Post 5140 at 75

National Commander, Harold Roesch, attached a letter to the Diamond Jubilee Award sent to the Post which commander John Baker is holding.

It states in part, “It is an honor to congratulate you upon the occasion of the 75th anniversary of your Post. Your continued devotion to protecting and upholding American ideals serves as an inspiration for all to follow, and is testament to our motto, No One Does More For Veterans.”

FLORENCE - Florence Post 5140 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States will celebrate its 75th anniversary on December 11.

The post was chartered and became an active post on December 11, 1945.  

“The first Post Commander was J.P. Phillips and at that time the post home was located in North Florence,” according to Post Commander, John Baker. “We moved into our present location at 127 S. Royal Ave. in January of 1970.” 

Throughout the years Post 5140 has had a record of providing service to the community, to veterans, service members and their families, and to our nation. 

“In addition to providing assistance to veterans, we also support the community by providing a scholarship at Northwest Shoals for veterans and their families, support the ROTC Program at UNA, sponsor the Voice of Democracy, a patriotic audio essay contest for grades 9-12, and sponsor the PATRIOT’S PEN, a patriotic essay writing competition for grades 6-8,” Baker added.  

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premier scholarship program. Involvement and donations are the only means of Post support.  Donations are welcomed to: VFW Post 5140, P.O. Box 1524, Florence. Email vfwpost5140@gmail.com for more information.