The Lansing VFW has had a “monster year” because of the things the post has done and the association it has developed with the community, the post commander said recently.

Felix Sanchez of VFW Post 12003 was happy when city of Lansing officials recently presented him with a proclamation recognizing the Veterans Day holiday. And it prompted him to expound on some of the post’s activities during the past year.

Most recently, members assisted with the recreation department’s Spooky House for Halloween. Sanchez said the post handed out 280 bags of popcorn to the children “and we loved their smiles.”

The post had also sponsored two projects to enhance Ken Bernard Park in conjunction with the Lansing Boy Scouts. One of the projects was placing benches close to the pond for fishermen who prefer sitting on them to the ground. The other project Sanchez described was “renovation to the flower bed around the memorial.”

Sanchez said he asked the Eagle Scout in charge of the project to come up with flowers that “look nice and are low maintenance.”

The post also took what he characterized as a bold move for Memorial Day services. Though traditionally the focus has been on the national cemeteries in Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth, the group decided to hold ceremonies in Lansing’s two cemeteries, Mount Muncie and Mount Calvary. Sanchez was pleased they’ve been able to attract some children and young adults to help “honor the veterans that no one thinks about.”

Unlike some service organizations whose numbers are dwindling, the post has added 20 members, Sanchez said.

And he’s particularly proud of the relationship they’ve formed with Lansing High School students. He had asked a young student to form a color guard from the high school and one was formed.

Sanchez urged the Lansing City Council to contact the post for any projects they might have.