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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. 

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Veterans Day Parade on November 11th at 2 pm

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 

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.   

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VFW Post 7105 and the Gillespie County Veterans Service Office are hosting a gathering for Women Veterans, commemorating the “70th Anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act” on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Western Edge Cellars located at 228 West Main St., Fredericksburg.  Women Veterans are requested to RSVP no later than Friday, June 8 to (830)997-3758. 


On June 12, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed into law the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act allowing women to serve as regular and permanent members of the armed forces in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the recently formed Air Force.  Prior to this act, women (with the exception of Nurses) served in the military only in times of war.  During World War II, over 150,000 women served in the WAVES-WAAC-Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service – U. S. Navy Reserves, the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, SPARS-Coast Guard Women Reserves, Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, WAC-Women’s Army Corps, WASP-Women’s Airforce Service Pilots who did not get recognition that they served on active duty until 1977 by President Jimmy Carter.   Additionally, it was not until 1974 that the Coast Guard Women's Reserve was ended and women became part of the regular Coast Guard. 

The State of Texas has also proclaimed June 12th as “Women Veterans Day” to recognize the role of women in the military forces and to commemorate the sacrifices of and valor displayed by Texas Women Veterans.   Texas is home to approximately 180,000 women Veterans, with California having the second largest number at 143,211.   

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GILLESPIE COUNTY MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY 


The Veterans Council of Gillespie County invites the community to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 28 at 8:30 am at the War Memorial Monument in front of the Gillespie County Courthouse.  There will be a short ceremony and a reading of the names of Gillespie County Veterans who were killed in action during WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and placing the Memorial Day Wreath.   Participants in the ceremony will be MC-Jim Bisson, BGEN, U. S. Army Retired; Chaplain-CAPT Roger Spencer, USN, Retired; Emily and Lindsay Ashman will sing the National Anthem; Fredericksburg High School Navy Jr ROTC and the Gillespie County Honor Guard.   VFW Post 7105 will also hand out poppies at the ceremony.  

For additional information please contact Tami King, Gillespie County Veterans Service Officer at (830)997-3758 or email: tking@gillespiecounty.org.  

 

Flags will be placed on Veteran’s graves beginning this week of Memorial Day at our Gillespie County Cemeteries. 

Request for Volunteers to place flags on Veterans' graves on Memorial Day week 

Before you volunteer, please make sure you can fulfill all of the dates and requirements: 

1.  Each volunteer will have 40 Veteran graves to place flags. 
2.  All graves at City Cemetery will have new heavy flag holders that require you to be able to carry 4 boxes each weighing approx. 30 lbs.  
3.  All flags must be rinsed, and if dirty, must be soaked and scrubbed clean.  
4.  Recruit family, friends and especially children to help you put out the flags.  
5.  Greenwood Cemetery:  Need 9 Volunteers and 1 Volunteer that will verify the cemetery after flags are placed.  
6.  City Cemetery:  Need 5 Volunteers and 1 Volunteer that will verify the cemetery after flags are placed.  
7. Grapetown Cemetery:  1 Volunteer 

Schedule: 
Pick up Flags from Gillespie County Veterans Service Office: TUESDAY,  May 15 between 9am - 12pm / 1 - 5 pm.  
Place Flags at the Cemetery:  WEDNESDAY, May 23 - Saturday, May 26 by NOON.  
Pick up Flags at Cemetery:  FRIDAY, June 1 or Saturday, June 2. 
Return Flags to Gillespie County Veterans Service Office: MONDAY, June 4 between 9 am - 12 pm.  

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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