Post 4055-Platte County Memorial Post

Serving the communities of Platte City, Weston, Edgerton, Dearborn, Tracy and Camden Point

“Honor, Courage, and Commitment”

 

Christmas Truce of 1914

Starting on Christmas Eve, many German and British troops sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines, and at certain points the Allied soldiers even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing.

At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer.

Some soldiers used this short-lived ceasefire for a more somber task: the retrieval of the bodies of fellow combatants who had fallen within the no-man’s land between the lines.

The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe and was one of the last examples of the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies in warfare. It was never repeated—future attempts at holiday ceasefires were quashed by officers’ threats of disciplinary action—but it served as heartening proof, however brief, that beneath the brutal clash of weapons, the soldiers’ essential humanity endured.

During World War I, the soldiers on the Western Front did not expect to celebrate on the battlefield, but even a world war could not destory the Christmas spirit.

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/christmas-truce-of-1914

 

 

My name is Robert Munsey, Commander of Post 4055 located in in District 3 of the Department of Missouri.  It is our philosophy that the ‘family of veterans’ takes care of each other on a daily basis and always strives to help each other in times of need. 

Who are we?

Every member of the VFW is a warrior, a combat veteran that is currently or has served and defended the ideals and freedoms of our Constitution by helping to defeat our countries enemies. We continue to serve and strengthen our great nation with the ongoing programs and commitments across the USA, in our individual states, and more importantly, in our local communities where we reside.

We are your neighbors, co-workers, business persons, teachers, family members and friends in your community. We are easy to identify. Simply look for the person with a firm salute and a tear in the corner of their eye when Taps or the Star Spangled Banner is played. We are forever caretakers of our beloved United States of America. We welcome you to join us.

Serving our fellow veterans

One of our core missions is to serve our fellow veterans, regardless of service.  Our VFW Post has a Veteran Service Officer, Mr. Marlin Legault (Email: vsopost4055@mo.vfw.webmail.com), who will be happy to assist any veterans and family members of veterans to obtain assistance for those qualified to receive it.

Veterans do not have to be a VFW member to receive VA Benefits.  Contact any VFW member and they will assist you in contacting a Veteran Service Officer.

Post 4055 also encourages those seeking assistance to contact our full time Veterans Service Officer, Lloyd Blair at (816) 922-2881. Lloyd serves our veterans on a daily basis from his office located at the Kansas City VA Hospital on Linwood Blvd, in Kansas City, MO.

Serving the community

Platte City is located in one of the fastest growing areas of the Kansas City metro region. We are located approximately 10 miles east of Fort Leavenworth and the Veteran Administration’s Eisenhower Medical Center in Leavenworth.  Many veterans, both active and retired, call Platte City and the surrounding communities home.

Our post works closely with the many organizations and businesses in Platte County.  Whether supporting local scouting organizations with citizenship classes or distributing poppies at local businesses, the VFW in Platte City continues to be an enduring presence.

In addition, the post collaborates with our local schools to encourage participation in the VFW’s Patriots Pen program. Our post is also looking towards greater involvement with the local school district to make our members available for classroom discussion.

To find out more details about our post, click on the links below:

For more information or assistance:

If you are a veteran, a family member of a veteran or know of a veteran in need, please encourage them to contact us, or notify us and we will contact them to see how we can help. They do not have to be a member of the VFW for us to help.

I invite all combat veterans that are not yet members of the VFW to contact the Post Commander by phone at (816) 721-7310 or email at cdrpost4055@mo.vfwwebmail.com .  Do not hesitate to contact any member of the VFW so we can answer any questions that you may have on how you too can be of service to your fellow veterans or how you can receive Veteran Benefits.

The District 3 Commander is Robert Kirtley, (816) 238-5007 and the Dept. of Missouri, VFW Commander Ruben Armenta, Phone: 417-270-0069, email: srvicecdr@mo.vfwwebmail.com. We serve the needs of veterans, both active duty and those who have served.

Thank you for visiting to our web site.

The Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars has a rich tradition of serving veterans, military families and their local communities. We invite you to explore this website and our entire VFW Missouri network of sites to learn more about our organization.

If you are a veteran and would like to join the VFW, we invite you to fill out our Join the VFW form.

If you are already a member of the VFW, use the links below to find what you need quickly:

VFW WebMail – Mo VFW Foundation Latest News from the Department

Latest News from Posts in Missouri – Missouri VA Information

Post Website Directory – Department of Missouri By-Laws revised June 2011

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