The purpose of the Veterans of Foreign Wars​ is to preserve and support the patriotic and historical interests of our country, our communities and our veterans. To strengthen the common bonds of the men and women who have served and who are currently serving in our military, and assist military and veteran families to enhance their quality of life. The Veterans of Foreign Wars maintains true allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America and defend from her all enemies, whomsoever. 

 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1506 is strongly tied to the Melrose community and our surrounding towns. Throughout the year the post holds several community events including monthly Red Cross blood drives, chili cookout, fundraiser for the Boston Wounded Vet Run and we open our hall to local artists during the Victorian Fair. We strive to be the community location for any local events. VFW Post 1506 is proud to serve our community and we look forward to welcoming you at our post. 


 

OUR MISSION

OUR MEMBERS

Karen Welch
Post Commander
GARY WHEELOCK
Quartermaster
Scott Forbes
Sr. Vice Commander
LEO GREENE
Jr. Vice Commander
Leo Boudreau
Adjutant
Gerald Libby
Chaplain
GARY BROWN
1 Yr Trusteee
JOSH PACK
2 Yr Trustee
Michael Nocito
3 Yr Trustee
 
 

HALL RENTALS

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With plenty of options to configure it to how you like, our hall is the perfect location for your next event!! VFW Post 1506 is conveniently located to several MBTA bus lines and a short distance from the Wyoming Hill Commuter Rail and Oak Grove Orange Line stops.

 

Please see the chart below for a list of our pricing. For any information, or to answer any of your questions, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and a representative will reach out to you shortly.

HALL RENTAL PRICING:

Standard Rate (4 Hours)                     $600

Includes bartender ($50), setup/breakdown ($40) and access to kitchen. 

Additional Hours (per hour):            $100

VETERAN PRICING:

A valid Military I.D. or DD-214 will be required for proof of service. 

Standard Rate (4 Hours)                     $250

Includes bartender ($50), setup/breakdown ($40) and access to kitchen. 

Additional Hours (per hour):            $75

 

Lt. Norman Prince was born on August 31, 1887 in Beverly, Massachusetts. He was son of Frederick Henry Prince.

Prince attended the Groton School, graduated Harvard College, cum laude in 1908 and Harvard Law School in 1911.

Prince, under the alias 'George Manor' to conceal his flight training from his father, was the 55th American to be licensed to fly an airplane by the Aero Club of America. He passed his test on August 28, 1911 at Squantum, Massachusetts flying a Burgess with a Wright motor.

Norman was practicing law in Chicago when he joined a group to build and race a plane in the Gordon Bennett Cup Race. They hired Starling Burgess to build their plane in his boat yard in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1912. In 1910, Norman's family had bought an estate in Pau, France known as "Villa Ste. Helene".The estate, with its house, still stands at 29 Avenue Norman-Prince, and contains a painting of Norman standing next to an aircraft. The year before the Prince family purchased the estate, the Wright Brothers had traveled to Pau, and made many well-publicized flights there, carrying passengers, and training pilots.

In January 1915, Norman, who spoke fluent French, sailed to France, and finally persuaded the French to allow the founding of the American Escadrille (squadron) in April 1916.

Captain Georges Thenault, the Escadrille's commander, credits Norman for conceiving the idea of bringing together his countrymen with some of those of the French Foreign Legion in a squadron of flyers to be initially known as the Escadrille Américaine. He formed the squadron with William Thaw IIElliot C. CowdinFrazier CurtisVictor Chapman, and Greeley S. Curtis, Jr. Elliott C. Cowdin, in an article which he published in the Harvard Alumni Bulletin (March 7, 1918) gave the full credit for the formation of this flying corps and for its incorporation in the French flying service to the energy and persistence of Norman Prince.

As an aviator, serving as a sergeant in the French air service, Norman Prince was involved in 122 aerial combat engagements in which he was officially credited with five victories. He was also thought to have brought down four additional hostile planes which were not confirmed. Note - Sources vary as to how many aerial victories Prince had. Estimates range from zero to five.

Prince was awarded the French Legion of HonorMedaille Militare and Croix de Guerre.

On October 12, 1916 Prince flew as an escort for a bombing raid on the Mauser rifle works at Oberndorf, Germany during which he shot down an enemy plane. Returning to base, his landing wheels hit telegraph cables near his air base and his plane flipped over and crashed.

Prince was severely injured and died on October 15, 1916. On his deathbed he was promoted to sous lieutenant and awarded the Legion of Honor. His body was returned to the United States and buried in an elaborate tomb at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C..

*Information from the Norman Prince Wikipedia page. 

 

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Email: vfwpost1506@gmail.com
Tel:  781-665-0317

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