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Working cooperatively with the Orrville American Legion Post in a 50/50 joint venture, we built the Veterans Memorial in the Crown Hill Cemetery to honor the deceased veterans of our community. The Memorial was dedicated in 1965 and sits on land belonging to the City of Orrville. Both the VFW and the American Legion share whatever burden is required to maintain the memorial. In 2008, a concrete landing slab was installed to provide ease of access to the Memorial, especially for those in wheel chairs. Additionally, time had taken its toll on the masonry joints and some shifting had occurred. The bricks and stones were all set right and the joints were pointed to provide a few more decades of honor.

The Veterans Memorial is the end point of the Memorial Day Parade where community members gather to pay their respects. Our Post shares responsibility with the American Legion for organizing the annual parades by providing a Grand Marshall, color guard and honor guard. On even-numbered years, the VFW Post assumes those duties of leadership and coordination.

In compliance with the national mission of the VFW to “honor the dead by helping the living” our Post has provided numerous services to the community. We have provided U.S. flags to all schools in the Orrville School System since the end of World War II. One member couldn’t remember exactly when that practice began, but he did recall replacing all of the flags with 48 stars after Alaska became the 49th state in January, 1959. Later that same year, Hawaii became the 50th state and our Post provided the replacement flags with new ones having 50 stars. Since then, the Orrville School System still contacts us whenever they need U.S. Flags. When the new OHS football stadium was built, we provided the flag pole and we continue to replace the U. S. flags on a periodic basis. We also provided all new flags for every classroom in the new schools that opened for classes in 2008.



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