FAIRFIELD, NJ — Wearing his Dress Blues uniform to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, United States Marine Veteran and Commander of Fairfield VFW Post 7925 Brian Gallagher held a three-hour silent salute to raise funds for the VFW, which was forced to close due to the pandemic.

According to the commander, VFW Post 7925 has lost thousands in hall rentals, the local VFW’s primary source of income, since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. He noted that Post 7925 has been a cornerstone in the Fairfield community and its veterans over the past 48 years, but will be forced to shut down without additional funding.

"As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many to postpone major events for the foreseeable future, I refuse to believe that any crisis can cancel a time to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Gallagher. "We all know the sweet taste of freedom, but imagine not having it at all. It is provided to us from those who were willing to die for it. However, we cannot allow a pandemic to stop us from honoring our military heroes."

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In order to honor the holiday while also raising funds to offset the loss of revenue, Gallagher stood with fellow veterans retired Army Sgt. Major Marco Chavez and Det. Steven D’Argenio at the base of the flag. 

“You can give respect to our fallen any day of the week, but Memorial Day is when we truly set aside that time to honor and reflect the sacrifices of those Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who gave their lives for our great nation,” said Gallagher. 

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