August 6, 2022

Lyme-Old Lyme’s VFW Post 1467 Named ‘Best Post in CT’ by VFW State Leadership

VFW Post 1467 Commander David Griswold tells members of the recognition that the Post had recently received recognition from VFW State leadership as the ‘Best Post in Connecticut.’ All photos by Doug Wilkinson.

OLD LYME — On Monday, June 27, members of the Lyme-Old Lyme Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1467 learned that their Post had been recognized by VFW State leadership as the ‘Best Post in Connecticut.’ Members had gathered for a regular meeting at the Lymes’ Senior Center unaware the award would be announced.

This great honor had been announced two weeks previously when the VFW State leadership held their annual awards ceremony at which they recognize 10 Posts out of 100 for their accomplishments. Criteria include membership, community activities, and helping veterans.

Commander David Griswold receives a number of gifts from incoming Commander Richard Mason as Griswold stepped down from his position after seven years of service to the Post in that role.

At the same meeting, Commander David Griswold, who had served seven years during two terms as Commander of the Post, was also honored as he handed over the command to Richard Mason.

Commander Griswold made the following statement during the ceremony, “As Post Commander, I was honored to accepted the award as the Best Post in Connecticut (VFW Post 1467) on behalf of our membership.  Our success is attributed to our members who represents the best in military service as well as giving back to their community as well as the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme who’s businesses and individuals have been so generous in helping veterans.”

Griswold added, “I would also like to acknowledge the Old Lyme Senior Center for all their support. This is a very special community who honors all who have served”.

Commander Griswold happily displays one of his gifts.

VFW Post 1467 success,  especially within the Old Lyme community has been primarily a result of focused, aggressive veterans outreach relief funding to approximately 80 military vets, who have benefited from over $100,000 in support during the past 10 years along with thousands of dollars in annual contributions to the VA Giant Steps Program, West Haven, CT and State of CT Rocky Hill Soldiers Home.

Newly-installed Commander Mason noted, “As the incoming commander for 2022-23, I will make sure our leadership team continues the popular traditions and community partnerships that Lyme, Old Lyme enjoys with our very interactive Post.

Commander David Griswold displays the certificate from the VFW National Home for Children for VFW Post 1467’s continuous support of the Home.

The Post also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the VFW National Home for Children for the Post’s continuous support of the Home.


  1. Our VFW Post’s working motto is “No Bar, No Building; Just Good Works!” and it was chartered by WWII and other vets 30 some years ago who did not want a bar and building to annually pay for. it is a model for future VFW and American Legion posts BECAUSE 98% of our revenues for funding are spent on once-vetted one-time temporary assistance services to CT Vets In Need. We are 80+ members of Vets of “foreign wars”. PLEASE come join our veterans comraderie at the LOL Senior Center every 4th Monday of the month save Dec-Feb: Meet & Greet 530pm; Catered Dinner 6pm; Meeting 7pm-8pm. No need to call. Just bring a copy of your DDForm214. Or go to with $35 and join on-line VFW Post#1467.

  2. Arthur Paras says

    ART PARAS 410 310 0193 (Korean War Veteran l Recently Transferred to VFW POST1467/From DEVON VFW Post Milford CT.Congratulations to our Past Commander David Griswold for helping our Post achieve The BEST POST IN CT,Well Deserved Proud to be a Member.