Veterans Corner

July 10, 2005 - A monthly report of veterans activities by American Legion Commander Duane Shultz, of Post No. 642, Hopkins County.

June of 2005 was a very busy month for the Hopkins County Military Coalition. We performed seven funerals for Hopkins County Veterans. We also performed the posting of the colors at the Dairy Festival Queen's Pageant that was held Saturday, June 18.

The Coalition meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the room behind the club at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8560 on Veterans Drive in Sulphur Springs. Coffee and cookies are served in a non-smoking room; no drinking allowed.

The American Legion Post No. 642 meets at 6:30 p.m. each third Tuesday at the Senior Citizens Activity Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. We have a lunch before our meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. We have been selling raffle tickets as a fundraiser for our post. The tickets were for a $250 beef package or $250 in cash. The winning ticket was drawn Saturday night during the Dairy Festival Queen's Pageant. The winning ticket was No. 188416, which was bought by Bill Elliot of Sulphur Springs. We thank all who purchased tickets.

Our guest speaker for our June meeting was Sgt. Todd Evans of the Hopkins County Sheriff's office. Evans talked of his duties and experiences as a deputy. We had a very entertaining evening.

The Military Order of the Cooties, Pup Tent No. 60, Post No. 8560 meets the second Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. for a meeting and breakfast in the hall room at the VFW Post 8560 in Sulphur Springs. This is an honorary order of the VFW that invites members by vote. This organization helps veterans in Sulphur Springs and Bonham with books, caps, socks, bingo games, movies, and many other items and activities.

VFW Post No. 8560 meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the VFW Hall. We have a nice lunch, also. This is held at 6:30 p.m. All members are welcome, as well as qualified veterans who wish to be a member of Post No. 8560.

If you are interested in joining any of these fine military organizations, call me any time between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. or leave a message. I will return your call A.S.A.P.

Remember to support our troops stationed throughout the globe.

Duane Shultz, Commander, Post 642; 903-945-5275.

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