Vol. 3 Issue 6 – Happy Memorial Day!

Thank you to all the those who lost their lives fighting for our freedoms.  Please remember that the Veteran’s Memorial Committee will hold their Memorial Day event at the College Park Veteran’s Memorial on the Corner of Rt. 1 and Greenbelt Road on Monday, May 11:00am to 1:00pm.

The College Park VFW (detailed information below) will sell poppies at the market in honor of Memorial Day.  Want to know what Memorial Day and Poppies are related?  Here is a website with more information.  http://www.greatwar.co.uk/article/remembrance-poppy.htm

We will be offering Senior Saturday again this weekend.  If you are 65+ and live in College Park (must have proof of residency), please stop by the Market Information Table to receive $5.00 in coupons to use at the market only on May 27th between 9 and noon.  Please return all unused coupons back to the information table.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a vendor for our market please let us know.  We are always looking for more vendors. Our criteria is that the items have to be hand made.  If you prepare food- we are looking for other prepared food vendors.  Lastly, we are looking for a bread vendor.  If you know of a local company that would like to sell bread at our market please stop by the market’s information table to speak with either Julie or one of the Market’s Board members.

This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Dicot Farm: Produce
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Christiane’s Designs: Knit hats, gloves, scarves, pet and baby items
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Unique Eats and Scents: pickles, honey, preserves and soaps
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candles in multiple scents
Heavenly Created Desserts: Hot dogs and desserts
The Wood Dr.: Handmade wooden items
Veterans of Foreign Wars History:
The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.Since then, the VFW’s voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI Bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America’s active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans’ organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

Annually, the nearly 1.7 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.

From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president’s cabinet, the VFW is there.

Our Local Post:
Phillips-Kleiner Post 5627, was organized and chartered with members who honorably served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and the Air Force of the United States of America on October 13, 1945.

On September 29, 1967 5627 was chartered as being a Perpetual Post in the Veterans Of Foreign Wars of the United States of America.

In 1991-1992 it was an All-American VFW Post

Men’s Auxiliary Chartered on August 22, 2007

All-American VFW Post

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