VFW Post #4877 has been working hard to gain awards in district, state, and national programs.
The post began holding monthly meetings again, after shutting down due to COVID-19 restrictions for two months. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Post located at 100 Loveless Road.
The Post was honored for the second time as an All-American and All-State Post. The Post is one of only 7 Post in the State to be named All-American. There are 77 Post in the State. They are fourth in the Nation in their division. Tolar explained, ”to be considered All American we have to participate in programs that the VFW supports.” Some of the projects include the Veterans Day parade, The 9/11 Ceremony, the Fall Festival and the Back to School Bash organized by the Booneville Main Street Association. He said, “We will, also be continuing the Veterans Day Parade and Stew Day, and placing flags on veterans graves.” Along with participating in VFW programs the Post was increased to 131 percent of membership.
The Post worked to raise funds and sponsored two Girl Scouts that won first and second place in the State of Mississippi Girl Scout of the Year.
They also recognized Robin Pharr, Career Counselor at Thrasher High School as an outstanding supporter of our VFW Programs.
This past year the District was honored by being named as an All-American District there are 10 Districts in the State. The Booneville Post is number five in the Nation for their division.
Tolar was elected as the District Commander for the second consecutive year. The Commander said, “ It is an elected position. It puts me over Booneville, Fulton, Tupelo, Belmont, Ripley, Corinth, and Walnut. I make sure the post are participating in programs recognized by the VFW and community service.” We are only one of only four districts in the State to earn this honor.
This past year, our Post sponsored Sandy Thompson and Bobby Moore from Thrasher and they were awarded the Post, District and State of Mississippi VFW Teachers of the Year. The Post also sponsored Sam Hisaw from Booneville High School who won the Post and District Teacher of the Year.
Tolar said, “ I’m pretty proud of what we did this past year.” The Post began a new year in June and have already sponsored a Blood Drive with plans to sponsor a Blood Drive every quarter in the coming year.
We will be sponsoring all the VFW programs again this year, the Teacher of the Year, Patriots Pen, Voice of Democracy, Boy/Girl Scout of the Year, Patriotic Arts Contest, Children’s Home, Buddy Poppy Drive, Membership Drive and a new program this year is the Fisher House.
One new fundraiser they plan to begin soon called “I’ve Been Flagged”. He explained, “Participants can pay $30.00 to have flags and a sign placed in some ones yard or business in support of veterans.”
He said, “We will, also be continuing the Veterans Day Parade, Stew Day, and Placing Flags on Veterans Graves.”
This year VFW Post #4877 celebrates its 75th Anniversary and plans are underway for a celebration on December 4th, with an open house.