Members of Young-McCool VFW Post 12220 joined with citizens of Fidalgo Island to decorate the gravesites of veterans' interred at Fern Hill and Grandview Cemeteries on Fidalgo Island on December 16th, 2023.
On the first Saturday of every month, members of Post 12220 meet to clear garden beds, edge sidewalks, and clean up the grounds of Causland Memorial Park in Anacortes. The most recent cleanup crew is highlighted here: Peter Allen, John James, Penny Harnish, and Mike Hebert.
VFW Department of Washington Commander Paul Herrera swore in 48 charter members of Young-McCool Post 12220 on April 1st, 2023 at the Anacortes Elks Lodge 1204.
...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.
WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - President Abraham Lincoln
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.