Pictures of Bogota VFW post attendance at the opening ceremony and the next day of the Traveling Vietnam Wall on May 19th and 20th. The reading of the names on the Traveling Vietnam Wall in the order of each town in Bergen County will be read again on Saturday at 3 pm and on Sunday also at 3 pm. Viewing of the wall ends on Monday May 23rd 2016 at 4 pm at which time the wall will be dismantled and on its way to the night site in another state in the rotation. The last time this wall was in New Jersey was at Bridgewater in 2011.
Drone aerial and night views of the Traveling Vietnam Wall before leaving on May 23rd 2016 for Massachusetts.
Use the arrows at the end of each picture to move between each picture.
Thanks to Al Hermann, Joe Krause, Joe Carnevale, Jerry Gaimo, Dave Howard, and the Commander for their help in the Poppy Drive. Monies collected from this drive are used to assist Veterans in need and the programs that assist them.
A shout out to Sue Tassy for lending us her convertible.
During the morning cermony, Post Commander Alex Hernandez was the Master of Ceremonies, while Post Senior Vice Al Hermann read his Vietnam Poem and Post Chaplain Aroch Bolanos assisted American Legion Commander Walter Croft in honoring and announcing the deceased Veterans of Bogota in each war.
Food and Beverages provided by the Bogota VFW in conjunction with the Bogota American Legion at our post,
Thanks for the help that Associate Member Bill Puntasecca provided to prepare for after the parade.
Click on image for background on the VFW Buddy Poppy:
YouTube Video of 2016 Memorial Day morning Ceremony at Bogota City Hall.
Video courtesy of Bergen Audio Visual
Academic Achievement Awards were provided to students of Steen and Bixby Schools on 21 and 22 June 2016 by VFW members Alex Hernandez and Alan Hermann. Photos by Joe Krause.
Present on August 3rd 2016 from the Bogota VFW were Judge Advocate Chris Bauer, Adjutant Alex Hernandez, and Post Chaplain Aroch Bolanos at a ceremony at the Hackensack Court House celebrating that Bergen County is the first County in New Jersey to have attained zero homelessness for veterans.
Chris and Aroch were a major factor in finding jobs and a living arrangement for those veterans. Video to the right is part of ceremony.
Pic of Al Thomas'
Son in attendance.
PICTURES OF PAST POST COMMANDER AL THOMAS HOME RE-DEDICATION
PICTURES AT CNBC STUDIO
ENTRANCE WHEN POST
MEMBERS WERE INVITED
TO SPECIAL SHOW OF
JIM CRAMER MAD MONEY,
DEDICATED TO VETERANS.
AWARDS FOR CITIZEN OF
YEAR AND YOUNG
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
GIVEN TO WALTER CROFT
AND THERESA ARGUETA
BY THE VFW AND AUXILIARY
DURING OUR 2016 VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
Council President John Mitchell and Counsilwoman Anna Ferris spoke
Photos of Christmas and Holiday party for D Company, 2nd Brigade, 113th Infantry on December 4th 2016 in the lower level of the Bogota VFW
TRAINING PROVIDED AT BOTH TEANECK ARMORY AND LODI ARMORY BY POST ADJUTANT AS THE AREA DOD ESGR OFFICER IN BERGEN ON DECEMBER 3RD, 2016.
Loyalty Day for 2017 was honored on Monday May 1st. The Commander Alex Hernandez and the Past Commander Alan Herrmann spoke. Nicole Occhiogrosso from Bogota Trinity Church sang a song titled "America Beautiful". The first three winners of the Patiots Pen essay for this year from Saint Josephs Academy are Mateo Orachena (6th grade), Colette Roche (7th grade) and Danielle Naham (8th grade). The winner of the Patriots Pen for Bogota High School is Alexander Rojas and for the Voice of Democracy is Joanna Garcia. Congratulations to all the winners. Each deserved the $100 check for outstanding essays. A special thanks and recognition go to two honored guests, Mr. Kennedy, principle for Bogota High School, and Ms. Scarano, Principle for Saint Joseph's Academy. Audiovisual equipment was manned and operated by our Junior Vice Commander, Dave Howard, owner of Bergen Audio Visual, and photography was done by Stephen Mazza, owner of Mazza photos. Special thanks to these two gentlemen and all in attendance.
As we walk through Arlington National Cemetery for the interment of First Lieutenant William Ryan, the loss of this then young man from Bogota, New Jersey, and all the men and women that lay under the white headstones at the cemetery, reverberate the thought that Freedom is not free. How many hopes, dreams, and bright futures are cut short in order for our country to be free?
Yesterday, exactly 48 years ago, on May 11th, 1969, 1st Lt. William Ryan, known to his friends and fellow pilots as Rhino, lost his life when his F4 Phantom jet was shot down over Laos. The pilot who was in the forward cockpit was able to eject out of the plane, and during the ceremony after his interment the pilot still questioned why Rhino was not able to eject from the falling plane. This may never be known. As Lt. Ryan's son, Michael, spoke near the end of the ceremony, having not only buried his father whose remains had been found only recently in Laos, but also burying his mother days before who succumbed to cancer, and two weeks prior to this doing the same for the man who bought him up after his father died at age 2, his stepfather who had also died. Three tragedies within a few weeks. Michael Ryan had the strength and courage to speak to the large gathering that day, May 10th 2017, to speak to over 250 people that were in attendance. Both Lt Ryan's brothers and Michael were presented with certificates of appreciation by the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial Committee. Friends, such as one fellow that use to play football with the Lt. when they were in High School, many family, and fellow pilots and acquaintances of the Lt. Ryan's family, were in attendance. Past VFW Post Commander Alan Herrmann, current Commander Alexander Hernandez, current American Legion Commander Walter Croft, and Stephen Mazzella from the Bogota Blog were in attendance.
Attached find pictures of the interment and the ceremony that followed
UPCOMING BRIDGE OPENING EVENT OF THE LT. WILLIAM RYAN MEMORIAL BRIDGE APRIL 21ST, 2018
PICTURES OF OUR LOYALTY DAY CEREMONY MAY OF 2017
Great effort by four members of the Bogota VFW to raise money for Veterans' needs through the Poppy Drive 2018. Thank you Joe Krause, Gerry Gaimo, and Alan Herrmann for making this program possible.
The American Flag along with the 5 service flags and the POW/MIA flag are up on the bridge that travels over Route 80 on Palisade Avenue between Bogota and Ridgefield Park. This was accomplished thanks to the help of Augie Cabrera, Jim Lyons, Joel Karpoff, and Joe Krause, along with myself .