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Commanders Call

The Meaning of the Flag-Draped Coffin.            

What a wonderful lesson this was for me. I do not recall ever being taught this in school. “The Meaning of the Flag-Draped Coffin” 


All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used GOD’s word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it’s high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation’s history. 


Please pass it along and be proud of the country we live in, and even more proud of those who serve to protect our ‘GOD-GIVEN’ rights and freedoms. I hope you take the time to read this … To understand what the flag draped coffin really means … 


Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers: Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776? 


Have you ever noticed that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day! The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life. The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life. 


The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world. 


The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance. 


The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, ‘Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.’ 


The 6th fold is for where people’s hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America , and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all. 


The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.. 


The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day. 


The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded. 


The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born. 


The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.


The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. 


The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their Nations motto, ‘In God We Trust.’ 


After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today. 


There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you’ll see flags folded and now you will know why. 


Please share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to as the symbol of ‘ Liberty and Freedom.’ 





Latest News

Included on the Updated version of the website is a tab at the top of the page for Scholarship forms. Currently it includes all the local forms, links to all National scholarship forms, and the Department Ladies Auxiliary form. When forms are available for the Department AMVETS, Sons of AMVETS, and Riders, these will be added to the page.

These forms are downloadable and fillable. This should make it easier for students to access the forms.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

Mary Steinbach 319-230-9318

With the changes we have all had to make in our lives due to the Corona virus, the cancellation of the Department of Iowa and the National AMVETS Conventions, elections of local, Department, and National Officers cannot be held. Because of this, current officers will continue until elections can be held in 2021. Locally our Officers are:

President-Mary Steinbach 1st. Vice President-Mary Steinbach 2nd/3rd Vice President-Vicky Green Americanism Officer-Amy Slab Chaplain Nancy Edwards Secretary-Amy Slaba Treasurer-Sandy Miller Hospital Chair and Food night Chair- Wanda Benning Parliamentarian-Veronica McKenzie.

Unless an officer is unable to fulfill the duties of the office, someone can be appointed to finish out the year.

We will be conducting our normal meeting in June on the 17th at 6:oo at the WAVP. If there is an interest, we will include a Zoom link to the meeting for those unable to attend the meeting. If this is something you would be interested in, contact me at 319-230-9318 or email at

We did have a trial Zoom meeting in May and talked about a few things we are still able to do as an organization. There currently is no updates as to when the “Red Coat Ladies” will be able to volunteer at the Iowa Veterans Home. Hopefully soon. We talked about future food nights on Thursday. Right now we will postpone our regular Thursday until September. Please continue to support the WAVP volunteers doing the food nights. Another subject was awarding scholarships. We didn’t receive any applications, but the AMVETS received 4. They will sponsor 2 of the applicants and the Auxiliary will sponsor the other 2. During the meeting in June we will vote on the amounts of the scholarships. You will also not on the website a tab has been added to include the applications forms for all the local, most of the Department forms, and links to all the National Scholarship forms. This should make it easier for students to access the forms.

Please keep the families of: Patricia Howell, Helen Burman, Shirley Werhren, and Betty Porter, as we have lost these Auxiliary members this past few months. 

Stay healthy and safe.

Mary Steinbach

Chaplain’s Corner

Submitted by Larry Williamson

The Maker of the Moon

The Lord said, “I will be their God and they will be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33

After astronauts set the Eagle down on the Sea of Tranquility, Neil Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for man, one great leap for mankind.” He was the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. Other space travelers followed including the commander of the last Apollo mission, Gene Cema. “There I was and there you are, the earth dynamic overwhelming and I felt it was just too beautiful to happen. ” Even from their unique view in deep space these men understood their smallness in comparison to the vastness of the universe.

The prophet Jeremiah also considered the immensity of God as Center and Sustainer of the earth and beyond.”The maker of all promised to reveal Himself intimately as He offered his people love, forgiveness, and hope.” Jeremiah 31:32-34 Jeremiah affirms God’s enormity as He who “appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, our Creator and Lord Almighty will reign above all as He works to redeem all of his people. We will never finish exploring the immeasurable vastness of the heavens and depths of the earth’s foundations. But we can stand in awe at the complexity of the universe and trust the maker of the moon and everything else.

Commander’s Call

April 28, 2020
REF: Department Convention 2020
Fellow AMVETS, Auxiliary, Sons, Riders, and Juniors:
In these unprecedented times, our Constitution and ByLaws does not address how we would handle a quarantine situation like the one we are currently in. Our Post homes have been closed and many of you have not been near anyone since mid March unless it was grocery shopping, gas or pharmacy needs.
Guidance from National indicates many States across the Country have already cancelled their State Convention. In discussions with the Marshalltown Hotel, they are currently only renting hotel rooms. Banquet Rooms, lounge, restaurant, bar and pool have all been closed. Their quarantine period has recently been extended again until at least May 15th. Marshall County is one of the current hot spots for the virus. Due to the age of our membership, and in the interest of keeping everyone safe the AMVETS State Convention is cancelled for 2020. In late June or July, we will attempt to set a one day meeting at a Post to take care of Convention business like the 2020-2021 budget and election of officers. We will give everyone plenty of notice of when this will take place. National Commander Jan Brown has extended revalidation requirements for Departments to August 1, 2020. If Departments are unable to hold elections before then, the current officers will remain in their respective positions until next year.
Any officers not able to continue to serve, those vacancies would be filled by the existing CBL.
For those Posts, who will not be changing any officers, I urge you to submit your revalidation paperwork to Executive Director Clark Leckington as soon as you are able. I have enclosed a copy of the revalidation form with this information. If I can be of any assistance to you please do not hesitate to reach out. I know these are difficult times for our Posts and for our Post Homes who rely so much on Clubroom income. Working together, we can all get through this together.
Kevin Reece
Commander AMVETS Department of Iowa

Latest News

All officers of the AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of AMVETS, and the WAVP board members are asking for your patience and understanding of the events happening around us at this time. We continue to function as a Veterans Service Organization supporting Veterans and their families. The WAVP will remain closed until the State determines it is safe to do so. As soon as it is possible regular meetings will presume and also the activities at the WAVP. Some current social distancing practices may still be in place. Please continue to support the Thursday food drive up events.

Thank you for your continued support, stay safe, stay strong, and stay healthy.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

It seems like forever since were we able to last meet, and we are all hoping that the “end” of this virus threat is soon. “End” is just a term used give us hope, but what we have experience these last few months will forever change our lives, and those changes will never “end”. We hear in the media about “Iowa strong”. We are! As Iowans we have always been there to lend a helping hand, use our strengths to assist those in need, and supported each other in any crisis. I wish to thank the staff at the WAVP for stepping up to prepare and serve take out meals for the WAVP and also the community for supporting their efforts. The staff did a great job providing between 79-120 meals for the past Thursdays! Let’s hope that the WAVP will be able to open soon and all the organizations can get back to meetings, Food nights, Steak Frys, Fish Frys, the Breakfasts, and we can socialize among friends.

Jean Lanske, the Hospital Representative for the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown helped provide snack and goodies, and juices for the residents, I made 170 masked and mailed them to IVH to provide protection for the residents and also caregivers there. Nancy Edwards had a friend making masks and she also mailed them to IVH. For now, the ladies that normally volunteer there the first Friday of each month will have to wait until it is safe for them to do so again. I know the volunteers miss going as much as the residents miss seeing the “RED Coat Ladies”.

If at all possible, the Auxiliary will meet on May 20th @ 6:00. The top most agenda will be the installation of Officers for the 2020-2021 year. If this is not possible before the National Convention in August, the current officers will continue with the office for the year 2020-2021. This information comes from the National President, and the National AMVETS Commander. This ruling is also true for the Department of Iowa Officers. More information on this can be found by going to “Latest New” on the website.

For now, stay safe, stay strong, and stay healthy!

Mary Steinbach


Sons of AMVETS

The Sons would like to thank the couple that helped to pick up cans after the strong wind.  It was very much appreciated. Please continue to support our can collection at the WAVP. The money is used for Scholarships and other projects at the WAVP. 
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.  We pray for our veterans and the active military people helping with the virus outbreak. 

Chaplain’s Corner

By Larry Williamson

May – All of One Blood

But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

I use to give blood to the Red Cross when I was in the Navy. As I was undergoing the procedure, I looked at the other donors. Although our ethnic backgrounds were different, the same thing keeping each of us alive united us. And we were willing to give it to other to keep them alive. We were united by patriotism, a sense of justice, and equal citizenship. Jesus said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:15 Christ validated his words by offering his blood to atone for our sins. Today as we remember those who died while serving our country, we also give thanks for Jesus’ sacrifice.