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Photo by Lou McCall Inside the Cerro VFW.

Cerro VFW Post 9516 is Getting Closer!

A lot of progress has been made on the Cerro VFW Post 9516. The plumbing issues have been fixed and we got a new water heater! However, the building still has structural damage that needs to be repaired. We are reinstituting our 501(c)(3) non-profit status and are in the process of applying for a grant. Any help would be appreciated.

All of the VFW building is currently usable, however! Our Function Hall (formerly known as the Bingo Hall, before casinos put us out of the bingo business) can be used for events. We opened it up and held a post-burial dinner for the late Army veteran Beverly Archuleta, a lifetime member of the VFW post, who was interred with military honors on October 14.

Nearby, in the Cerro Cemetery, there are plans for a new stone monument honoring all veterans. It has been promised that it will arrive in time for a Veterans Day Ceremony. David Cisneros, who has been the Commander of the Cerro Post for over 20 years, said, “With this monument, we, the veterans of Cerro, are honoring all those who have put on a uniform to protect our country. Our community has had a lot of servicemen and women who have been put in harm’s way. Next we are planning to have a monument honoring the veterans of Cerro.” Stay tuned!

Photo by Lou McCall Outside the Cerro VFW.

It’s great that word is spreading that the Cerro VFW Post is more active again. Please help us get the word out that there is work still to be done. We need to check the foundation because it seems to have sunk from previous water damage. There is much to be done to bring it up to normal standards. We are working to prepare the entire building for more use as soon as possible.

We are open to recruiting more veteran members and for any of you veterans to take positions as officers within the organization. You will need to be an actual veteran of a foreign war, i.e.: Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Vietnam, European and Pacific theatres of WWII, etc.

Our meetings are usually the third Friday of the month, so please join us on Friday, November 19, at 3 pm at the Cerro VFW Post 9516 at 108 NM Highway 378 in Cerro. For information, please call (575) 586-1112 or email litameadphoto@gmail.com. If you are a veteran, thank you for your service and come join us at Cerro VFW Post 9516!