Service members and veterans show their patriotism during a ceremony on the square.

-File photo by John Coffelt

The Manchester, Tennessee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10904 has again been awarded both AllState and the coveted All-American Post titles.

The post was awarded All-American Post for the second year in a row; and All-State Post for the third year in a row. The VFW All-American Award goes to top posts globally and recognizes posts achieving the most for veterans, their families and the communities they serve. They are considered the best of the best. Competing against 646 posts of similar size, a post must be in the top 25.

Only five of the 91 VFW posts in Tennessee received the title. Scoring is based on a variety of criteria: including new membership enrollments, community involvement and service to local veterans. VFW Manchester finished in 12th place, putting them in the top half of award recipients.

VFW Post Commander, retired Navy Chief Kim King, said, “I’m proud and honored to work with veterans, and their families, who continue to serve our country and our community in a variety of ways. I feel truly blessed to be a part of an organization that provides so much, is 100% voluntary and achieves so much.”

A roundup of the awards includes:  

~ VFW National All American Award for 2019-2020

~Department of TN All State Post (third year in a row)

~ Community Service, third place in the State (third year in a row)

~ Membership Award (third year in a row)

~ VFW National Teacher’s Award to Jim Dobson, Westwood Middle School

~ All State Post Quartermaster’s Award to Howard Thompson (second year in a row)

“I could not be more proud of our Post and its members. In our state there are 91 posts we compete against,” King said.

“Nationally, there are over 6,500 posts. What a wonderful achievement for Manchester.

“And as of Saturday, our new Department of TN State Commander is now Richard Lee. A very fine man.”

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