Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association
107 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314


You are invited to the Program Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association at 9 a.m. on Parade Day (Monday, February 20, 2017). This year we are at the The Alexandrian (formerly the Hotel Monaco), 480 King Street in downtown Alexandria.

The featured speaker this year is retired four-star General John H. Tilelli Jr. During a distinguished 37-year military career, Tilelli became one of only 216 people in the history of the U.S. Army to be promoted to the rank of four-star general. He served as Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1994 to 1995, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Forces Command from 1995 to 1996, and Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command/Commander in Chief of the Republic of Korea and U.S Combined Forces Command/Commander of U.S forces Korea from 1996 to 1999. He served two tours in the Vietnam War, four in Germany and three in the Pentagon. His combat tours include assignments as a Company Commander in Vietnam and as Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division during the Persian Gulf War. After retiring from the Army in January 2000, Tilelli served as president of the United Service Organizations, and as chairman of the board of the Military Officers Association of America. Tilelli is a resident of Alexandria and currently serves as chair of the Widener University Board of Trustees, and is chairman and CEO of Cypress International, a consulting firm specializing in helping clients with business development related activities.

Plan on attending for a three-course breakfast, the presentation of the Ben Lynt Distinguished Service Award, and good fellowship on the morning of the George Washington Birthday Parade.

Tickets are available for $35 each.

Tickets may be purchased on line via:

You may also mail payment to Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, P. O. Box 22505, Alexandria, VA 22304. For additional information contact Bill Kehoe via or by phone at 703-751-6416.

Friendship Conservation Project

Friendship Firemark:
Friendship is pleased to announce a special limited edition firemark for purchase to support the conservation of two firefighting apparatus at the Friendship Firehouse Museum. These are approximately 8" oval plaques painted and made of cast iron. They are similar to those made in the 18th and 19th centuries to identify buildings for fire insurance purposes. The lettering is raised, there will be two holes at the very top so it can be hung, and there will be a fixture on the bottom so a pole can be attached to it so it can stand up in a garden or front lawn if desired. They will be available for pre-sale this weekend at a cost of $150 at the Special Curator's Reception at Friendship Firehouse Museum on Friday evening and at the Friendship Festival in the 100 block of South Alfred Street on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Friendship Conservation Fund

A donation to Friendship will help us conserve two pieces of firefighting apparatus owned by Friendship Fire Co. 

The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association assists in the preservation of the historic fire engine house on Alfred Street in Alexandria, Virginia; supports the Alexandria Fire Department; and provides scholarships, and other benevolent and philanthropic services to the Alexandria Community.  The Association promotes civic involvement, honors the legacy of its 18th-century founders--dedicated citizen firefighters--and values the contributions of our present-day first responders.