FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield VFW Post 7925, located at 45 Plymouth Street, is hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday at noon to honor fallen service members.
The Post recently appointed new Commander Brian Gallagher, a former Marine who served in the first Gulf War and Somalia. Gallagher who has been actively revitalizing the aging Fairfield Post will be on hand Monday to lead services and discuss his plans for attracting new veterans as well as positioning the VFW as a strong hub in the community through facilitating college scholarship programs from the VFW for local residents and other Veteran related initiatives.
Fairfield Township Council members will also be in attendance on Monday along with local clergy and senior officials from Fairfield’s fire and police departments. The Fairfield Police Department's honor guard will be present for the ceremonial service as well.
"While other posts around the nation have been consolidating or closing, I have been doing my best to breath new life into this Post as a flagship for others to follow," said Gallagher.
Within a few months of joining the Post, Gallagher has refreshed the hall, its bathrooms and bar and has future plans to modernize with assistance from local volunteers and companies such as Alessandra Custom Cabinets, Krowne Metal Corporation, Bay Roofing and Any Excuse for a Party.
“As Fairfield is such a tight community, it doesn’t surprise me how many of its residents and local businesses are so eager and willing to help the Veteran community,” said Gallagher. “Without a doubt, we have a long road ahead of us. But these local businesses have stepped up and their assistance goes beyond measure."
Another local organization, the Fairfield UNICO chapter, recently held a fundraiser through a "Vegas Night"-style card game for the VFW Post and other charitable organizations.
Gallagher said funds that were raised during the event will be specifically earmarked for refurbishing the facility and bring the nearly half-century old building into a more modern state. He also plans to initiate programs that not only serve today’s Veteran that is more purpose-driven but to be of service to Fairfield and the surrounding community.
Future plans for this summer at 45 Plymouth Street include a “Suits for Soldiers” event in June, where high-quality, gently worn suits donated by Ameriprise of Fairfield will be distributed to Veterans who are seeking employment; an Open House to inform parents of college-bound students about a $30,000 College Scholarship fund from the VFW; as well as comedy and live music events.
“Veterans aren’t looking to sit with idle hands," said Gallagher. "They are seeking opportunities to help enrich each other and their communities. The VFW has a proud history and its latest generation has the responsibility to maintain its course. My mission is to keep a forward momentum for this Post and make it a viable hub for our Vets and local members of the community."