First off I'm a BAD BOY and yesterday being Texas Independence Day slipped by me. Really no excuse for a true Texan to forget such an important date for our great state! The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed by 59 people on March 2, 1836.
However! I guess in a way some of us at the Legion did celebrate it on the right day without knowing it. I decided that we needed to start cleaning the ceremonial M1 Garand rifles so we took one off site to a private rifle range and each of us fired it 8 rounds each. One of the ones who fired it was a WWII Vet who said he hadn't shot one since the war. He was delighted! Once done the rifle was taken back to the legion after putting it back to the condition of firing blanks for ceremonies and thoroughly cleaned and put back in storage. I plan to do that to a different one each month. BTW the M1 Garand was the primary weapon used in WWII.