Trenton VFW Post 919 has organized and continues to organize fundraisers for a building renovation project. Commander Tony Ralston explains what the post is planning with the renovation of the post building.
Quartermaster Sam Smith says the Trenton VFW would like to have a full-time psychologist to work with veterans.
He notes that several community organizations use the VFW Hall. The Downtown Improvement Association used the building for Christmas activities. The Daughters of the American Revolution use the building to make blankets for deployed troops.
Smith says the VFW also tries to take care of disabled veterans. It provides a vehicle that takes veterans to Kansas, Kansas City and Cameron.
The VFW also does training for the funeral honors program, which Smith calls a “pretty serious part” of the position.
A fundraiser for the renovation of the building is the sale of honor bricks. A brick can be purchased for any veteran, living or deceased, in Grundy County or area counties.
Each brick measures four by eight by two inches. Each brick can also have up to three lines of a maximum of 20 characters per line.
Two possible locations for the bricks are the World War I Memorial at Moberly Park or the Military Annex at the Grundy County Museum.
The bricks cost $100 each. Brick purchase forms can be obtained by contacting Ralston at 660-358-2185 or Smith at 660-359-5568.
Another fundraiser is a raffle for a queen quilt made by the Scrappy Quilters Guild. Tickets are $5 each or $10 for three. The winner will be drawn on July 4and.
Smith says tickets will go on sale at a planned fundraising dinner at the Trenton VFW Post 919 on April 20and from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The meal will include ham and beans, cornbread, salad and dessert. Attendees can dine in or take out for $10 per meal.
Trenton VFW Post 919 provides several services to the community.
One is a funeral honors team. During a recent interview with KTTN’s John Anthony, Quartermaster Sam Smith said the job never turns anyone down. He explained that the process begins with a funeral home contacting the state, and then the state contacts the post office.
The funeral honors team must be qualified and there is a certification process each year.
Smith explained what happens during a funeral honors program.
Smith said any organization can contact the Trenton VFW Post to make a presentation. He noted that the post made several presentations on the flag of the United States.
VFW Post 919 has been involved with the Grundy County Museum’s Memorial Day opening for the past few years.
Smith said the VFW Post also traveled to schools to explain the significance of the 13 folds when folding a flag.
Post Commander Tony Ralston said that if someone wants to become a member of the VFW, he or she can get an application and that person must meet certain requirements.
Smith said serving in a conflict overseas is the organization’s raison d’être and tThere is no age requirement to become a member of the VFW.