Re­mem­ber to honor the fallen this Me­mo­rial Day

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

As the widow of a Korean War 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 make it 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 week­end: 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.

This Me­mo­rial Day, Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 82 Fam­ily, La Plata, will stand to­gether to pay trib­ute to the fallen. We in­vite South­ern Maryland res­i­dents to join us Tues­day, May 30, at 11 a.m. at The Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 82, 6330 Crain High­way, in re­mem­brance of those who paid the price for our free­dom. We must never for­get.

The Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iar y (ALA) is the world’s largest women’s pa­tri­otic ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion, with nearly three-quar­ters of a mil­lion mem­bers and more than 8,000 units in com­mu­ni­ties across the na­tion. The ALA ser ves nearly one mil­lion vet­er­ans ever y year. Right here in La Plata, 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, go to www.ALA­forVeter­ans.org.

Kitty Daw­son, La Plata

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