Memorial Day tradition revived at VFW Post 5205


The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5205, a historic institution located at 8217 Germantown Ave, is inviting the community to celebrate Memorial Day in a classic way. 

Founded shortly after World War II, the Post continues to be a beacon of remembrance and camaraderie for veterans and their supporters. This Memorial Day, the VFW Post 5205 is reinstating a long-standing tradition that had been discontinued three years prior.

Memorial Day has always been marked by the Post with ceremonies at three war memorials, followed by a casual open lunch, consisting of sandwiches, at the VFW Post. Due to significant remodeling and reconfigurations over the past few years, the Post now occupies the lower level of the historic building, accessible via the stairs on the right.

The day will begin at 11:00 am at Buckley Park, at the corner of Hartwell Lane and Germantown Ave, paying tribute to Vietnam Veterans. The commemoration will then proceed to the World War II Memorial, adjacent to the Water Tower at Southampton Avenue and Ardleigh Street, and will conclude at the World War I Memorial at Mermaid Lane and Germantown Avenue.

Post-member Steve Kurtz, a familiar face in the business community, is among the many who will be welcoming attendees back for the post-ceremony gathering. The lunch is quite casual, usually comprising sandwiches and drinks, and offers an excellent opportunity for neighbors to engage with Post members and each other.

Mark your calendars for May 29, as the Chestnut Hill VFW Post 5205 is eager to revive this cherished tradition, reinforcing the spirit of unity and remembrance on this significant day.