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Post 3274
Group One
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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Friday, 8 May 2015
Where did Blakey Post Get It's Name?
Now Playing: Thank you Mr Blakey for the email.

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 12:57 AM MDT
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Thursday, 7 May 2015
Where did Blakey Post Get It's Name?
Now Playing: Thanks to email from Paul Blakey

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 11:02 PM MDT
Updated: Thursday, 7 May 2015 5:55 PM MDT
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Where did Blakey Post Get It's Name?
Now Playing: Thank you Mr Blakey for the email.
Topic: Post 3274

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 6:03 PM MDT
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Thursday, 30 April 2015
May Calendar of Events
Now Playing: Thanks Laverne.
Topic: Post 3274
Friday, May 1st - Dart Tournament
Friday, May 8th - V-E Day
Sunday, May 10th - Mother's Day
Saturday,  May 16th - Armed Forces Day
Thursday, May 21st - VFW and Auxiliary Meeting at 6:30 PM
                                        Pack Troop Care Packages at 4:30 PM
Monday, May 25th - Memorial Day

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 1:11 PM MDT
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Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Topic: Post 3274
Friday, April 3rd - Dart Tournament
Sunday, April 5th - Easter
Thursday, April 9th - House Committee Meeting - 5:30 PM
Sunday April 12th - District 7 Meeting in Hobbs.  Meeting starts at 11:00 AM with lunch to follow.  There will be sort of pot luck lunch .
so bring something or a dessert if you can.  Also if you have any miscellaneous items for the sale table, those would also be appreciated. Election and installation of District 7 VFW and Auxiliary officers will be held.
Thursday, April 16th - VFW and Auxiliary Meeting - 6:30 PM.  Election of both VFW and Auxiliary officers.  Care Packages for the troops  will be packed at about 4:30 PM.

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 7:39 AM MDT
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Tuesday, 17 March 2015
The Meaning of the Flag-Draped Coffin
Now Playing: Thanx Bev
Topic: General Information
The Meaning of the "Flag-Draped Coffin"

All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that Americans are an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used GOD's words and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it's high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history.

Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in, and even more proud of those who serve to protect our 'GOD-GIVEN' rights and freedoms.

I hope you take the time to read this ... To understand what the flag draped coffin really means ... Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers:

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

Have you ever noticed that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the  flag of the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, 'Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.'

The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their Nations motto, 'In God We Trust.'

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why. Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to as the symbol of 'Liberty and Freedom.'

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 8:25 AM MDT
Updated: Tuesday, 17 March 2015 8:26 AM MDT
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Sunday, 15 March 2015
VFW Telemarketing Scam
Now Playing: fwd from Laverne Lester
Subject: VFW Telemarketing Scam
I have received word that a telemarketer is soliciting funds on behalf of the VFW Department Headquarters.
There are only 2 telemarketers authorized to solicit funds on our behalf in New Mexico and they DO NOT call any members of our Department!

The 2 authorized solicitors are MDS Communications; solicitors for National HQ's and iMarketing Acquisitions, LLC; (formerly XENTEL) solicitors for Department HQ's.

If you get a telemarketer call from anyone besides the 2 solicitors mentioned above, please get as much information as possible; i.e. time & date of call, phone number/caller id, name of caller/organization and the amount of money they are asking for; try and get them to send you some type of paperwork or even try to get an address to send them a check (of course you wouldn't do that!), also I will need to know if your phone number is registered on the National Do Not Call Registry.

Register your phone numbers at

I have filed a complaint with the FTC, and the items above are the type of things they want to know.
Hopefully with your help, we can catch these crooks.
David Fouse
Department of New Mexico, VFW
PO Box 1084
Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346
Office (575) 653-4378
Fax (575) 653-4207
Cell: (575) 973-4965

Posted by vfwpost3274 at 4:36 PM MDT
Updated: Sunday, 15 March 2015 4:39 PM MDT
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