Meeker holds Memorial Day events Monday

MEEKER I The VFW, American Legion, and their Auxiliaries would like to invite everyone to attend the Memorial Day ceremony at the Fifth Street Bridge on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. Then please follow us up to the cemetery for another ceremony honoring our veterans.

Patriot Award presented…


Jim Stanko, right, the ESGR chairman for Northwest Colorado, presented Rio Blanco County Sheriff Anthony Mazzola with a Patriot Award on Monday evening at the Meeker VFW Hall. The ESGR is a Department of Defense office established to promote cooperation and understanding between military Reserve/National Guard members and their civilian employers, fostering a culture in […]

American Legion members can join with Meeker VFW

MEEKER I The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security and continued devotion to […]

Veteran services to be provided at Meeker’s new VFW home

MEEKER I On March 26, Dr. David Hildebrandt of the Grand Junction Veteran Center visited Meeker VFW Post No. 584 to evaluate the feasibility of providing ongoing counseling for Meeker veterans. The new VFW is located at 290 Fourth St.

Meeker VFW, Lions Club to share new home

MEEKER I Meeker VFW Post No. 5843, enabled through several generous donations, has purchased the former First Federal Savings and Loan bank building at 290 Fourth St. in Meeker. The building will be the new home of the VFW post and the Meeker Lions Club.

Meeker VFW…

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The Meeker VFW Women’s Auxiliary led a Veterans Day service in front of the Veterans Memorial statue in front of the Rio Blanco County Courthouse on Tuesday morning despite frigid temperatures. VFW Auxiliary President Vicki Crawford led the service, giving the history of Veterans Day, which started as Armistice Day to honor World War I […]

Scholarship opportunity…

Meeker Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall No. 5843 is taking part in the annual Voice of Democracy scholarship competition. Entry deadline is Nov. 1. The grand prize is $30,000. All high school students can apply. For more information, contact Meeker VFW Cmdr. David Cole at 970-878-5326 (home); 303-249-3700 (cell); or email Or contact Vicki […]

Still time to enter VFW ‘Voice of Democracy’ competition

MEEKER I Meeker Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall No. 5843 is one of the VFW halls nationally taking part in the organization’s annual Voice of Democracy scholarship competition for students nationally. This year’s topic is: “Why Veterans are important to our Nation’s History and Future,” and the competition has an entry deadline of Nov. 1.

Chamber award…


Several Meeker residents representing the Meeker Chamber of Commerce and the Meeker VFW Post were in Fort Collins Sept. 11 to accept the award for the “Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial,” which won the Best Small Town Public Space Project in a statewide contest sponsored by Downtown Colorado Inc., and the Governor’s Awards for Downtown […]

VFW No. 5843 has long parade history

Meeker VFW Post No. 5843 will be leading Meeker’s Fourth of July Range Call Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, and the group is inviting any veterans from all of the U.S. Armed Forces to march or ride with the group. If any veteran needs to ride in the parade, the VFW will have several decorated golf carts available.

MEEKER I The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization traces its roots back to 1899, when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they […]

Letter to the Editor: Letter of thanks from Meeker VFW

Dear Editor: Thank you to the Meeker VFW Post 5843 for the wonderful memorial service at the bridge and cemetery.

VFW district meeting …

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Bruce Dolan (standing in dark coat), state commander of the Department of Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., was in Meeker last Saturday for a district meeting held at Kilowatt Corner.