Veterans of Foreign Wars
Lake Minnetonka VFW Post 5919
PO Box 513
Excelsior, Mn. 55331

email:vfw5919@yahoo.com

Some still serve!
Welcome to our world, home of veterans,
on mission  for God and Country!
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Who Are We ?
Veterans still proud to wear the uniform and bonded to preserve
camaraderie.
Now united in strength to support all veterans and the Lake
Minnetonka community
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What We Do?
Provide care, benefits and support to veterans/families across the
street and around the world.
Provide programs and services to Lake Minnetonka community that
fosters patriotism.

Remember?
We had no expectations but to serve where duty called.
We asked for no reward except a nation's thanks.
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FORTITUDE & LOYALTY
This website is:
Dedicated to those who were vigilant so we could rest,
Who gave everything that we may thrive,
Who are silent that we may breathe free.
We honor you, veterans of USA.

This VFW Post is:
Politically incorrect. We say Merry Christmas, God bless
America, we salute our flag and give thanks to our troops
and first responders.  If this offends you, leave this
website ASAP.

In God we trust.
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"Not for themselves,
but for their country"
Welcome Home, Veteran
"We leave you our deaths, now give them meaning"
                               Memorial Day - 2018

The tradition of honoring those who have fallen in battle goes back thousands
of years.   Ancient Greeks and Romans held annual days of remembrance each
year decorating graves with flowers and holding public festivals and feasts in
their honor.   Our Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) began with a desire
to honor the 500,000+ who died in the Civil War.   It was officially proclaimed on
5 May 1868 by General John Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Union veterans
group known as the Grand Army of the Republic (VFW and American Legion of
his day),   In his General Order to the posts, he designated for the purpose of
strewing with the choicest flowers of springtime, or otherwise decorating the
graves of veterans who died in defense of their country and whose bodies now
lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. We should
guard their graves with sacred vigilance and let pleasant paths invite the coming
and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of
time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten
as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

Since the Civil War we have added to the ranks of those killed in battle and
whose sacrifice we come to honor today: 117,000 in WWI -- 405,000 in WWII –
54,000 in Korea – 90,000 in Vietnam – 1,600 in the Gulf War and to date 6,800
in the Global War on Terrorism. In total 1.1 million battle deaths in all US wars.   
If laid end to end their grave markers would create a continuous path from the
northern most tip of Minnesota to the Iowa border.   1.1 million people standing
hand to hand would make a human chain from Duluth MN, to Atlanta GA.

John Kennedy once said “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces
but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” We now perform this
symbolic funeral with military honors to remember and honor the 1.1 million
along with as the tradition has evolved those loved ones who have departed our
ranks.