Local Post Only One of Three In Kentucky Named With Top Honors
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Edmonson County VFW Post 6937 has been designated as an All-American Post, according to a released statement from the local veterans group.
The news comes after the local post was named All-State by the VFW Department of Kentucky, an honor shared by only ten other Kentucky Posts.
"This week’s honor from VFW National was bestowed on only three Kentucky VFW Posts," the statement said. "2017-2018 Commander Edwin Vincent, who is slated to become the VFW’s Department of Kentucky Commander in a few years, will be honored in Kansas City next week."
The Veterans of Foreign Wars was established after veterans of the 1898 War with Spain returned to the United States bearing wounds and illnesses (primarily Yellow Fever), as well as the burden of taking care of the widows and orphans of their wartime comrades for which the nation at that time had absolutely no safety net.
They initially organized locally but by 1915 they became a nationwide organization which helped establish a fledgling VA by the time the Doughboys returned from WWI. Before WWII was concluded, they helped establish the GI Bill and they have been in the forefront of national legislative, as well as practical local efforts to help veterans ever since.
Here in Edmonson County, VFW Post 6937 is most visible to the community in conducting burial honors for veterans, conducting flag training, patriotic speaking and writing contests in the schools, as well as providing honors at significant community events, such as the Memorial Day ceremony in the Courthouse square, and they will participate in the 2018 Edmonson County Fair Parade later this September.
"Our Post meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Edmonson County Library," the group said in a statement. "If you are an Honorably discharged veteran with a campaign medal from any overseas conflict, please join us."