Local Post recognized for 75 years of service to community
Submitted by Patty Locher
Sabetha Memorial VFW Post 7285
Department of Kansas of the Veterans of Foreign Wars recently honored Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 for 75 years of continuous service. State Commander Kenneth Allred recognized the Post at a presentation Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.
Allred also honored Post 7285 member and World War II veteran Ed Garber, presenting the Diamond Jubilee Award to him and to Post 7285 Commander Marcus Gonzalez.
Since its birth, Post 7285 has supported veterans, their families and the community in many ways. Post 7285 has a long history of supporting youth education programs, scouting, local charities and those in need in the community.
Post members regularly take veterans, as well as non-veterans, to medical appointments, to buy groceries, or to visit other veterans in the nursing home, as well as other requests.
Post members also serve as volunteers in the community in various other ways, such as donating blood, delivering Meals on Wheels, volunteering at their church on community service projects, and working at or contributing to the Food Pantry.
Annually, Post 7285 joins with Sabetha American Legion Post 126 and Fairview-Morrill American Legion Post 322 to provide a dignified Memorial Day Service at Sabetha and Woodlawn cemeteries and at the Fairview Veterans Memorial to honor those who died in service to our great nation.
Post members also consider it a privilege to provide military honors at veterans’ funerals as requested by their loved ones.
Recently, Post 7285 has been actively donating to local clubs and charities, including My Sister’s House, Cub Scouts of Hiawatha, Brown County Humane Society, Nemaha County Relay for Life and NCTC, to name a few.
“The Post and Canteen have been doing our part to assist our fellow veterans and their families, as well as the community, throughout the pandemic,” Commander Gonzalez said. “We had a very successful Veterans Day breakfast, as well as a free-to-the-public Thanksgiving dinner. We plan to offer the same on Christmas Day for veterans and community members who are without family, or have no place to go for Christmas dinner.”
The Christmas meal will start at noon with food being served until the food is gone.
In addition, Post 7285 is working with Scoutmaster Doug Whittaker and other leaders of Sabetha Boy Scout Troop 77 regarding some upcoming Eagle Scout Projects, Gonzalez said.
“The Post is planning to give more back to the community in the upcoming months,” he said. “Our members are excited to be able to give back to a community that has treated us so well.”
If you know of any veterans or families who are struggling, please contact Gonzalez at 1-785-294-0501, Post Quartermaster Travis Beer at 1-402-658-2566 or Post 7285 at 1-785-284-3885.