Catholic War Veterans Post 1947
Our Lady of Peace Post 1947
In early 1935 Msgr. (then Father) Edward J. Higgins, with permission of his Bishop Ordinary, Most Reverend Thomas E. Molloy of the Diocese of Brooklyn, gathered together some parishioners from his parish, Church of the Immaculate Conception in New York, who had served in World War I and formed the first Post of the Catholic War Veterans.
May 19, 1935 Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America was incorporated under the laws of the state of New York.
May 1935 Father Higgins journeyed to Rome. Pope Pius XI bestowed his blessing upon the Catholic War Veterans and blessed the American and Papal flags of the Catholic War Veterans.
July 1940 The Catholic War Veterans were officially recognized as a Veterans Organization by the Veterans Administration in Washington D.C. .
August 17, 1984 President Ronald Reagan signed Public Law 98-382 granting a Congressional Charter to the Catholic War Veterans of the U.S.A., Inc. We are the first and only Catholic organization to be honored with such a recognition by the U.S. Congress.
Catholic War Veterans USA, Inc., Our Lady of Peace Post 1947, Las Vegas, Nevada was formed and granted a Charter on April 26, 2006. Post 1947 is the first Post in the state of Nevada.
In recognition of the important roles women are serving in the armed forces, the Catholic War Veterans USA 77th National Convention passed a change in the Bylaws to allow men related to female veterans to join the Auxiliary.
FOR GOD: To promote service to God and to fellow man without regard to race, creed, color or national origin through understanding and application of Christian values, recognizing the wisdom and authority of the Catholic Church in matters of faith and morals.
FOR COUNTRY: To preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States; to commemorate those who served in the armed forces in order to reflect respect, honor, and tribute to the veterans; and to inculcate a deep and abiding sense of patriotism and a profound commitment to Americanism; and to combat aggressively those forces which seek to destroy or weaken our constitutional guaranteed freedoms.
FOR HOME: To promote the family as the basic unit of our American society; to aid in the development of an enlightened patriotic American youth; and to assist veterans, widows and dependents of deceased veterans.
The Celtic Cross
The Catholic War Veterans emblem consists of several parts. The Celtic Cross represents to us the symbol of Christianity preserved and protected by valiant forefathers. The letters U.S. on the star are for these United States and stand for the Constitution on which are based our principles. The Star stands for the glory of victory. The Wreath is for the remembrance of those who died that liberty might live. The Circle denotes the Perpetuity of the Church which will last until the end of time as guaranteed by its founder Jesus Christ. The Olive Branch signifies our attitude toward all men in fulfillment of you Lord's behest, "Love thy Neighbor as Thyself."
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