Disabled American Veterans
PREPARATION: Before the Opening Ceremony commences,
the Altar is prepared by draping it with theU.S.A.
(field of stars) in the left corner nearest the Commander’s station, a closed
Bible on top. The Color Guards, with the colors, are standing at or just outside
the doors entering the meeting hall, which should be at the end of the room
opposite the Commander’s station. All officers are at their respective
stations; if an officer is absent, the Commander appoints some member to fill
the vacancy, for the ceremony, before the ceremony starts.
COMMANDER, raps gavel, calling meeting to order.
Assembly remains seated:
Members of Chapter …, No. … Disabled American Veterans, you are called to
order for the opening ceremony.
COMMANDER: Comrade Senior Vice-Commander, what is the usual
procedure in opening a Chapter meeting of the Disabled American Veterans?
SENIOR VICE-COMMANDER: Comrade Commander, in opening the ceremony of our
meetings, it is fitting and proper that we first present the National Colors and
render the respect due them by all citizens of our beloved Country, and that we
be reminded of the principles upon which this organization is founded.
COMMANDER, raps gavel three times, all rise: Comrades, ATTENTION!
Officer of the Day,
prepare the Chapter Room by placing the Colors in their proper position at the
OFFICER OF THE DAY: Color Guards, Forward MARCH!
The Color Guards take their places behind the
Altar; the Guard carrying the National
U.S.A.flag; the Guard carrying the Chapter D.A.V. colors. The Officer of the Day
takes his position, opens the Bible, then salutes the Commander, and says:
Comrade Commander, the
Colors are in position.
By the numbers: Hand
Comrades, we will now be
led in prayer.
Place DAV caps at left shoulder.
CHAPLAIN, takes position behind Altar, between
Color Guards: God, be merciful unto us,
and bless us. Cause Thy Face to shine upon us that Thy way may be known upon
earth, and Thy saving strength among all people. Let the people be glad and sing
for joy, for Thou shalt judge them righteously, and govern the Nations upon
Especially do we pray that
we may have Thy guidance to the end that we may each of us firmly uphold the
great principles of this organization.
COMMANDER: Comrades, ATTENTION!
Members replace caps on head.
Officer of the Day, post
OFFICER OF THE DAY salutes Commander, who returns
salute: Color Guards, right FACE,
Chaplain retires to his Station, Officer of the
Day, by proper commands, places Color Guards in position to post colors, as
shown on Chart.
Color Guards, post Colors!
Comrade Commander, the
Colors have been posted. Salutes
Commander who returns salute.
Color Guards, dismissed.
Color Guards take seats near Colors. Officer of the
Day returns to his station.
COMMANDER raps gavel once, seating audience: Comrade Senior Vice-Commander, what is the
principle for which your Station stands?
SENIOR VICE-COMMANDER: Comrade Commander, this Station symbolizes
Comradeship, a term that emphasizes true friendship. True friendship is
essential to any fraternity. Without it, only strife and discord would prevail,
but with it all good things are possible. It is my duty to encourage friendship
among members of this organization, and to that end I shall counsel with all
members and to the utmost of my ability discourage discord and promote harmony.
COMMANDER: Comrade Junior Vice-Commander, what is the principle for
which your Station stands?
JUNIOR VICE-COMMANDER: Comrade Commander, this Station symbolizes Loyalty,
by which we mean helpfulness. It is my duty to help those comrades who may call
upon me for assistance, and particularly to see that every comrade is given the
opportunity to express himself and state his views on any subject under
discussion in a meeting of this Chapter.
COMMANDER: Comrade Chaplain, what is the principle for which your
CHAPLAIN: Comrade Commander, this Station symbolizes Devotion.
Devotion to this organization and the principles upon which it is founded.
Devotion to our Comrades in hospitals and Devotion to the memory of those
comrades who have gone ahead of us. It is my duty to visit the sick and to
comfort and assist the families of those of us who from time to time are called
to that Great Beyond.
COMMANDER: Officer of the Day, what does my Station symbolize?
OFFICER OF THE DAY: Equality.
COMMANDER: Comrades, I shall try earnestly to hold at even balance
the scales of Justice, and to encourage at all times the speaking of the Truth.
I shall grant the utmost liberty of act and word to each member as long as he
respects the rights of every other member. In this way, I can best exemplify the
Spirit of Equality, and to this end you owe me your aid and good-will.
COMMANDER: I now declare this meeting open for the transaction of
such business as may rightfully come before it.
Initiation of Recruits
When recruits are to be initiated, military
procedure is to be observed throughout the ceremony. Talking, smoking and moving
about the room, except in the performance of duty, are forbidden.
Comrade Officer of the
Day, the Officer
of the Day presents himself and stands at ATTENTION.
Retire to the ante-room
and prepare the recruits for initiation.
OFFICER OF THE DAY: Comrade Commander, your orders will be obeyed. He
The Officer of the Day retires to the anteroom,
instructs the recruits to conduct themselves during the ceremony with military
He forms them to march in single or double file
according to number of recruits. When all is ready, he raps on the inner door
Sergeant at Arms opens the door.
SERGEANT AT ARMS: Who comes demanding entrance to this Chapter room of the
Disabled American Veterans?
OFFICER OF THE DAY, standing in open door: The Officer of the Day with recruits.
SERGEANT AT ARMS: Comrade Commander, the Officer of the Day with Recruits
COMMANDER: Sergeant at Arms, admit the Officer of the Day with
SERGEANT AT ARMS: Officer of the Day with recruits, ADVANCE !
OFFICER OF THE DAY: Recruits, ATTENTION! Forward March!
Brings recruits to the Altar, facing the Commander,
by way of Chaplain’s station. Recruits, HALT! Right FACE! The Officer of the Day takes position in rear of
recruits. Comrade Commander, these are recruits who have proved
themselves eligible to membership in this organization.
COMMANDER: Recruits, at EASE! On behalf of the Disabled American
Veterans, I welcome you. Let me declare our purpose as a National Veteran
First.—To uphold and
maintain the Constitution and the Laws of the United States.
Second.—To realize the
American aims and ideals for which we fought.
Third.—To promote the
welfare of disabled American veterans.
with the Veterans’ Administration and all other public and private agencies
devoted to our cause.
Fifth.—To apply the
principles of comradeship, loyalty and devotion particularly among all disabled
American veterans; and
Sixth.—To encourage in
all people that spirit of understanding which will guard against future
COMMANDER: Officer of the Day, conduct the recruits to the station
of the Senior Vice-Commander to receive instruction in the principle of
OFFICER OF THE DAY: Recruits, ATTENTION—Left FACE!—Forward
MARCH!—Column left, MARCH!—Column left, MARCH! —Recruits, HALT! Right
FACE! Officer of
the Day takes position in rear of Recruits. Comrade Senior
I present these Recruits to you to receive instruction in the principle of
SENIOR VICE-COMMANDER: Recruits, at EASE!—Comradeship, the first
principle of our organization, is exemplified by this station. It is a term that
emphasizes true friendship. An application of this principle is essential to any
fraternity. Without it, only strife and discord would prevail, but with it, all
good things are possible. When we were enlisted in the service of our Country to
defend the ideals of democracy with the allied armies against the forces of
autocracy, comradeship bound us together. The very utterance of the term brings
to mind memories of military training camps, deep blue seas and transports,
hospitals and hand-to-hand combat. In service and in suffering for a noble
cause, Comradeship was born in our breasts, and continues to dominate our lives
through fellowship in the Disabled American Veterans. Recruits, I counsel you,
be true to the ideal of Comradeship. May you always exemplify in spirit and in
practice the first principle of this organization. Officer of the Day he
salutes, you will now conduct the recruits to the station of the
Junior Vice-Commander to receive instruction in the principle of loyalty.
OFFICER OF THE DAY: Recruits, ATTENTION!—Right FACE!—Forward
MARCH!—Column right, MARCH!—Recruits, HALT!—Left, FACE!—Comrade Junior
salutes I present these recruits to you for instruction in Loyalty.
Officer of the Day has position in rear of
JUNIOR VICE-COMMANDER: Recruits, at EASE!—This station exemplifies
Loyalty, the second principle of our organization. Loyalty is a basic virtue.
Its highest expression in this organization is helpfulness.
Comradeship and Devotion
without Loyalty in acts of helpfulness are mere passing whims.
Virtues without Loyalty
are entirely lacking in essential qualities which recommend them to the
favorable consideration of mankind. Recruits, I admonish you, if you would be
Comrades in this organization, be loyal to your loved ones and to your Country,
and if you would be worthy of the Comradeship here to be conferred upon you, be
loyal to your Comrades in the Disabled American Veterans.
Officer of the Day, he
salutes you will now conduct the Recruits to the station of the
Chaplain to receive counsel in the principle of DEVOTION.
OFFICER OF THE DAY: Recruits, ATTENTION!—Left, FACE!— Forward,
MARCH!—Column left, MARCH!—Column left, MARCH!—Recruits, HALT! Right,
FACE! Officer of
the Day takes position in rear of Recruits. Comrade Chaplain, I
present these Recruits to you for instruction in the noble principle of
CHAPLAIN: Recruits, at EASE!—You now stand before the station
which exemplifies DEVOTION. You have already received instruction in Comradeship
and Loyalty. These two with Devotion constitute the triune basis of our
We deem it to be self
evident that these principles are all equal in importance. Because you have
already demonstrated the principles of Comradeship and Loyalty and Devotion in
unselfish service to your Country and its Flag, your patriotism is without
question. The organization of the Disabled American Veterans continues and
extends their application. I admonish you, in Comradeship and in Loyalty, be
Devotional in your attitude as Disabled Veterans; to your Country and to God.
Officer of the Day, he
salutes conduct the Recruits to the Altar and present them again to
the Commander to receive the obligation.
OFFICER OF THE DAY: Recruits, ATTENTION!—Right, FACE—Forward,
MARCH!—Column right, MARCH!
When recruits, by additional commands of column
Right, MARCH! have reached position in front of the altar, Officer of the Day
halts them: Recruits HALT! Left,
FACE! Comrade Commander, he
salutes these Recruits have received instruction in Comradeship,
Loyalty and Devotion.
I now present them to you
to receive the obligation.
COMMANDER: Comrades, ATTENTION! Raps
three times. All rise.
Comrade Officer of the
Day, you may now retire to your station. The
Commander goes to position front of Altar: Recruits, Raise your right
hand.—Say ‘I’.—State your full name.—Repeat after me: I, …, do in
the presence of Almighty God and my comrades here assembled, promise and declare
that I will always uphold and maintain the Constitution and laws of the United
States of America, and will always show the proper courtesies to our National
Emblem, and give to it the love and the devotion it merits. I further promise
insofar as feasible always to aid and assist any disabled comrade; that I will
always uphold the integrity and character of a brother veteran; that I will do
my best to exemplify the principles of Comradeship, Loyalty and Devotion. I
further pledge that I will support and obey the Constitution and By-Laws of the
National, State and Local organization. All of which I now affirm.
Comrades, our Chaplain
will confer upon you the emblem of the Disabled American Veterans.
CHAPLAIN: Comrades, by reason of extraordinary service to your
Country and the injury and suffering sustained by you in its behalf, you are now
authorized to wear the token of active membership in the Disabled American
Veterans. This emblem is of small intrinsic value; but the value of the things
it represents is exceedingly great. The engraving thereon represents the figure
Columbiaconferring knighthood upon a kneeling soldier. This emblem can only be secured
in the manner in which you now receive it. Be proud of it. It is a mark of
Confers Emblem: hands Official Lapel Button to each
As a soldier of the
Republic and a true knight in the cause of liberty, wear this emblem and bear
yourself in a manner that will reflect credit upon you and your comrades. As a
member of this organization; be true, brave and loyal.
COMMANDER: Comrade Chaplain, you will now lead us in prayer.
Place DAV cap at left shoulder.
CHAPLAIN: God of Battles! Lord of the Universe! Father of all!
Bestow Thy Divine Grace upon these, our New Comrades that they may be at one
with us through Comradeship, Loyalty and Devotion. To Thy Holy Name be honor and
glory forever, AMEN! Replace
Commander and Chaplain take their respective
COMMANDER raps once, audience is seated: My comrades, on behalf of this Chapter, I welcome
you as members. I invite you to take an active part in its activities, and
expect you to attend its meetings. You may now take your place with your fellow
as new members find seats in audience.
COMMANDER: Comrades, the purpose of our gathering here has been
accomplished, but before we close, Comrade Junior Past Commander will you give
us a word of guidance.
JUNIOR PAST COMMANDER: Let us always be mindful of the principles for
which this organization stands: Comradeship; Friendship; Loyalty to principle
and to our Comrades; Devotion to our cause. And let it be our motto: IF I CANNOT
SPEAK GOOD OF MY COMRADE, I WILL NOT SPEAK ILL OF HIM.
COMMANDER: Thank you, Comrade Junior Past Commander.
Comrades, we are now ready
to depart from this place until our time of meeting again
which is Before I declare
you adjourned, it is fitting and proper that we again render Honor to the Flag
of our Country.
ATTENTION. Raps gavel three times; all rise.
Comrade Officer of the
Day, you will arrange the Colors at the Altar.
OFFICER OF THE DAY: Color Guards, fall in. Take Colors. Officer of the Day directs Guards to the Altar,
as in Opening Ceremony, drops back, and salutes Commander.
OFFICER OF THE DAY: Comrade Commander, the Colors are arranged to receive the
honors due them.
COMMANDER: Comrades, before us is the Flag of our Country.
Let us always be true to
its ideals and worthy of its exalted traditions. Comrades, Salute the Colors!
Comrade Chaplin, you will
lead us in prayer.
Members place caps at left shoulder.
CHAPLAIN, standing between Color Guards, behind
Altar: May the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and
love of God, and now unto the Eternal and All-wise Creator of the Universe and
Preserver of our Nation, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Chaplain closes the Bible and retires to his
COMMANDER: Comrades, ATTENTION! Members
replace caps. Comrade Officer of the Day, retire the Colors.
OFFICER OF THE DAY retires the Colors.
COMMANDER: I now declare this meeting of … Chapter, No. …,
Disabled American Veterans, adjourned.