Post honors Comrade Rodenberger on Veterans Day

What an incredible day — Veterans Day — for Ballard Eagleson VFW Post 3063’s Open House and Flagpole Dedication! Despite stormy beginnings, the weather cleared just in time for a moving plaque unveiling and flagpole dedication in honor of Harold Rodenberger.

Special thanks to State Representative Julia Reed for attending, expressing heartfelt gratitude to our veterans, and sharing her family’s inspiring legacy of service. Also big shout-out to Senator Murray’s staff member, Joe Najmolhoda, for not only reading a letter from the senator but also offering invaluable VA casework expertise.

Emme Seattle brought their A-game with delicious brews, providing the perfect backdrop for meaningful conversations among friends, family, and our community.

The Washington National Guard’s 181 BSB static display captivated everyone, offering a unique glimpse into military life. The soldiers were awesome at engaging passers who were in the neighborhood.

Kids got creative with button-making, and attendees immersed themselves in informative displays, gaining a deeper understanding of our veterans’ experiences.

A heartfelt thank you to Comrade Dave Tyner for sharing a poignant poem, reminding us of the power of words to connect us all.

The media coverage from KOMO and King5 amplified the impact of our event, spreading the spirit of gratitude and celebration for our veterans.

To everyone who joined us, contributed, and participated—THANK YOU! Your presence and support made this day truly special. Let’s continue to honor and appreciate our veterans every day.

Veterans Day Open House

Experience a day of honor, history, and community. Dedicate a new flagpole with us, savor the best brews at our pop-up coffee, Emme Seattle, and discover inspiring stories from our local veterans. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with heroes and celebrate our nation’s bravest.

Admission: FREE (See the Eventbrite link here.)

All are welcome!

Flagpole dedication starts promptly at 9 a.m.

Commander’s Corner (October 2023)

By Alyson Teeter

Fall is here so that means we’re in the midst of Post 3063’s fundraising season. As the Seelig family knows, planning and executing a fundraising event is no easy feat. Please show up and support your fellow veterans on Oct. 21! It only takes 15 seconds to RSVP here so do it now. (So far we have less than 15.)

Here are a few events coming up this week:
Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. – Deployment care package assembly with the Fremont Rotary at the post
Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. – Public comment about the Memorial Stadium Memorial Wall landmark status; contact me for details.
Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. – Monthly Business Meeting

Another big item on our radar is the VFW’s Youth Essay Program. We have the high school level Voice of Democracy contest, middle school level Patriot’s Pen contest, and the VFW WA Department-sponsored elementary school level Youth Essay contest. Encourage your family, neighbors and friends to participate and submit their essays to the post by Oct. 31.

Looking ahead to next month, we’re in the early stages of planning a Veterans Day event at the post. If you want to help with the planning, let me know at [email protected].