Sunday, May 24, 2015

America's legacy-- pass it on

Tomorrow, May 25, we observe Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we as Americans hold dear.

American Legion Post 215 has organized an observance to be held on the Goochland Courthouse green beginning at 10 a.m. The event will include color guards, patriotic music, prayers and speakers.

The observance will be over well before noon so as not to interfere with the recreational aspects of the start of summer.

Members of the Post 215 Auxiliary will be distributing, in the hopes of receiving a donation, the iconic red crepe paper poppies that have come to symbolize Memorial Day.

The poppies reference the poem In Flanders Fields written by Lt. Col. John McRae that describe the poppies growing on the graves of World War I dead in Flanders, Belgium.

Until recently, 100% of the poppy donations were used to help veterans. Due to the great needs of today’s military families, The American Legion Auxiliary has expanded the use of these funds to include active duty service members and their families who demonstrate a financial or medical need.

This is a good opportunity help the young ones brush up on flag etiquette and learn about patriotism. Parents and relatives can do a great job of teaching these lessons. If you’re not sure what to do when Old Glory passes visit
Thanks to the American Legion for helping our community salute those who make our way of life possible. See their website for more information.

See you on the Courthouse green.

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