FAIRFIELD, NJ — To help celebrate its 75th year in the community, Fairfield Memorial VFW Post 7925 has created a community brick drive to construct a new walkway at its post called “Freedom Path.”
Scheduled for an unveiling on Memorial Day, Freedom Path will be a brick and paver walkway to honor both the Fairfield community and its Veterans. Donors can have their family name or the name of a Veteran they wish to honor engraved on a brick which will be used to construct the walkway.
Freedom Path is the first stage of a plan to reintroduce VFW Post 7925 and its mission to the community.
“The VFW exists as an advocate for Veteran initiatives and to serve the community where it resides. Our Post was originally chartered in 1946 and has been in Fairfield since 1974. In that time, it’s been a mainstay in Fairfield through hosting community events and assisting those in need,” said Brian Gallagher, commander of Fairfield Post 7925.
“We love giving back to the community as Fairfield has always been there for us when we were in need. Each brick of this new walkway symbolizes the strength of our residents and how amazing things can happen when we come together,” Gallagher said.
Once constructed, the walkway is open to all visitors who wish to walk the grounds and locate their brick. The members of VFW Post 7925 envision the facility as a place for the residents to enjoy their contribution to the community. Additionally, it will help recognize local residents who have served our nation.
“Donors have also submitted names of Veterans who served in the military, and it’s nice for them to be recognized in this fashion,” said retired Army Sergeant Major, Marco Chavez who is also a member of Post 7925.
“Ultimately, I would like local educators to think of the VFW Post as a destination for field trips to help educate students about what Veterans do and how they continue to serve after they depart the military. This new walkway will help us tell the story of those who served that live in our community and are among the wonderful people who make Fairfield such a great place to live,” added Chavez.
To buy an engraved brick with your family name or the name of a Veteran, orders can be placed online at www.vfwpost7925.org. To make the Memorial Day unveiling, brick orders must be placed no later than Friday, April 23. Orders can also be placed in person at the VFW located at 45 Plymouth Street on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.