ET4L Honors Veterans with Dinner

Honoring our Veterans Dinner.  Photo is courtesy of David Watts

GILMER, TX: Upshur County’s East Texans for Liberty (ET4L) held the organizations first Honoring our Veterans Dinner at the Disabled American Veterans building last Monday, November 13, 2017.  Dinner of smoked pulled pork, chicken spaghetti with a wealth of scrumptious side dishes and desserts were served to the seventy-three in attendance.

The first speaker was ET4L’s Founding Father’s Series with Gilmer Historian James Still.  Still covered the Newburgh Veterans of 1783.

“During the Revolutionary War, Washington often wrote Congress requesting funds.  Congress, however, had no authority to tax and was at the mercy of the states to send money when or if they could.  Since Congress was mostly broke, it sent the army what it could -- mostly promises,” said Still.  However, with the assistance of George Washington and his aid General David Cobb, within days, Congress reached a settlement with the army.

  Mark Vogl by David Watts 

The keynote speaker was retired Army Capitan, Mark Vogl.  Vogl is a U.S. Army designated Distinguished Military Graduate of THE CITADEL, THE MILITARY COLLEGE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. He served as an infantry officer from 1977 to 1986, commanding two companies in the Third Armored Division and serving as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Fordham University.

 “The glory of an American soldier is found in the eternal battle of good versus evil, defending home, and helping others.  The glory is not in conquest, but in freedom preserved, sustaining the light of Christ.  The glory of the American soldier is best revealed in the histories of scores of nations that saw an American soldier with hope, not fear, in their hearts, and hungry children around the world who tasted a Hershey chocolate bar,” said Vogl.

“People who regained their nation because we came when called.”

Vogl covered all veterans and the wars fought to protect our freedoms in America, while highlighting World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Confederate States of America.

“As we celebrate our Veterans, I pray it is a time when we consider the world as it is, and that we realize radical Islam is as much a threat to the world as communism was at the height of the Cold War,” said Vogl.

Vogl closed with a national prayer for peace given by President Thomas Jefferson on March 4, 1808.

“Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.

Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.  Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.

Endow with Thy spirit of Wisdom those to whom in Thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.

In the time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail, all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”


Veteran Jimmy Sanders by David Watts

ET4L’s President, Stacy McMahan reminded all that the organization does not meet in the month of December, and briefly covered informational and educational programs in next year’s line-up. McMahan highlighted a “Candidate Introduction” to be held on Monday, January 8, 2018, and Constitutional Attorney, Veteran, Author, Radio Host, and powerhouse KrisAnne Hall on Monday, March 12, 2018.

ET4L’s Caring for Texas Director, Jennifer Audet, was the evenings master of ceremonies. “It has been such an honor to recognize the talent, sacrifice, and courage of our veterans,” said Audet.

Several elected officials and potential candidates were in attendance. 

When asked if candidates would address the filled to capacity room, McMahan said, “Tonight is to honor our men and women in the military. Beginning on January 8 through the election on November 6, 2018, all candidates will have many opportunities to reach the voters during ET4L’s monthly meetings.” For more information, McMahan asked all interested parties to call ET4L at (903) 500-2292 and watch ET4L's events tab, on the website, at


ET4L's Desiree Watts by David Watts


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