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Cos Cob VFW post marks 50 years

January 9, 2019

GREENWICH — Tuesday was a day of celebration for the members of the Cos Cob Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10112. They not only gathered for their, a little late, Christmas party, but also enjoyed a special commemoration of their anniversary.

The post marked its 50th year in 2018, but the official citation from the national VFW was not ready in time. Post members received it instead on Tuesday afternoon when they gathered at Zody’s 19th Hole in Stamford. It was a chance to celebrate, and remember decades of community service and advocacy for veterans in town.

“This is a proud moment for the post,” said Commander Joe Musich. “We’ve been in business for 50 years and we’re trying to get new membership. Our mission has not changed and it’s still to serve our veterans and be proud that we served the United States of America in World War II, Korea, Vietnam.”

Post member Anthony Marzullo presented the citation. The post’s service officer, he is an original member, having been involved for all 50 years.

“It’s a great honor,” Marzullo said. “We’ve lasted more than 50 years and we’ve done a lot of community activity during those years and gone to the VA hospital for services. I hope that this post will continue to last, at least another 10 years. … A lot of the credit for us lasting this long has to go to men who are now deceased.”

The citation from the national VFW reads that it was awarded, “In recognition of outstanding contributions to the welfare of our nation and its disabled veterans during fifty years of dedication to the high ideals of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.”

Post 10112, a part of the town’s Veterans Council, has 43 members, and is still active, sponsoring events including clothing drives at Cos Cob School, raising money for scholarships and holding ceremonies every Memorial Day and Veterans Day at its memorial in the pocket park across the street from the Greenwich Historical Society.

Marzullo said they will continue to advocate for veterans issues, including by making sure veterans are getting the benefits they should. Organizations like the VFW are speaking up for veterans’ rights, he said.

“We don’t want to stop,” Marzullo said. “We want to make sure veterans are getting everything they should and to take care of younger veterans. Veterans are responsible for our freedom and our way of life and we’re going to keep fighting for their rights and their benefits. That’s what’s kept me as a member of the post. Getting this is a real honor because 50 years is a long time to have a post.”

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