VFW DAY in The Villages FL

National V.F.W. Day

VFW DAY in The Villages FL

National V.F.W. Day is held every year on September 29.

This is a day for us to commemorate the hard work and sacrifice of veteran men and women who have selflessly served the United States of America.

‘V.F.W.’ stands for ‘Veterans of Foreign Wars,’ an organization established to support past and present American service members who have served in foreign wars, expeditions, or campaigns.


The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (V.F.W.) organization was created in 1913. During a historic convention in Pittsburgh. The organization was formed through a merger of three war-veteran associations, which had been founded in 1899 after the Spanish-American War. The American Veterans of Foreign Service, which had two chapters, was based in Ohio and Pennsylvania while The Colorado Society of the Army of the Philippines was located in Colorado and Pennsylvania.

Though the merger took place in 1913, the V.F.W. recognizes 1899 as its founding date. Headquartered in Kansas, Missouri, the organization’s mission, according to its website, is to “foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.”

The history of V.F.W. Day can be traced to the genesis of the organization itself. The day was created to commemorate the historic establishment of the V.F.W. on September 29, 1899, when a group of Spanish-American war veterans banded together in a bid to share their experiences and support one another. 120 years later, the V.F.W. is still going strong with a membership of over 1.5 million people, with 6,000 Posts spread across all 50 states of the country, as well as in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.

In order to obtain membership of the organization, candidates must be U.S. citizens or nationals, former or current members of the armed forces, and must have served in a war, campaign, or expedition on foreign soil, airspace, or hostile waters.


  • Honor our heroes
    If you have a personal relationship with a veteran or service member, honor them for their sacrifice in whatever way you can. Throw a party in their honor or share their story to inspire others.
  • Use the hashtag
    Use the hashtag #StillServing and #VFWDay on social media to create awareness and encourage others to find out more about V.F.W. Day.
  • Support
    If you’re unable to provide hands-on support to a veteran yourself, consider donating or volunteering at organizations established to provide help to veterans, either financially or in other ways.


  1. A U.S. citizen or national
    Candidates must be a citizen of the United States or a foreign national with a residential permit.
  2. Fall within the age bracket
    Aspirants must be between the ages of 17 to 34 to enlist in the army.
  3. The minimum educational requirement
    The minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma.
  4. Ace the ASVAB
    It is compulsory to pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test (ASVAB).
  5. Meet the MEPS
    Candidates must meet the requirements for the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) medical exam.


  • Not all heroes wear capes
    This holiday gives us a chance to honor and celebrate the selfless men and women who put their lives on the line for their country.
  • The ultimate sacrifice
    As we celebrate the living veterans, it’s even more important to look back in appreciation of the heroes who lost their lives while fighting for their nation’s freedom. V.F.W. Day reminds us of their sacrifice.
  • The unsung heroes
    We also appreciate the unsung heroes — the families, and friends of service members — who make huge sacrifices by allowing their loved ones to serve.

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