Veterans celebrate VFW birthday
On Oct. 2, Katy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 Commander Don Byrne, with assistance of the Auxiliary, presented a short program about the VFW birthday at James Coney Island.
He explained the history of the VFW to all there and then everyone sang happy birthday to the VFW and served cake to the staff and guests. World War II Veteran Ralph West, along with many members, joined in the celebration.
National VFW Day is observed on Sept. 29 each year. The VFW was established on Sept. 29, 1899, by a group of veterans from the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection. It has since grown to be the nation’s largest group of combat veterans. They continue “to honor the dead by helping the living.” The VFW promote patriotism, goodwill and youth scholarships. They also provide military assistance and community service programs, promote youth activities and volunteer many hours in their local communities.