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The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) monitors all legislation affecting veterans, alerts VFW membership to key legislation under consideration and actively lobbies Congress and the administration on veterans issues. With VFW’s own priority goals in mind, combined with the support of 2 million members of VFW and its auxiliaries, our voice on “the Hill” cannot be ignored!
Friday, January 18, 2013
VFW Prepares for 57th Presidential Inauguration
This weekend VFW leaders will converge on Washington, D.C. to participate in a variety of events surrounding the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Your VFW has been an active participant in each presidential inauguration over the last half century.
The events kick off on Saturday when VFW Washington Office staff will man a booth space on the National Mall where veterans can learn about their earned benefits and the services available to them through the VFW as part of the National Day of Service.
On Sunday, VFW National Commander-in-Chief John Hamilton will join other VFW leaders at inaugural receptions hosted by counterparts in the veterans’ advocacy community AMVETS and the Disabled American Veterans.
The weekend will culminate on Monday morning, when the VFW leadership delegation and their loved ones will make their way to the U.S. Capitol for the inauguration ceremony, followed by the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball on Monday night.
The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball is another VFW tradition that dates back to the Eisenhower administration, bringing together an array of service members, veterans, wounded warriors, Medal of Honor recipients and veterans’ advocates to recognize the incoming First Family and honor the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces.
We will be following all of the weekend’s events closely and we will bring you highlights from the 57th Presidential Inauguration next week on this blog. Check back for updates.
(Images: Top: The VFW delegation poses for a photo by the U.S. Capitol while attending the second inauguration of President George W. Bush in 2005. Bottom: Medal of Honor recipient Brian Thacker presents VFW Past Commander-in-Chief Glen Gardner with the book "Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty" during the 2009 Medal of Honor reception as part of inauguration weekend. Photos by Joe Davis.)