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  • "Serving Youth and the Nation"

    The Greater El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars will be hosting a Massing of the Colors event on Saturday January 14. We invite all Veteran's Service Organizations, ROTC/JROTC units, Scouts, Law Enforcement and any organizations which has National and Organizational Colors to join us in the celebration of the flag and freedom. Register your unit before 15 December to be listed in the program, but units may register up to and at the event. Download the attached PDF form and email your registration as soon as possible.


    MOC Registration form.pdf



    What’s in a Name?

    There’s been a lot of discussion, to say nothing of cussin’, about the Order’s name and whether it should be changed.  And what it should be changed to.  I suspect we all have an opinion on both questions.

    Should we change our name?  On one hand, the Order’s current name recognizes and emphasizes our heritage – MOWW is a child of the Great War and of World War II.  At the same time, though, the name suggests to those who don’t know us that we are a backward looking outfit, focused entirely on the past.  It also suggests that all the post WW2 conflicts the U. S. has been involved in – Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan – are less important and not worthy of recognition or remembrance.  We all know that that’s not so, but the sad truth is that, rightly or wrongly, we’re judged by our name, and people tend to see us as military fossils – if they see us at all.   Personally, I think it’s a foregone conclusion that the Order WILL change its name and will do it at the next National Convention.  That notwithstanding, what do you think?  Change, yes or no, and why?

    Assuming the decision is made to change the Order’s name, what would you suggest?  I tend to favor something simple – like ditching the full name and becoming MOWW, similar to what many corporations have done in the past:  IBM, P&G, and the like.  Or, perhaps, something a bit more traditional, say something like  Military Order of America’s Wars.  Something whimsical or something forward looking. What would you suggest? 

    This branding becomes important, I think, when National embarks on a publicity campaign.  One of the Order’s major problems is that virtually nobody knows we exist, much less what we do.  We’ve traditionally shunned the limelight, preferring to keep a low profile and doing what we do quietly and without major fanfare.  That was good for a while, but the hard lesson from that practice is that if people don’t know we exist they won’t join.  We need that public exposure outside our home communities.  Chapters can only do so much in terms of publicity; we need a national publicity plan and a new name to get the public’s attention.

    Once again, I invite you to send your ideas to me or any of the Chapter officers.  All will be considered and forwarded to the new Name Change Committee being formed at National.


    CPT Bob Melson USA (Fmr)

    Chapter Commander

  • Dear Veterans, Active Service, and Friends:

    The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) is a patriotic Veterans Service Organization whose motto is “It is nobler to serve than to be served.”  MOWW was founded by General of the Armies “Blackjack” Pershing in 1919 to promote good citizenship, patriotic education, and military and public service.  MOWW chapters provide opportunities to support patriotic education, ROTC and JROTC, scouting, monuments and memorials, law and order, and national and homeland security programs.

    We invite you to visit and become a member of our chapter.  Eligibility includes active duty, veterans, retired and former commissioned and warrant officers of the armed forces, public health service officers, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Our mission is reflected in our Preamble:

    • To cherish the memories and associations of the World Wars waged for humanity;
    • To inculcate and stimulate love of our country and flag;
    • To promote and further patriotic education in our Nation;
    • Ever to maintain law and order, and to defend the honor, integrity, and supremacy of our national government and the constitution of the United States;
    • To foster fraternal relations among all branches of the armed forces;
    • To promote the cultivation of military, naval, and air science and the adoption of a consistent and and suitable policy of national security for the United States of America;
    • To acquire and preserve records of individual services;
    • To encourage and assist in the holding of commemorations and the establishment of memorials of the World Wars;
    •  And to transmit all these ideals to posterity, under god and for our country we unite to establish the MILITARY ORDER OF THE WORLD WARS.
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    • 07 December 2022 02:00 AM Until 03:30 AM
      The Command Staff will meet virtually to discuss the Christmas meeting and the status of our MOC preparations.
    • 17 December 2022 06:00 PM Until 08:30 PM
      The Chapter will hold it's December Christmas party at Applebee's and on Zoom. We will discuss the results of our fundraising and the Veterans' Forums.
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