Brick by brick, VFW Post 1518, and our local community sponsors work shoulder to shoulder to make a new VFW Post building a reality through our Brick Paver program. You can help us reach our goal of breaking ground on our 100th Anniversary by purchasing a brick paver for installation at the Veterans Memorial in Gaylord.
Brick Pavers are available in two sizes:
4” x 8” with three lines of 15 characters - $100 each
8” x 8” with six lines of 15 characters - $160 each
Your orders complete processing and engraving within a few weeks. Professional installers add the sponsored brick pavers to the Veterans Memorial in lots of five or more.
All proceeds benefit the future Post building fund.
The History of the Brick Paver Program
In 2013, John Facchinetti, then Commander of Post 1518, presented the memorial brick pavers idea as a fund-raising project for the Post building fund. He believed the program provided a way to honor veterans while raising funds to build a new home for the VFW. Partnering with city leaders, John got approval to incorporate the Brick Paver Memorial into the Veterans Memorial located beside the Otsego County Courthouse in downtown Gaylord. John assembled a regional team to put the program in motion, with bricks procured in Petoskey, engraved in Traverse City, and laid in place by a Gaylord landscaper. To date, we have overseen the installation of more than 400 brick pavers with all proceeds benefiting the future Post building fund, in line with John’s vision.