Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Veterans of Foreign Wars was formed of three earlier groups in 1914.
- "The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves. In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000."
The championships consisted of a judged parade followed by a competition. Corps that expected to participate in the competition were required to march the parade. Scores from the parade were included in the tabulation of scores for the final winner.
- Senior corps championships were discontinued after 1962.
- Junior corps championships were discontinued after 1981.
Active VFW-sponsored drum corps
Veterans of Foreign Wars official web site