About fifty people filled the VFW in Nacogdoches Saturday, to celebrate the post's rich history.This year marked the 70th anniversary of the VFW Post #3893 and the 68th anniversary of the Ladies Auxiliary.James Lee joined the VFW in 1952, just eight years after the national chapter was started in Nacogdoches. He said Saturday's celebration reminded him of earlier days.
"When this organization first started they met in the courthouse," Lee said.
Over the years the post has become a place where veterans gather to have fun and get support.
"Well the post would supply transportation. They use to transports veterans to the VA Clinic in Houston. We didn't have an outreach clinic like we do today," Lee said.
He added that it's just one of the many way the chapter has helped local veterans. Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn said the VFW is an important organization in any town because it promotes the tradition and honor of military.
"It adds character to our city, and that those kinds of tradition and honors are not forgotten. The VFW really works hard to help us remember the people and the sacrifices they gave for our country," Horn said.
Saturday's service included a rededication of the post's memorial garden and the dedication of two recently added memorial fountains. One fountain is in the memory of the Posts founders, and the other is in memory of deceased members.