September has been a frantic month for both the American Legion and the Fleet Reserve Association.

The FRA is now holding its monthly meetings at the Legion hall located at 1515 S. Sam Houston Blvd. In the spirit of cooperation the AL, FRA and VFW are considering a flag retirement ceremony in the future. More on that when it solidifies.

Our chainsaw raffle did fairly well, and the winner of the drawing was Linda Bevill. The next raffle the Legion will do is for a primitive black iron cook set, which should appeal to many niches of people. Tickets are a buck each or six for five dollars. The FRA is running a raffle of its own, for a Savage .308 rifle or $350 cash. Tickets for either can be purchased at the Legion building each Wednesday at our coffee bar.

Sept. 15 was MIA/POW Remembrance Day and there were quite a few festivities around the state.

There as been quite a lot of rather exciting news for veterans in the last month – far too much to list in this small space. However print copies will be at the Legion building for anyone to peruse, so feel free to stop in, visit, read and have some coffee and a donut!

This month I would like to reach out to our absent members and have them to stop in at any of the five monthly meetings. There are several motions open for discussion, and soon I hope to be mailing letters out.

But in the meantime, other suggestions would be appreciated.

We are looking forward to October, when we will be making a special presentation to a very special and deserving veteran. It will be on the second Thursday meeting at 6 p.m. I will have more info next month.

Weekly meetings are every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to roughly 11 a.m. Coffee and snacks are almost always available.

The FRA meets every fourth Sunday at 2:30 p.m. except, the November meeting will be pushed back to Dec. 3 for the annual dinner which is a ham and potluck, so bring your own covered dish.

Have a great month!

Houston resident Keith Ford is a retired infantryman and an amateur writer whose work has appeared in publications around the world. Email

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