The U.S. Army is made up of the most dedicated, most respected soldiers in the world. These soldiers protect America's Freedoms while serving at home and abroad, and they are always prepared to defend the nation in times of need.
We are soldiers of the sea, providing forces and detachments to naval ships and shore operations. We are global leaders, developing expeditionary doctrine and innovations that set the example, and leading other countries' forces and agencies in the multinational military operations. These unique capabilities make us "First to Fight", and our nations first line of defense.
America's Navy is a force as relevant today as it's been historically significan for the last 238 years. The times may change, the threats may become more obscure, the complex nature of 21st century life may make the demand for such presence less obvious. However, now more than ever, the Navy is something to be aware of Something to be thankful for. Something to be proud of.
Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: developing airmen, technology to war fighting and integrating operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible.
We protect the personal safety and security of our people; the marine transportation system and infrastructure; our natural and economic resources; and the territorial integrity of our nation-from both internal and external threats, natural and man-made.
Commander's Challenge February 2021 Commander-in-Chief Hal Roesch has laid down a challenge to all VFW Posts for the month of February 2021! This month is one where we all focus on love and commitment, and so weíre challenging our Posts to get our members to make a Lifetime commitment to the VFW by becoming Life Members! For this monthís Commanderís Challenge, the top Post in each Division with the highest total of new Life members, meaning a new, continuous, or lapsed member paying the full Life Membership dues will receive a $1000 award deposited into their Post account. In addition, if the top Post also shares this challenge on your Posts Facebook page, they will receive an additional $250 award! Get the word out and letís increase our Life Membership! We want to see our Posts reaching out to our members and working hard to show that we are an active and progressive organization that has 20/20 VISION FOR VETERANS! This contest will compare the Postís total members reinstated from close of business January 31st through close of business on February 28th. Members processed through the Online Membership System before close of business will be processed that day; membership applications sent in via fax or mail will be processed when received. To view the current standings, click here.
A Brief History of CaptainStephen T. Schoonmaker Post 1429,
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
The Post was instituted in the basement of St. Anastasia's Church, February 23rd., 1926.
Late in 1926 a resolution was passed calling upon the Township Committee to appoint a Patriotic Observance Committee, which Committee was approved and has taken charge of all official holiday observances since. Teaneck's Independence Day observance under the supervision of this committee has attracted the largest assemblages of citizens for several years, gathering anywhere in the county.
In 1927 through the co-operation of the Township Committee, the Plaza at the Municipal Building was officially named Veterans Plaza at the request of Schoonmaker Post.
The same year through the co-operation of local developers streets were name in honor of Dr. James Wallage Beveridge, first member of the Post to pass to his eternal reward; Captain Stephen T. Schoonmaker; and several local boys who had been killed in action during the World War. These streets are in Argonne Park.
In 1928 the Post erected a memorial and planted a tree on the municipal grounds in honor of Dr. Beveridge. Each year thereafter a ceremonial has been conducted at this monument on Memorial Day, Armistice Day and other memorial occasions.
April 6th., 1929, Captain Stephen T. Schoonmaker Post dedicated the monumental flag staff at the new Teaneck High School, in the presence of leading citizens of Bergen County.
In February 1930, the Post dedicated its present Clubhouse, the most outstanding landmore in the Township of Teaneck.
Each year, it will be seen, Captain Stephen T. Schoonmaker Post No. 1429, Veterans of Foreign Wars, has essayed some work of a patriotic and lasting nature.
In addition to community patriotic endeavors, the Post has since its institution maintained a Relief Fund. This fund has been supported by poppy sales prior to Memorial Day. Over one thousand dollars has been expended for veteran relief under the administration of members of the Post.
The Post has participated actively in State and National Encampments and has been honored by elective recognition, in the County, State and Nation. It has promoted Patriotic contests; Scout and School patriotic endeavors.
A Post Bed has been maintained since 1928 for the combined use of the Post and Ladies Auxiliary, at Holy Name Hospital. This fund is raised and maintained independetly of the Relief Fund. The latter fund is administered without regard to affiliation with the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A Ladies Auxiliary was formed May 21st., 1926, and this unit has been associated in every subsequent activity of the Post.
...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.
WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. - William Shakespeare
A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.