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Minturn, CO Holy Cross VFW Post 10721 Colorado Veteran Input.

VFW Post 10721 in Minturn, Colorado for over 20 years raised money for six local high school and follow-on college scholarships at a Rummage sale that was suddenly stopped when the local school Board condemned the building.

To answer the call, Post members in May 2018 voted to host the 911 “Never Forget” Inaugural Memorial Golf Tournament at the local EagleVail Golf Course. The tournament was organized by Moses Gonzales and Buddy Sims to host 120 golfers (30 teams), to have a 911 Memorial Ceremony at 8:00 am, and followed by a scramble golf start at 8:30 am.

To our benefit members and supporters knocked on doors and asked for donations resulting in local corporations donating the lunch menu made up of salads, beans, fries, steaks, and Coors beer (Coors beer of course came from Golden, CO). The golf tournament sold out four weeks before 911.

Execution of the 911 event, like a full military OPS plan, was conducted with perfect Colorado weather and included EMS vehicles in the background with flashing lights, Post and EMS Color Guard in action, local musician Tony Gulizia singing the National Anthem, Post Commander CPO (Ret.) Al Zepeda, USN speaking on 911, and local Oktoberfest Band Star Helmut Fricker blasting out the start of golf with his Alpine Horn and hand-held organ music. 300 American Flags were placed on fairway four to remember those lost on 911.

To end the event, a silent auction was held and alone raised over $10,000 with donated items from 35 local businesses. The results of this Post effort brought the community together for an emotional 911 “Never Forget” Memorial Remembrance and also will allow our scholarship grants to go from $2,500 to $5,000 per student for college. Many thanks go out to our local Sponsors, Donors, and volunteer workers who all helped us earn scholarship monies.
Based on our first golf success in the Vail Valley, arrangements have been made to host the “soon to be annual” 911 Golf Tournament in 2019.

Links to additional news coverage:

Vail Daily Newspaper

Eagle County TV Coverage

Buddy Sims, QM 10721 receives membership award from Dept Judge Advocate,
Tony Wolusky, at 29 Sep 2018 Dist 8 Meeting.

Members of Minturn VFW Post 10721 Flag Honor Guard opened the Vail Christian High School football homecoming game on 5 Oct at the Gypsum Football Stadium. Left to Right Pat Hammon, Berne Krueger, Buddy Sims, Pete Thompson, and front center Sheryl Engleby, PTA Supporter.

USMC 243rd Birthday Party at Zinos' Restaurant, Edwards, CO

VFW Post 10721 Marines met at Zinos Restaurant for the 243rd Official 1921 Commandant’s Nov 10th Birthday Message and traditional cake cutting order. Attached a photo of a few of us cutting the cake. JP Power, VFW Post Trustee even sharpened his sword this year! Next year add to your calendar and we will be at the Edwards Tavern, Edwards, CO on Sunday, 10 Nov 2019.

The Pentagon recently installed a “USMC answering machine” that is a must for all U.S. Marines to listen to the recording.

Thanks to Comrade Scott Prall for forwarding from an insider friend at the Pentagon, sort of!

Minturn VFW Post 10721 completed 20 Veterans Day School patriotic assemblies out of the 22 schools located in Eagle County.
Each school was provided with a VFW flag honor guard, speaker, individual Post member military histories, and member in the classroom answering the student questions and providing “show & tell” military items. It was a challenging week for our membership but we successfully averaged 10 VFW members at each school. The below Vail Daily article shows the VFW impact of just three of our combat member’s (Kent Lambrecht, USAF, Gulf War; John Horan Kates, USN, Vietnam; & Gary Thornton, USCG, Vietnam) influence in our community outreach service project!

“Vail Valley veterans tour local schools teaching lessons they learned in military service” – Vail Daily Newspaper

VFW Post 10721 conducted a Veterans Day Ceremony with over 200 attendees from Eagle County at our Freedom Park Memorial - EMS, 911, and Veterans in Edwards, CO on 11 Nov at 11:00am. Guest speaker was Doyle Cooper, U.S. Navy, Vietnam, lead Education Volunteer at The Center for American Values which honors Medal of Honor Recipients. Cub Pack 231 scouts stole the show with a special public "Thank you" presentation for our financial support that has kept the pack in business for the last two years. District Scout Executive Harve Latson, also a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and Post member, presented the huge thank you poster to our Post Commander Al Zepeda. U.S. Navy, OIF/OEF. A special tribute was conducted thru the "Bells of Peace: A World War I Remembrance" which encouraged citizens and organizations across the nation to toll bells in their communities 21 times at 11:00am local time on Nov 11th. The program was designed to honor Americans who served 100 years ago during WWI, especially the 116,516 who died. The war ended by an Armistice Agreement at 11:00am on 11 Nov 1918. The local support for over 2500 veterans in the Vail Valley (Eagle County) has reach a new thank you for our service to this Country!

Minturn VFW Post 10721 hosted the annual Christmas Party.

Minturn VFW Post 10721 hosted the annual Christmas Party at the Edwards Colorado Mt. College on 1 Dec 2018 to a joyous crowd of over 80 attendees. Party Chairman Butch Mazzuca and his committee of Kenton Krohlow, Bill & Connie Welch, Pete Thompson, Harve Latson, and Buddy Sims did a super job! Taste 5 Catering provided dinner and "The Fabulous Femmes", Kathy Morrow, Beth Swearingen and Charis Patterson had the party dancing, singing and partying to Christmas favorites. VFW Post 10721 wishes all a happy and successful 2019!

Minturn Mt Holy Cross VFW Post 10721 members Sgt. Sandy Treat, U.S. Army, 10th Mt. Div., WWII, and Capt. Pete Thompson, U.S. Army, Forward Observer with the South Vietnamese 5th Rangers, Vietnam spent time in the Vail Colorado Snowsports Museum with Executive Director, Jen Mason after the 10th Mt. Div. Torchlight Ski Down and Legacy Parade in Vail. The next Vail 10th Mt. Torchlight Ski Downs to the base of Gondola One will be on Friday, Jan 18, Feb 15, & Mar 8 at 6:00 pm followed by fireworks, a military parade down Bridge Street, and open tours of the 10th Mt. Div. display in the Colorado Snowsports Museum by Comrade Treat. Comrade Treat on other Fridays at 3:00 pm in the Museum narrates a 10th Mt. movie and answers questions on WWII. "The 10th Mountain Legacy Parade brings history to life and pays homage to the founders of Vail and those that have represented our country," said Doug Lovell, Chief Operating Officer at Vail.

Minturn VFW Post 10721 Adjutant Buddy Sims presented Siena Kassmel, 6th Grader at Vail Christian Academy (VCA), with the local first place award for $175 in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition. Local 2nd Place award for $150 was earned by Hannah Firkins, 8th grader at Gypsum Creek Middle School, and was presented by Pat Hammon, Eagle Country Veterans Service Officer. Quinn Downey, 8th grader at VCA placed 3rd with a check for $125 from Adjutant Sims. The Patriot’s Pen contest is sponsored by the VFW each year for grades 6th thru 8th. Over 132,000 essays titled “Why I Honor the American Flag” were received nation-wide in this competition.