WAYNE – Along with several high school Veterans Day assemblies going on Friday, community members are invited to the Vets Club in Wayne for a weekly chamber coffee event.
Located at 220 Main Street in Wayne, the Vet’s Club is a consolidated veterans group with American Veterans (AMVETs), The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETs Auxiliary and Sons of Legion. The group meets on the second Monday of every month.
Duane Schroeder has been the Adjutant with the Wayne American Legion for the past few years and before a member. He said the Vet’s Club would host two public events a month, but now are down to one.
“Our fish fry on the third Friday evening of every month and then the breakfast the 4th Sunday,” said Schroeder. “And at least for the time being we’ve discontinued the fish and chicken dinner on Friday nights.”
Schroeder’s father was a World War II Vet and Schroeder himself had at least two reasons to join about eight or nine years ago. As his father got older he wanted to make sure there would be military honors and have one of his granddaughters play taps for him and when Schroeder retired he would join the Legion and help out with that. Also, Schroeder is a motorcycle enthusiast and to be a Legion Rider you had to become a member of The American Legion.
On the 11th day of the 11th hour of 1918 World War I ended and The American Legion was formed one year later.
“A Nebraskan, General Black Jack Pershing who was the head of the expeditionary forces in Europe actually got the ball rolling I think,” Schroeder added.
The Veterans organization at the time was Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and they decided that it was exclusively for Civil War Veterans. President Woodrow Wilson, by presidential decree directed that Armistice Day will be on the 11th of November should be a day of remembrance. Originally Armistice Day, Veterans Day was then made a legal holiday in 1938, “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.”
Contact the Vet’s Club at 402-375-9944 for more information.