VFW Auxiliary and Post 399 members bring together Scouts, families and friends as part of nationwide wreath-laying for veterans.


VFW Post 399 Auxiliary got the ball rolling only a month ago for Westport to join over 3,200 other cemeteries in the U.S., Puerto Rico and on foreign soil to celebrate Wreath Across America Day on Saturday, December 17.

And stepping up amongst the group of 100-plus volunteers were the impressive local Scouts of Troop 139 and 39.

“Scouts from Troops 139 and 39 were honored to participate in the inaugural Wreaths Across America for Westport Veterans at Assumption Ceremony. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember our fallen heroes and honor their families by laying a remembrance wreath upon each veteran’s grave,” said Scoutmaster Katherine O’Brien.

In the opening remarks, master of ceremonies Patty Kondub spoke for Auxiliary President Joan Evon, stating, “This is Westport’s first year of adopting a cemetery and we are looking forward to keeping this tradition for many years to come.”

When asked for a comment after the moving ceremony which finished with the playing of “Taps” as volunteers walked the cemetery placing wreaths and thanking each veteran for their service, Phil Delgado, VFW Post 399 Quartermaster summed it up best: “The VFW Post 399 is sincerely honored and extends our gratitude to all the community volunteers that helped support Wreaths Across America in Westport! We always tell our veteran community.…we can’t do it all, we can’t do alone and we can’t do it without help. Again, thank you for your support!”

Later in January, volunteers will be needed to collect the wreaths and also will be invited back to the VFW Post 399 for refreshments. Please contact Patty Kondub, Auxiliary Junior Vice-President at nortonpk@aol.comfor further information or to receive updates.

“Westport VFW Post 399 Auxiliary” is listed as such on Facebook.

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VFW Post 399 hosted our 30th straight monthly Red Cross Blood on Thursday, December 15th with over 55 donors!  Between Thanksgiving and the new year, more than one million units of blood will be given to patients in the U.S. Our next blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17th between 8:30am-6:00pm.  For an appointment, please visit – use sponsor code: VFWWestport or call 1-800-733-2767.

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Dec 2, 2022

Each Thursday night for the last 34 weeks there has been a cool jazz concert at the Westport VFW Post 399 at 465 Riverside Ave. Well known area musicians including Chris Coogan, Brian Torf and Westport’s own Jazz Rabbi, Greg Wall of Beit Chaverim Synagogue have given their audience at the Post a great show.

A great buffet is served by Fairfield’s Latina Cantina which is available for $25.00 per person. For those interested in just the music, a $15.00 cover charge is collected solely for paying the band. The Clinton VFW which is also home to the American Legion post, is volunteer-run with bartenders and staff working for tips.

Last night, the Melissa Newman Quartet performed to a packed house. Newman is a well known singer and artist who lives in Westport and her bandmates last night included Phil Bowler on bass, David Morgan on piano and Bob Leonard on drums.  Another Westport musician, Michael Mossman sat in on trumpet for a few songs in their first set.

For information on upcoming shows visit: or email or call 203.227.6796 to make reservations.

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