Updated May 23rd, 2024
These Are The Latest Things Happening as the Post

 The updated May Calendar is available. Click here to go to the Calendar.

VFW Post 4031 Plans a Great Memorial Day

Memorial Day is probably the single most important day on the VFW calendar. The days prior to Memorial Day are full of events for every family so that they may come to know and understand the solemn reason behind Memorial Day, the remembrance of all those who have died for our country. 

May 25th and 26th: VFW conducts its annual Buddy Poppy Drive at various locations throughout La Plata County. Pick up your Poppy and wear it proudly all Memorial Day weekend.

May 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th: Healing Fields at Santa Rita Park. The Blue Star Mothers put up hundreds of US Flags and dog tags at Santa Rita Park. On the 24th there is an Opening Ceremony at 8:30 PM followed by a Lighting Ceremony at 9:00 PM. There is a Closing Ceremony on the 27th at 4:00 PM.

May 25th: Iron Horse Classic Veterans Train Ride to Silverton at 8:00 PM. The train is full. The VFW and other service organizations will be placing flags on Veterans Graves at Greenmount Cemetery. If you would like to help, meet at the Legion Memorial in Greenmount Cemetery at 10:00 AM.

Memorial Day, May 27th: The 27th is a very busy day for the VFW. The events start with the placement of US Flags along Main Street at 6:00 AM. The VFW will set the flag at the VFW at half mast at 8:00. At 10:00 there is Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Ceremony at Iris Park lead by the Vietnam Era Veterans Association. At 11:00 there is a Remembrance Ceremony at Greenmount Cemetery. At 12:00 PM, the VFW raises the flag at the VFW back up to full staff followed by a Lost At Sea Remembrance Ceremony and wreath throwing on the bridge behind Rotary Park. Between 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM, the VFW holds an Open House at the VFW Post. Food will be served in a traditional Memorial Day Cookout fashion. At 6:00 PM the VFW takes down the flags along Main Street. Click on the thumbnails below to see the full sized versions of  the Buddy Poppy and memorial Day Flyers.


Meal Train for the Copelands
 Margaret is having shoulder surgery and will be out of commission for at least 4 weeks. They need easy reheat meals or things that will not need too much preparation on their part. They are a very social couple and being shut in with extra medical will be very hard on them. Your time and socialization will help ease the stress for both Margaret and Eric. 

Please take the time to review and help Margaret and Eric Copeland while Margaret recovers from surgery this summer. 

Simply scroll to the calendar and pick a date you would like to help with a meal 

The VFW Post 4031 Post and Auxiliary Joint Newsletter is Available Now.
 Here is the April 2024 Joint VFW Post 4031 and Auxiliary Newsletter. This newsletter is published quarterly. The next newsletter will be published approximately July 1st. The deadline for submissions will be June 24th, 2024. All submissions that would be of interest to all our members will be considered and subject to editing.
Click on the links below to see the Newsletter. The link for a smaller version of the newsletter is for those who have slower internet speeds. If you have trouble getting the newsletter contact us at
Click here to see a full version of the newsletter.
Click here to see a lower resolution version of the newsletter. This will download faster. 

New Product! The VFW Store Now Has Wrangler Patriot Nation Polo Shirts For Sale. Buy Now!

The VFW Post 4031 Store has received a generous donation of a lot of White Wrangler Patriot Nation Polo Shirts. The Polos are very nice shirts at an unbelievable price of $15.00. The Polos are ideal for outdoor activities now that warmer weather has arrived. Click on the pictures below to go to the On-Line Store.

White Wrangler Polo Shirt
White Wrangler Polo Logo
White Wrangler Polo Tag
Loss of a Comrade 
Unfortunately Auxiliary Member John Baird was recently killed in a tragic one car accident. John was very active in the Auxiliary and the Honor Guard. He will be missed. His obituary was added to our TAPS web page.

Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Subjects Announced.
The VFW Youth Scholarship Themes for 2024 - 2025  year have been announced. The subject for the Voice of Democracy is "Is America Today Our Forefathers’ Vision?” and the subject for the Patriot's Pen is "My Voice in America’s Democracy?”.  Here is the link to the Voice of Democracy Website Page. Voice of Democracy. Here is the link to the Patriot's Pen website page. Patriot's Pen. Click on the appropriate thumbnail below to see the full sized Youth Scholarship application.


Art Classes Taught By Deborah Kelly
There were a series of Art Classes taught by Deborah Kelroy, BA Studio Art FLC,  The classes required no drawing skills, no prior painting experience, used no patterns or tracing, and allowed even the complete beginner to finish a fantastic painting on their very first session! Step-by-step skies, clouds, mountains, snow, sunsets, waterfalls, rocks, evergreen trees, deciduous trees, bushes, grass, flying birds, lakes, and cabins. Grants were available for Veterans and family members of Veterans, all materials/supplies were provided. The Art Classes will Culminate in an art show/exhibit at the VFW Memorial Day Ceremonies Open House, Monday, May 27th, 12 pm to 3 pm) for students, as well as an Artist's Reception open to the public on Thursday, June 6th, 6 pm at the Durango Public Library where student paintings will be on display for the months of June and July. 

New Product! The VFW Store Now Has Wrangler Patriot Shirts For Sale. Buy Now! FREE SHIPPING!
The VFW Post 4031 Store has received a donation of lots of White Shirt and Red Shirt Wrangler Brand Patriot apparel. These are brand new heavy rodeo weight shirts that are available at more than one half of retail price. This is a one time really good deal and when these are sold there will be no more. The Men's Shirts feature conventional buttons while the Women's have snap fasteners. The proceeds from the sale of these offering will be split between the Store and our Honor Guard. Click on one of the photos below to go to the On-Line Store to purchase these shirts. We are offering FREE Shipping on these shirts. Click on the pictures below to go to the On-Line Store.

 Mens White Shirt, $20.00  Mens Red Shirt, $20.00  Womens White Shirt, $20.00  Womens Red Shirt, $20.00

I Want to Sponsor a US Flag for Downtown Durango
VFW Post 4031 maintains a set of 56 US Flags and Flag Poles which are designed to be displayed along Historic Main Avenue on Patriotic Holidays including Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Veterans Day. Our flags are nearly 40 years old and ready to be retired. Help us replace them by sponsoring a US flag and pole. The images below show the flyer for the event, the Flag order form, and the QR to purchase a Flag.  Click on the thumbnails below to see the full size image. Click on the Sponsor a Flag link below to go to our sponsorship Page and pay by credit card. Sponsor a Flag.

On Line Store News: The VFW Post 4031 On-Line Store is now offering both short sleeve and long sleeve RED Shirt Friday Shirts. See the promotion banner above. We have a large number of both men's and ladies' shirts now with more coming soon. Join all those who have purchased their RED Shirts and Support Our Troops. Wear your RED Shirt proudly. You can order using this website's On-Line Store or by downloading, filling out, and submitting a Red Shirt order Form. Orders are being accepted now. Click on the thumbnail below to see the Red Shirt Flyer.

 RED Shirt Flyer

Click on the thumbnail below to download one of the VFW Post 4031 Red Shirt Order Forms.

The VFW Colorado Departmental quarterly newsletters are available under our News Heading.  You can see the latest Departmental Newsletter by clicking the following link. Colorado VFW February 2024 Newsletter.

VFW Post 4031 has added a Suggestion Box to our website. We welcome your suggestions on how to improve your Post. You can find the suggestion box on the News  top menu and then scroll down.  We will use these suggestions to improve our ability to better serve our La Plata County Veterans. You can also click on the icon below to go to the Suggestion Box.

We Need Volunteers!
The lifeblood of VFW Post 4031 are its volunteers. Without our volunteers we cannot accomplish our mission to support veterans. The following is a list of things for which we need volunteers to help us.
  1. Color Guard/Honor Guard Members
  2. Members of the Public Relations Committee
  3. On Line Store Support staff
If you are interested in volunteering for one of these jobs please E-Mail Jeff Punches by clicking on the icon below.
Thank You Sponsors!!
In June 2022 the Post first ran an Advertising and Sponsorship Drive. As a result of that drive and following years, the following sponsors are helping VFW Post 4031 achieve its goal.

Sponsors who have sponsored us three years
Dalton Ranch Golf Club
Star Liquors
Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
A&L Coors
Sponsors who have sponsored us two years.
Wells Group
Serious Texas BBQ
La Plata County Republicans
The Southwest Community Foundation
New Sponsors
Site Development Solutions
The Strater
     Veterans Benefit Breakfast
The Veterans Benefit Breakfast is one of the most important events that VFW Post 4031 undertakes. The proceeds from these breakfasts directly support veterans in need. The next Veterans Benefit Breakfast will be held on Sunday June 2nd between 9:00 AM and 11:00AM. Great food and the public is welcome. For more information about our Veterans Relief Program and to see a flyer for how to sponsor a breakfast click the link here. Here is a link to our Veterans Benefit Breakfast Page. Click on the thumbnail below to see a large version of the Veterans Benefit Breakfast Flyer.


 The next Veterans Relief Committee Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday May 20th at 5:30 PM.

 Veterans Relief Committee News
The Veterans Relief Committee has disbursed more than $20,000.00 in 2022 and more than $2,500.00 in 2023 to help needy La Plata County veterans.  For more information about Veterans Relief click here.

Future Planned Events
Veterans Relief Committee events in the upcoming months include the following. The Remember the VRC always holds a Veterans Benefit Breakfast on the first and third Sundays of each month. Click on the thumbnail below to see the large version of the flyer for the breakfast.


Events/Public Relations Committee
The next Events/ Public Relations Committee Monthly Meeting will be held June 11th at 1:00PM. The PRC meeting will normally be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 

Public Relations Committee News
The PRC is planning a number of events in the coming months including a continuous Red Shirt Friday Shirt On-Line Store sale, and publishing a Joint Post and Auxiliary Newsletter approximately July 1st, 2024 (time flies!). As always the PRC welcomes all members to seek new members for the Post and the Auxiliary. Ask Jeff Punches how you can help. Contact Jeff at (503) 961-3201.

The Post 4031 final April 2024 Post Meeting Minutes and previous months minutes as well as the Draft May 2024 Post Minutes are available for reading on the Members Only page. Additionally all the Public Relations Committee minutes are always available for reading. The Events Committee Minutes are now on the Members Only Page. Go to the Log In button at the right of the menu above, click on Members Only and then log in.


Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed.



Join us as brothers and sisters of America to preserve the rights of veterans and support each other as only those who share in the camaraderie forged by conflict can. 

Vietnam Veterans Dinner

Celebrating National Vietnam Veterans Day

March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Each year VFW Post 4031 holds a Dinner and Remembrance in celebration. All veterans and interested community members are welcome to attend. The Dinner is free, however donations are appreciated.

Wrangler Shirts Now On Sale

New Store Products

These are wonderful rodeo weight shirts that come in Men's and Women's sizes. These shirts come in both a white style and a red style. The shirts are true to size. This is a one time offer as these will not be replaced. The shirts are brand new and are being offered at 66% off retail price. This is a great offer.

VFW Membership is Special

Join, Renew, or Transfer our Membership

We at VFW Post 4031 honor each of our members. We encourage you to join, renew, or transfer your membership to VFW Post 4031. By joining or continuing your membership you are making a statement that you support your fellow veterans in La Plata County. The linked page also allows you to download an application, a membership form, or to renew your membership by credit card. If you have questions please contact us at any time.

Red Shirt Friday Shirts

Support Our Troops

VFW Post 4031 has available both Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve RED Shirts for purchase. These shirts are designed to help celebrate RED Shirt Fridays.  RED stands for Remember Everyone Deployed and is a way to Support Our Troops. Long Sleeve Shirts are available for Pre-order at a reduced price. You can buy by using our On-Line Store at, by going to Magpies Newsstand and Cafe at 707 Main Avenue, or by contacting us at VFW Post 4031, 1550 Main Avenue, Durango, CO. 81301. Phone (970) 247-0384, email at or at

VFW Post 4031 On Line Store

VFW 4031 Swag Store

Our VFW Blue Hoodies and VFW Long Sleeve Shirts are on Sale!  The VFW Post 4031 is currently offering VFW Branded Hats in various colors, Blue and Red Mens and Women's Polos, Long Sleeve VFW Red Shirts, and VFW Blue Hoodies. These offerings are offered at a discount from ordering from the VFW Store. These offerings are also available at the Post Canteen. You can pay by credit card on the linked page. Get some now!