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Post 3274
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Sunday, 4 October 2015
October Calendar of Events
Now Playing: Thanks Laverne.
Topic: Post 3274
Friday, October 2nd - Dart Tournament - Hamburgers starting at 4:00 P. M.

Thursday, October 8th - House Committee Meeting at 5:30 P. M.

Monday, October 12th - Columbus Day

Thursday, October 15th - VFW and Auxiliary Meeting at 6:30 P. M.
                                              Pack troop care packages at 4:30 P. M.
Saturday, October 24th - Auxiliary Council of Administration in Clovis.  Department President Janet Huft's Homecoming.
                                             Anyone wanting to attend contact Laverne or Lou Beth.

Saturday, October 31st - Halloween     BOO!!!

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 7:02 AM MDT
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Monday, 31 August 2015
Now Playing: Thanks Laverne.
Topic: Post 3274
Friday, September 4th - Dart Tournament
Monday, September 7th - Labor Day
Thursday, September 10th, House Committee meeting at 5:30 PM 
Friday, September 11th - Patriot Day
Thursday, September 17th - Constitution Day
                                                   VFW and Auxiliary meeting 6:30 PM  Pack Troop Care Packages 4:30 PM
Friday, September 18th - National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Sunday, September 27th - Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 1:48 PM MDT
Updated: Wednesday, 2 September 2015 11:56 AM MDT
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Saturday, 1 August 2015
August, 2015 Calendar of Events
Now Playing: Thanks Laverne
Topic: Post 3274
Saturday, August 1st - VFW Garage Sale in the hall

Friday, August 7th - Cooking Hamburgers from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM or until they are all gone
                                    Dart Tournament

Sunday, August 16th - District 7 meeting in Hobbs at 11:00 AM
                                         Lunch after the meeting.  Members are asked to bring a side dish and/or a dessert.  All help will be appreciated.

Thursday, August 13th - House Committee Meeting at 5:30 PM

Thursday, August 20th - Troop packages packed starting at 4:30 PM
                                            VFW and Auxiliary meeting at 6:30 PM

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 6:50 AM MDT
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015
July Calendar of Activities
Saturday, July 4th - Independence Day

Thursday, July 9th - House Committee Meeting - 5:30 PM

Saturday July 11th - Auxiliary Council of Administration - Post 401 - Albuquerque - 9:00 AM

Thursday, July 16th - VFW and Auxiliary meeting - 6:30 PM

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 8:09 AM MDT
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Thursday, 25 June 2015
VFW Canteen Announces New Hours
Now Playing: thanks Commander
Topic: Post 3274
Since the American Legion is closing its doors on their canteen, beginning Monday, June 29, the VFW has announced that it will begin opening its canteen at 3:00 pm week days to accomodate members of the American Legion which used to open its canteen at 3:00pm week days.

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 12:17 PM MDT
Updated: Thursday, 25 June 2015 1:46 PM MDT
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Old Man and a Bucket of Shrimp
Now Playing: Thanks Bev
  Old Man and a Bucket of Shrimp
      This is a wonderful story and it is true. You will be glad that you read it, and I hope you will pass it on. 
It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.
Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier.
Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.
Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts...and his bucket of shrimp.
Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.
Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, 'Thank you. Thank you.'
In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn't leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place .
When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.
If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like  'a funny old duck,' as my dad used to say. Or, to onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.
To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant ....maybe even a lot of nonsense.
Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters.
Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida ... That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better.
His full name:  Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero in World War I, and then he was  in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.
Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive.
Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that Eddie Rickenbacker might somehow be found alive.
The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle.
They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft...suddenly Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull!
Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men. Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait....and the cycle continued. With that simple survival  technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were  found and rescued after 24 days at sea.
Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull... And he never stopped saying, 'Thank you.' That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.
Reference: (Max Lucado, "In The Eye of the Storm", PP...221, 225-226)
PS: Eddie Rickenbacker was the founder of Eastern Airlines. Before WWI he was race car driver. In WWI he was a pilot and became America's first ace. In WWII he was an instructor and military adviser, and he flew missions with the combat pilots. Eddie Rickenbacker is a true American hero. And now you know another story about the trials and sacrifices that brave men have endured for your freedom.
As you can see, I chose to pass it on. It is a great story that many don't know...You've got to be careful with old guys, you just never know what they have done during their lifetime.

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 11:22 AM MDT
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Monday, 1 June 2015
Friday, June 5th - Dart Tournament
Friday, June 5th thru Sunday, June 7th - VFW and Auxiliary State Convention - Albuquerque

Saturday, June 6th - D-Day

Thursday, June 11th - House Committee Meeting - 5:30 PM
Sunday, June 14th - Flag Day

Thursday, June 18th - VFW and Auxiliary Meeting - 6:30 PM

Sunday, June 21st - Fathers Day and Summer begins.

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 6:29 AM MDT
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Saturday, 23 May 2015
2015/2016 VFW Post 3274 New Officers


2015-2016 VFW OFFICERS

COMMANDER - Eddie Rodriguez




CHAPLAIN - Billy Rodriguez



1ST YEAR TRUSTEE - Darrell Powell


3D YEAR TRUSTEE - Marvin Baccus


Posted by vfwpost3274 at 7:37 AM MDT
Updated: Saturday, 23 May 2015 7:48 AM MDT
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Friday, 15 May 2015
Social Security Benefit for Vets


To read documents which further explain this benefit, go to and scroll down the right hand column to "USEFUL VET INFO". 

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 2:12 PM MDT
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Additions to May Event Calendar
Topic: Post 3274
Monday, May 18th - VFW installation - 6:30 PM All new officers need to attend and be installed.

Thursday - May 21st - Auxiliary installation 6:15 PM All new officers need to attend and be                          installed.
                                        VFW and Auxiliary meeting 6:30 PM

Monday - May 25th - Memorial Day Ceremony - Prairie Haven Cemetery - 10:00 AM

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 10:10 AM MDT
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