Waxahachie VFW Post 3894 veterans and their family members gathered on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to honor their fellow veterans, both past and present. Rather than a formal ceremony, the veterans held a benefit fish fry.

“We decided to hold a fish fry first to bring our members together as a family on this day of remembrance and second to raise funds to complete an outside picnic area,” Mike Mann said.

The post hopes to raise enough funds to buy tables to put in the yard and pay for the materials to add a door to the new area.

“We just completed the new fence and are hoping to complete the outside picnic area soon,” Terry Curtis said.

As Mann and others dipped out the french fries, hush puppies and catfish strips, calls for more were heard from the kitchen, where several auxiliary members formed an assembly line to feed the hall full of people. 

The post hopes to draw in new members and their families, especially veterans from the Iraq, Persian Gulf and Afghanistan conflicts.

“We would like to have the younger soldiers start coming here and with their families become a part of our organization,” Duncan Faught said.

The post is planning similar events: It will have a barbecue cooking contest Oct. 12 and a chili cook-off Nov. 12.

“We want this to be a place where veterans can come, meet with other veterans and feel comfortable bringing their families,” Ed Faught said.

The post is open to any veteran who has served on foreign soil, with membership available to those veterans while their direct relatives can join the men and women’s auxiliaries.

The post supports programs for veterans and ROTC groups while holding several memorial and honorary services each year to recognize veterans who have represented the armed services in foreign countries.