KATY (Covering Katy News) – Every Tuesday, members of the Katy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 meet for lunch at the same location, the JCI Grill (formerly James Coney Island) on South Mason Road. This year 9/11 fell on a Tuesday, and Covering Katy stopped by to hear from those who are dedicated to keeping alive the significance of that horrible day, 17 years ago.
“We have an obligation to teach the next generation,” said Mike Warren of the Katy VFW. “Not only do we teach our kids and pass it on to our grandchildren, we go to the schools. We talk to different classes. We are part of the community and we serve the community,” Warren added.
“That was a time when our country came together,” said Jeanenne Lumpkin, Katy VFW member.
“Our whole world has changed since that date,” VFW member Peyton Lumpkin added.
Peyton believes that our nation is more united in the fight against terror than it was before 9/11.
“We will remain that way until the causes (of 9/11) have been eradicated,” Peyton said.
Eradication of terror is something Peyton believes will take a long time, but he believes 9/11 is an event that should be explained to future generations so that those who were born after the infamous attacks know the reason for carrying on the fight.
Additional comments from the Katy VFW Post 9182 are contained in the video at the top of this page.
In the video below, we hear from the national winner of the national VFW’s Voice of Democracy essay scholarship contest. The winner of the national contest wrote a powerful essay about 9/11, a day that she is too young to remember.
The Katy and national VFW organizations are dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generations, so they have scholarship contests that are available to Katy-area residents and students from across the nation.
“If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you,” the Post 9182 webpage says.
Click HERE for more information about VFW scholarships.