By Floyd Houston, Senior Vice Commander, VFW Post 6937:
Edmonson County native Edwin Vincent was unanimously elected to the office of Surgeon for the Department of Kentucky at the Department’s recent Fall Conference.
This is a significant step and honor for our local VFW Post 6937 Commander as it gives him opportunity to become the Department of Kentucky Commander during the 2021-2022 timeframe. It will mean a lot of work but Mr. Vincent is used to that.
A retired USAF Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) and veteran of the Gulf War, Ed has been our long-term local Post Commander who led the Post to All-State honors last year. All State is awarded to less than ten percent of VFW Posts and it recognizes excellence in community service and support to veterans, as well as remembering our nations’ fallen. Under Ed’s leadership our local Post conducts approximately fifteen graveside funeral honors per year.
In order to accept his new Department of Kentucky office, Ed had to step down as the VFW District 5 Commander where he supervised the VFW Posts in most of Edmonson’s surrounding counties. This is the very first time our Post was selected for All State Honors, and this is also the first time an Edmonson County resident has been in line to become the VFW Department of Kentucky Commander.
Upcoming local VFW events include flag training at the Elementary Schools, our Buddy Poppy Drive in Brownsville on Saturday, 4 November, the Veterans Day Program at the High School on Friday, November 10th, and a fun Veterans’ Clay Target Shotgun Shoot at the Rockcastle Shooting Center (Park Mammoth Resort) on the morning of Saturday 18 November as an opportunity for all of our area veterans to get together for a great time. We’re even planning to carry the National Colors during the Edmonson Christmas Parade on Saturday, 25 November. Our Post’s activities can be tracked on Facebook under Brownsville VFW.
Footnote: In 2007, at the height of ongoing Global War On Terror, Edmonson County was recognized in a nationally publicized article on MTV as having the highest per capita Army enlistment rate in the nation. Many of our young people went off to serve overseas and have returned home to Edmonson County and we’d love to have them take a look at what we do and consider joining our service organization.
The importance of the VFW is that the VFW is strong and is organized in every county and most cities in every state across America. Through the local Posts, we come together as equals – women and men, forged in the fires of war, from all different backgrounds and ethnicities, to remember our fallen, help the living, and do good works in the community.