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You can find photos and articles that were previously featured on the front page of our website below:

Print for Wounded Warriors for Sale

Hopefully you remember the print that the Ladies Auxiliary had for sale during the Walk for Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors. We now have prints available for you to buy for the low price of $10.00. If you are interested in a print, please let Bonnie know, Hurry, at this price they won't last long!

Veterans POW-MIA Day Candlelight Service Friday, Sept. 19

Come join VFW Post 1463 and the Ladies Auxiliary as we pay tribute to all of our service men and women from all of our country's wars and conflicts who are still unaccounted for, as

 either POWs (Prisoners of War) or MIAs (Missing in Action).

Our candlelight service will be held in the gazebo in Lititz Springs Park on National POW-MIA Day, Friday, September 19 at 7 P.M. . . .(more)

Veterans Service Office at the Post

Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars Veterans Service Office will be at the post on Mondays from 1 to 6 p.m., starting September 8th, connecting veterans from all service eras and their loved ones with their eligible benefits and services.

For appointments call (717) 234-7927 and mention the Lititz VFW location. This outreach service is made possible through funding from The State of Pennsylvania’s Act 66 Grant Program.


Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest National Winner

The first place winner of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, Alessandra Levato, sponsored by Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1463, Lititz, PA, stands at the podium at the National Convention in St. Louis on July 22, 2014. “Ali” addressed the crowd of more than 1,000 auxiliary members and guests. She read the short essay that accompanied her winning entry and expressed thanks to everyone at Post 1463 who helped her achieve the prize of a $10,000 scholarship and gifts from the national auxiliary and National Madam President “Sissy” Borel. . . . . .(more).

2nd Successful Year for the Lititz Walk for PA Wounded Warriors

The Lititz Walk for PA Wounded Warriors was a major success with $9000 in sponsorsh

ip, registration and donations received.... and donations are still coming in.

Thanks to the community organization volunteers who helped put The Walk together, starting at the November 2013 meeting. The Lititz recCenter was the hub of all planning meetings, registration and follow-through of The Walk, so special thanks to . . . .(more).

Voice of Democracy Winners

Lititz Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post

 1463 hosted a breakfast for the Dept. of PA Voice of Democracy district winners on January 18. This is the second consecutive year Post 1463 has been selected to entertain the students during their awards weekend . . .(more)

Troops Receive Care Packages

Some photos of appreciative troops in Afghanistan who received care packages sent from Post 1463 in December 2013 can be found here.

Two Post Members Receive Special Thanks from Their Comrades

At the VFW Post 1463 monthly meeting in November, comrades offered special thanks to John Zagorski and Ira Shaffer for their many, many years of dedication and devotion to Post 1463 and all veterans . . . (more)

Welcome Home for Local Soldier

A local mom reached out to Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463 to help welcome home her son who was returning to Lititz for a well-deserved leave after deployment in Afghanistan. The VFW and Ladies 

Auxiliary organized a welcome for Blake Cameron Bomberger at Post 1463 on Friday August 9th. Cameron received an enthusiastic reception from VFW and Auxiliary members and Post patrons . . . (more)

Ladies Auxiliary Earns State and National Awards

The Ladies Auxiliary to Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463 earned numerous commendations for attaining or surpassing auxiliary program goals in 2012-2013. At the state convention in Lancaster in June, the Ladies Auxiliary received citations of merit for Veterans and Family Support, Americanism, Hospitals, Cancer Aid & Research, Scholarships, Community Service Reporting, Youth Activities and contributions to the VFW National Home for Children. Department of PA President Sandy Brenner recognized Post 1463’s work on the Walk for PA Wounded Warriors. . . . (more)

Post 1463 Receives National Award

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #1463 and Ladies Auxiliary of Lititz, Pennsylvania, was the recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Outstanding Community Service Post Award at the VFW’s National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky on July 22 during an invitation only reception. Commander Joel Ellis and Ladies Auxiliary President Susan Ellis accepted the award . . . (more)

Cookbooks Available

The VFW Post 1463 cookbook has arrived! Pickup a few copies at the Post for $10 each. The perfect stocking stuffer and a great gift for yourself or the special cooks in your life!

Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day weekend was a very busy time at VFW Post 1463 as we remembered fallen comrades. The official VFW Memorial Day message was placed throughout the Post to remind us of the true meaning of Memorial Day.

On Sa
turday May 25, the Ladies Auxiliary Buddy Poppy Event at Stauffers of Kissel Hill raised funds to support veterans. Folks who stopped by our table enjoyed selecting a poppy or flag, bookmark or ribbon. Donations were very generous . . . (more)

Columbia VFW Portrait Restoration Project

This item highlights the rich history of more than 80 portraits that hang in Columbia VFW Post 2435, Veterans of Foreign Wars at 4th and Manor Streets in Columbia and the current fundraising effort to restore the portraits.

The portraits de
pict men who gave their lives for their country in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Beirut, Lebanon; all men were from Columbia . . . (more)

Lititz Walk for Wounded Warriors

On Saturday May 11, 2013, the VFW Post 1463, the Ladies Auxiliary, the Lititz RecCenter and numerous civic groups from Lititz presented the “Lititz Walk for Wounded Warriors” which benefited Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. The Lititz Rec Center has posted some pix from the event on their Facebook page.

Co-founder of Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Visits Post

Helen Sajer, co-founder of Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, attended a kickoff luncheon at Post 1463 for the Lititz Walk for Wounded Warriors. Mrs. Sajer and her late husband Major General Gerald Sajer founded the charity in 2006 to assist veterans and their families. When the Sajer’s son Frank returned home safely from Iraq they decided “We need to do something for our wounded soldiers and their families,” and so began Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors. . . (more)

Flag Retirement Ceremony

American and POW/MIA flags that need to be retired have been deposited in the new Flag Drop Box at Post 1463. Those flags along with others collected by local boy scouts were retired at a ceremony on April 12 as part of the annual Boy Scout Camporee in Lititz. . . (more)

Amtryke Donation

The Lititz Ambucs teamed up with the Activity Committee and made a
young lady very happy. The Yorty family visited the Post last week where Alyssa received a ProSeries 1416 Amtryke. Mr. Yorty is retired from the Air Force and is currently employed as a civilian employee at Fort Detrick.. . . (more)

Correspondence from a Post Member

Recently Colonel Greg McCreay reached out to Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463, his home VFW Post, to update us on his recent activities and share some photos.

“ Hi,I'm a life member of the post and was wondering if you could post some photos of a recent trip I did to Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base with the 116 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.. . . . (more)

The Post's Recent Activities

The holiday events from Veterans Day to Christmas have kept VFW, Ladies Auxiliary and social members very busy. Thank you to everyone who participated. Here’s photos of all those holiday events and a few more! . . . (more)

POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony

On September 21, 2012, National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Post 1463 held a candlelight vigil to raise awareness for American POW/MIAs who never came home. Members of the Post 1463 color guard, VFW and auxiliary members were present.

The ceremony was led by VFW Post 1463 patriotic instructor Anne Loechner. . . (more)

Picnic in the Park for Coatesville VA Medical Center Veterans

Veterans from Coatesville Veterans’ Medical Center enjoyed a picnic in Manheim Township Community Park on September 15, 2012. The Ladies Auxiliary to Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463 hosted the event.

VFW and auxiliary members volunteered their time to make this a special day for our veterans . . . (more)

Auxiliary Dues Increase for 2012-2013

Our auxiliary dues have been raised to $23 annually to help cover recent increases in mandatory payments we make to the Department of PA and Cancer Aid and Research.

But, here's something new!. . . . (more)

Post 1463 Repeats 1st Place Win for Our 2011-12 Community Activity Book

Post Commander Joel Ellis was recently notified by John Getz, VFW State Adjutant/Quartermaster that “Post 1463 has won 1st place in the Community Activity Book for the 2011-2012 year.” Our book will be submitted for the National Outstanding Community Service Post Award. Our Community Activity Book (3 volumes) will be on display at the Department Convention June 13-16 in Erie.

The Community Activity Book is a record of all Post activity in the categories of Safety, Veterans programs, Aid to Others, Cooperation with Other Organizations, Americanism, Department and National VFW programs, Scouting, Youth programs and Community Programs. Events are represented by photos, newspaper articles and mementoes. Donations made throughout the year are also categorized. So, congratulations to us all at Post 1463 for the great work done here throughout the year

Post 1463 Recognized at 2012 Pennsylvania VFW Conventions

The Department of PA Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary held their annual conventions June 13-17 in Erie, PA. Exemplary participation in VFW and auxiliary programs is recognized and rewarded at the convention with awards and citations. Congratulations to everyone who works to make this recognition possible.. . . . (more)

Fourth of July 2012

The Fourth of July is nearly two weeks long in Lititz when it starts in Lititz Springs Park on Sunday June 24 and lasts until Wednesday July 4th! This year’s theme, “Our American Heroes," was a salute to veterans. Area veterans were honored throughout the celebration. Commander Joel Ellis and American Legion Post 56 Finance Officer Rich Bryant were on the planning committee for the Fourth of July celebration. . . . (more)

Care Packages for the Troops

July 2012 Care Packages for the Troops took place at the American Legion Post 56 on July 12. Members of VFW Post 1463 and its Ladies Auxiliary stepped up to the plate once more and covered all aspects of this project from start to finish.
Thirteen Ladies Auxiliary members met at the Post on July 10 to prepare custom shipping forms . . . (more)

Post Garden Refreshed

The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 1463 is proud to have refreshed the small garden near the front entrance of the Post. The beautification project was suggested and approved at the May auxiliary meeting. Jane Dzubinski, with help from Tammy Adams, Janet Getz and Sue Ellis, removed an existing shrub, weeded, planted and mulched the front garden and a strip of land alongside the Post building. . . . (more)

Recent Post Donations

The Post continues to support community organizations, including the Warwick Community Ambulance Service, local fire companies and the Lititz Borough Police Department. Pictures are available here.


Anne Loechner: Outstanding Patriotic Instructor Award

Congratulations and bravo to Anne Loechner, winner of the 2011-2012 Department of Pa Outstanding Patriotic Instructor Award. This annual award goes to only one auxiliary patriotic instructor in the Department of PA….and our Anne won it! About time!

The award was announced at the Department of PA Ladies Auxiliary convention. . . . (more)

Auxiliary Presents First Advocate of the Auxiliary Pin to Therapy Dog Sophie

At the June 2012 Ladies Auxiliary meeting, the first Advocate of the Auxiliary pin was awarded to Sophie, an adorable 3-year-old Yorkiepoo! The definition of an advocate is a “person” who publically supports or recommends a particular cause or policy. Sophie and her owner, Pam Dochter, are goodwill ambassadors who certainly support our veterans, seniors and children with their work. Our auxiliary is proud to have Sophie wear our Advocate’s pin next to her auxiliary patch on her bandana. . . . (more)

Breakfast for Coatesville VA Medical Center Veterans

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, the Ladies Auxiliary to Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463 hosted a breakfast for 32 veterans from Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center.

This was the first time VAMC patients visited our Post. They enjoyed a breakfast prepared specially for them by the staff of the Stars and Stripes Café . . . (more)

Young American Creative Art Contest

The Ladies Auxiliary to Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463 is proud to support Alessandra Levato in the 2012 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest sponsored by the national Ladies Auxiliary organization. Ali’s work was submitted to the Department of PA Youth Chairman per the rules of the contest. Department winners advance to the national level where each entry will be judged . . . . (more)

Winter Carnival at Coatesville VAMC

The Department of PA sponsored the annual Coatesville VAMC Winter Carnival on March 6, 2012 in the Great Hall at Coatesville VAMC. The veterans played carnival games to win prizes and shopped for clothing and personal items donated by the VFW, the Ladies Auxiliary and other organizations. Representatives of each organization hosted a table containing their donated items and . . . (more)

Valentine's Day Visits to Local Veterans

On February 14, 2012, Commander Joel Ellis and members of the Ladies Auxiliary visited veterans at Audubon Villa and United Zion Retirement Community.

We joined the Villa residents’ coffee hour, bringing baked goods, small gifts and Valentines made by Daisy Troop 372. We chatted with the ladies and gentlemen . . . (more)

WWII Military Cemetery in Italy

VFW Post 1463 Commander Joel Ellis, VFW Member Tom Tedrow and their wives recently vacationed in Italy where they visited the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, an American World War II military cemetery where 4,402 servicemen and women are interred. The cemetery covers 70 acres and is one of fourteen permanent American World War II Military cemeteries erected on foreign soil by the American Battle Monuments Commission.. . . . (more)

VFW Essay Contest Winners Announced

Students participated in this year’s Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests sponsored by the Lititz Springs VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary. Students submitted essays expressing their view on topics such as “Are You Proud of Your Country?” The winners are:. . . . (more)


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