To the Editor:
A few short years ago, I moved to this town,
For something to do I started looking around.
To have some fun, make a friend or two,
Decided to check out the VFW.
I remember it well – a crisp fall Tuesday night –
We drove right in – front row parking – alright!
No line at the bar, ordered a drink or two
Chatted and had fun with a few of you.
In a corner was a table with Dorothy and Betty,
And Ben was right there, selling tickets already.
A single roll of tickets and a tabletop barrel too
And just a room full of patrons – Yoo-hoo!!!
I was lucky one night and picked card 33,
Nope not the Queen and no big money was seen.
A few cheers I guess, but no cash for me
My winnings that night – a vinyl CD.
The dream of a Queen began just to raise dollars,
Long before “and nothing else” would be hollered.
Support our veterans causes – to save our building and mission,
By some guys in a room and with a very clear vision.
They didn’t see its future or fear all the flap,
Nor how it would grow nor how the Queen would laugh!
Unsure where this road could possibly lead,
No warnings or fear – they would not concede.
The Post and Auxiliary came together with a team,
Including all of you to feed the dream.
Veterans and citizens and the entire city,
With first providers to help with the nitty gritty.
But before the Queen is put to rest,
She has one more message – one more test.
Find your passion – pay it forward – to your dreams be true,
God bless our veterans – praise the Red White and Blue.
It’s been great fun –
Thanks to everyone!
Paula A. Vallianatos
Proud to be a VFW Post 4600 Auxiliary member
Queen of Hearts volunteer