In Memoriam: Bert Usitalo

In Memoriam
Comrade Bert Usitalo, age 87, of Seattle, passed away on Feb. 11, 2023. He served in the U.S. Army with time in Korea from 1956-1957. At our May business meeting, we draped the post charter with a black cloth, and it will remain draped for 30 days in his honor. Rest in peace, comrade.

ROTC Award presentation at UW

Senior Vice Commander Mark English presented the VFW’s ROTC Award to freshman AFROTC UW cadet, Huy Tran, during the University of Washington’s Joint Service Review May 26. Cadet Tran received the award, medal and $100 check for being highly ranked by his peers.

Memorial Day events

Memorial Day weekend was a beautiful and inspiring time for our VFW Day of Service at Golden Gardens Park in Ballard. Through continued service we pay tribute to our fallen friends and ensure that their sacrifices are not forgotten. Thank you to Councilmember Dan Strauss for taking time out of his busy schedule to join us!
Thank you to our post comrades for taking time this Memorial Day to give out Buddy Poppies to local community members. The Buddy Poppy serves as a powerful reminder of the valor and selflessness displayed by our servicemen and servicewomen. Its creation by veterans and its distribution by the VFW represents a collective effort to honor the fallen and support those who have served.
The post auxiliary also hosted its first pancake breakfast fundraiser on Memorial Day Weekend. We look forward to participating in more in the future!