By Mollie LaSalle
WOODVILLE – VFW Post 2033 of Woodville hosted their inaugural Patriot Day weekend, last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10 at the post. The event was the brainchild of post commander Mike King, who brought it before members two to three months ago.
There were several vendors on hand, including Dirt Road Designs, Greg Fuller’s Buff and Shine, Wreaths Across America, and Rick English’s Talon Creations, to name a few. Attendees also had their pick of food trucks with Country Boys Smoking leading the pack. Two bands performed, Texas .357 Band entertained attendees on Saturday night, and Dan Ennis Shark Bait Band was on hand Sunday.
Event organizer King said that attendance was “decent” since not too many people knew about it until the last minute, and he said, “from this event forward, it will always be the weekend before 9-11”. He added that, “if there are any veterans that do not belong to a post, they are encouraged to join the local post in Woodville. Several attendees came yesterday (Sunday) to pick up applications to join and remarked that they didn’t know that Woodville had a VFW post”.
The weekend culminated in a 9-11 Memorial Service on Sunday morning attended by County Judge Milton Powers and Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. The county commissioners passed a proclamation in recognition and remembrance of the solemn event. The post wanted to thank everyone who came and participated in the weekend’s activities.
King wanted to mention that the VFW’s national scholarship contest is underway, and there are two parts to it. The first one is the Voice of Democracy contest, which is open to high school students from 9-12 grade. They can be public, private, or home schooled, he said. The local winner receives a $1000 scholarship, and the national winner receives a $35,000 scholarship; this year’s theme is “How Are You Inspired by America?”. Phase two is the Patriot’s Pen contest, which is open to middle/jr. high students. The local winner of this one receives a $500 scholarship; the theme for this year is “What Are The Greatest Attributes Of Our Democracy”?. Entries are due by Oct. 31 and your student can contact post commander King at 318-229-3386. For more information check the post’s Facebook page: VFW Post 2033, or their web page at VFW2033.org.