Vicksburg VFW post turns 75, seeks new members

Members of VFW Post 5189 gather for a ceremony in Clark Park.

By Jim Hamrick

Vicksburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5189 was recently recognized for 75 years of service. The post’s emphasis has always been for service to veterans and community. Post membership has been too small to establish a canteen or club, so meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Vicksburg Community Center.

Chartered in 1946, the post was named for Captain Charles Osborne, a medical doctor who served in the South Pacific during World War ll.

For the past 15 years, Commander Edward (Butch) Wesloski and Senior Vice Commander Robert Rainwater have led the post. Commander Wesloski oversees business and organizes meetings and funerals. Senior Vice Commander Rainwater organizes Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities. He also commands the Honor Guard that provides military honors (gun salutes) for deceased veterans.

Many activities had to be cancelled during 2020, so 2021 will be a busy catchup time. Significant dates for veterans and activities this year include: May 13-15, Buddy Poppy Sales; May 31, Memorial Day; June 14, Flag Day; July 4, Independence Day; November 11, Veterans Day.

The post’s biggest challenge today is an aging and declining membership. The group is seeking any eligible veterans who would like to serve veterans or the community. The post will pay an individual’s first year dues and will share the cost of a VFW Jacket.

If interested, call Jim Hamrick at 269-270-6579.

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