PARIS, TX -- On September 29, 1899, a small group of veterans gathered in Columbus, Ohio to see how they could help surviving veterans of the Spanish-American War. The foundation for the VFW was laid.
This Sunday the Veterans of Foreign Wars will celebrate their 114-years in existence. Since 1899, the VFW has aided veterans returning from battle on foreign soil and lending hands to military families when they need it the most.
"We've been around a long time and done a lot of good, there has been a lot of things that VFW has been instrumental in getting going for veterans," said Post 3990 Commander Bud Mackey.
Lamar County's local Post 3990 will celebrate for the first time in the public this weekend.
"This time we are getting the public involved by having it at the fair grounds, that way they will be more aware." said Mackey.
Lamar County's VFW, who has been in existence since 1944, will celebrate today at the Red River Valley Fair.