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Recognizing The 75Th Anniversary Of Vfw Post 1881

Sen. Craig Thomas

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Mr. President, I would like to take a few moments today to recognize a very special milestone that will take place in my home State in the coming days. On June 18, 2005, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1881 in Cheyenne, WY will celebrate its 75th anniversary. In 1930, veterans Harry Leon and Earnest Lissner founded VFW Post 1881. With 69 members and 7 honorary members, the first meeting was conducted in a private home in Cheyenne. After a series of moves and 32 years later, VFW Post 1881 established and built its permanent facility at 2816 East 7th Street in 1962.

Since its founding, Post 1881 has grown in membership and has become a lasting positive fixture in the community. The veterans of the Post are a strong pillar of family support for the Active-Duty, Reserve and Guard personnel of F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the State of Wyoming. The members of VFW Post 1881 remain dedicated to our older and ailing veterans with a large contingency of volunteers who visit patients in the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne and Veterans Homes in Buffalo, Wyoming and Scottsbluff, NE. They are strong supporters of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, and through private fundraising efforts have built two outstanding softball fields for the Cheyenne Thunder Girls Softball Association. As an exclusive project of the Post, these dedicated veterans offer new American flags to local businesses and individuals at no cost to replace frayed and damaged flags, while properly disposing of the exchanged flags. The Post's Ladies Auxiliary carries on numerous projects benefiting the environment and the community, and independently raises funds for homeless and hospitalized veterans. So it is a distinct honor to come before the Senate and congratulate the veterans of VFW Post 1881 on their 75th Anniversary. I thank them for their dedicated service to their fellow veterans and community and wish them continued success for many more years to come.