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WWI Memorial Monument Dedication

WWI Memorial Monument Dedication

On November 4th 2017 the Burlington County WWI Memorial Monument was unveiled. Veterans and members of the community participated in this ceremony at the Memorial Site in Freedom Park, 86 Union Street, Medford, NJ.

For those that were unable to attend, we invite you to stop by and visit the memorial.

There are plans to include additional memorials at this site and your participation is strongly encouraged!

5th Annual Pig Roast

Special Thanks To All That Supported Our 5th Annual Pig Roast

The members of Medford VFW Post 7677 express our sincere thanks to all of the volunteer members of our Post and our Auxiliary whose efforts made this years event a hugh success! 

And a special thanks to all of the  participants whose generosity greatly aids in our efforts to support veterans and their families.  It was truly a great day of camaraderie and outstanding food!

2017 Carranza Memorial

The 89th Annual Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Service 

On Saturday July 8th, 2017, members of the Medford VFW Post 7677 participated in the Memorial Services at the Carranza Site. 

The monument, installed with funds donated by Mexican schoolchildren, depicts a falling eagle of Aztec design. The donated monolith was created with each side representing a symbol of Carranza and his love of aviation. The monument was funded by the children of Mexico who saved their coins to create this obelisk-looking statue. The stones for the monument were quarried from granite mined near his home and each block represented a different Mexican State.

Constructed in the form of a giant pylon, with squared tapered sided, the image of an Aztec eagle is carved on one side. On the other side, there is an arrow, pointing skyward. Another side has an inscription. It shows some deterioration and some letters in the message are missing. The message states "Messenger of Peace... The people of Mexico Hope that your high ideals will be realized... Homage of the children of Mexico to the aviator Captain Emilio Carranza who died tragically on July 13, 1928 in his good will flight". In the final side, there are embedded footprints which represent the famed aviator's final walk on the planet.

For additional information on Captain Emilio Carranza click on this link

Special Thanks

Comrades and Auxiliary:  

The turn of the 20th century Navy had a saying – “When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, yell and shout;  Give em hell and fire a gun; and hoist the signal flag WELL DONE!”  As a second to Patrick’s remarks from a grateful Honor Guard Coordinator, a hearty WELL DONE to our ceremonial unit for a series of epic performances at four local parades and eleven far flung cemeteries.  Thanks to all who came out and reinforced an extremely positive image of Medford VFW Post 7677 throughout our area of operation.  To Bill and Clyde and the kitchen staff, kudos for an outstanding repast.  Thank you to “Fast Eddie” Lynd and son Ed for their rendition of TAPS.  A very special thanks to Young Jimmie from the Civil Air Patrol who stepped into the breech and assumed the duties of Chaplain and rifleman on the “Medford Firing Squad.”  Truly a super weekend for the Post.

Joe Painting
Honor Guard Coordinator

2017 Memorial Day Services

The members of VFW Post 7677 participated in numerous Memorial Day Services beginning at Beverly National Cemetery on May 21st and continuing with ceremonial services in and around our community thru May 29th. 

           Beverly National Cemetery 

On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States of America is raised briskly to the top of the staff at dawn and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all. 

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. 

Medford Annual Memorial Day Parade

The Medford Township Council & Medford VFW Post #7677 announced that they would hold Medford's Annual Memorial Day Parade & Observances on Monday, May 29th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. VFW member participation was outstanding and special thanks to the VFW members who participated in the honor and color guards at all of the memorial sites throughout the Medford, Lumberton, Shamong and Tabernacle areas.

Spring Cleanup 2017

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On Saturday, May 20th 2017, Bill Kaeser, VFW Post 7677 House Committee Chairman and Jimmy Capris, Olsen Middle School Student, organized our 2017 Spring Cleanup at the Post. Members of VFW Post 7677 along with 16 student volunteers from Olsen Middle School in Tabernacle, spent several hours conducting the cleanup. 

The dedication and spirit of community commitment of these students is greatly appreciated. 

2017 Annual Awards

Medford VFW Post 7677 Holds 31st Annual Awards Dinner

On Saturday, April 22nd 2017, Commander Angelo Correa, along with the officers and members of Medford VFW Post 7677 and it’s Auxiliary held the 31st Annual Awards Dinner in the Post Hall.

Four individuals who have given exemplary service to our community were recognized and honored. This year's recipients were chosen from Lumberton Township.
Detective Sean Tait - Police Officer of the Year
James Rockhill - Firefighter of the Year
Jeremiah Mount - EMT of the Year
Joseph Foresman - Fire Policeman of the Year

Also honored, were participants in the VFW’s national patriotic speech and essay programs. Congratulations to:
The Voice of Democracy - essay and speech competition for those of high school age.
Megan C. Duffy of Seneca High School won first place at the Post level of the competition. 
Jonah R. Mikulski of Seneca High School placed second at the post level.
The Patriot’s Pen - written essay event for those of Middle School age.
Adam R. Arnold of Indian Mills Memorial School was a first place winner at the Post level.  Awards were also made to each of three runners up.

Micheline M. Denn of St. Mary of the Lakes School, Medford
Tanuj J. Karnik of Memorial Middle School, Medford
Matt C. Brewin of Olson Middle School, Tabernacle.
First place award recipients in the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen contests have been advanced                                           to the District (county) level competition.

Special Recognition and awards were also presented to educators who have been supportive and instrumental in helping Medford VFW Post 7677 implement these rewarding speech and essay programs.  Among those recognized were: 
Karen O’Neil
- Seneca High School
Cathy Campeau - Indian Mills Memorial School
Jen Petagno - Medford Township Schools
Jean Drozd - Olson Middle School
Teresa O’Neill - St. Mary of the Lakes School.

Themes for the 2017-2018 essay competitions, beginning in early fall, have been announced.
The Voice of Democracy: "American History: Our Hope for the Future”
The Patriot’s Pen: "America's Gift to My Generation”

Participation by local school students in these programs is welcome and encouraged.
For additional information, contact Medford VFW Post 7677 Americanism Committee Chairman, Cliff Toye at 609-744-3178 or check this link.

2017 Donation Presentation by Medford Township Police Officer’s Association

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On March 7, 2017, Officer Chuck Carbone presents a donation to VFW Post 7677 Commander Angelo Correa. Many THANKS to the men and women of the Medford Township Police Officer’s Association for their generous donation to VFW 7677 and their offer to assist with building renovations.

One great organization helping another great organization. Medford Strong!

2016 Certificate of Appreciation Toys For Tots

VFW Post 7677 Receives Recognition For Toys For Tots Program

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On January 3rd 2017, Franco J. Cambria, Junior Vice Commandant, Burlington County Detachment #695, Marine Corps League, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Post Commander Angelo Correa in recognition of the outstanding support provided by the members of VFW Post 7677 in the 2016 .

2016 Levy Essay Contest Winners

The 2016 Walter J Levy Essay Contest

Veterans Day Assembly 2016

Walter J. Levy was a WW II Veteran, and a past commander of our Post. We honor his memory along with his dedication to the VFW and the community each year through this nearly 30 year old local patriotic writing program. Post 7677 is proud to announce the 2016 selection of the Winner and the Runner Up from each of the five Medford Elementary Schools. The awards were presented to the students by VFW 7677 Program Chairman, Cliff Toye on November 7th 2016 at the Chairville Elementary School. 

© VFW Post 7677 2016