The October 31st deadline for the VFW's Teacher of the Year award is rapidly approaching!
The contest is our way of recognizing teachers who go above and beyond to instill the values of civic responsibility and patriotism into their student’s daily lives. Each year, a classroom elementary, middle, and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics — for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment — can be nominated. For example, do you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall or organizes community volunteer projects? Maybe you know an instructor who invites veterans into the classroom to discuss their military experiences. Perhaps you are familiar with a teacher who fosters the development of democratic values and beliefs through special projects.
If you are interested in nominating yourself, or a teacher you know for this contest, simply submit your nomination form to our Post by Oct. 31. We’ll reach out to the teacher to do the rest. If you like, you can include a short summary (350 words or less) to explain why you feel the nominee should be selected.
For additional information about our program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.uptonvfw.org/TeacheroftheYear.
The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen student essay competition deadlines are approaching fast. Make sure to get your essays in by October 31.
VFW's Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Competition - for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, essay topic is "What is Patriotism to Me?". Top National prize is $5,000.
VFW's Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Competition - for students in the grades 9-12 audio essay topic is "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?". Top National prize is $30,000.
Information on the competitions may be found on our website at www.uptonvfw.org/patriots-pen and www.uptonvfw.org/voice-of-democracy.
5k run, 1.4mi walk, & Kids Fun Run
Upton, MA – VFW Post 5594 is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Run to Remember 5K is going virtual for 2020! Participants will receive a race bib and gaiter and can engage in either a walk or run category. The Virtual Run to Remember will take place from Saturday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 11th.
According to Shawn Craig, Post Commander, "Like so many individuals, businesses, and non-profits, our Post has been greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19 and the CDC's social distancing recommendations. We were unable to bring the carnival to town last spring, and then had to significantly delay our weekly Cruise Nights this summer. It's these fundraisers alongside our hall rentals that support our community programs and services. I'm excited about going virtual as it opens the event to our family, friends, and others who may be living outside the area but still want to support our efforts."
Participants can register to run the 5K (3.1mi) or walk 2.25K (1.4mi). Kids get their own Virtual Fun Run (from a 50-yard dash up to 400 meters). The race honors all Active, Reserve, and Guard members and veterans who served our country in the past. Each participant is encouraged to wear the name of a veteran they wish to honor. Runners submit their times using the honor system. Prizes will be given (mailed) to 1st Place male and female 5K runners!
Please visit www.uptonvfw.org/5k for more details or to register online.
Upton, MA - VFW Post 5594 is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Run to Remember 5k will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The event begins at 9:00 AM, with registration from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. inside the VFW Post building, 15 Milford Street (Rte. 140), Upton, MA.
According to Shawn Craig, Post Commander, “The funds we raise support our Post home, events, and community programs. This can take many forms whether it’s our scholarship program for local high school seniors, or helping us provide a small gift during the holiday season to a veteran’s widow. In recent years we’ve sponsored a few slots at Camp Resilience in Gilford, NH to help the recovery of wounded warriors from Central MA.
The Run to Remember 5k race is a family friendly event open to all skill levels. Walkers are welcome on the 1.4 mile course, and children ages 2 – 10 are welcome for the Kids Fun Run. Awards will be presented after the completion of all events. The race honors all Active, Reserve, and Guard members and veterans who served our country in the past. Each participant will wear the name of a veteran they wish to honor; however, the Post will stand ready to provide names if the runner does not personally know a veteran.
Pre-registration is encouraged as the registration fee is $20 while the “day of race” registration price is $25. Onsite registration for the Kids Fun Run will be available from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on day of event. The Kids Fun Run starts at 9:45 a.m. Cost is $7 and every kid gets a medal!
Please visit www.uptonvfw.org/5k to pre-register online, download a registration form, or find more information.
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association MA 2-1 has organized a ride on Saturday, August 26, 2019.
0900 Registration at VFW Post 5594 located at 15 Milford St. (Rte. 140) in Upton, MA.
Come join your local Combat Vets on their annual Poker Run. This year's stops include:
Coffee and bagels to be provided by our VFW members. Donations to our Post welcome.
Pre-register at https://cvma2-1.org/our-rides/
Calling all Crafters, Artists and local Merchants. Let us know you're coming! Send us a picture or advertisement ahead of time and we'll post it to our Facebook site so people can see your work and know when you'll be onsite.
The George L. Wood Post 5594, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will hold a Flea Market and Craft Fair. The sale opens at 7 a.m. on the Post grounds along Route 140 in Upton. There is no scheduled Rain Date.
Tables will feature handmade crafts as well as other new and used items at low prices.
Dealer spaces are available for $10.00 and tables are $5.00 each. Dealer reservations are NOT required and Public Admission is Free so Come on Down!
If you were contemplating your own yard sale, consider the better option of securing a space at this event where more people will see your items and you will have the welcome company and conversations with others in a friendly atmosphere.
Coffee and doughnuts will be on sale early and hotdogs after 10 a.m. For additional information, call David Kennedy at (508) 529-3314.
Proceeds from the flea market and craft sale will be used for Post improvements.
Click here for downloadable PDF flyer.
George L. Wood Post 5594 was chartered on February 16, 1946. Today, the Post welcomes a new generation of combat veterans returning from overseas conflicts.