VFW members and volunteers clean veterans’ headstones

After attending a Memorial Day breakfast  at the VFW Post 2167, volunteers went to Riverview Cemetery where they cleaned the headstones of 97 veterans. Pictured center is Zoey Frazzini; second row (l-r) Christopher Hopkins, Renee Barnett, Katie Frazzini and Jack Buck. Back row: Deborah Schroeder, Damon Barnett, Frankie Frazzini, Martin Frazzini and Kurt Schroeder.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2167 Commander Jack Buck hosted its first Memorial Day breakfast for area veterans last Monday and organizers were pleased with the turnout from the community. The VFW also works with the American Legion in the same building on Wilson Parkway.

After the breakfast Buck, his team of veterans and 12 volunteers spent three hours cleaning approximately 97 headstones at Riverview Cemetery. The VFW’s goal is to clean headstones at other cemeteries; however, due to the number of stones at all the cemeteries, it is estimated that it will take more than a year to accomplish this work. Volunteers use the same cleaning solution that is used at Arlington National Cemetery and costs about $50 a gallon. To help cover the cost of the cleaning solution, the VFW is asking for donations and volunteers to help with the cleaning.

The VFW and American Legion have many events planned this year that include petitioning to get the moving Vietnam wall to make a stop in Fayetteville and bringing food baskets to Veterans who cannot get out during Christmas time. To be able to complete all the events planned the Veterans associations will need more volunteers and donations. The VFW has a booth set up during First Fridays and is setting up a GoFundMe page to raise money to cleaning of the headstones. Anyone who wants to offer their help or make donations can go to the VFW/American Legion post at 2007 Wilson Parkway or contact Jack Buck at 931-625-6861 or at jmbuck46@gmail.com.

Current events planned by the VFW include continuing the cleaning of the veteran headstones on Saturday, June 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Friday, June 18 and Saturday 19 the Auxiliary will be sponsoring a sale at the VFW/ American Legion Post from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On July 3 there will be a cookout for all the post members and their families. For any question about dates and times contact Jack Buck.

The VFW hosts meetings the first Monday of every month and the American Legion meets the first Thursday at 2007 Wilson Parkway. These Veteran associations need more members to help other veterans. Lincoln County has more than 3,000 Veterans and the VFW would like to have their email addresses so they can contact them about upcoming events and outreach programs.