Members of Statesboro’s VFW Post 10825 came together on Monday, July 4, 2022 to hold an Independence Day Commemoration. Fellow veterans and members of the community braved the July heat to attend the service held at the Veterans Memorial Monument in front of the Bulloch County Judicial Annex.

Independence Day Commemoration
VFW Post Commander Larry Shatteen opens the program as veterans look on Credit: Grice Connect

The Independence Day Commemoration was led by VFW Post Commander Larry Shatteen and coordinated by Dean Rakoskie, VFW State Junior Vice Commander.

The program opened with the presentation of colors by the Honor Guard from Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office. The program continued as follows:

  • Chaplain Eugene Smith – Opening Prayer
  • Commander Larry Shatteen – Remarks

Reading of the Declaration of Independence:

  • Post Senior Vice Commander Mike Cox – Background and Overview
  • Comrade Ken Eichler – Preamble
  • Commander Larry Shatteen

Bill of Indictment:

  • Comrade Jason Yurek
  • Comrade Ernest Mitchell
  • Comrade Ken Eichler
  • Comrade Dave Morales
  • Post Junior Vice Commander Felix Loya

Statement of Independence:

  • Comrade Mike Trevino

Continuation of the Program:

  • VFW State Junior Vice Commander Dean Rakoskie – Pledge of Allegiance, Red Skelton monologue for 1969
  • VFW Senior Vice Commander Mike Cox – Folding of the Flag
  • VFW State Junior Vice Commander Dean Rakoskie – Brotherhood
  • Comrade Robert Babot – Singing of “America the Beautiful”
  • Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard – Retirement of the Colors

Grice Connect live streamed the entire service. You can watch in entirety below:

“We hope that if the people watching or reading about this service get nothing else out of this ceremony today, I hope that there is a statement of brotherhood made today,” said VFW State Junior Vice Commander Dean Rakoskie. “This date, this time, the people gathered here from Statesboro and Bulloch County reaffirm their commitment to brotherhood.”

Independence Day
Veterans and members of the audience singing “America the Beautiful” Credit: Grice Connect

Join the VFW effort today

To learn more about the Statesboro’s VFW Post 10825 and how to get involved locally you can visit their Facebook page at

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