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 History of Ulysses G. Buzzard Memorial, VFW Post 12130 Cebu, Philippines                                          

images (6)     Post 12130 was founded in honor of Ulysses G.Buzzard Medal of Honor recipient of the Spanish-American War At El Caney, Cuba, 1 July 1898 for actions which earned him this prestigious honor.  SGT Buzzard is buried in the Cebu Veterans Memorial Park, Labangon, Cebu.

16 February 2013 VFW Post 12130 was activated. Alex Roese was the first commander.

26 March 2013 VFW Post 12130 participated in the Talisay landing ceremony, Talisay Cebu. Commander Alex Roese, sat on the stage with other VIP’s that included Talisay City Mayor, Vice Governor of Cebu, Congressman Gullas, several Philippine military commanders and the senior consular agent of the United States for Cebu. The Commander and the senior consular agent raised the US flag at the ceremony.

Memorial Day 2013, several Post members and their wives participated in ceremonies at Ulysses G. Buzzard’s gravesite.  Flowers emplaced at the gravesite. Seventy US flags were placed on the American graves in the cemetery.

In June 2013 Alex Roese was reelected as Commander.

In June 2013 District 3 Korea) hosted the Department of Pacific Areas annual convention in Cebu. Post members assisted District 3 convention members.

On July 4th 2013 several members and their wives participated at the 4th of July ceremony hosted by The Philippine/American Chamber of Commerce at the Radisson Blue hotel Cebu.

October 20, 2013 several Post members and their wives traveled to Palo, Leyte to participate in the Leyte Landing ceremony.

On Thanksgiving Day 2013, several Post members and their wives joined members of the Retiree Activity Office Cebu for a Thanksgiving dinner.

26 March 2014 VFW Post 12130 participated in the Talisay landing ceremony, Talisay Cebu. Commander Alex Roese, sat on the stage with other VIP’s that included Talisay City Mayor, Vice Governor of Cebu, several Philippine military commanders and the senior consular agent of the United States for Cebu. The Commander and the senior consular agent raised the US flag at the ceremony.

Memorial Day 2014, several Post members and their wives participated in ceremonies at Ulysses G. Buzzard’s gravesite.  Flowers emplaced at the gravesite. Seventy US flags were placed on the American graves in the cemetery. The post members were joined by 25 US Navy Seabee’s cleaning up the cemetery and cutting grass. Afterward the Post members took the Seabee’s to a sports bar and restaurant and fed them and they played pool and darts.

In June 2014 Alex Roese was reelected as Commander.

On July 4th 2014 several members and their wives participated at the 4th of July ceremony hosted by The Philippine/American Chamber of Commerce at the Marco Polo hotel Cebu. Several of the Navy Seabee’s received gratis tickets from the VFW Post and Phil Am Chamber of Commerce and attended also.

October 20, 2014 several Post members and their wives traveled to Palo, Leyte to participate in the Leyte Landing ceremony.

On Thanksgiving Day 2014 several Post members and their wives joined members of the Retiree Activity Office Cebu for a Thanksgiving dinner.

December 2014 Life Member Ray Shackelford aka Santa Ray and several members of the post and their wives distributed Christmas gifts, fruits and candies to the pediatric wards of two hospitals to bring some holiday cheer.

26 March 2015 VFW Post 12130 participated in the Talisay landing ceremony, Talisay Cebu. District 7 Commander John Gilbert, sat on the stage with other VIP’s that included Talisay City Mayor, Vice Governor of Cebu, several Philippine military commanders and the senior consular agent of the United States for Cebu. The District 7 Commander and the senior consular agent raised the US flag at the ceremony.

27 March 2015 VFW Post 12130 and the Americal Division Veterans Association dedicated a monument in Tabogon/Ilihan Cebu marking the site where over 9800 Japanese surrendered on August 28, 1945. The monument was a joint project between the VFW Post 12130 and the Americal Division Veterans Association.

In June 2015 Michael Tierney was elected as Commander of VFW Post 12130. VFW Post 12130 earned All State recognition for the 2014-2015 VFW year while Alex Roese was Commander.



THE BIG PICTURE
The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for the, and they were left to care for themselves.
 
In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000. 

Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. 

From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.

The Philippine Islands are part of the Department of the Pacific and has five Posts as follows

124              Baguio City            FaceBook

2485            Angeles City          FaceBook

9982            La Union                FaceBook

11447          Subic Bay               FaceBook

12130          Cebu City               FaceBook

You need to be a US Citizen to me a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America - if there are any Filipino's that have been either born in the United States, or Naturalized then they are eligible for membership if they meet other qualifications.  There is an organization in the Philippines and in Cebu City and surrounding areas - Veterans of Foreign Wars of the Philippines.  Although they are not members of our Post and no one in our Post is members of theirs - we do interact together to celebrate anniversaries such as Landings in Leyte and Talisay City.

 If you are looking for a place to hang out try the Time Out Bar (our Post Home). Owned by two Guys one American (Mike) and one Canadian (Tom). Mike is career military retired - You will find many Americans and other expats there.



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