WELCOME TO VFW 8879

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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 Harry Williams - both Veterans who killed in WWII.

Our current membership include 80 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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Patriot's Pen

VFW Patriot's Pen

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 8879 Post.                                             

Voice Of Democracy

 

VFW Voice of Democracy

 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. 


Teacher of the Year

 

VFW Teacher Award 

 

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:

  • A $1,000 award for professional development expenses.
  • A $1,000 award for his/her school. 
  • Two award plaques: one for the teacher, the other for his/her school.
  • An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award.

Scout of the Year

 

VFW Scouters

 

Some of our earliest ties to the community involve youth groups and perhaps none are stronger or more lasting than the relationship between the VFW and America's scouting organizations. In fact, our partnership with the Boy Scouts of America dates back to 1915 when VFW Post 2100 helped to establish Troop 1   in Everett, Washington.

Our Scout of the Year program provides members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country with the opportunity to be rewarded with college scholarships of up to $5,000. 

Before submitting your Scout of the Year application, please review the rules and eligibility requirements.

 

 

VFW in the Classroom

VFW in the Classroom

 

Every day, we strive to thank America's educators by providing them with helpful resources and encouraging our members to visit local classrooms. Let us help you educate America's future leaders and bring history to life!


Veterans play an important role in educating our nation's youth about the founding principles upon which America was founded. As theater of war veterans, VFW members can provide students with a unique perspective about the sacrifices America's service members make to maintain freedom for all of us.

When visiting a classroom, a VFW member will prepare a brief introduction, a main presentation and a Q&A session. Depending on the topic, a member may bring appropriate memorabilia, uniforms, photographs and other relevant material.

American history is something we all share, and there's no one better to help tell that story than someone who's had a great part in shaping it.

Contact VFW Post 8879 to arrange for a veteran to visit your classroom.


For Further Information Contact:

Gregory Allen - Mobile: 316-665-0507   or

Randy Steig - Mobile:  515-975-3783


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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.

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.

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Important Info for Post8879 Members

GRAND MARSHAL for the West Des Moines 4th of July Parade

VFW Post 8879 is proud to announce the GRAND MARSHAL for the West Des Moines 4th of July Parade (to be held July 3rd). Roy Garcia, a Life Member of our Post is a WWII Veteran who has served our country and our community for decades. Please join in applauding him as he leads this year’s parade.

Roy Garcia is presented with a ‘Quilt of Valor’

Roy Garcia is presented with a ‘Quilt of Valor’ by Rod and Jeri Beem of the Quilts of Valor Foundation for his service in WWII where he was stationed in the Pacific. Roy was involved with the invasion of the Philippines with the 756th Field Artillery; he participated in the Luzon landing, Manila conflict and retaking of Clark Air Field. Roy is an active life member of VFW Post 8879 in West Des Moines, IA.

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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."

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