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Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post Number 5868
384 Legion Street
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
P: 949.643.5534
[email protected]

 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is a congressionally chartered war veterans service organization. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, it is the largest American organization of combat veterans. Post 5868 located in Laguna Beach, California is one of over 7000 VFW Posts across this great Nation.

 

The members of VFW Post 5868 are all combat veterans who continue their tradition of service to their country by initiating and supporting programs to provide for their fellow veterans, improve their communities, and preserve our American heritage. We want you! Join or support VFW Post 5868 today.

 


 

To join VFW Post 5868, click on the image to the left and download the membership application, fill it out and submit it with your payment to VFW Post 5868, P.O. Box 629, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.

 

The post will send you confirmation of your membership as soon as it is processed. If you have any questions, please email Post 5868 at [email protected] or call 949.643.5534.

 

You can also submit your initial membership payment of $35 by using the PayPal Donate Button located on the right column of this website under the Map & Directions. Before you complete your payment submission be sure to click "Add Special Instructions to the Seller" and make a note that your payment is for membership.

 

Our meetings are held every 1st Thursday of the month at 7:00pm at 384 Legion Street in beautiful Laguna Beach, California.

 

 


VFW Post 5868 is co-located with our gracious and generous hosts, American Legion Post 222. Without our comrades at American Legion Post 222, we could not accomplish much of our service to the membership and the community. You can find our Post here: Map Link. VFW Post 5868 has a number of ways to get involved. From Post 5868 membership or joining the Ladies Auxiliary, to volunteer booster programs and support for special events, you can help serve. For information on how you can participate, email us at [email protected]. Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside destination nestled between the sparkling blue Pacific and majestic canyons. Laguna Beach offers seven miles of soft sand, sound of the surf and miles of hidden coves. For more information, click Here.

 

 

 


 

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RED POPPY TO VETERANS

 

Among all the flowers that evoke the memories and emotions of war is the red poppy, which became associated with war after the publication of a poem written by LtCol. John McCrae of Canada after the First World War. The poem, "In Flander's Field", describes blowing red fields of poppies among the battleground of the fallen.

 

For more than 75 years, the VFW's Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans' welfare and the well being of their dependents.

 

The VFW conducted its first poppy distribution before Memorial Day in 1922, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

 

 

WHAT MAKES THE VFW UNIQUE

 

The fundamental difference between our organization and other veterans organizations, and one in which we take great pride, is our eligibility qualifications.

 

There are three primary requisites for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States: (1) Citizenship (2) Honorable service in the armed forces of the United States (3) Service entitling the applicant to the award of a recognized campaign medal or as set forth in the Congressional Charter and By-Laws and Manual of Procedure and Ritual.

 

VFW welcomes all who meet our eligibility criteria. It's through service to this country that all our membership has earned their elite status.

 

 

"WE CAN DO IT" THE LADIES AUXILIARY VFW

 

The Ladies Auxiliary VFW was founded in 1914 to help veterans and their families. The organization has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to VFW. Like the VFW, the Auxiliary's interest have broadened to encompass the entire community. The Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. It is solidly behind America today as it was when it was founded.

 

The Ladies Auxiliary is an integral part of VFW Post 5868 and supports a host of programs which pursue issues of national importance to veterans. These programs are designed to preserve veterans rights, advocate a strong national defense, promote patriotism and offer community service. The Ladies Auxiliary is a fraternal, patriotic, historical and educational affiliate of VFW Post 5868.

 


 

VFW Post 5868 has a rich tradition of serving veterans, military families and the community. Our meetings are held every 1st Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our organization. Thank you for visiting us.
- Arnie Silverman
Commander, VFW Post 5868

 

 


 


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