©By Larry Hume (VFW Post 8904)

VFW to Observe Flag Day

June 14, 2018 - In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777. The United States Army also celebrates their birthday on this date.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. In August 1946, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress but is not an official federal holiday.

VFW Post 8904, Auxiliary to Remember D-Day with Laying of Memorial Wreath

June 6, 2018 - On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy.

Memorial Day, World War I

May 27, 2018 - As we approach the 150th Anniversary of the first Memorial Day in 1868 that was then called Decoration Day, we remember that 100 years ago World War I was raging in Europe. The United States had joined in the fighting some 13 months earlier on April 6, 1917 and Shelby County, Texas had lost the first six of 34 sons that would die in the service of their country during the World War.

Presidential Proclamation Honoring Victims of Santa Fe Tragedy

May 19, 2018 - A Presidential Proclamation has been issued Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas. 

All US Flags and those flying with are to be lowered to half-staff until Sunset on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.  If you have a flag that cannot be lowered, respect can be shown by tying a black ribbon or chord to the top of the staff.

Read the Proclamation

Half-Staff Notice Peace Officer Memorial Day Tomorrow

May 14, 2018 - Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 is Peace Officer Memorial Day. The President has issued a proclamation ordering the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff from sunup to sunset on this day. 

All flags flying with the US Flag should also be lowered. If you have an outside flag that can’t be lowered respect for the day can be shown by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top.

VFW Loyalty Day Observance Tuesday, May 1st

May 1, 2018 - Loyalty Day originally began as "Americanization Day" in 1921 as a counter to the Communists’ May 1 celebration of the Russian Revolution. On May 1, 1930, 10,000 VFW members staged a rally at New York’s Union Square to promote patriotism. May 1st evolved into Loyalty Day and the first official observance of the day was in 1959 after the signing of Public Law 85-529 on July 18, 1958. 

Presidential Proclamation Asking for Flags at Half-Staff

April 19, 2018 - A Presidential Proclamation has been issued asking Flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor and as a mark of respect for former First Lady Barbara Bush. Flags are to be lowered from now until the day of her interment which is Saturday, April 21 until sunset.

Remember if you have other flags flying with the US Flag they should also be lowered. Flags that cannot be lowered can show respect for the day by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top of the staff.

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