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Texas VFW District 20 Leadership at 119th National Convention
Texas VFW Department Commander Edward Torres and Texas VFW District 20 Commander Jose Duran at the 119th VFW National Convention on July 24, 2018 preparing to get their All-American Caps and Certificates from the Commander-in-Chief. For Commander Edward Torres, he also received the Triple Crown All-/American Commander Pin, a very distinguish and hard to accomplishment feat that very few Commanders achieve. Left photo; Edward Torres and Right; Jose I. Duran. A very successful 2017-2018 year even with some ups and downs for the Texas Department and District 20.
Members of the Lytle Memorial VFW Post 12041 did a Korea display at the Lytle Public Library on Friday 27 July
State Commander Welcome BBQ
VFW Post 9174 sponsored a Welcome Back BBQ Dinner, in appreciation for his hard work and dedication to have reached such a prestigious position at State Level for outgoing State Commander Eddie Torres at the Post from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M. on July 7, 2018. Formal introductions by the host and Commander of Post 9174, Armando Gonzales, of guests of honor Eddie and Belinda Torres presentations were done. Stated that our outgoing State Commander is now a recognized Triple Crown All-/American Commander, a very distinguish and hard to accomplishment feat, a standing ovation followed. A very deserving accolade for the State Commander. After Chaplains prayer, food was served and followed by music for the evening. All Post Commanders and members were invited to attend this event. Current and Past Post Commanders present from District 20 were Rolando S. Webber/VFW Post 7108, Ira Hodge/VFW Post 2059, Lee Rivas/VFW Post 12171 and Gilbert Uriegas/VFW Post 1533 and some members of those Posts. Pictorial description; Left photo; State Commander Torres (left) showing his award with Commander Gonzales. Right photo; guests in the hall.
Amount: $20 /Hours: 8 /Members: 2
VFW Helotes Post 7108 alone with the Auxiliary sponsored a family festival from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. on July 4, 2018 for our members, local community and their families with food and activities for the kids. The Independence Day Ceremony started at 6 p.m. with a salute and a pledge allegiance to the flag followed by the Chaplain’s prayer. A brief history about Independence Day was addressed by Post Commander Dana Hardacker. Post members, public and community families were present for this event. Buddy Poppies were passed on to all present. A great day. Refreshments and Ceremonial cake were served after the ceremony. Pictorial description from R to L in the middle and holding cake, Post Quartermaster John Maines, Post Auxiliary President Gladys Portalatin (on left Stripe red, white & blue shirt) and Post Commander Dana Hardacker (on right) with members and guest surrounding the event. Post Commander on right photo.
Amount: $320 /Hours: 66 /Members: 11
FLAG DAY CEREMONY
VFW Helotes Post 7108 performed the Flag Day Ceremony on June 14, 2018 at the Post’s Flag Pole. The event started at 6 p.m. with a salute and allegiance to the flag followed by the Chaplain’s prayer. House Committee Chairman Arthur Young cited a brief history of Flag Day, followed by Flag retirement and disposal. Post members and guests were present for this ceremonial event. Refreshments and Ceremonial cake were served after the ceremony. Pictorial reference (L& R Photos) Boys Scout Troop 351 doing the honor of retiring the Flag.
Amount: $45.00 /Hours: 2 /Members: 5
VFW Helotes Post 7108 performed the D-Day Ceremony on June 6, 2018. The event started at 6 p.m. with a salute and allegiance to the flag followed by the Chaplain’s prayer. Commander Knowles Atchison cited a brief history of D-Day. A day when the most war causalities happen, over 9000 Allied Forces died that day along at Normandy, the most in a one-day battle. Post members and guests were present for this ceremonial event. Refreshments and Ceremonial cake were served after the ceremony. Pictorial reference (Front row l to R); Jose Duran/TX VFW District 20 Commander (black shirt), Pamela Gammage /Post Auxiliary, Gladys Portalatin/Post Auxiliary President (holding Cake), Knowles Atchison/VFW Post 7108 Commander, Bernard Bridges/Post Jr.-Vice Commander. Back row (L to R) Carlos Gutierrez/Post Chaplain, John Maines (white cap).
Amount: $50 / Hours: 1 /Members: 10
Memorial Day Fort Sam Houston National and Mission Retama Cemeteries
VFW Helotes Post 7108 Commander, Knowles Atchison, TX VFWMG Unit 30 and Texas VFW District 20 Commander Jose Duran representing District 20 participated in Memorial Day Ceremony at Ft. Sam Houston National and Mission Retama Cemeteries on May 28, 2018. The event started 10 a.m. with hundreds of folks in attendance. This event honors our war dead and is celebrated throughout the nation in large, small and private cemeteries. This solemn ceremony was performed in beautiful weather as was not the case in past years. All photos of these Memorial Ceremonies were taken at both cemeteries and represent Texas VFW Helotes Post 7108, Auxiliary and TX VFWMG Unit 30-7108.
Amount: $50 /Hours: 25 /Members: 10
Homeless Veteran Interment Ceremony at Ft. Sam Houston National on May 30, 2018
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
VFW Helotes Post 7108 Commander, Knowles Atchison participated in Homeless Veteran Interment Ceremony at Ft. Sam Houston National on May 30, 2018. The event started 10 a.m. with hundreds of folks in attendance. Commander Atchison has attended numerous such events this year. The event honors our veterans who for whatever reason have been neglected and fallen into hard times get a proper military burial in a National Cemeteries. Our District 20 has a Homeless Veterans Program and the Chairman try real heard to help these veterans but not all accept help and thus fall through. This solemn ceremony was performed in beautiful weather. All photos of these Memorial Ceremonies were taken at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Amount: $25 /Hours: 3 /Members: 1