Letter: Honoring the fallen on Memorial Day
To the Editor:
As the daughter of a World War II veteran, I hold a special place in my heart for the parents, siblings, spouses, and friends of those who served. I can't help but think of all the men and women who have gone to fight for this great nation and didn't return home.
While we are all guilty of celebrating the unofficial start of summer and encouraging each other to "have a good weekend," it is important to remember the reason for the holiday: Memorial Day is the day Americans set aside to honor those brave men and women who met tragic ends while defending our freedom. It is our duty to honor their sacrifices, to pray for their families, and to bow our heads in recognition of their service.
On National Poppy Day, May 24, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69, Arlington will have poppies available as a tribute to our fallen warriors. We invite residents to stop by Post 69 from 4 to 9 p.m. to receive a poppy in exchange for a donation to wear in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We must never forget. The poppy, which bloomed on the battlefields of France after World War I, has grown to become an internationally known and recognized symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain. One hundred percent of donations received will go directly to help veterans, military, and their families. The American Legion Family has called upon Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day.
The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization, with nearly three-quarters of a million members and more 8,000 units in communities across the nation. The ALA serves nearly one million veterans every year. Right here in Arlington, we continue to help mitigate the challenges our veterans face and deliver upon our mission by organizing multiple events and fundraisers throughout the year to support veterans, military, and their families.
To learn more about the Auxiliary's mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
The writer is second vice president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69.
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