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Veterans Day Parade on November 11th at 2 p.m.

 

Looking for World War I re-enactors for 2018 Veterans Day Parade 

In preparation for the World War I Centennial Commemoration Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm, we are looking for World War 1 re-enactors to participate in the parade and on the WWI Float.  If you or someone you know is a re-enactor, please share this email with your friends and family.  

Thank You to the following organizations that are providing floats:  
WWII - Rotary Club-morning 
Korea - Rotary Club - noon 
Vietnam -Rotary Club  
Vietnam- Tea Party Club 
Women Veterans - Zonta Club 
Gulf War & Global War on Terrorism - FBG First Responders

Click here for information flyer.

Also, for our upcoming Veterans Day Parade and WWI Centennial Commemoration, we are looking for someone or a group to pay tribute to our "Military Working Horses".  There are many famous military horses and in particular "War Horse" during WWI.   The role of the horse during WWI is chronicled on the web pages below:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horses_in_World_War_I
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zp6bjxs#zshr7ty
If anyone would like to do a float or have live horses depicting some of the famous horses we would welcome it.  We already have the Hill Country SPCA doing a float honoring "Military Working Dogs and Pigeons". Thank you for your help.

 

Request for Volunteers: 

The Gillespie County Historical Society - Pioneer Museum will be participating in the Veterans Day Parade with a float honoring WWI Gillespie County Veterans and with a replica of the War Memorial Monument with the names of WWI Veterans on it.  Dr. Jeryl Hoover, Executive Director of the Gillespie County Historical Society and Pioneer Museum, is recruiting volunteers to help make this a very special float for our WWI Centennial Commemoration.  The GCHS only has a few employees and they need some "people power". 
If you can help, please contact this VSO with your name, telephone & email address, and Tami King will forward your contact information to Lacey LeBleu, Curator of the Pioneer Museum.   

Veterans Day Ring the Bells of Peace on November 11th at 11 a.m. 

To commemorate the Centennial of the end of World War I, we are asking for all the bells of Gillespie County to be rung at 11 a.m. for one minute on November 11, 2018.  Let Churches, Schools, Homes and Citizens join in this moment of remembrance.  Following the ringing of the bells, there will be a wreath ceremony at the War Memorial Monument in front of the Courthouse, where the names of the fallen will be read and honored.  

Click here for Information and Schedule Flyer.  

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All-Women Veterans Honor Flight on Friday and Saturday, October 19-20, 2018 for 30 Women Veterans who served during WWII, Korea, and/or Vietnam to our Nation's Capital to see the memorials built in their honor and to attend a ceremony at the Women's Memorial.  
Order of priority to fill the 30 seats: 
1. WWII women veterans from across the state; 
2. Korea and Vietnam Era Women Veterans from Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis, and Williamson Counties.  
The Applications for each ERA can be found at:  http://www.honorflightaustin.org/forms/.  After you complete the application, please drop it off at the Gillespie County Veterans Service Office and VSO Tami King will scan and submit it to the Coordinator.   

For more information, click here.

All are invited to attend the

POW / MIA Ceremony at 11:00 am

Friday, September 21, 2018 at VFW Post 7105. 

 

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Oral History Department at Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center and Archive seeking Vietnam Veterans to participate in Oral History Project

Oral History Project Information (click here)

The Vietnam Center & Archive Information (click here)

Service Members, Veterans, and Families PEER to PEER Support Meets on 1st and 4th Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in Kerrville at the Hill Country Veterans Center: PEER to PEER Support Information (click here)

Opportunity to get your Health Care Directives and HIPPA forms on file with the VA Health system on 1st and 3rd Mondays at 10:00 a.m. in Kerrville VA Medical Center: Filing Information (click here)

Gillespie County Honor Guard meets on 2nd Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory: Honor Guard Information (click here)

Gillespie County
Veterans Service Office
102 E San Antonio St
Suite B-2
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

Telephone: (830) 997-3758
Fax: (830) 997-3245

Located: Annex 2 Bldg
(former clinic building)


Adult Volunteers Needed

The Fredericksburg High School Navy JROTC unit needs adult drivers to help the cadets put out and pickup flags on holidays.  If you can help even one holiday per year, please contact CAPT George T. Fadok, Senior Naval Science Instructor, via phone (830) 997-7551 or email georgef@fisd.org 

The dates flags are set out are:
- Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, third Monday of January
- President's Day, third Monday of February
- Armed Forces Day & Peace Officer/EMS Recognition Day, third Saturday of May
- Memorial Day, last Monday of May
- Flag Day, 14th of June
- Independence Day, 4th of July
- Gillespie County Fair Day, fourth Friday of August
- 9-11 Remembrance Day, 11th of September
- POW-MIA Day and Constitution Day, third Friday of September
- Columbus Day, second Monday of October
- Election Day, first Tuesday of November every even year
- Veteran's Day, 11th of November
- Pearl Harbor Day, 7th of December 

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