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Experts in helping veterans transition to civilian life featured at Nov. 11 gala

Experts in helping veterans transition to civilian life featured at Nov. 11 gala

Edmonds-based Operation Military Family is publicly launching its non-profit branch, OMF Cares, at a national gala in Lynnwood on Veterans Day, with the goal of helping military veterans transition to civilian life. The event will be at the Lynnwood Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. “This is going to be a truly inspiring evening and I‘m honored to be a part of it,” says OMF found... »

From VFW Post 8870: The history of 2014 National POW/MIA Recognition Day

From VFW Post 8870: The history of 2014 National POW/MIA Recognition Day

In some communities across the nation, Friday Sept. 19, 2014 will be observed as National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and appropriate ceremonies will be conducted to honor Americans who have returned from their ordeals as Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Americans who are listed as Missing In Action (MIA) and are still unaccounted for. Sadly, for a majority of Americans, the day will pass as just an... »

Edmonds VFW Post announces student essay contest

Edmonds-based VFW Post 8870 has announced the details regarding its annual student essay contest, which is open for students living in the Edmonds and Mukilteo School Districts. Students attending private schools or being home-schooled are eligible to enter the contest. The Youth Essay Program is for students in grades 3, 4 and 5. An essay, not to exceed 250 words, should address the topic “What C... »

Hometown Heroes: A boy lands on Normandy and becomes a man

Hometown Heroes: A boy lands on Normandy and becomes a man

My Edmonds News continues its series, Hometown Heroes, to recognize the courageous contributions made by members of VFW Post 8870. Warren Eddy was the youngest of six children who were raised in a rural part of northern Minnesota. Shortly after he graduated from high school, his family moved to California. Eventually, Warren moved to Washington, D. C. to live with a sister. Soon after his arrival ... »

Edmonds VFW, City partner in design competition for future Veterans Plaza

Edmonds VFW, City partner in design competition for future Veterans Plaza

Watch our interview with Ron Clyborne about the importance of the Edmonds Veterans Plaza on My Edmonds News TV here. Edmonds Post 8870 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of America is partnering with the City of Edmonds to hold an open design competition for the future Edmonds Veterans Plaza in downtown Edmonds. The VFW Plaza Committee decided to conduct an open design competition to promote lo... »

Hometown Heroes: Planes, parachutes and love letters

Hometown Heroes: Planes, parachutes and love letters

My Edmonds News continues its series, Hometown Heroes, to recognize the courageous contributions made by members of VFW Post 8870. Fred Diedrich was born in Idaho but grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon, formerly known as Marshfield. He graduated from high school in 1942. At the time, World War II was raging on many fronts and recruiters from the U.S. Army were seeking candidates to serve in all branches ... »

VFW Post 8870 presents Dexter Miller Freedom Scholarships

VFW Post 8870 presents Dexter Miller Freedom Scholarships

At its July 11 meeting, VFW Post 8870 recognized recipients of the Dexter Miller Freedom Scholarship. In its third year, the scholarship program honors the memory of Edmonds resident Dexter Miller, a veteran of WW II and long-time Post member, who passed away last October. Miller had been instrumental in establishing several youth programs sponsored by the Post. His widow Ruth Miller presented the... »

Hometown Heroes: Pearl Harbor survivor witnessed beginning and end of World War II

Hometown Heroes: Pearl Harbor survivor witnessed beginning and end of World War II

My Edmonds News continues its series, Hometown Heroes, to recognize the courageous contributions made by members of VFW Post 8870. Ervin Schmidt was a 25-year-old barber from Marshfield, Wisconsin when he enlisted in the United State Navy in August of 1940. After completing basic training, Erv was assigned to the battleship USS California and participated in numerous training cruises in the Pacifi... »

Hometown Heroes: Robert ‘Buck’ Weaver, fighter pilot

Hometown Heroes: Robert ‘Buck’ Weaver, fighter pilot

My Edmonds News is proud to introduce a new series, Hometown Heroes, that will recognize the courageous contributions made by members of VFW Post 8870. Buck Weaver as born in 1918 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the fourth child in a family of two brothers and a sister, who spoiled “little Buck” as they grew older. Buck’s father, John P., was a popular dentist in town, with a growing practice. Buck wa... »

‘Fallen Heroes’ artist Michael Reagan speaks at Edmonds Rotary Club

‘Fallen Heroes’ artist Michael Reagan speaks at Edmonds Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Edmonds “Noon Club” was honored to have Edmonds resident Michael Reagan speak at the club’s Tuesday, July 1 meeting. During the meeting, Reagan shared the portrait that he drew of Vincent Santinello, who died in the arms of the then 19-year-old Reagan when the two of them were serving in Vietnam. Santinello’s last words were “I just want to go home.... »

Edmonds VFW Post 8870 announces Freedom Scholarship winners

Edmonds-based VFW Post 8870 has announced the four winners of its Freedom Scholarship program — two from Edmonds-Woodway High School and two from Mariner High School. The scholarships this year were named to honor the memory of Dexter Miller, a veteran of WW II and long-time member of the post, who had been instrumental in establishing several post-sponsored youth programs. The Dexter Miller... »

Edmonds Veterans Plaza unveiled in Memorial Day dedication ceremony

Edmonds Veterans Plaza unveiled in Memorial Day dedication ceremony

A crowd of more than 50 veterans, elected officials and citizens gathered on Memorial Day in the plaza of the Edmonds Public Safety building to dedicate the area to the remembrance of our fallen armed forces members. “Up until now, Edmonds has been one of the few communities without a memorial to our fallen military,” said Ron Clyborne, head of the committee whose 14 months of hard wor... »

Edmonds’ Veterans Plaza to recognize military service members

My Edmonds News interviewed Ron Clyborne, chair of the Veteran’s Plaza committee, about his efforts to create a local memorial to veterans. The new Veterans Plaza will be dedicated outside the city’s Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N., at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 26 — Memorial Day. Monday’s dedication will unveil a bronze plaque and will also serve as a kickoff to fundraising efforts to des... »

Triton Student Veteran Association hosts Memorial Day program on Wednesday

Triton Student Veteran Association hosts Memorial Day program on Wednesday

The Triton Student Veteran Association hosts its first Memorial Day program from 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 21, at the Edmonds Community College’s Black Box Theatre. The presentation will feature guest speakers, including artist Michael Reagan, musical performers, a memorial wreath laying and a flag lowering ceremony.  The Black Box Theatre will open at 9:30 a.m. and event parking will be avail... »

Jim Blossey takes helm as VFW Post 8870 installs new officers

Jim Blossey takes helm as VFW Post 8870 installs new officers

At its May meeting, VFW Post 8870 installed newly-elected officers who will assume their year-long terms in June. Jim Blossey was installed as Commander, replacing Fred Apgar who has served as Post Commander for the past two years. Under Apgar’s leadership, the post has experienced significant growth in membership, enhanced fundraising efforts to increase support to veterans in need, expanded the ... »

Reminder: Operation Military Family founder to hold book signing event in Edmonds Saturday

Reminder: Operation Military Family founder to hold book signing event in Edmonds Saturday

The Edmonds Bookshop will host a book signing by Michael Schindler, author of the critically acclaimed “Operation Military Family” and a weekly columnist for My Edmonds News, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. May 3 in downtown Edmonds. The success of Schindler’s book inspired the Navy veteran to launch the company Operation Military Family and its non-profit branch, OMF Cares, to better suppo... »

Edmonds fashion show to benefit military families

Edmonds fashion show to benefit military families

Circle Thursday, May 8 on your calendar for Operation Fashion Forward — a charity fashion show at the Edmonds Yacht Club aimed at celebrating and supporting military families. The show, which runs from 2-4 p.m.,  is sponsored by C’est la Vie boutique and Operation Military Family Cares. Participants will enjoy food and beverages from Edmonds’ finest restaurants, while local military spouses ... »

Reminder: Edmonds-based Operation Military Family Cares to host open house Wednesday

Reminder: Edmonds-based Operation Military Family Cares to host open house Wednesday

If you have ever wondered what happens behind those locked doors at Operation Military Family, now is your chance to find out. On Wednesday, March 12 from 5-7 p.m. Operation Military Family Cares– the non-profit, 501 (c) 3 side of the organization — and the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an Open House at the OMF Headquarters location: 155 3rd Ave. S., Edmonds. Light food a... »

Edmonds Community College Foundation embarks on Boots to Books and Beyond fundraising campaign

Edmonds Community College Foundation embarks on Boots to Books and Beyond fundraising campaign

Strom Peterson and Maria Montalvo are among the major donors for Edmonds Community College Foundations’s Boots to Books and Beyond fundraising campaign. (Photo courtesy of Edmonds Community College) The Edmonds Community College Foundation has embarked on a $1 million campaign to support student veterans, ensuring a supportive path from military service to Edmonds Community College. Boots to Books... »

Edmonds Community College celebrates opening of Veterans Resource Center

Edmonds Community College celebrates opening of Veterans Resource Center

Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith (center in red) helps cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of Edmonds Community College’s new Veterans Resource Center Friday in Lynnwood Hall. Veterans coming to Edmonds Community College often are looking for guidance, support and someone to lend a helping hand. Thanks to the generous support of the community, former military personnel can find all of these services ... »

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