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"In war there is no substitute for victory.”
– General Douglas MacArthur

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Monthly Meeting
Date: 11/6/2017
Location: WDM Community Center, 217 5th St., WDM, IA

Monthly Meeting
Date: 12/4/2017
Location: WDM Community Center, 217 5th St., WDM, IA

Post 8879 Bingo At VA Hospital
Date: 11/16/2017
Location: VA Hospital, Des Moines

Post members hosting Bingo for patients from 630 - 730 PM.
Post 8879 Bingo At VA Hospital
Date: 12/21/2017
Location: VA Hospital, Des Moines

Post members hosting Bingo for patients from 630 - 730 PM.
2017 Fall Pow Wow
Date: 10/7/2019
Location: Osceola, IA

The Fall Pow Wow will be held Oct 7-8 at Lakeside Casino Hotel, 777 Casino Dr., Osceola, IA 50213
Hillside Elementary Chorus
Date: 11/10/2017
Location: 713 8th St. WDM

The 5th & 6th grades chorus will perform for Veterans and all in the gymnasium of Hillside Elementary School at 3 PM November 10th, 2017. Wear your VFW Tee shirt or polo for the event.
Resthaven Veterans Day Service
Date: 11/10/2017
Location: Resthaven Cemetery

Join fellow VFW Post 8879 members for the Resthaven Annual Honoring of Veterans at their cemetery located in WDM. Services commence at 900 AM.
Meeting in Flint
Date: 6-5-2014 at 6PM
Location: Flint, Michigan

Department Convention Flint Gateway

As yesterday’s defenders of freedom, we want to welcome today’s military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.

Korean War
Vietnam War
Persian Gulf War
War in Afghanistan
War in Iraq
War on Global Terror

and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.


"Coming home doesn't mean the battle is over". With over 10 times the amount of veterans lost to suicide than to combat operations in the same time period, there has never been a more important time to TAKE A STAND and DO something to support our veterans!!

If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, we have people that have shared a similar experience and are ready to help.




Welcome to Post 8879

Recent Events & Photos


Our Post is located in West Des Moines, Iowa. We received our Charter on January 6th, 1947 and are named in honor of John Emerick and Harrison Williams - both Veterans who were killed in WWII.

Our current membership is 71 veterans from World War II through the Afghanistan and Iraq conflict in the Global War on Terrorism. We meet on the first Monday of the month (except, July, and September) at 7:00 pm in the West Des Moines Community Center, 217 5th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265

We are involved with our community by hosting Community Services throughout the year. 

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Rick Gray created a series of murals for VFW Post 8879 in honor of all veterans. View them in the video below and at 128 5th St. in West Des Moines, Iowa.

In the video below, Commander Ryan Gilbert and fellow Post 8879 members dedicate a memorial bench at the Iowas Veterans Cemetery. 





Our Mission

  "That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies."

VFW POST 8879 News


West Des Moines 4th of July Parade
VFW Post 8879 Leads Parade.


Honor Guard at Resthaven Cemetery
Post members offer an Honor Guard annually on Veterans Day.


National News


VFW Salutes United States Army for 241 Years of Service
Our nation’s soldiers are America’s true heroes.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – June 14, 2016, marks the 241st year of service from the United States Army. The U.S. Army has evolved drastically since it was originally organized as the Continental Army in 1775; battlefields have transformed, weaponry has evolved, faces have come and gone, military uniforms have varied, but one thing holds fast: the bravery and the heart of the individuals who wear the uniform, and their commitment to their mission.


VFW to Deliver Veterans’ Voice to Congress
2017 Legislative Conference runs Feb. 26 - March 2 in Washington

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Next weekend, more than 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., the nation’s largest and oldest war veterans’ organization begin rallying in Washington, D.C., to voice the concerns of veterans directly with the nation’s lawmakers during the 2017 VFW Legislative Conference, Feb. 26 – March 2.


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On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a Nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.



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