In the Community

‘Together, We Can Do So Much’

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Chartered on Nov. 20, 1934, the John Lyon VFW Post 3150 is celebrating its 90th birthday this year. Today, the Post and its Auxiliary include more than 800 members. As the only one in Arlington, Virginia, Post 3150 often conducts memorials and celebrations of life for veterans interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

But that is not the only sacred site the Post tends to. For the 2024 VFW Day of Service, members washed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

When asked how the Post chose this service project, VFW Life member and Post Commander Manuel Wong explained, “Our Post regularly supports the U.S. National Park Service through park ranger James Pierce, who is a Purple Heart recipient and VFW Life member.”

In addition to participating in Day of Service, Post 3150 is #StillServing by supporting the Arlington Food Assistance Center, which helps individuals experiencing food insecurity, and by participating in wreath laying and flag placement ceremonies on holidays.

“We take pride in laying wreaths and placing flags at the grave sites of our Post members who have been laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery,” Wong said. “It’s one way we show that we will never forget our fallen comrades.”

Wong is proud that the Post, at nearly a century old, has had a recent growth in membership, including the addition of many individuals who are still on active duty.

“With younger members standing side by side with veterans of Vietnam, Korea and World War II, our Post represents veterans of foreign wars from all generations,” he said.

Wong believes that the VFW is made up of like-minded, selfless individuals who, regardless of age or background, want to make a positive impact in their communities and the world.

He is pleased with what his Post achieved during the 2024 VFW Day of Service and hopes more members from across the country will take part in future events.

“Together,” he said, “we can do so much for the common good.”

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