From the Commander

Mark R. Kelley - 11/9/2020

VFW Post 4534

3250 South US 1

Rockledge, FL 32955



To my fellow Rocket Post Comrades and their families,


     This week we mark the celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday on Tuesday, and Veteran’s Day on Wednesday.


     10 November 1775 marks the date the Marine Corps was formed, making this year its 245th birthday. In addition to that, this year also marks the 75thanniversary of World War II battles like Iwo Jima and Okinawa, in Japan, the 70thanniversary of Inchon and the Chosen Reservoir during the Korean War, and the 55th anniversary of Marines arriving at Da Nang, Vietnam.


     As Marine Corps Commandant General David Berger said in his birthday message, "While this year’s challenges are significant and unique, they are not unprecedented, and it is important to remember that our Nation and Corps have endured difficult times in the past”. He went on to say "From the past, we draw strength, pride, and a responsibility to carry on the warfighting heritage our predecessors built. We must also recognize our tradition of continuous adaptation-one that should inspire our current force modernization and innovation efforts”.


     Our Marine brothers and sisters hail from a proud history of defense of our nation, and we are proud to have them in our midst as members of our Post. Remember to try and join us as we say Happy Birthday Marines with a cake cutting at 6 PM Tuesday at the Rocket Post. SEMPER FI


     As we move into our celebration of Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, 11 November, I want to say THANK YOU to all our Comrades who and fellow Veterans who served our Nation with honor and dignity. America would not be here if it weren’t for our Veteran’s. As we continue to work through this year of challenges with Covid-19 and so many other issues, let us continue to stand side by side, remembering our Oath, which remains as true today as the day we first took it! Happy Veterans Day to all who’ve served. Please join us at the Post for a brief ceremony at 1PM followed by refreshments.







                                                                                                Mark R. Kelley


                                                                                                VFW Post 4534