WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman honored Siloam Springs’ Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1674, on its 75th anniversary in the Congressional Record, the official proceedings of Congress, and with a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol.
Boozman’s staff presented the flag and a copy of the Congressional Record during the ceremony celebrating the post’s 75th anniversary on Saturday, November 7. The following are remarks printed in the Congressional Record:
Mr. President, I rise today to honor Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1674 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas on its 75th anniversary.
Chartered November 10, 1940, the post was named in honor of Levi Douthit, a WWI veteran.
As a member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I understand the importance of acknowledging the bravery and valor of the men and women who fought in defense of our country, as well as those who continue to serve. Men like Levi Douthit, and members of VFW Post 1674, set their personal lives aside to fight for our country. This post recognizes the service, sacrifice and courage of fellow veterans and continues to offer aid and assistance to those who served our nation in uniform.
As participants in the Buddy Poppy program, members support the Veteran’s Relief Fund. They serve veterans in and around Siloam Springs who need help with daily basic needs and transportation to VA health centers for medical treatments.
Members continue their dedication to the community offering scholarships to students, teaching flag etiquette and as partners with Kind at Heart Ministries of Siloam Springs, helping build wheelchair ramps for veterans.
The importance of Post 1674 to the community was apparent when more than a decade ago, a lack of membership and financial troubles nearly forced its closure. Businessmen helped raise support in the community and kept its doors open.
I congratulate VFW Post 1674 on its 75th anniversary. I wish Commander Frank Lee and the 163 members who served in U.S. engagements since WWII the best of luck and many more years of camaraderie, service and investment in the community.