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VFW post honored
Ceres post #10293 recognized for great community service
VFW award
Ceres VFW Post Commander David Sawyer spoke recently to the Ceres Chamber of Commerce holiday mixer about a national award received for community service. It is the third time the Ceres club was singled out nationally for great service to the Ceres community. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier photo

National honors have been given to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #10293 in Ceres for a third time.

The Ceres post was one of 15 out of 7500 posts in the nation to receive the designation. It is the third time the post received the same designation. One sign is posted near the Mitchell Road bridge and the other is near the Ceres American Legion Memorial Building.

"Our little post ranks on the top one-fifth of the top one percent in community service and we're very proud of that," said David Sawyer, commander of Post #10293, as he presented signs to the Ceres City Council on Dec. 9. He asked the city to post the signs.

"I appreciate everything you do for the city," said Ceres Mayor Chris Vierra. "That's a pretty high bar you have set."

Sawyer said his post does a lot for the community.

"Our main mission is veterans, helping veterans and we do a lot for the community. We support youth sports. Our honor guard does approximately 100 (veteran) funerals a year."

The VFW was started around 1900 by veterans of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection. Close to two million veterans belong to the organization and its auxiliary.