Special to the Register
After 15 years as commander of VFW Post 7098 in Richmond, Marvin Bauer who handed off that leardership position at the end of 2012 was recognized last week for his service.
The local VFW Post hosted an appreciation luncheon for Bauer last week at the Blue Grass Army Depot’s Igloo Club to honor him for all of his accomplishments as the commander. It was attended by members of all Madison County veterans groups.
During Bauer’s tenure as commander, Post 7098 provided annual donations to the Richmond Little League, visited Madison County Schools to teach fourth graders flag etiquette and conducted fundraisers to support these activities.
One of Bauer’s first accomplishments as commander was to acquire a facility from the city of Richmond for all veterans organizations to meet. He was one of the main leaders in raising $129,000 to support the first-ever Madison County Veterans Celebration in 2006. And his efforts continue to be a cornerstone for this biennial event.
Bauer also was instrumental in the acquisition of 10 acres of land from Blue Grass Army Depot for a meeting place and communal area for all Madison County veterans.
Another of his many achievements was to organize, equip and acquire dress uniforms for a 15-member honor guard that serves at local veterans’ funerals. The honor guard is coordinated by the Madison County Veterans Committee, which Bauer chairs. It is comprised of local VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League, Viet Nam Veterans, Berea and Richmond DAV chapters.
At the recognition luncheon, new post commander Paul Mazurik presented Bauer with a certificate from John Hamiliton, Veterans of Foreign Wars commander-in-chief, honoring him for his exemplary service. The certificate read,” Such meritorious service has enabled the Veterans of Foreign Wars to continue as a great force for good in the Community, State and Nation.”
Bauer’s wife, Yvonne, also was recognized and presented a letter of appreciation for all the work she has done to support the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Bauer is also active in the Richmond community through his involvement with St. Mark Catholic Church.