I hope everyone had a great Summer - with ample time for your family, the local Community - and especially our Faith. Now - with children back in school and Fall on the Horizon - is a good time to look ahead and plan how Veterans Affairs may fit into any upcoming Council/ Assembly or personal plans. Here are a few near term planning suggestions:
2. I look forward to expanding our Indiana Knights “Veterans Living History Program” past the 24 one page Biographies currently on hand. This is a great opportunity to collect the details of the military service by our Veteran Knights, as well as their follow on civilian career, family information- and the role of our Catholic Faith in the Veteran’s life. Any Indiana Veteran Knight can submit their Bio information and a photo - the Guide/ form to follow in creating your bio is on the State K of C Website. (Form IN VET#2; located at indianakofc.org/forms).
3. Reminder: 11 November is Veterans Day - a great time for a Council/ Assembly to sponsor a Veterans Mass at your local Parish. In addition to providing positive visibility for the Knights of Columbus, it is another method to attract potential new members to our Order. Talk with your Pastor early; coordinate for a specific Veterans Mass date on the Parish calendar; advertise in your Church Bulletin/ Sign Board, etc - and ensure everyone knows this is not only for “Knights”. Open your Veteran Mass to all Veterans and their family members….. beside it being the “right thing to do” - it reflects very favorably on our Order! Please contact me if you have good ideas for a Veteran’s Mass to share with other Councils/ Assemblies - or if your are seeking thoughts/ suggestions for your own Veteran Mass.
As always, it is my great pleasure to serve as our State Veterans Affairs Chairman. Thanks for all your support and suggestions. I am currently working with other Knights on the potential for a Breakout Session at the April 2022 State Convention - highlighting Military Chaplains - Past & Present. More on that in future State Newsletters and emails!
Indiana State Veterans Affairs Chairman
PGK/ FDD/ US Army (R)