VFW charter finds home in Bay Village police station
The latest partnership between the Bay Village VFW Post and the Bay Village Police Department demonstrates the joint community support between the two organizations.
The VFW Post 9693 was established July 15, 1985 and for the most of this time, meetings were held at various spots around town and in other communities. Shortly after the completion of the current police station, the VFW was able to move our monthly meetings to the community room. This was an excellent facility already, but the VFW worked closely with the City Council and BVPD to donate $2,000 for a multi-media center. A podium was constructed by the city to meet multiple needs, including requested requirements for the VFW use. The BVPD has continued to meticulously maintain 10 WWII vintage M-1 Garand rifles assigned to the VFW and ensure they are securely stored.
The Bay Village Post Charter represents the establishment of Post 9693 as approved by the Department of Ohio VFW. The Charter has moved from closets to garages to attics for many years. The Post has never been able to mount the charter as required by VFW protocol due to a lack of a permanent facility.
Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel has generously agreed to allow the installation of the Charter in the community room to ensure that we are meeting VFW protocol. In return for this generous offer, VFW Post 9693 donated a new American flag to the station. The flag has a similar story as the charter, it was without a home after it was donated by a deceased veteran's family. The family found five flags in a box stored somewhere. The flag will now fulfill the mission of all American flags, to be proudly displayed, in this case by the Bay Village Police Department.