President Murt Foos of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 17 in Lewes says she holds a special place in her heart for the parents, siblings, spouses, and friends of those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
“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,” said Foos.
Memorial Day weekend is when Americans set aside time to honor those brave men and women who met tragic ends while defending freedom. “It is our duty to honor their sacrifices, to pray for their families, and to bow our heads in recognition of their service,” she said.
This year, everyone is being asked to do things differently. The American Legion Post 17 Family is usually quite active – distributing poppies at stations all over town on Saturdays in May, and hosting an important veterans parade and Memorial Day service at Post 17.
“So as not to disrupt this war against the COVID-19 virus, we ask the Delmarva community to take up the torch this Memorial Day weekend and display an American flag, make poppy field tributes in yards, and place something on your car or porch to show you recognize the sacrifices made by our patriots,” she said. “And most importantly, face an American flag wherever you may be and place your hand over heart, and say with gratitude and pride, ‘Thank you for your service.’”
To learn more about the significance of the poppy and Memorial Day, go to www.ALAforveterans.org.