Nov 11 2018



Veterans Day History – It was on June 28, 1919, when World War I has officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles in the Palace of Versailles in France. The fighting between the two continued for another seven months which got ended with armistice or a peace agreement between the Allied nations and Germany on the 11th hour of the 11th month on November 11. Thereafter the day was commemorated as the Armistice Day on November 11 which was dedicated as a day to remind nations to seek peaceful relationships between one another. In the year 1954, America once again survived with another major war World war II and the Korean War which saw the greatest mobilization of the U.S Army, Air Force, and Navy Marines in the nation’s history. So at the 83rd Congress, it was decided to reinstate Armistice Day as Veteran Day to honor the Veterans of all wars where President Eisenhower signed the legislation on 1st June 1954

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts 

On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

                                                                                 CHUCK WILSON

                                                                                                           Commander District 10, 2017-18

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Nov 09 2018

11 AM Sunday November 11 Veterans Day Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery


Veterans Day at Quantico National Cemetery:: On Sunday November 11, 2018 we will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice signed ending WWI, the “war to end all wars.”  That day in 1918, on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, the armistice was signed.  

Conducted by the Potomac Region Veterans Council, This Sunday, at 11:00 AM, the ceremony will commence at Quantico National Cemetery. The public is invited.

U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and two tour Vietnam veteran General John P. Jumper (Ret) former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, is the guest speaker.

General Jumper was the commander of U.S. Central Command Air Forces during operations Northern and Southern Watch, and the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe during Operation Allied Force. His tour as Chief of Staff has spanned operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, including 1,400 combat hours in 15 aircraft.

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Nov 05 2018

VOTE on November 6th!!

Exercise your right: VOTE on November 6th!!

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Oct 21 2018

Home Depot, DHS, 29 Diner & VFW Post 7916 Assist Disabled Veteran

October 18, 2018, Burke, VA. – Last year, US Army Veteran, and VFW Post 7916 member, Ken Strafer (LtCol USAR Ret) fell from a four-foot wall while working in his back yard.  The fall broke bones in his left arm along with causing serious abdominal and leg injuries.  Strafer was incapacitated and hospitalized for six months after the fall.  Still having difficulty walking, his home needed adjustments and repairs, along with his yard needing a complete overhaul. 


Upon hearing of Strafer’s serious issues, VFW Post 7916, located in Occoquan, VA, contacted Home Depot for assistance. Home Depot often comes to the aid of veterans in need, and in this case, they did!  A site survey was conducted, and the project was approved with a $12,000.00 grant by the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot.  Plans were drawn up with a date of Oct 18 set for the operation.  


On that date, an army of Home Depot volunteer associates, volunteers from the Department of Homeland Security, and veteran members of VFW Post 7916 came to help US Army veteran, in need. Their weapon: hammers, paint-brushes, chainsaws, picks, shovels, and boundless energy! Their mission: improve the physical infrastructure and install new appliances in the home, along with clearing trees and overgrown shrubs from his yard.  See before and after pictures below.

Following a day of patriotic volunteerism, this Army veteran Ken Strafer’s home, and yard, was transformed thanks to Team Home Depot, DHS, and VFW Post 7916 located in Occoquan VA. “To have Home Depot, and all the volunteers, accomplish this tremendous work is amazing and a blessing!” said Army Veteran Ken Strafer.

 The Strafer home is about 150 years old and dates back to before the Civil War.

The historic “29 Diner” catered a fabulous BBQ lunch for all 39 volunteers.  “29 Diner” is a great supporter of US veterans and frequently caters their meals. 

 About the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot

Team Depot is comprised of an army of over 300,000 associates who are committed to supporting local communities. Team Depot is particularly committed to improving the lives of U.S. Military Veterans and their families. Through the Team Depot Foundation, thousands of Home Depot Associates dedicate their time and talent in the communities where they live and work. For more information, visit


About Hawkins-Reeve VFW Post 7916

Chartered in 1946, VFW Post 7916 is a non-profit, veterans’ service organization, whose membership is fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational as we strive to preserve and strengthen Americanism, Community Service, and care for our veterans -including active duty, retired, honorably discharged, and their families. For more information, visit us at or call 703-491-1884

About “29 Diner”

The 29 Diner is a diner in Fairfax, Virginia, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The diner is located near the intersection of Route 29 (Lee Highway) and Virginia State Route 123.  For more information see:


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BY: CHUCK WILSON, past Commander District 10, 2017-18

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Oct 06 2018

Anderson Named Chairman Potomac Region Veterans Council

RICH ANDERSON , Colonel, USAF, Ret., was elected as Chairman of the Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC).  Anderson is the former Delegate to Virginia’s 51st District and is a Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans.  Rich Anderson replaces outgoing PRVC Chairman CHUCK WILSON , Colonel USAF, Ret., who is the past VFW District 10 Commander & Post 7916 Commander.   

The Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC) was formed in June 1972 to coordinate and promote the common good of veterans of the Northern Virginia area and to honor our fallen comrades on Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day. The Council today represents over 15,000 veterans in 29 different veterans’ organizations. 

The Council proudly sponsors the “Avenue of Honor” at Quantico National Cemetery. The Avenue of Honor is erected every Memorial Day and Veterans Day and is made up entirely of flags donated by families of deceased veterans. The original design for the “Avenue of Honor” included only 80 flag poles. Today over 200 flags are flown. The project continues to expand from the main gate to every corner of the cemetery. 

The Council is in the planning stages for the November 11 Veterans Day Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery with the ceremony beginning with the USMC Band providing a musical prelude at 10:30. The public is invited.

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Sep 18 2018


     Between 1909 — when that the US military purchased its first aircraft — and 1947, the US Air Force did not exist as a separate and independent military service organization. It went through a series of designations: Aeronautical Section, Signal Corps (1909); Aviation Section, Signal Corps (1914); United States Army Air Service (1918); United States Army Air Corps (1926), and United States Army Air Forces (1941).
     WWII illustrated the value of airpower, and the need to change the basic organization of the US Military Forces.  The result was the creation of a single Department of Defense with a strong Joint Chiefs of Staff with Army, Navy, and Air Force chiefs.  In 1947 President Truman signed the National Security Act which established this new defense organization, and along with it the creation of the US Air Force as an independent service, equal to the US Army and US Navy.  The official birthday of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947.
                             AIM HIGH-FLY-FIGHT-AND WIN!!

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Aug 09 2018

Post 1503 Member Dan Duitsman wins at CMP National Championships

VFW Post 1503 member Dan Duitsman wins at Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) National Matches at Camp Perry, OH July 28-Aug 4, 2018. Dan Duitsman won the M1 Garand Unlimited Rifle National Championship AND the Springfield M1A Rifle National Championship. A seasoned competitor, Dan was a member of the Marine Weapons Training Battalion at Quantico, VA, while on Active Duty.

Additionally, Dan Duitsman is the Shooting Sports Program Director and Head Shooting Coach for Camp Valor Outdoors (CVO), and also won the High Military Veteran trophy at the 2018 NRA National High Power Rifle Championships. Camp Valor Outdoors sent 12 veterans to the Championships at Camp Atterbury, IN, 6-11 July. Dan went on to shoot in the NRA Long Range Rifle National Championships and NRA Mid-Range National Championships, 12-22 July. Dan seeks out wounded, injured, and ill veterans who have an interest in competitive shooting. CVO begins at the local level with the basic fundamentals and firearms safety, holding clinics in service rifle, service pistol, and vintage rifle (M1, M1A, 1903) for any veteran, any Service, any generation. This competitive season sees an expansion to the 3-gun events with six warriors scheduled to compete in the NRA World Championships at the Peacemaker range in West Virginia.

Post 1503 member, Clifton Peele, shot his first National Championships this year with Camp Valor Outdoors experiencing the excitement of shooting on a firing line exceeding 1,000 competitors and learning to fire in many different conditions – heat, rain, wind, and keeping a good attitude through it all

Another Post 1503 member, Denise Loring (Col Ret USAR), Chief Operating Officer and coach/competitor for Camp Valor Outdoors, was selected to the US National Shooting Team for 300M rifle. Denise will compete for the United States in Changwon, South Korea, this September in the Women’s Prone event and Women’s 3-position event for 300M Rifle at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF)World Shooting Championships. She attended the National 300M Championships in St. Francis, MN, hosted by the Minneapolis Rifle Club, in May, and won the Women’s 3-position event.


Camp Valor Outdoors connects wounded, injured, and ill veterans in the outdoors. This is through guided hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and competitive shooting. The camp is located in Kingsville, MO, where the guided hunting, fishing, and archery are primary events. The competitive shooting program is centered in Northern Virginia with Quantico and the Fairfax Rod & Gun Club being a central base for local shooting. Out of the local program veterans can decide if they would like to participate in regional matches, from this participation they can compete among the group for a position on the 12-man National Team. The team of 12 are funded with lodging, equipment, ammunition covered for the matches. Additional veterans wanting to experience the National Matches would need to self-fund the trip, but would be lodged with the CVO team and would shoot with the team on the firing line.

      CVO has a volunteer staff of five who work to grow the program and ensure wounded, injured, and ill veterans are matches with the programs of interest. Any veteran in CVO can attend hunting and fishing events and will often have full costs covered to include transportation to/from the camp and all meals and lodging.



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Aug 01 2018

Virginia District 10 Achieves #1 in Division 1 Worldwide “All American”


National VFW Convention, Kansas City, MO.  For the better part of 2017-18 year, Virginia District 10 led VFW division 1 worldwide, and was in a tight competition with Europe District 3.  Division one is arguably the toughest to compete in due to the large size of the districts. 

 With the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2018, Virginia District 10 won 1st place, yes 1st place, in Division 1, worldwide and has achieved “All American” status. Virginia District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson (2017-18) was awarded “All American” Commander at the VFW Convention in Kansas, City, MO.  “To achieve this honor, District commanders must meet strict requirements in their role to include exceptional leadership, authentic accomplishment in membership growth and strong support of VFW core programs.” According to a VFW press release. Wilson’s home post is Post 7916 located in Occoquan, Virginia.

 Virginia District 10 also won “All State” and is Virginia’s largest district, with over 8,000 Veteran and Auxiliary members. Virginia “All State” Districts excel in membership, program execution, and compliance with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) By-Laws, Manual of Procedure, and Ritual and Department of Virginia By-laws and standing orders. 

 Congratulations to the VFW Virginia District 10 “All American” Team!

 The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans’ organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in almost 6,500 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans’ service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.


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Jul 18 2018

Occoquan Honors Military Veterans

July 18, 2018, Occoquan, VA.  Visit the historic town of Occoquan and you will see Military Veterans are being honored throughout the town.   Over thirty military banners are hung many of the poles throughout the town. 

The custom-designed banners contain a photo, name, military branch, and important decorations of a service member.  They are displayed for the annual Military Tribute Banner Program, which is managed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7916.

The Military Tribute Banner Program is designed to help our communities never forget the brave men and women who have served and those serving our nation today.  “These banners honor those serving, and those who have served and sacrificed in defense of our nation,” said Post Commander Jeff Lett. 

The custom-designed banners contain a photo, name, military branch, and important decorations of a service member. A sponsorship program helps fund the Military Tribute Banner Program. The military banners will be on display through Veterans Day and, at that time, a new series of military banners is planned for display.  

Families, community members, and businesses can sponsor signs and choose a veteran or active service member they would like to honor.  To learn more information about the Military Tribute Banner Program or to sponsor a banner next year, visit this link: MILITARY BANNER INFO

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Jul 04 2018


HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!  Today, we celebrate America’s 242nd birthday. America has much to be proud of!  Americans pioneered the establishment of modern democracy, experienced both domestic and global wars, and paved the way for the digital age. Throughout this period, we have been blessed with the dedication of our Armed Forces. Yes, for these 242 years, our military has worked to preserve the freedoms which were dearly valued by our Founding Fathers.  

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain and its king, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, the birth certificate of America. 

In a letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail, dated July 3d, 1776, Adams refers to that day as “the most memorable epoch in the history of America.”  He continued:  “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore.” 

Adams concludes his letter with this stirring paragraph: “I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.” 

This Independence Day, may we celebrate the birth of our nation proudly, resolutely determined to preserve our freedom, just as our Founding Fathers proclaimed so boldly over 242 years ago.

God Bless America!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” 
– Ronald Reagan

                                                                                                    -Chuck Wilson,                                                                                                                                                                  Commander Virginia District 10 2017-2018


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