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he opening session of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW National Convention, August 27- September 1, in San Antonio inspired more than 3,600 members with a patriotic promenade. Against a backdrop of the vibrant cover of National President Cortina Barnes’ Program Book, The Square Dancers of Texas twirled in do-si-do mode as the caller sang, “Keep your eye on the grand ol’ Flag.”


T The convention began, as it does each year,


like “a great, big family reunion,” as one Auxiliary member described the annual gathering.


United Past, Present and Future Past National President Linda Meader remem-


bered the contributions of late Past National Presidents Joan Katkus and Jane Bingham and the nearly 13,000 members who died last year. “I’m sure that many of you, like me...can


remember back to when these family members nurtured us by instilling in us the feeling of patriotism and volunteerism,” she said, “and by encouraging us to be a part of the great work of the Ladies Auxiliary. Now, the baton has been passed to us, and we are the ones who are providing that nurture and encouragement that will link our wonderful past to our great expectations for the future.”


Special Guests and Awards Dan Koffman, author of Life in the U.S.


Military, asked members to put his picture book in the hands of caretakers who know veterans struggling with memory loss. “Old


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San Antonio River Walk Photo courtesy of San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau


Inset: Thousands of Ladies Auxiliary members filled the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center situated near the San Antonio River Walk for the 2011 Annual Convention.


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