VFW Post Celebrates Milestone

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Some local veterans celebrate a milestone in Bowling Green.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1298 turned 75 years old on Saturday.

Floyd Brown fought in World War II and joined the VFW Post in Bowling Green after he was honorably discharged from the Army, in 1945.

“I think it makes it so great because the word itself, veteran.”

According to the VFW’s national website, Veterans of Foreign Wars traces back to 1899 when Veterans of the Spanish American War and the Philippine Insurrection founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service, due to the many soldiers who arrived home wounded or sick.

There was no medical care or Veteran’s pension for them. In their misery some veterans banned together and formed organizations that would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

A place where veterans like Brown can come and reminisce about the past and look forward to the future.

Veterans say Commander Don Mudd is the backbone of the Bowling Green Post; he’s been Commander there for 16 years.

VFW Post 1298 was the first charted post in the sate.

Another part of the post is the Ladies Auxiliary; they’re a group of women who help the organization by sending care packages overseas, helping out with their charities and promoting patriotism.

At the ceremony veterans and their guests munched on cookies made from the same recipe that soldiers in World War II ate.

Bowling Green Post 1298 is the oldest post in the state.