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  • Remember the Fallen, Forever

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Jun 5, 2024

    The true meaning of Memorial Day is to honor the ones who gave all to gain our freedom. On Memorial Day our flags are raised at half-staff from sunrise to noon, then lifted to full staff to signify hope and to honor all our country’s war heroes. Decoration Day-Memorial Day, now one in the same. It wasn’t always as on May 5, 1868, after the Civil War ended a group of Union veterans called the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) decided to create Decoration Day to honor the fallen. They began the tradition of decorating the graves with flowers as...

  • Fixing a Blooper Among Other Things...

    Sharon Kindle, Malta Senior Center|Apr 24, 2024

    My apologies for the mix-up of dates concerning the American Legion garage sale and our soup luncheon at the center. After all, we are ‘senior’ citizens. My hope is that you all took in the great sale. Now, on to other things: I promised soups of many colors and flavors and our group is delivering just that. How about chicken and scratch dumplings (so light and fluffy you won’t realize you’ve eaten them); creamy potato soup with home grown potatoes; pureed butternut squash; cowboy soup that mocks chili with its flavorings. That’s a preview w...

  • Souper-er Saturday is April 27!

    Sharon Kindle, Malta Senior Center|Apr 17, 2024

    AH, SOUPER-er Saturday is upon us! All kinds and flavors of soups, even different colors of soups will be set out to tempt you on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 11 a.m. till gone. Of course there will be breads to go with the soups and ever-popular desserts. There is a suggested $5.00 per person free-will donation. This is the last of our fundraisers till fall when the famous Indian Tacos come to visit the center. The center is working on raising funds for the LED lights which will be a major improvement in the main room as it cuts down on...

  • Get Excited About the Red, White, and Blue

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Feb 21, 2024

    VFW Auxiliary Announces Kick-Off of National Anthem Singing Contest. VFW Auxiliary post 4067 is excited to announce the kick-off of the VFW Auxiliary’s national anthem singing contest, Get Excited for the Red, White and Blue! Local youth in grades K-12 can showcase their talent, display their patriotism and express their creativity while competing for their share of $2,000 in national awards. Contestants must submit a video of their solo vocal performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Video must be saved to a flash drive, or uploaded to an on...

  • Young American Patriotic Creative Art Contest

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Feb 21, 2024

    To all the aspiring artists in the county grades 9-12, VFW Post 4067 is offering two art contests for you. These two contests, Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest and 2 and 3-Demensional Art are open to grades 9-12 to all county school students, be it homeschooled or in-school; you are invited to take part. For Patriotic Art, if students use the American flag, it must conform to the Federal Flag Code in relation to colors, number of stars and stripes and other pertinent rules of the code. Digital art, photography and jewelry are not...

  • VFW Offers a Pair of Contests for Students

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Sep 27, 2023

    How Are You Inspired By America? $5000--Does that grab you interest? It is the national prize for the first place winner in the Patriot Pen essay contest from students in grades 6-8. Anyone in this grade level, whether you are homeschooled, private, parochial, or public, are eligible to assemble a 300-400 word essay based on the topic “How are you Inspired by America? If this seems like a lot of words, find a favorite book and read a while, then go back and count the words. It will surprise you how quickly you were able to read through 3...

  • Get Your Taste Buds Ready for TACOS!

    Sharon Kindle, Malta Senior Center|Sep 6, 2023

    It seems everyone is having Tacos, however, the Senior Center began its dinners in 2017, six years ago. With the exception of one year, the members have been serving the delicious Indian Tacos to the public. Indian Tacos will be served from 11:30 to 1:00 on Saturday, September 9, 2023, at the Senior Center. Take-outs are available. The bread is prepared on the spot by Carrie Perry, fried up, and ready to devour. Ken and Bonnie Wiederrick cook up the burger, seasoned just right, waiting for you to choose the toppings you desire. Desserts by...

  • VFW News: The Final Chapter

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Aug 2, 2023

    August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month which is fitting as we began our chapter on September 2022 with 9/11. Although we should always remain vigilant in light of attacks carried out during the past few years, Antiterrorism Awareness Month should be a time we instill heightened awareness and employees, locations and operations from vigilance to prevent terrorist attacks and protect DLA [Defense Logistics Agency]. How many of you know of a person who has earned a Purple Heart while in combat or giving their life in the line of battle? Purple...

  • VFW News: Never Forget Our Hard Fought Freedom

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Jul 12, 2023

    By now the glorious 4th of July celebrations are gone for another year, but lest we never forget our hard-fought freedom and we are still fighting for it. Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. On July 4th the signers of the Declaration of Independence asserted that all are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. With these words, our forefathers formed a new nation and put...

  • VFW News: Who is Flying Your Plane?

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Jun 7, 2023

    Do you ever wonder about the pilot in the Caption’s seat while you settle in for your flight, wherever it may take you? One pilot ‘entered through the back door’ so to speak as he started in Navy flight school graduating college and then flew F/A-18 fighter jets. He saw four different theaters and eventually became a Navy test pilot. Flying the dynamic nature and complexity of military ops prepared the pilot to be one of the best commercial pilots. He knew how a ‘holding’ pattern, thunderstorms or turbulence can affect passengers having co...

  • Soup is Great Anytime!

    Sharon Kindle, Malta Senior Center|May 10, 2023

    Anytime you are lucky enough to tuck into a bowl of steaming homemade soup, it is a great time. So soup will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Malta Senior Center when they join forces with the American Legion garage sale at the VFW. We encourage you to take part in the sale, build up your appetite, and head over to the senior center for nourishment to carry you through the day. The free-will offering will go towards the awning that will be constructed starting in late May, or early June on the front of the center....

  • VFW News: Superficial or Real?

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Apr 26, 2023

    Dale Dye, retired Marine caption, is the founder of the technical advisory firm “Warriors Inc”. Before that he served three tours in Vietnam, making it a total of 20 years in the service. Upon deployment, he felt at loose ends, realizing he’d always been a fan of movies especially military movies. The decision was made and Dye headed to Hollywood, not to be a star, but to qualify the reality of the military movies, not glorify them. As the saying ‘ignorance is bliss’, Dye soon found out he had a lot to learn and tackled it head-on by reading a...

  • The Military "MARCHED" Right through March

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair Post 4067|Mar 1, 2023

    March takes off with National Women’s History Month which celebrates the often-overlooked contributions of women in history. It is annually observed in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Australia, every March since 1987. March is selected as the month for observing Women’s History Month to correspond with International Women’s Day on March 8. The school district in Sonoma CA organized Women’s History Month in 1978. In 1980 President Jimmy Carter issued the first proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The Nav...

  • Multitude of Military Celebrations in February

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Feb 1, 2023

    “It was 1943 and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, packed to capacity. Tragedy struck when a German submarine fired a torpedo at the ship, sinking it and killing the hundreds on board”. This is where the Four Chaplin’s Day history begins. They were of the Methodist, Jewish, Catholic, and Dutch Reformed Church faith. Life jackets were offered to the chaplains who refused as other passengers needed them more. The Chaplains were comforted only by the thought of their actions and the fact that they were going to meet...

  • Senior Center: Ah, the Memories of Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

    Sharon Kindle, Malta Senior Center|Jan 18, 2023

    The Malta Senior Center will be serving up biscuits with sausage gravy guaranteed to fill you up on Saturday, January 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a free will offering which will go toward the awning to be constructed over the new front door. I can still see the kids’ paternal gramma stirring the gravy in a humongous cast iron fry pan with the trash burner providing the heat. The fluffy biscuits (no Bisquick used in that house!) were piling up on a platter which would disappear like magic once the gravy hit the table. Many times t...

  • Keep Your Veterans in Mind on Holidays

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Jan 4, 2023

    This is a trifle late for New Year’s, but jot it down, especially for the 4th of July. When lighting fireworks, or shooting off guns, keep in mind those among us suffering from PTSD. What is fun for some can be terror and heartbreaking to others. A quote from Pharr, Texas “The sounds of fireworks, or can resemble gunshots, and that can add to the stress of veterans suffering from PTSD.” “The simple thing of just the smell of gunpowder can trigger something. It doesn’t have to be the noise”, Marine veteran Alfredo Oritz said. It’s typical to ce...

  • In December, Pearl Harbor Shadows All

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Nov 30, 2022

    Before we launch into Pearl Harbor, we must visit the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), who celebrates its birthday on December 1, of each year. Cadets range in ages from 12-20 with older members who are 18 and older. CAP missions include support of Red Cross disaster relief operations and work in natural disaster areas. CAP has eight regional commands and 52 wings with one in each US state, Puerto Rico and Washington DC, with a total of approximately 60,000 members. In the 1930s the office of Civilian Defense worked to create what would become...

  • November Remembered for Veterans Day

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Nov 2, 2022

    25 marked the first observance of National Veteran and Military Families Month acknowledging the great sacrifices military families make to ensure the nation's freedom. Long separations, at times, both parents are enlisted; there are frequent moves with at times unfavorable living conditions. Families embody strength, resilience, and courage no matter where they live and how long the separation. Families experience trauma, especially young children who at times are unable to express their feelings. Help is also given to military families in...

  • Have You Ever Tasted Stone Soup?

    Sharon Kindle, Malta Senior Center|Oct 12, 2022

    Come on down to the Malta Senior Center Saturday, October 22, and let your taste buds take you on an experience of yore. The free-will donations will go towards the awning over the front door. Dolly Parton, whom many people enjoy listening to her songs, had Stone Soup as a staple in her diet. Growing up in Tennessee, Parton was one of several children, who fondly recalls her parents, Robert and Avie while living in the beautiful Tennessee mountains. Avie Parton would have each of her children go in search a stone, scrub it clean, and bring the...

  • Continuing Education Scholarship Offered by VFW

    Sharon Kindle, Malta VFW|Sep 21, 2022

    This scholarship has a few twists and turns to meet for qualification in earning the scholarship. This can be used for college or at a vocational level. To be eligible, one must be 18 years or older and MUST be one of the following: -Current VFW Auxiliary member -Spouse of current VFW Auxiliary member -Son of current VFW Auxiliary member -Daughter of current VFW Auxiliary member -Qualifying member must have been a member of the VFW Auxiliary for (1) year by the application submission deadline. Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded each...

  • Voice of Democracy Contest theme: "Why is the Veteran Important"

    Sharon Kindle, Malta VFW Club|Sep 14, 2022

    The VOICE OF DEMOCRACY is open to all grades 9-12 and this includes homeschoolers. The theme for 2022 is “WHY IS THE VETERAN IMPORTANT?” To preface your recorded entry, think about what is going on in the United States and overseas where our Veterans play a vital role. What have the Veterans done in the past and present. Our Veterans Memorial park is a good start to give you insight if you have been fortunate to visit great battlegrounds, monuments, or Washington DC. to gain knowledge for this program. Look at the Vietnam Wall online or per...

  • Saturday is Indian Taco Day at the Senior Center

    Sharon Kindle, Malta Senior Center|Sep 14, 2022

    Saturday, September 17, 2022, will feature an Indian Taco dinner at the Malta Senior Center at 110 St W. Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. with a free-will offering going towards the center’s new entryway and construction of an awning. The Taco Dinner began approximately around 2019 and has been held each year with the exception of the pandemic. Marlyn Orahood, former director, now deceased, was a fan of the Indian Days at the Dodson School and became inspired to do something to honor the event. Thus, the birth of Indian T...

  • VFW POST 4067 Offering Two Art Contests

    Sharon Kindle, Malta VFW Club|Sep 14, 2022

    To all the aspiring artists in the county grades 9-12, VFW Post 4067 is offering two art contests for you. These two contests, Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest and 3-Dimensional Art are open to grades 9-12 to all county school students, be it homeschooled or in-school; you are invited to take part. For Patriotic Art, if students use the American flag, it must conform to the Federal Flag Code in relation to colors, number of stars and stripes and other pertinent rules of the code. Digital art, photography and jewelry are not...

  • September is a Busy Military Month

    Sharon Kindle, VFW Post 4067|Aug 31, 2022

    The full month of September is considered National Suicide Prevention Month and is joined by National Service Dog Awareness Month. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the leading cause of death in the United States. The Service Dogs are invaluable to the Veterans who suffer from PTSD; the bond between a person who suffers from PTSD and their service dog is a true and deep relationship. Patriot’s Day is celebrated on September 2 where some local VFW clubs offer contests for students: grades 6-8 is an essay event and...

  • VFW Post 4067 has Essay Contest

    Sharon Kindle, VFW Post 4067|Aug 31, 2022

    Malta VFW Post 4067 is distributing information to area schools pertaining to the Patriots Pen contest. The theme for 2022 is “MY PLEDGE TO OUR VETERANS”, and is open to all 6, 7, and 8 grades county wide. Entries should be no longer than 300-400 words in length (+or- 5 words max.) Each entry needs to be the student’s original work, be positive and clearly focused. No poetry is accepted. Student cannot identify him/herself in any way. Quotations may be used sparingly if person is plainly identified where ever used. The student may have someone...

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