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WELCOME TO PHILIP BILLARD POST #1650

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Our Post is located on Huntoon St. in Topeka, Kansas. We received our Charter in 1929 and are named in honor of Philip Billard.

We host an Auxiliary Charter, Honor Guard, and Canteen.

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L. Philip Billard

Photo of Philip Billard sitting in an Longren airplane, 1912Aviator, World War I soldier.  Born: April 27, 1891, Topeka, Kansas.  Died: July 24, 1918, France

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.

Philip Billard

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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Dale Easton's "The Drunkard"

ARTS, Inc. and VFW Philip Billard Post #1650 announce a collaboration to bring Dale Easton's "The Drunkard" to live audiences this July. Live performances will be in our Last Call Lounge starting on Friday July 16, 2021. Doors open at 7:30 pm for seating and curtains open at 8 pm. The Drunkard owns the record as the longest running play in Topeka theater history. Fun fact- opening night for The Drunkard will be its 909th performance 🎭. Grab your tickets before it sells out!

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ARTS, Inc. and VFW Philip Billard Post #1650 announce a collaboration to bring Dale Easton's "The Drunkard" to live audiences this July. Live performances will be in our Last Call Lounge starting on Friday July 16, 2021. Doors open at 7:30 pm for seating and curtains open at 8 pm. 
 
 

Our 13th Annual POW/MIA Memorial Golf Tournament is happening this year on Saturday August 21, 2021 at 8 am. We'll be having it at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Topeka, KS. If you haven't signed up yet with your team or to be a sponsor, please do so! POC for team registration is Brian, he can be reached at btritsch1@cox.net. POC for hole sponsorship is Mike, he can be reached at vfw1650quartermaster@gmail.com.

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