The Wall That Heals
Nov
7
to Nov 10

The Wall That Heals

The mobile Vietnam Wall will be back in our area, this time in Stephenville, TX.

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has been displayed at nearly 600 communities throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial’s healing legacy to millions.

Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.

The main components of The Wall That Heals are The Wall replica and the mobile Education Center.

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Red, White, & You Job Fair
Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

Red, White, & You Job Fair

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will host the eighth annual statewide Hiring Red, White and You! (HRWY) job fair on November 7, 2019. In cooperation with the 28 Local Workforce Development Boards, the Texas Veterans Commission, the Texas Medical Center, and Governor Greg Abbott, HRWY connects Texas veterans and their spouses with Texas employers that value the experience, discipline, and other exceptional qualities inherent in a military background.

TWC hosted the seventh annual statewide Hiring Red, White and You! job fair on November 8, 2018. Over 12,300 job seekers and over 2,100 employers attended the statewide job fairs in 2018. Since 2011, Hiring Red, White and You has connected more than 84,153 job seekers, including 35,485 Veterans and 48,668 spouses, along with 14,420 employers and over 2,027 same-day hires.

It is estimated that there are 1.7 million total veterans in Texas, of which 967,000 are working or actively seeking work. By holding HRWY job fairs across the state, Texas employers can more easily connect to this highly qualified group of servicemen and servicewomen across the state.

*Sources: Texas Workforce Commission, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Forget-Me-Not Campaign
Nov
21
to Nov 23

Forget-Me-Not Campaign

Reaching out to the public to help the veterans of the community.

The first time DAV members ever sold little, blue 'Forget-Me-Not' to the public was on February 24, 1926. The first Forget-Me-Not Drive was held to raise funds to support DAV services and assistance desperately needed by veterans disabled in World War I.

The DAV wasn't the first veterans' organization to support some of its humanitarian work through the sale of artificial flowers. Actually, the DAV was picking up on the idea that later became an international tradition now shared by veterans' groups in more than 50 countries.

The idea behind the 'Forget-Me-Not' flower grew out of an image carried home from the First World War in the memories of soldiers who had seen spring flowers growing among the graves of comrades and allies killed in the fighting.

The scene, with its promise of new life following the sacrifices of so many, was immortalized in the poem "In Flanders Fields" by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae, thus capturing the hearts of people yearning for peace.

The flower soon became the accepted symbol for commemorating those who had fallen in war. This small flower says, "Please, don't forget me" for those who had come home as well as for those who had given their lives.

It's an appropriate symbol to remind us continually of the service and sacrifice that make our way of life possible. This symbol of living history is a legacy that continues to serve veterans of all eras today as it did in the aftermath of World War I.

This symbol of remembrance has been the staple of Chapter-level fundraising efforts, which provides assistance to your local heroes. Your support of our mission honors our heroes and makes our grassroots service initiatives possible.

The public responds well to Forget-Me-Not drives because it believes in the DAV and knows our organization has consistently been there to assist all disabled veterans and their families. The American people trust you to spend every penny they donate in our drive wisely for the good of disabled veterans who need the DAV's help.

Thank you for your remembrance and for helping us fulfill our promises to the men and women who served.

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Memorial Day Ceremony
May
27
11:00 AM11:00

Memorial Day Ceremony

  • Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene (map)
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The Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene will host a Memorial Day Ceremony sponsored by the Chief's Group from Dyess Air Force Base. The Community Band of Abilene will play a medley of patriotic songs, the Guest Speaker will be Congressman Jodey Arrington and the Dyess AFB Honor Guard will present the colors. The Chief's Group have also arranged a C-130 flyover during the ceremony.

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Open House
Mar
30
7:30 AM07:30

Open House

We are opening our doors to the community, giving information, having a BBQ, and a member backed yard sale with the purpose of raising funds to help the veteran community in legitimate times of need.

For information please contact the Auxiliary Commander, Caitlin Privitt
For all information and contact requests, please make your inquiry attn: DAV Yard Sale

Aux CO email: cprivitt08@gmail.com

(325) 484-4DAV
contact@abilenetxdav.org

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32nd Annual TET Reunion & DAV Raffle Drawing
Feb
2
12:00 PM12:00

32nd Annual TET Reunion & DAV Raffle Drawing

The Abilene Grunts Association and Texas Veterans Chapter One host their Annual 'TET Reunion' in Abilene. The reunion is where Veterans and their families gather to share memories and stories of their years in the military.

Anyone who attends is encouraged to bring photo's and memorabilia, no matter the era, service branch or conflict.

The '32nd Annual TET Reunion' will take place in the Taylor County Coliseum's Display Building. There will be food, drinks, displays, memorabilia and a 'USO' type show.

Info from KEAN 105.1 Website – Rudy Fernandez

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