BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  The VFW Post 6259 of Berkeley Heights is preparing for the Second Annual Berkeley Heights Town Bar-B-Que, Saturday, September 14, 1 to 7 p.m. at 15 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights (Raindate: September 15).  For information and to get tickets call Walter Gloss at (908)322-4356.  

Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for youth ages 8-14 and children under 8 are free. Along with the pig roast, they will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, bratwurst, corn on the cob, mixed salad, cole slaw, baked beans, potato salad, watermelon, soda, water and beer. Activities are planned to entertain the entire family including Children’s Activities, Dunk Tank, Disc Jockey,  Horseshoe Tournament, Budweiser Girls Beer Tent,  and Great Door Prize Giveaways.

Post commander Walter Gloss, who has been a member for seven years and the commander for three, said they are planning their second attempt for a community affair of this type.  Mayor Joseph Bruno approached him two years ago to hold a picnic for the community. The VFW ran with the suggestion and threw a bunch of pigs into the mix and knew it would be a great time for all.  The goal for the barbecue is to create a community-oriented event while giving back.

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The members of the VFW Post 6259 will be working hard and enjoying every minute watching the community come together.   The event serves a more meaningful purpose to the post, with proceeds going towards the "Buddy Poppy" fund.  This fund is devoted exclusively to ailing veterans rehabilitation and welfare and are in a separate "Relief  Fund" that must be utilized for their aid only.  The VFW Post 6259 is also setting up a yearly college scholarship for Governor Livingston High School.   

The VFW Post 6259 supports the Lyons VA hospital in Basking Ridge where there are veterans with head and brain injuries that have to live there the rest of their lives. Gloss, along with some of his fellow VFW Post 6259 members, visit there often, bringing them food and holding parties.  They also supported the Townships' recent  "Avenue of the Patriots" initiative, US Flags are flown from VFW Post 6259 along Springfield Avenue commemorating our true patriots.  

“We try to help them,” Goss said. “We want to give back to the community. We support the town and the town is trying to support us."

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) - Post 6259 of Berkeley Heights has been in existence since 1946.  Its members are military veterans who did tour of duty in a combat zone during the following conflicts:  World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq  and Afghanistan.  The VFW is a service organization that provides service to the community and aids current veterans, their widows and orphans.