Our Post is located in West Des Moines, Iowa. We received our Charter on January 6, 1947 and are named in honor of John Emerick and Harrison Williams - both Veterans who killed in WWII.
Our current membership include 93 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 September in 2019 - when we meet on the 9th) at 7:00 pm in the West Des Moines Community Center, 217 5th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265
Hosting educational programs and community services throughout the year emphasizes our commitment to our community.
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VFW Post 8879 encourages all local Elementary, Junior High, and High Schools to show-case their student’s talents in the Veterans Of Foreign Wars Educational Programs. These programs offer cash awards recognizing the student’s communication skills and their Love- Of -Country. The programs include:
Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $55,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.
The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the entry form before submitting your entry to your local VFW Post.
The 2018-19 theme is:
"Why I Honor the American Flag”
Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the entry form before you submit your entry at your local VFW Post 8879.
2018 - 19 Theme:
"Why My Vote Matters”
Student Entry Deadline: October 31, 2018 Patriotic Audio Essay Competition Grand Prize: $30,000 Award
Teacher of the Year
Without our nation’s veterans, America wouldn't be the great nation it is today. Our youth deserve to learn about our rich history, traditions and the role of our veterans in creating and shaping America.
The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics — for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment — can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Winners receive:
For Further Information Contact:
Greg Allen - Mobile: 316-665-0507 or
Randy Steig - Mobile: 515-975-3783
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.
Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed.
...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.
WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.
You were not alone over there. You are not alone now. There are 20 million veterans who would give their lives for you. Please don't take yours.
That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - President Abraham Lincoln