History

Your local VFW Post is VFW David Potts Jr. Post 1156 located at 1288 Boston Post Road.  VFW Post 1156 was chartered in 1924.  The Post was named after David Potts Jr., the last local resident killed serving in World War I.  (See  David Potts Jr. Fact Sheet for more information on David Potts Jr.) The main building and surrounding property was purchased for $5,000 in 1942.  A portion of the property was sold to the Mamaroneck School District in 1965, and combined with other acquired properties to provide a site for Central Elementary School.  The proceeds from that sale were used to build a large addition in 1966.

The Post has been an active member of the community for many years.  Many residents fondly remember wedding receptions, birthday parties, and anniversary, baptism, confirmation and bar mitzvah celebrations that they attended in years past when the post rented its facility for such events.  In 2009 the post signed a long term exclusive use lease with the Town of Mamaroneck for use of its facility to house the highly successful Senior Citizens Center.  It no longer rents its facility to the general public, although we do maintain the 60 year tradition of renting the facility for the annual “10,000 Trees” Christmas Tree Sale.

The current membership of the Post is approximately 50 with 20 active members.  Our members primarily represent World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  We have a few members who served in the Gulf War and the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The primary focus of our Post has always been and will continue to be service to veterans and service to community. We are always looking for new members from the community who share this commitment to service.