Veterans Give Back in Annual Ceremony 2/9/13
CBS 7 News
February 9, 2013
MIDLAND-Veterans give back in many ways around our community and the midland VFW continued that tradition tonight.
VFW Post 7208 kicked off its awards banquet tonight with a dinner and color guard presentation from local high school ROTC students. The VFW gave out more than 60 awards, including some scholarships for students.
Commander James H Silvers says this year might be his last in his post, but that their democracy essay contest and awards honoring community members is just part of a veteran's commitment.
"I’ve dedicated my life to the Veterans and these programs,” said Silvers. “That's part of our duty at the VFW, we're supposed to serve our community and work with them."
Local students from the Midland High and Lee High ROTC presented the colors. Many of them also participated in the Democracy Essay Contest.
"The thing I've learned is that there are not many opportunities to express your opinions and it’s just nice to go all out,” said Abel J. Bravo, a ROTC student at Lee High. “It feels awesome to express myself on paper, and I’m really proud to do it.”
Silvers said the turnout was one of the best they’ve had at this event.
For more information on how to make a donation to the VFW, contact the post directly at (432) 684-6079.