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122nd VFW Post 1 Founders Gala – Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
December 4, 2021 @ 6:00 am - 11:00 pm MST$75 – $200
About this event
As we say farewell to the worst of the Covid Pandemic we’d like to celebrate and recognize our members and partner organizations who stepped up to the plate during these difficult times and continued to serve Veterans.
To help grow our Founders Gala celebrating those who served into something bigger, we have moved our event to a larger location and a Saturday date.
VFW Post 1, the nation’s first VFW Post, invites you to celebrate the 122nd anniversary of the founding of the VFW.
Dress Code is: Relaxed Formal, VFW Members are Encouraged to wear your membership cap that can be purchased from VFW National at VFW Store
special room rates here https://book.passkey.com/go/VFWFounders
This year’s keynote speaker is:
Dr. Kathleen Flarity, DNP, PhD, CEN, CFRN, FAEN
Brigadier General, USAF
Dr. Kathleen Flarity is the Deputy Director of the CU Anschutz Center for COMBAT (COmbat Medicine and BATtlefield) Research. Additionally, Brig Gen Flarity is the Mobilization Assistant to the Command Surgeon, Air Mobility Command. She is the President of the Aerospace Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Society of the Aerospace Medical Association and Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.
This year’s Emcee is:
Emmy-winning news anchor Tom Mustin
In his more than 20 years as a broadcast journalist, Tom has covered some of the biggest stories in the state. Tom belongs to the Mustin family which has recorded a tradition of service in the United States Navy extending from 1896 to the present. Their naval roots trace back to Commodore Arthur Sinclair. Tom is the son of three star Navy Admiral VADM Hank Mustin and proud of his family’s military heritage. In 2005, he covered the commissioning of the U.S.S. Mustin in San Diego- a destroyer named for Tom’s father and other relatives.
This year’s winner of the Jack Swigert Award is:
Former NASA astronaut Loren Shriver.
Colonel Shriver will be attending our 122nd Founders Gala. Colonel Shriver was commander of the team that launched the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990, and has logged over 386 hours in space.
Representing the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters:
Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief
Tim served in the United States Army from 1979 to 2007, last serving with the 101st Airborne Division, earning his VFW eligibility serving in Korea and Iraq. In recognition of his service, he received four Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, nine Good Conduct Medals, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Korea Defense Service Medal, among numerous others medals and ribbons.