Marshalltown VFW holds July session

Marshalltown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 839 at its July meeting Tuesday acted on a series of ongoing topics.

Prior to Commander Rob Shepherd opening the business session Bob Miller presented the VFW/American Legion Honor Guard report, noting already 51 participations at veterans funerals this year. Miller addressed donations, including Honor Guard giving $100 toward the veterans Healing Wall. Incoming donations are down this year, which he attributes to the inflationary situation.

Steve Hyde, who has served the Harry C. Harter Post as judge advocate in recent years, substituted as the meeting’s adjutant for Larry Tuttle. Tuttle and Dennis Myers were reported as Comrades in Distress because of health problems. Hyde also presented a report on Iowa Veterans Home activities.

Quartermaster Roger Dirks reported on being contacted about possibility of again renting the VFW facility for senior meals to Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging. That organization had used the building for congregate meals for those over 60 years of age in 2019.

Shepherd reported that three cemetery plots at Rose Hill Cemetery have been donated to VFW for needy veterans.

Rick Johnson led discussion on the new VFW sign outside the building. The 13 veterans in attendance then voted on the design for the planned patriot mural to be added later.

Johnson served as guard and Gary Scott read chaplains prayers.


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