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As of: Aug 2018 

Post Commander: Dennis Kennedy

District Commander: Mark Maggio

Post Address: 1400 Lynchburg St., Hopewell, VA 23860

Post Telephone: (804) 452 4244

Post Email: or

History of this Post: VFW Post 637 was instituted on 19 Nov 1944. Department of Virginia, VFW Commander Roy C. Perry and his staff visited Hopewell and conducted the ceremony in the Court room at the Municipal Building on Sunday at 2:00PM. The charter application contained 23 names and had been sent on in October. All local members, visiting members and those eligible for membership were urged to be present. The prospective Post had elected initial officers the previous Sunday. They were Carl V. Wilson, Commander; Edward F. Kloske, Senior Vice Commander; Constintine Deligeorges, Junior Vice Commander; Jacob J. Pearson, Quartermaster; Alexander N. Talley, Post Advocate and John A. Bowden, Chaplain. Within the first month, the post had grown to 37 members with two from the Spanish-American War, 17 from World War I and 18 from World War II. The Post scheduled a Buddy Poppy Day the Saturday before the institution with the effort led by the District Commander, Charles G. L. Huether. When announcing the creation of the Post, The Hopewell News pointed out that Poppies are not sold, but the public is asked to make donations for the benefit of disabled and needy veterans as well as their families.

Meeting Dates: Second Tuesday of Each Month starting at 7:00 (1900L)

Canteen Hours:  11:00AM to 11:00PM Monday through Thursday 11:00AM to 1:00AM Friday & Saturday; 12:00AM to 10:00PM Sunday

Kitchen Hours: No Kitchen Available

Other Information: VFW Post 637 is named after Jacob J. Pearson. Jacob James Pearson was the son of William and Lula Pearson, Nėe Boswell. Born in Wilson County, NC 4 Dec 1899, his family moved to this area when he was a teenager. He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during World War I where he lost a leg. He was a charter member of VFW Post 637, American Legion Post 80, strong supporter of the WWI Monument and member of “Last Man Standing” club. The veterans who built this wonderful monument established a “Last Man Standing Club”. Having purchased an expensive bottle of whiskey to be left sealed, the “Last Man” was sworn to set up glasses, open the bottle and drink a toast to his fallen comrades. This decades old pact was fulfilled in 1980. He worked as a bookkeeper in the area and was the driving force in the Veterans Information Center in Hopewell. He died 2 Jan 1949 in Hopewell and is buried in City Point National Cemetery.

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