M-1 Springfield 1945 rifle We are having a raffle for the rifle. The drawing will be in the first week in May. The tickets for the rifle is 10 dollars for one ticket or three for 25 dollars. We have a deal for veterans that would like to be a new member of the VFW Post 1650 3110 SW Huntoon Topeka KS. 785-235-9073. The cost of membership is reduced when you buy three tickets for 25 dollars. If you qualify, we can get you in being a member within a couple weeks. Thank you for your service.
Before Memorial Day in 1922, we conducted our first poppy distribution, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as it remains today.
Coming home doesn't mean the battle is over. With over 10 times the amount of veterans lost to suicide than to combat operations in the same time period, there has never been a more important time to TAKE A STAND and DO something to support our veterans!! If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, we have people that have shared a similar experience and are ready to help.
Born to a prominent family April 27, 1891, in Topeka, Kansas, Louis Philip Billard learned to fly at an early age. Topeka aviator and aircraft builder, A. K. Longren, was his instructor and provided aircraft for Billard to fly.
Billard's flights around the capital city were frequently mentioned in the Topeka papers. This attention was due partly to the public's fascination with this new invention and to the fact that Billard was the son of Topeka mayor, J. B. Billard. His father was quoted in 1912 the Topeka Daily Capital as being "opposed to his son purchasing the racing biplane, because of the dangers of flying, but Phil wanted something that was faster than an auto. . ."
His father's concerns about the dangers of flying were well founded. Many pilots had accidents in these early aircraft.
Billard volunteered for service as a pilot when the U.S. entered World War I. He trained in Colorado, California, and New York, before he was assigned the duty of test pilot in France. While serving as a test pilot and instructor during World War I in France, Billard died July 24, 1918, when his plane disintegrated. In 1940 the Philip Billard Airport in Topeka, Kansas, was dedicated to his memory.
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