Letter to the Editor: Now is time to help VFW Post 1860


We were reminded by a Northern Virginia Daily article of the catastrophic loss of the VFW Post 1860 building to fire about a year ago, placing the post at risk for losing its charter.

This denied our veterans, including those hospitalized and wounded, access to a facility that provided onsite and offsite support. Services included breakfast and refreshments, entertainment, hospital visiting programs, personal and family support, all accomplished with minimal funding. The local Elks Club has since provided some facility support, but much still depends on regaining the VFW 1860 facility. The local post cannot yet afford to rebuild.

The time has come for our community to support those who served while enjoying music, food and fun for all ages. A group of local veterans and concerned citizens have conceived a plan to help replace this lost oasis and reach out to other groups supporting our veterans – the first Virginia Freedom Festival, to be held at the Warren County Fairgrounds on July 2-3.

National and local musical artists from all genres have joined in, including Larry Gatlin, Jimmy Fortune, Scythian, Lisa Meadows, Woody James, Five of a Kind, Martin Family Circus, Danny Figgins, Richard/Elvis Parker, Where’s Lenny, Heavenly Notes and others. Screen star Amazing Grace the Mule and her assistant Steve Foster will entertain.  A car and motorcycle show is included in the event.

The Virginia Freedom Festival will benefit VFW Post 1860, Disabled American Veterans, Fisher House, Able Forces and Habitat for Heroes. Direct donations to rebuild VFW Post 1860 will be accepted at the event, or can be made at the post’s website. Please come, and bring friends and family.

Col. and Mrs. William Hammack, USMC, retired, Front Royal