Fountain VFW post celebrates 75 years
Last updated 8/4/2021 at 10:08am
While 2020's COVID regulations presented challenges to everyone, it was particularly hard for veteran groups like VFW Post 6461 (753 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Fountain). Steven Bustamente, who recently became commander of the post, reflected on how glad he was when the post reopened its doors.
"Things are looking a lot better," Bustamente said. "Now that we're open, there's no more restrictions, I'm glad that we're finally getting back to being able to do business, and getting back to helping veterans."
One of the great benefits of being open is hosting events, and the post has something big planned: on Saturday, Aug. 14, it will have its 75th anniversary celebration. The event will be admission free and open to the public, although food vendors may charge for food (Bustamente is hoping to raise enough money to give a free lunch). Festivities will start Friday evening and continue through Saturday. Most of the festivities will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and will include a raffle, a roast pig and a number of local vendors.
"Instead of just doing an annual picnic type of thing, we're kind of out there more to just have fun," Bustamante said. "We're pretty much just going to have a party all day long on Aug. 14."
Vendors will include local food and drink suppliers like Wackadoo Brewing, but also local companies that provide other products that may interest veterans, as well as veterans groups seeking to connect with new members.
"We've heard back from the local CBD store in town talking to veterans about how CBD can really help with inflammation and can help some of the soldiers with lower back pain," Bustamente said. "We're going to have TREA – The Retired Enlisted Association – Chapter 1 there, Disgruntled Vets will be there, Vision Valkyries and Irreverent Warriors are going to be there."
There are also plans for family attractions and shout-outs to other civic organizations.
"We're going to have events for the children – we're looking to get a clown out here to do some face painting and some balloon animals," Bustamente said. "We've asked the fire department and the Fountain police to show up, because we want to be active in our community and we want to support those that support our community."
To donate to VFW Post 6461, visit their office at 753 S. Santa Fe Ave. or call 719-382-7957. Find out more by going to vfwpost6461.org or facebook.com/VFW6461.