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FRIDAY MARCH 4TH - 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR POST

Eighty years ago when Post 2064 began, meetings were held at Maybrook's Sweeney Hall. This was an older building used for movies and wedding receptions for many Veterans and their families. There was a fire which destroyed a portion of the building, causing the VFW to hold its meetings upstairs at the Maybrook Fire Department. In 1970, Commander Jack Barletta, Vice Commander Karl Heller and Quartermaster Tony Volpe decided the VFW should have its own building. There was a bar and restaurant called the Blue Mirror that had burned down in the late 1960's, which was owned by the Bastiano family. Tony Volpe was friendly with the Bastiano, and he let them know that Post 2064 was looking for a new location for a VFW hall. The Bastiano family graciously donated the land to the VFW.

Needing $15,000 those dollars for the building, and being refused loans from several banks, the manager of a bank in Walden approved the request contingent upon collateral. Post officers, Jack Barletta and Karl Heller agreed to use their homes for collateral. The post was granted the loan and construction began. With an outpouring of support from the local community,including Brescia Lumberyard which grew next to VFW building. The community was very supportive of this endeavour as they had been waiting for there to be a Maybrook VFW Hall. After two years of hardwork, by both VFW members and the community, the building was completed. Forty years later, we are still very proud of the work we put into this building. We owe the greatest thanks to the late Quartermaster, Tony Volpe. Without his dedication to this post and desire for there to be a meeting hall, we would not be standing in this building.


     On January 10th, 1946 the post was renamed Dusenberry-Flannery VFW 2064 to honor the memory of two young soldiers killed in the closing days of WWII.

The Post continues to serve its members and community today, and has graciously hosted thousand of events that keep our community close. 

Today the Post continues to grow, currently boasting 207 members. We have had 47 different Post Commanders, and are one of the most active VFW Posts in Orange County. 

Namesakes

Staff Sergeant Charles Dusenberry
U.S. Army, KIA April 30th, 1945
European Theater


Corporal Robert Flannery
U.S. Army, KIA February 6th, 1945
Belgium
Interred Saint Mary's Cemetery
Montgomery, NY

A Soldier Died Today

He was getting old and paunchy. And his hair was falling fast,
An
d he sat around the Legion, Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in and the deeds that he had done,
in his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors His tales became a joke,
A
ll his buddies listened quietly For they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer, For 01' Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer For a Soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many, Just his children and his wife.

For he lived an ordinary, Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family, Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, Their bodies lie in state,

While thousands note their passing, And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier Goes unnoticed
, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate, To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier, Who offered up his all,

Is paid off with a medal And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out, With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier-- His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier
, Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier, And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us We may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict, We find the Soldier's part Is to clean
up all the troubles That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage At the ending of his days
.

Perhaps just a simple headline In the paper that might say:

 

"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."

                   Author Unknown

Member Information

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Members of our Color Guard Marching in the 2009 General Montgomery Day Parade.



Recent Events

In this column we may review past events and how successful each of them was. For example, this past month we had twenty-four members visit the local shelter to help feed lunch to the homeless. It was an enjoyable experience for everyone involved, and one we hope to do again.


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