Holiday giving

Ballard Eagleson VFW Post 3063 marked the end of 2023 by extending a helping hand to organizations that also epitomize dedication and service to veterans.

We provided donations to three local veteran nonprofits: Friends of the Fisher House Puget Sound (Seattle VAMC), Heroes Cafe, and the Seattle Stand Down. These organizations, with their unwavering commitment, embody compassion and selflessness towards our veterans and their families.

Comrade Commander Teeter had the privilege of presenting the donation checks and engaging with the incredible individuals steering these organizations. The meetings sparked discussions about future collaborative efforts.

We stand proud knowing that our contributions will fuel the impactful work of these deserving organizations. It serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of service, reaffirming the pledge to support those who have dedicated their lives to serving our nation.

Lt Eagleson’s gravesite found at Wreaths Across America event

On Wreaths Across America Day Dec. 16, the post co-sponsored the Lake View Cemetery WAA event with the Seattle Sons of the American Revolution by providing an honor guard and guest speaker. Comrade Commander Aly Teeter spoke about the significance of the day and our post’s connection to the cemetery, which is our namesake, Lt James Eagleson. Lt Eagleson’s gravestone hadn’t been tracked down by the organizers but our commander managed to find it on the southern border of the cemetery.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, from post members, to the Navigator Scouts, and friends who currently serve. It was a memorable and beautiful morning for honoring our fallen veterans.

Holiday Party Recap

We hosted a lovely Holiday Party Dec. 21! Around 90 wonderful people joined us, including the incredible kids who participated in our essay contest. Thank you to each and every one of you who made this night so special! Your presence and enthusiasm added an extra sparkle to the festivities.

Top of the Hill Barbershop Quartet: Huge applause to the talented quartet for their amazing performances that filled the air with holiday melodies and cheer! The delicious pork tenderloin with all the fixings was a hit! Thank you to Jan for serving up such a scrumptious meal. Santa Claus brought the magic of the season, delighting our little guests with gifts and spreading cheer throughout the evening. We hope you all enjoyed swapping your favorite homemade cookies! The variety of treats shared was absolutely delightful.

Your generosity overflowed for the Ballard Food Bank Donation Drive! Thank you for contributing to our donation drive and helping support the Ballard Food Bank during this special time of giving.👏 A Big Round of Applause to our incredible team of volunteers—your hard work and dedication made this event a resounding success!

Thank you once again for making our Holiday Party a night to remember. Your support means the world to us. Wishing you all a joyful holiday season filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments! ❤️🎅🎁

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.