VFW Post 3128 News & Events
Walmart of Fort Paynehosted VFW Post 3128 and VFW Ladies Auxiliaryfor Memorial Day"BuddyPoppy" Program. Many Walmart and VFW memberstook part in the festivities. Among the attendees were Fort Payne Mayor Larry Chesser, Councilmen Randal Hamm, and "Red" Taylor. Four photos above are described below: Photo 238: The main organizers of the day were (left to right) Kelly McGetha, Walmart Representative; Roy Barkley, VFW Senior Vice Commander; David Conrad, VFW Member; Dawn Earley, VFW Auxiliary Trustee; Dale Fisher, VFW Post 3128 Commander; Vera Berry, VFW Member; and Pam Ostgard, VFW Auxiliary President. Many others not pictured took part in the program Photo 241: Dale Fischer, Commander VFW Post 3128, addresses the crowd as the program gets underway on Monday morning. Fort Payne Mayor Larry Chesser gave the opening invocation and Councilmen "Red" Taylor and Randal Hamm gave short opening addresses as well. Photo 243: Fort Payne Mayor Larry Chesser is presented with a "Buddy Poppy" by VFW Post 3128 Commander Dale Fischer and long-time VFW member Vera Berry. Mayor Chesser is a staunch supporter of the VFW and our military. Photo 245: VFW Auxiliary President Pam Ostgard (left) shares a moment of levity during the "Buddy Poppy" presentations with fellow Auxiliary member Dawn Earley (center) and VFW Post 3128 member Vera Berry.
Veterans' Recognition Day
The DeKalb Council on Aging at The Fort Payne Senior Center hosted its annual Veterans' Recognition Day Social Thursday morning. It was a meeting filled with fellowship and remembrance for all. Ralph Jimenez, thelong-time chaplain for VFW Post 3128, delivered the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the event. The gracious hostess for the event was Jill Lackey, Activities Director for the Senior Center. As well as providing a nice brunch for the crowd, Ms. Lackey presented an informative talk on Where did the Fourth of July come from. In the photo, Ms Lackey is second from the right. Second from the left is Mr. Jack Miskelley, the former 2000-2001 Junior Vice Commander of DeKalb VFW Post 3128, who told stories from religion and military service. On the left is Joyce Rabinowitz, wife of a retired Navy member. On the right is Ms. Wycsunda "Wendy" Bulock, Retired U.S. Air Force veteran. (Photo By Bob Earley)
Scouts of The Year
Two area Eagle Scouts were selected as Scout of the Year this week by DeKalb County VFW Post 3128. For the year 2012, Eagle Scout John Quaid Westmoreland (left) of Rainsville received his certificate and stipend from VFW Post 3128 Commander Dale Fischer (right) above. For the year 2013, Eagle Scout Bleu Stone of Mentone, who could not attend, had his certificate and stipend accepted by his Troop 106 Assistant Scoutmaster Tommy Evans. Both Eagle Scouts are members of Troop 106 in Mentone, Alabama, under the leadershipof Scoutmaster David Gilbreath of Mentone. Attaining the highest rank of Eagle Scout is a very difficult task that both these scouts have accomplished. Just look at the wide selection of merit badges worn by Westmoreland in the picture; this is an incredible amount of work to earn all these while still a junior in high school. Westmoreland says he will apply to U. S. Military Academy at West Point next year.
DeKalb VFW Post 3128 tradionally puts American flags on the graves of local veterans every Memorial Day. This year was no exception as the turn-out was large and successful. Vets from the American Revolution to present day are so honored if they are buried within the county. See the four photos above. Dale Fischer, Commander of VFW Post 3128, places a flag on the grave of a vet from the War of 1812, over 200 years old. There is a closeup of the gravestone with the details of the man's service carved upon it. Roy Barkley, Senior Vice Commander of VFW Post 3128, gets some assistance from Alex Drouillard, son of VFW member Colt Droillard, in placing a flag on a veteran's grave. Overlooking a picturesque graveyard, Charles Stephens plans the placement of flags to honor some fallen veterans. Mr. Stephens is the VFW Fair Chairman and Service Officer in charge of many projects at VFW Post 3128.
Lieutenant Colonel John M. Walker
Lieutenant Colonel John M. Walker (right), the new senior army instructor for the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC) unit at Fort Payne High School, presents a letter of appreciation for an earlier donationto the DeKalb County VFW Post 3128 Commander, Dale Fischer (left). Colonel Walker had earlier requested VFW assistance with funding the unit's marksmanship program which was in need of spotter scopes and other firing range materials and equipment. The VFW voted to support this request. Colonel Walker stated the unit has several outstanding shooters already since receiving the equipment they needed.
Scot D. Westbrook (center) of the Fort Payne Fire Department attended the Tuesday evening meeting of the Fort Payne City Council with his family where he was awarded the Certificate for VFW Firefighter/EMT of the Year for the State of Alabama. DeKalb County VFW Post 3128 Commander Dale Fischer (left) presented the certificate as Fort Payne Fire Chief Steve Cunningham (right) proudly looks on. Westbrook had previously won the local VFW Post Award then went on to win the Region Two Award, and eventually competed at the State Level where he won again. He was also presented a Certificate of Recognition for his achievements from the VFW's National Commander.
As Scot D. Westbrook accepted his award as Firefighter/EMT of the Year in front of the Fort Payne City Council Tuesday night, his proud family was also in attendance. Back row, left to right, is Scot's eldest son Drew, his wife Rebecca, and Scot. Front row, left to right are his other two sons Dawson and the youngest, Hank. The Westbrooks have always lived in Fyffe, and Scot has been a member of the Fort Payne Fire Department for nine years. Also in attendance was the entire Fort Payne City Council, including Mayor Larry Chesser.
VFW Donates Flag
As a part of the VFW community support, Dale Fisher (right), Commander of DeKalb County VFW Post 3128, presents a new flag to Jim Turnipseed (left), Manager of Crowne Health Care. Throughout the year, theVFW awards flags to selected organizations to assist in community awareness of patriotism.
Voice of Democracy Winner, Jesslyn Sharp
Voice of Democracy Winner, Jesslyn Sharp, shares her paper/speech with the VFW Awards Dinner gathering. Jesslyn is also the District Two winner of the Voice of Democracy.
VFW Program Winners
VFW Program Winners were honored at a VFW dinner and awards ceremony Thursday, 24 January, at the VFW Post 3128 Post Home. Patriot Pen Winners are, front row, left to right, Joshua Blaine, second place; Katilin Bruce, third place; and Haley Neal, first place. Haley read her essay to the gathering. The Voice of Democracy winner, front row right, is Jesslan Sharp, who also read her essay to the crowd and also won at the VFW District Two level. Second row, left to right, are DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputy, Tony Blackwell, winner of the J. Edgar Hoover Gold Medal Award; Tammy Lacey of Wills Valley Elementary School who won Teacher of the Year; Scot D. Westbrook who won Firefighter/EMT of the Year at the post, District Two, and State VFW levels; Commander of the VFW Post 3128, Dale Fischer, joins the winners; Jeffery W. Boatwright of Fort Payne High School who won Teacher of Year, and Matthew Wilson of the Fort Payne Police Department who also won the J. Edgar Hoover Gold Medal Award. Also in attendance at the festivities were Commisioner Red Taylor and DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris.
VFW Awards Shotgun
Dale Fischer (left), Commander of DeKalb County VFW Post 3128, presents a Charles Daily 12-guage shotgun to Jimmy Durham (right), Executive Director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority. Mr. Durham won the shotgun in a drawing held recently by the VFW. Additionally, Mr. Durham has served as adjunct faculty at the Northeast Alabama Community College for the last 32 years. The proceeds of the drawing go to support the new DeKalb County Patriots Park in Fort Payne.
Dale Fischer, VFW Post 3128 Commander, makes presentation to the commander of the local National Guard Unit, Major Matthew Valas. With the certificate, the VFW Post formally adopts and sponsors the Army unit. A close relationship exists between the Army and VFW.
Two local vets are honored at the "Every Light a Prayer for Peace" ceremony and Christmas program. Each year a vet or two is chosen to light the Christmas Tree, and this year VFW member Bob Earley and VFW Auxiliary member Dawn Earley were chosen to be so honored. Also present were the mayor of Fort Payne, the high school choir, the ROTC honor guard, and other dignitaries from the area.
Former VFW Commander John Keller conducts the Pearl Harbor Day Memorial ceremony at the Little River Canyon bridge on Highway 35 by dropping a wreath into the river after the reading of the names of the 30 Alabama heroes of the USS Arizona sinking on Dec. 7, 1941. VFW chaplain Ralph Jiminez assists in conducting the ceremony. Other dignitaries participated in the event.
Pearl Harbor survivor, WWII Vet, and Charter Member of VFW Post 3128 (in 1945), Mr. Eulas R. Shavers honored us with his attendance this year at the Pearl Harbor Memorial ceremonhy at the LIttle River Canyon Bridge and at the VFW Post Home after the ceremony. It was indeed an honor to meet and be in the presence of this military hero.
New Officers for DeKalb Master Gardeners
At a recent meeting, the DeKalb County Master Gardeners installed five new officers who will serve the next two years 2013 and 2014. Working out of the DeKalb County VFW Post 3128 Home, the five new officers are: Dawn Earley, President; Stanley Sims, First Vice-President; Norah Gamble, Second Vice-President; Harriet Turner, Secretary; and Linda Stephens, Treasurer. The Master Gardeners meet the first Thursday each month at 8:30 a.m. at the VFW Post Home at the DeKalb County Fair Grounds. Members do many projects in the local area.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the VFW
No one could help being "aware" of VFW member Vera Berry's hot pink hair and, therefore, her message to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ms. Berry is a long-time member of DeKalb County VFW Post 3128. She can always be counted on to find unique ways to bring attention to the various causes that the VFW supports throughout the year.
VFW National HQ
During his recent trip to Washington, D.C., as the Alabama VFW Legislative Representive, Dale Fischer (right), Commander of DeKalb VFW Post 3128 and VFW District Two, had opportunity to visit the colorful stained-glass shrine in the VFW National Headquarters Building. The inspiring shrine is dedicated to all U.S. Veterans from every military service.
Roy Takes Command
DeKalb VFW Post 3128 Senior Vice Commander Roy Barkley (right) takes command and runs the regular September meeting while Post Commander Dale Fischer (not shown) is on duty in Washington D.C. in his role as VFW's Alabama Legislative Representative. This was Mr. Barkley's first time to take command in the commander's official absence, and he was guided by Post Quartermaster Terry Camp (left). Items discussed included mainly the upcoming VFW Agricultural Fair on September 24-29 at the Fairgrounds.
VFW Donates 150 Lap Quilts
Dale Fischer, Commander of DeKalb County VFW Post 3128, is shown with 150 lap quilts that were made and donated to the VFW by Susie McKenzie and Carol Hairston. Many thanks to these patriotic ladies. The lap quilts will be distributed to Vets' Homes in Alabama by the VFW. In the second photo, Commander Fischer (right) and his wife Brenda Fischer (left) are shown with a veteran resident of the William F. Green State Veterans' Home in Bay Minette, Alabama, while delivering some of the lap quilts to one of their final destinations. These lap quilts will provide some comfort for our vets this winter.
Fife in Fyffe
Roy Barkley (right), Senior Vice Commander of DeKalb County VFW Post 3128, attended the Fyffe UFO days with the VFW recruitment gazebo, chats with local resident Barney "Fife" Woods (left) during the festivities. Woods, a local Don Knotts look-alike, was on hand to add entertainment to the event, and Barkley was making contact with local vets who might like to join the VFW. (photo attached)
District 2 Meeting in Ft. Payne
DeKalb VFW Post 3128 hosted the VFW District 2 quarterly meeting in Fort Payne Sunday afternoon. VFW posts from all over northeast Alabama attended, lead by DeKalb VFW Post 3128 Commander Dale Fischer. Mr. Fischer is also the Commander of VFW District 2 as well as the Legislative Representative for the area. In the photo are Charles Stephens (left) of Fort Payne who is the District 2 Quartermaster, Walt Dempster (at podium) who is the Junior Vice Commander for District 2, Dale Fischer (standing) of Fort Payne who is the District 2 Commander, and George Jones (right) who is the District 2 Senior Vice Commander. There was a record turn-out for the event, including many ladies from the various VFW Auxiliary Units who served a pre-meeting dinner to approximately 150 attendees. Discussions included improving community relations in DeKalb County and across the whole of District 2.
Mr. Harold Bourne of Fort Payne, a life member of DeKalb VFW Post 3128, shared his carved model of a D-7 Caterpiller Dozier at a recent meeting of the membership. Mr. Bourne served in Vietnam on multiple tours where he and his unit used the D-7 Caterpiller Dozier to clear Vietnamese land for various purposes to aid in war operations for all the services. Mr. Bourne and his wife attended the meeting.
Honoring Local Veterans
The Rainsville Senior Center hosted 31 local veterans Thursday who were honored with certificates and pins by the New Beacon Hospice of Scottsboro. DeKalb VFW Post 3128 Commander, Dale Fischer, did Master of Ceremonies duties and awarded the certificates, while assisted by Theresa Rilgro (right), Volunteer Coordinator/Community Relations Officer for New Beacon, and Rhonda Miller (left), Rainsville Senior Center Director. A similar event last month in the Fort Payne Senior Center honored over 20 local veterans. There are many more veterans in our community who should be recongnized and honored, so New Beacon hopes to make this an annual event. The Scottsboro Hospice serves all the counties surrounding DeKalb.
Lap Quilts Donated
Dale Fischer, Post Commander, is shown with 150 lap quilts that were donated by Susie McKenzie and Carol Hairston. These lap quilts will be provided to Veterans at VA Nursing Homes. Many thanks to these ladies for their hard work and contribution to our Veterans.
Special Visitors to VFW
At the regular meeting of VFW Post 3128 Tuesday evening, the Alabama State Commander Jim Lorenzo (right) addressed the gathering. Also addressing the group was the Alabama State Chief of Staff George Jones (left). Local Post Commander Dale Fischer played gracious host to the VIPs and made them feel welcome with a BBQ pot-luck dinner prepared by the VFW wives and Auxiliary.
Dale Fischer replaced the flag at the DeKalb County ambulance service on July 3, 2012. Pictured is Lamar Williams, the field operation superviser.
DeKalb County Commission
Ricky Harcrow, right, President of the DeKalb County Commission, receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Dale Fischer, left, Commander of the DeKalb County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3128, at Tuesday's regular Commission meeting. The VFW certificate recognizes the many unsolicited contributions and timely support the Commission has given the VFW at critical times and events throughout the years. The President expressed appreciation for the VFW's support to the county also.
Dale Fischer, VFW Post 3128 Commander, is shown with Amber Rice. The Post presented the Child Development Center with a $100.00 check.
The patriotic award is presented by Dale Fisher Commander V.F.W. Post 3128 to Bill Jordan And city of Fort Payne Given in Grateful appreciation for unsolicited inspirational patriotic service to the community through the daily display of our national flag.