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Veterans of Foreign Wars Texas



District 14 Commander Monthly Comments

November 2019



As we start the Month of November what comes to my mind is Veterans Day! What is the History of Veterans Day? Below is a short story of Veterans Day.


Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the Veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

So, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month let’s remember all our Veterans in the State of Texas and around the world. I know across the District we will be honoring these Veterans with programs and food and comradeships. Let’s take time to thank a Veteran on the 11th and every day too!

As we move into the Second Quarter we still have a lot of work to do at of our Posts. Commanders please check your Status Report weekly at Department Website..

We have some Posts that haven’t completed mandatory VPRs from the National By-Laws in Section 213. Also, we have some Posts that are behind on Community Services, Youths, Americanism and Buddy Poppy. We have Posts that need to add a New Life Member or upgrade an annual member to Life.

As you know it’s that time for all Posts to complete theirs Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen and Teacher of the Year and have them turned in to Tom DuChateau on November 15, 2018 at Post 8577. Tom and other members will be there from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. to collect all the applications. They will screen and accept all applications from each Post across the District. Please do not give any application to the Canteen Manager, Bartender or any Post Officers from Post 8577. Judging will take place at Post 3892 (20 November 2019 at 10:00 A.M.) and at least one representative from each post is required to assist with the judging.

As we start the second month of the Second Quarter we have a lot of work that needs to be done before Mid-Winter. I am counting on all Commanders to ensure that we can achieve our monthly and quarterly requirements. We have a lot of dedicated Comrades of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Members of the VFW Auxiliary, together we will achieve outstanding results as we have in the years passed.

It is the responsibility of all Commanders to ensure that your VPR’s and other correspondences/requirements are sent to Department and been received and processed. Again, use the SOP for Texas VFW Posts to view all upcoming Deadline Dates. 

All keep up the great work and Happy Thanksgiving.

Yours in Camaraderie,
 Anson Lee Booker
Anson L. Booker
District 14
“Riding The Rails Serving Our Veterans”