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A VFW for the Community

POW Welcome Home Celebration

December 23, 2014


On January 23, 1968 USS Pueblo (AGER-2) was attacked in international waters by North Korean Naval and Air Forces.  Eighty-two surviving crewmembers were captured and held prisoner for eleven months. 


Donald R. McClarren was held Prisoner of War by North Korea for 335 days.  On December 23, 1968, Don McClarren, along with his fellow seamen, was released.  One-by-one they crossed the Bridge of No Return at Panmumjon.


On the 46th Anniversary of their release, the Boiling Springs Memorial Post 8851 held a surprise Welcome Home Celebration for our own Don McClarren.  Don was honored and presented with many plaques, certificates and medals in honor of his service, sacrifices and triumphant return home.


Watch the ABC27 story here.

Halloween Parade


The annual Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Boiling Springs Memorial VFW Post 8851 and continues to be a success year after year!  Dozens of entries from the community, schools and local organizations fill the streets of Boiling Springs.  Thanks to all those who join the parade along the route!  The parade concludes at the Iron Forge Middle School with the serving of hot dogs and apple cider. 

Be sure to join us each year... held on the third Thursday of October at 7:00 pm.

Anything Floats

July 4

“Anything Floats” is a segment of the Carlisle Summerfair that deserves a listing by itself! Anything Floats is held on the Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs.

In Anything Floats, teams ‘create’ their own vessel and then paddle that boat from one end of the lake (near the Boiling Springs Tavern) to the other end (near the Mill and the Boiling Springs Pool).

Of course, the main idea is to be the fastest boat to make the trip – but most of the fun is watching to see which team is going to make it at all!

Come cheer on the Boiling Springs VFW team!

Memorial Day Parade


Since 1949, the Boiling Springs Memorial VFW Post 8851 has hosted the Annual Memorial Day Parade throughout the community and conducted a traditional memorial ceremony at the Clock Tower.  Officers of the VFW and Auxiliary perform the wreath laying ceremony, the Cumberland County Honor Guard render the 21 Gun Salute, and the Boiling Springs High School Marching Band pay tribute to our service men and woman with the National Anthem and the individual branch theme songs.

Join us on the Sunday before Memorial Day for this fitting tribute to those who have served.

VFW Chicken BBQ


The VFW hosts various chicken barbecues between June and September with all proceeds benefiting veterans programs and VFW Posts costs throughout the year.  The meals include half of a chicken, baked beans, apple sauce, a roll and butter.

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