Since 1920, the mission of VFW Post 464 has remained the same–to serve local veterans and their families in the community any way they can. As they celebrate 100 years, they are looking back at the history of how their post began, and looking forward to many more years of serving the community.
“The VFW would not have survived 100 years in Oil City if it were not for our community,” said Post Commander Jason Reed.
Some of the many ways the VFW serves veterans and their families include distributing poppies, teaching the community about the flag and history of our country, and holding Memorial Day and Veterans Day services.
Jason shared history about the VFW, including information about the meeting at City Council on July 8, 1920, for the purpose of organizing a post of the VFW, followed by the establishing of the first officers of the organization. Much of this was published in a book by Derrick Publishing Company in 1946 called History of the Francis B. Prichard Post 464 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States 1920-1945.
Congratulations to VFW Post 464 on celebrating 100 years! The VFW will be hosting a members only celebration in September.
This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s September 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.