National VFW By-Laws, Manual of Procedure, Rituals and General Orders of the National VFW expressly dictate what each VFW Post must do in regards to Commemorative Dates.
Section 223 of the VFW National By-Laws - Commemorative Dates: "Each Post shall properly observe commemorative dates, as prescribed in the Ritual and Manual of Procedure.
Section 223 of the VFW National Manual of Procedure – Commemorative Dates: "Each Post shall make arrangements for observances of Memorial Day, see that suitable grave markers, wreaths and flags of the United States are placed on the graves of deceased members and, if practicable, conduct Memorial Day Services in the cemeteries in its locality.
Each Post shall see that suitable arrangements are made for the observance of Veterans Day, Flag Day and Loyalty Day.
In addition, the Post should arrange special ceremonies, and all Commanders should alert comrades to their obligations for appropriate commemoration of other dates specified in the Ritual.”
National VFW Ritual – Commemorative Tributes: "Posts should arrange special ceremonies and all commanders shall alert comrades to their obligations for appropriate commemoration of the following outstanding action dates in U.S. history:
Click on Highlighted dates for link to more information about each event.
Not listed in the Current Edition of the VFW By-laws but as important is;
VE - Victory Over Europe Day
D-Day Allied Invasion of Europe1944
June 14 Flag Day
July 4 Independence Day
Signing of Korean Armistice
End of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2010.
VJ Day: Japan surrendered, 1945, ending World War II fighting.
September 11— Patriot’s Day
POW/MIA Recognition Day
Start of OEF - Afghanistan 2021