggs
Founded by a group of World War I veterans, it was chartered on October 9, 1923. For the first few months meetings were held in the City Council Chamber. In early 1924 meetings were held in the Grand Army of the Republic Hall on Broad Street.
Several moves occurred in the next several years. In 1926, the Post moved on Court Street. In 1929 it moved to the Sharp Building on Broad Street and moved in 1930 to the Woodmen Hall on Broad Street. It was struggle to keep the Post going during those Depression years.
In 1934, the Post moved to the Stolzenburg building on Broad Street. In 1941, the Post purchased the property at 245 Second Street. The unit participated in public and charitable functions.
At a banquet in September 1945, at the Elks, the mortgage was burned. In 1946, disaster befell the Post. On Saturday evening, November 23 a fire which started in the basement completely destroyed the building. The commander immediately appointed a committee to find a meeting place and report to the membership.
In March 1947, the Post purchased the former Romec Pump building at 347 East Bridge Street. The burning of the mortgage of this building was celebrated in 1949. In 1972, the Post sold the property to the Urban Renewal agency and purchased five acres of land on South Abbe Road, where the new Post home was completed in the spring of 1973.
In time the Post grew in scope and members. Now it's one of the largest Post in the State of Ohio. The membership now stands at over 1300 plus members and its Ladies Auxiliary stands at over 800 plus members and recognized as one of the most active Post in the State of Ohio.
Officier's Meetings are held the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 pm.
Regualr Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 8:00 pm.
The fundamental difference between our Organization and other veteran organizations, and one in which we take great pride, is our eligibility qualifications. There are three requisites for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States: (1) Citizenship; (2) Honorable service in the Armed Forces of the United States; (3) Service entitling the applicant to the award of a recognized campaign medal or as set forth in the Congressional Charter and/or By-Laws.
Checking eligibility is comparatively simple. Assuming that a person is a United States citizen and has an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces, it only remains to be proven that the person served outside the continental limits of the U.S. and has earned a campaign or service medal recognized by the VFW as meeting the campaign medal requisite for VFW Membership. The only exception is for service in Korea after June 30, 1949, until present. To check eligibility: Click here.
Canteen hours are: 12 noon to 12 midnight.
Friday and Saturday - 12 noon to 1 am, with Canteen Band every Firday.
During the Summer Season the Pavilion will be open Wednesday - Sunday from 1 pm to 11pm.
Check the Newsletter for any special events in the Pavilion.
Friday Night bands will be in the Pavilion along with our Friday Night Classic Car Cruise In, weather permitting.
The objects of the Veterans of Foreign Wars are fraternal, patriotic, historical and educational; to preserve and strengthen comradeship among it's members; to assist worthy comrades; To perpetuate the memory and history of our dead, and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to it's constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom; and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies, whomsoever.
The Creed of your VFW Membership Card
"The card which you hold in the Veterans of Foreign Wars is a sacred heritage; your inherent right to its possession was achieved when you offered your life in the service of your country.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is unique in that you cannot be born into it. Neither a King by edict, a Dictator by command, nor a President by proclamation can demand admission. A man with millions cannot purchase a right to membership.
The right of membership is a sacred privilege which belongs to you alone, rich or poor, regardless of race, color, or creed. Cherish it at all times, that bit of pasteboard which you so proudly carry.
Let no influence or circumstances interrupt your continuity of service in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, whose doors swung open to you because of your faithful service to your country.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars knows no predecessor, it can have no successor, and when the last Comrade entitled to wear the insignia shall have been called to his Eternal Resting Place by the Great Commander, the Veterans of Foreign Wars shall pass out forever, but its traditions and its achievements, and the Spirit of Service to which It was dedicated, will live on throughout the ages as a lasting tribute and memorial to you, a member of an organization that has fought to preserve the principles of Justice, Freedom and Democracy."