Servpro Country Days Parade
members of the
Norman L. Rigdon Post 5896
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Farmington Country Days has a proud history of recognizing individuals and organizations who have inspired, contributed and made a difference in the community.
This year, the annual festival is honored to announce the
Parade Marshal for the 2019 ServPro Country Days Parade
is the members of the Norman L. Rigdon Post 5896 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Farmington post was chartered in 1946 with 72 members and was named after Sergeant Norman L. Rigdon, who died on December 25, 1944 serving proudly in WWll. His parents donated the land where the post now sits and since it’s inception, has grown to 517 members.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is a group within a group and the Parkland is blessed to be home to several different veterans’ organizations. The AmVETS is a group for all veterans that served, the American Legion is for veterans that served during specifics times, the VFW is for veterans that have served in a combat zone, and the DAV is for veterans with service-connected disabilities. With the variety of organizations and services available this provides a place for all veterans.
VFW Post 5896 is committed to supporting a variety of youth programs across the community including scholarship opportunities to middle and high school students through the Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy Essay contests, Boy Scout/Girl Scout opportunities to compete in the Scout of the Year program, and chartering Boy Scout Troup 483 which meets weekly at the Post.In recognition of excellent educators in the area, the Post sponsors a Program.The organization serves as a voting venue for the Farmington community and has been an avid supporter of the Farmington History Museum, providing historic war relics for display and a wealth of information from members past and present.
While supporting a variety of programs for their neighbors within the community, the primary focus of the organization continues to be veterans’ needs and services.The Post provides a Relief Fund, specifically designed to help veterans and their families with utility and medical bills.They provide service officers to assist veterans filing referrals with the VA for disability claims and benefits along with sponsoring Camp Hope and Camp Valor events for wounded warriors. Most recently, the members have made suicide prevention a priority and have sponsored the annual Walk, raising funds for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.They have spoken on behalf of their brothers and sisters to increase awareness of the 22 veteran suicides a day that occur across the country.
Regarding the honor, Post Commander Bud Davis says “When we were in the service our uniforms made us all part of something larger than ourselves, and we fought and served our country. The VFW Post has given us a place to continue to have the camaraderie we once had in the service and still be part of something larger than ourselves by serving our community. The Post has continued to give us a task and a purpose to accomplish through volunteering.”
“We are honored to recognize the Norman L. Rigdon Post 5896 Veteran of Foreign Wars this year as part of our theme” states Laura Raymer, Director of Events and Program Marketing for the Farmington Regional Chamber.“Most in our community are aware of their work at memorial services during Veterans Day and Memorial Day but there is so much more they do and these tremendous men and women truly are heroes”.