Mexico VFW Post 369

The VFW provides services and support to veterans, their spouses and their communities.
  • Our Commander is Russell Marsden. The Post has 290 members, residing both locally and out of state.
  • We will always be here to ensure the honor and recognition due our veterans, in life and in death. We participate in many different community service organizations.
  • We have several Post functions and events throughout the year including a Memorial Day Parade, our Vets Get-Together, Fish Dinners, BBQ and Chili Cook-Offs, Halloween & Christmas Parties, Car Show, Family Picnics, Full Menu Pancake Breakfasts, Retire Old Flags - Watchfire, Crazy Cash Fund Raiser, and many more activities. With the co-operation of the American Legion, we provide flags and grave markers for departed comrades.
  • Due to ongoing COVID health concerns, most of our events will be postponed or cancelled this year.
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Veterans Officers

Commander: Russell Marsden
Sr. Vice Commander: Paul Gorman
Jr. Vice Commander: Frederick Baird Jr.
Quartermaster: Donald Babcock
Chaplain: James Forkhamer
Judge Advocate: William Hartwell
Surgeon: Lawrence Twiss
Adjutant: John Fox
Service Officer: Tony Lasinski
Guard: Gerry MacDougall
3 Year Trustee: Tom Carr
2 Year Trustee: Robert Munger
1 Year Trustee: Ronald Jerrett

Auxiliary Officers

President: Jennifer Kavanaugh
Sr. Vice President: Angela Lasinski
Jr. Vice President: Karen Meeks
Treasurer: Jim Bach
Chaplain: Sherry Knight
Conductress: Patty Fox
Guard: George Knight
Secretary: Mary Reeser
Patriotic Instructor: Mary Gracey
Historian: Sue Romanowski
3 Year Trustee: Ed Watson
2 Year Trustee: Patty Fox
1 Year Trustee: Tina Fox

VFW Post 369 History

Special thanks to John Castle

In Honor and Memory of Those who Served and Died in Defense of our Country... • Past • Present • Future


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Programs & Projects

For over 100 years, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States has proudly served America through dozens of programs and projects.

View VFW Affiliations

View the sequence of events which led up to our Post moving from the old building on Main St. to the new facility on Scenic Ave. This was one of the most significant events in our local history.

VFW New Building Project Early Stages

New Building Construction Galleries


If you would like to make a contribution, please get in touch with us.

Contributions can be in any form, including monetary, volunteering of your time, or donations of materials needed for ongoing and upcoming special projects.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Tim & Ruth Ann Searles - New Haven Building Supply for their ongoing support.

View Our Live Cam #1


Welcome to the VFW Post 369 Auxiliary. We support the spouses of vets and are proactive with community involvement. We currently have 193 members.


Our meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Post located at 5930 Scenic Ave., Mexico, NY.


This is a temporary change due to the COVID virus.


View the Auxiliary page.

VFW Mission

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, with its Auxiliaries, includes 2.4 million members in approximately 9,000 Posts worldwide. Its mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.


The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves. In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.


After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000. Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the National Cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome.


The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical center services for women veterans. Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C.


In 2001, VFW unveiled its tribute to service and country with its dedication of Centennial Plaza.


Annually, VFW members and its Auxiliary contribute more than 13 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.


From providing $2.5 million in college scholarships to high school students every year to encouraging elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there--honoring the dead by helping the living.


Read about the Origins of Veterans Day

Photo Gallery

Picture of the winners (minus one) of the
2019 Patroits Pen youth essay contest.
On right, 1st Place Hunter Herrington.
4th Place Mason Hancock.
Left, (repeat winner, 2nd year) 3rd place
Harley Potter.
Missing from picture, 2nd place Taijuan
Awards given at Post Wed. Feb 19th 6 pm

Photo of the team on our trip to Arlington
cemetery. Submitted by:
James J. Forkhamer Jr.
SFC (Master Diving Supervisor)
86th Engineer Detachment (Dive)

The two guys presenting the
wreath are members of the post:
SSG Winter and SGT Bible.

Commander Marsden presents service
award to Laurence Rector, WWII veteran,
"Sparky" Rector joined VFW in 1947...
70 Years a member of the Post.

2019 Vietnam Veterans Get Together

Commander Russell Marsden receives
congratulations at the VFW National
Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, for his second
"All American" Commanders award.

Lt Col John Freda of the JROTC program of
Mexico Academy Central School, receiving
the 2015 VFW Smart/Maher National
Citizenship Education Teacher Award
from Service Officer Dick Niles (left)
and Commander Russell Marsden (right).

2018 Vietnam Get Together

District, County, Post and Auxiliary
officers present awards to Patriots Pen
and Voice of Democracy essay winners
February 2017. Photo by Jim Bach

We hope you enjoy viewing the new VFW Post construction project below.


Your questions and comments are always welcome.


VFW Post 369
P.O. Box 1001
Mexico, NY 13114