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The Spokane VFW Post 51 is an association of men and women who served this Nation in wars, campaigns, and expeditions on foriegn soil or in hostile waters who continue to serve our fellow veterans and the community in which we live. The history of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 51, Spokane, Washington, dates back to 1911. In that year, veterans of the Spanish-American War and the Phillipine-American War began work leading up to the establishment of our Post, securing it with a charter on April 13, 1915. There were 65 original charter members of our Post. On January 23, 1929 the Ladies Auxiliary was chartered with 26 members.

The members of the Post have strived to build on three Core Values:
  1. Camaraderie
  2. Service
  3. Excellence
Each of these Core Values identifies the shared values that we strive to live up to as an organization and as individuals. .

With the deep history in our Post, trying to summarize and include all historical events would be a monumental task. Some of our historical and continuing activities include the following:
  • Monthly trips to the Veterans Hospital
  • Armed Forces Torchlight Parade
  • Support of the National Home in Eaton Rapids
  • Buddy Poppy Days
  • Honor Guard participation in funerals and ceremonies
  • Fourth of July Festivities
  • Helped to bring the traveling Vietnam Wall to Spokane
  • Voice of Democracy Contest for local schools
  • Patriotic Pen Essay Contest
  • And the list goes on...
Some of the original members of our Post fought in conflicts as early as the Spanish-American war of 1898. Today, we have over 500 members in our Post. Many of the active Post members are from Korean conflict and we have a few Active WWII members as well. As time passes, many of the WW II members are becoming fewer and we strive to welcome members from all conflicts.

Events at our Post primarily raise money for helping veterans and their families. We hold raffles, dinners, dances, and sometimes outings to benefit veterans, support local community charities, and hopefully have some money left over that will keep our Post running. We have many community groups that use our hall for meetings such as the American Legion, American Legion Riders, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart to name a few.

In our Post home, we have a large bar, a full kitchen for preparation of meals than can serve well over a hundred and fifty people, two large meeting halls, and a 30 stall parking lot.


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