The VFW Joseph R Rose Post 7635 in Gustine marked their 75th anniversary with a special dinner and ceremony to thank all the veterans and volunteers that have made the local organization thrive for so many decades.
“Back when we veterans were serving, we had the support of our friends and family and community,” Mel Soares, the Post Commander said to the guests. “Nothing has changed. We still serve and you still support us and for that we can’t thank you enough.”
The post was named in honor of Corporal Joseph G. Rose, U.S. Army, 32nd Division, Company H, who was the first serviceman from Gustine to give his life in World War II. He was killed while on active duty May 29, 1943, on Attu, Aleutian Islands, according to the Gustine Historical Society.
Over the decades, the VFW has become very active in Gustine. The Post places flags around Gustine for certain holidays, sells fireworks for the Fourth of July, provides colors and marches in local parades, Place flags and crosses on the graves of veterans at Hills Ferry Cemetery and helps with the Memorial Day program, present an annual Veterans Day program, donate flags to non-profits and retire old flags, the Honor Guard provides service at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery and other cemeteries, offer scholarships for local students, carry out various VFW and American Legion programs for veterans, and maintain the VFW Hall.
To help mark the occasion of the 75th anniversary, the VFW, along with District 13 Commandeer Mike Cearly, presented a special 75th Diamond Jubilee award to the nieces of Corporal Joseph G. Rose.
Additionally, the ceremony honored those individuals who have been members of the VFW for 50 or more years and to the past commanders.