Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697 Ooltewah, Tennessee
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697               Ooltewah, Tennessee                                                                 

The Honor of Your Presence

is cordially requested

by Ooltewah, Tennessee

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

Post 1697

at the

Memorial Dinner

on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM

in the West Room, Fuller Memorial Community Center,

Collegedale City Hall

in loving remembrance of

Our Distinguished Veterans

who have passed from the scene but not from our hearts

and in grateful appreciation for

Their Spouses who shared in their Service

to our beloved Country

The 2012 Memorial Dinner Guests of Honor

Alice Brown, Pat Herod, Ruth Penney, Dorothy Moon





The following is dedicated to All Surviving Spouses of our Post:





Why do we care? We care because we love.


Why do we love? Because we remember.


We remember the promise of youth,

     the shadows of a long life,

     the satisfaction of service.


We remember the flush of first love,

     the proud greetings of “Mr. and Mrs.” and later,

     the children by our side.


We remember commitments made and commitments endured,

     the sacrifices so many,

     the pleasures so few.


I remember waking up with you next to me,

     all the days we worked together,

     and the days that just went by.


I remember our children growing,

     and later, going to their own life

     but we still had ours.


And then, you were gone!

     Where did you go?

     I miss you so.


Looking back, it went so fast.

     Looking ahead, what's left?

     We still have each other because I remember.


Someone Else remembers, and loves.

     Someone who made us,

     and will remake us.


Then our memories will never catch all the joy

     that's unfolding unstoppable.


Then we will have more than memories.



--Lewis Laszlo Szerecz

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Johnny Arp







is a Poem dedicated to All Surviving Spouses of our Post . . . please scroll to the bottom of the page link.



Special Notice

regarding Hospice services for Veterans: please go to 09 JAN 2020 in 




A new excerpt, Pages 86-87, was added to Raymond C. Brown's SERVICE STORY from his book Hey, Got Time for a War Story? 


Please scroll down to the bottom of page



Announcing our

new Webmaster, Aidan Melton! 


After eight years it's time a new generation takes over.  In fact, sixty years separate him and me, but age--whether old or young--is no barrier to creativity and patriotism.  Aidan, you have lots of boosters, some you know and more you don't, yet.  Congratulations on your new assignment to oversee




--Lewis L. Szerecz



NEXT UP: 12 DEC 2019 for more from Wesley Crider.


Wesley Crider, the world-renowned guitar virtuoso, played Christmas favorites on December 14, 2017, for us.

View them

here and now!


Announcing our Facebook page


administered by Assistant Webmaster Marc Baker in friendly rivalry with this Webpage and its Webmaster in parallel but compatible tracks!  Thanks, Marc, for your outstanding effort.  We all applaud and appreciate you.




For more on REBOOT COMBAT RECOVERY and FIRSTLINE RESPONDERS Trauma Recovery see 14 FEB 2019 in News and Events from 2017 on



J. VERNON HEROD, the first commander of our VFW Post 1697, shares his Service Story about World War II here.


Our thanks to the Scenic City Chorus who sang in their signature barbershop quartet style for a concert on 08 MAR 2018.  Hear and see them here in proudly featured five videos!


Amazing how the music keeps coming!  AMBERHOPE VELBIS is a performer extraordinaire who sings her original songs and arrangements while accompanying herself on the keyboard.  She graced our Post on 11 JAN 2018 sharing her inspiring skill.



See Alan Blankenship's photographs from Vietnam with the US Army's 5th Infantry Division 1/77 Armor Scouts during 1969 and 1970.

View the VIDEO from the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War!

See the Purple Heart Mural dedicated

on 31 MAY 2016

in Collegedale, Tennessee!



Read a young Patriot’s Tribute to Our Military here.







Announcing a new page on our Web site, VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK, featuring news and views of this unique Collegedale, Tennessee, landmark.

Link here to our national organization!

Special link to our fellow Veterans in the local American Legion:

See OUR PROJECTS for highlights from the 2013 and 2016 Armed Forces Day Parades and 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Armed Forces Day Luncheons.

View the updates on our Site under NEWS & EVENTS FROM 2020 ON.  Previous entries under NEWS & EVENTS 2017 TO 2020, NEWS & EVENTS 2014 TO 2016 and NEWS & EVENTS 2011 TO 2013 are tabbed at the top of each page.


Don’t miss MARTY MILLER’S MISSION! Also look under NEWS & EVENTS FROM 2014 ON for 09 JUL 2015.


City employees and Veterans teamed up to replace worn State flags in Collegedale (Tennessee) Veterans Memorial Park on Friday, 21 FEB 2014, Wednesday, 01 APR 2015, Friday, 07 APR 2017, and Friday, 14 JUN 2019.

Check out SERVICE STORIES from Veterans of our Post!  COMRADES Raymond C. Brown, Bill Nutt, Noble B. Vining and J. Vernon Herod start us out, followed by as many as will consent to share their SERVICE STORIES to encourage new generations to serve and defend our Beloved Land.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Flag Retirement Ceremony was conducted by Ooltewah, Tennessee Boy Scouts of America Troop 147 at Collegedale VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK on Saturday, 03 DEC 2011.

Website last updated 

06 JUNE 2023.


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