©By Larry Hume (VFW Post 8904)

World War I Veterans from Shelby County List; VFW Seeking Input

May 23, 2017 - In our quest to account for all World War I Veterans from Shelby County, Texas or those now buried here during this Centennial year we have established a beginning data base of 494 names. Not all of their information is complete and I am sure there are names missing also. This list was compiled from various sources including citizens input during the past couple of months.

Flags at Half Staff in Honor of Memorial Day

May 22, 2017 - Memorial Day is Monday, May 29th, 2017.  United States Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon.  All banks, schools, businesses and government offices that fly a flag that can be lowered are asked to please do so in honor of those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  All other flags flying with the US Flag should also be lowered.

If you fly a flag that can’t be lowered you can still show respect for the day by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top of the flag pole.  It too should be removed at noon.

Buddy Poppy Day

May 16, 2017 - Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community. As VFW’s official memorial flower, the Poppy represents the blood shed by American service members and it reiterates that the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Auxiliary will never forget their sacrifices.

Memorial Day 2017

May 15, 2017 - Shelby County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary invite the public to their annual Memorial Day Program to be held at in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas on Monday, May 29, 2017. The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. The 192 names of Shelby County military killed in action/missing in action from the Civil War to today’s war on terror will be read. While the names are being read, the public is invited to help decorate the Memorial Wreath.

Looking for Veteran Family Member

April 28, 2017 - Larry Hume, VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster, is looking for a family member(s) of Forrest Pierce Jones (1899-1958) who served in World War II and is buried in the Antioch Cemetery. His wife was Ora O. Summers Jones (1896-1931) and children Eiland Jones (1921-1988) and Frances Marie Jones Reynolds (1924-2010).

If anyone has any information please contact Larry at 936-598-2976 or email: chief@chiefimaging.com.

VFW Loyalty Day Observance; Tribute to Heritage of American Freedom

April 24, 2017 - 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. 

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