VFW post 8495 has the honor of organizing and leading a parade through the Fairport village to honor our members and other local veterans who have passed away during the preceding year.
Buddy Poppy. Before Memorial Day in 1922, we conducted our first poppy distribution, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as it remains today.
Coming home doesn't mean the battle is over. With over 10 times the amount of veterans lost to suicide than to combat operations in the same time period, there has never been a more important time to TAKE A STAND and DO something to support our veterans!! If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, we have people that have shared a similar experience and are ready to help.
VFW Post 8495 was chartered in 1946 by a group of returning WWII veterans and has become the largest group of combat veterans in Monroe County. Membership in our post - as in any other VFW post - is limited to those who were awarded an approved campaign ribbon or combat action badge listed in the bylaws of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
"Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
"The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude."
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask you can do for your country.