Rituals of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars

Brooke Kuecker studies health sciences and works part time as an office manager for a cosmetic sales organization. As an involved member of her community, Brooke Kuecker is a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Established in 1914, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW works to support U.S. veterans in honor of the sacrifices they have made. The organization offers scholarships, teaches patriotism and American heritage, and supports cancer research.

The group has a number of rituals. The following is a guide to understanding several Ladies Auxiliary VFW traditions:
1.) Members place their right hands over their hearts in a salute when the flag enters or leaves the room and during the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem.
2.) Different gavel raps indicate signs for members to come to attention (one rap), rise (two raps), and be seated (three raps).
3.) The area between the president’s station and the altar are considered sacred, and members must not cross unless ritual directs.

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