The VFW is much more than a place for fellowship.
The VFW is a 501(c)(19) federally chartered, nonprofit, charitiable organization.
The official name for VFW Post 2208 is:  Joe W. Cretzmeyer Post No. 2208 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of
the United States.
The Post charter was issued on August 11th, 1931 with 100 local members listed on the charter.
The Post was named in memory of a well-known and respected local resident, Joseph W. Cretzmeyer, who at
the age of 24 died in France during WW 1.
The original Post home was located in downtown SE Waverly.  On September 30th, 1953 the building was
destroyed along with all contents and records by a suspected gas explosion and fire.  The Post met for a time in
the American Legion Hall, then purchased 8 acres and a brick house in northwest Waverly.  After operating the
Post for about 10 years in the brick residence, the Post erected its present building, which was regarded as one
of the finest small community Post Homes in Iowa at the time.
Post 2208 has a current membership of 158 members and has a small Canteen in which members can meet
daily for refreshments, food and fellowship.  The Canteen also hosts weekly Thursday night food specials and
Saturday evening steak fries.   The upper level is used for Post meetings and is rented out for receptions,
reunions, etc.

The VFW is much more than a place for fellowship. It is a 501(c) (19) federally chartered, nonprofit, charitable
organization.  Our mission is “To honor the dead by helping the living”, promote social welfare of the
community, sponsor and participate in activities of a patriotic nature and provide social and recreational
activities for our members.

Our Mission-
"to honor the dead, by helping the living."

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars is the worlds oldest and
It is chartered by the Congress of the United States.
Cross of Malta
History of the VFW Emblem.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the
United States adopted for its symbol
the Cross of Malta, which
has a heritage of honor, duty sacrifice
and courage that dates back to the
11th century.
The Cross of Malta's eight points
represented the eight Beatitudes
prescribed in the Sermon on the Mount.
Those, in effect, declare

(1) blessed are the poor in spirit
(2) the meek
(3) the pure
(4) the merciful
(5) the peacemakers
(6) blessed are they that mourn
(7) seek righteousness
(8) blessed are they who are
persecuted for righteousness sake.
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