Dear Editor,

The Menominee American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 146, and Julie Erickson, president, would like to take this opportunity to reflect with the community that on Memorial Day, and throughout the year, we remember those who died while serving in America’s Armed Forces.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day from the Civil War era. In 1868, General John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief of a Union veteran’s group, the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a proclamation to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action, and renamed Memorial Day. It is a day when Americans honor those brave men and women who became casualties of war defending our freedom. It is our duty to honor their sacrifices.

The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, with nearly 750,000 members and more than 8,000 units in communities across the nation. The ALA has been advocating for our veterans and military since 1919; members exemplify service through countless volunteer hours, programs, conferences, and with an increased presence in Washington, D. C., to give a voice to veterans.

The ALA promotes Americanism, and encourages love of country and to display pride and respect toward the United States American flag. In addition, we encourage patriotism, and support of the Constitution of the United States, the military and to enjoy the freedom we live in, from the sacrifices of our veterans.

The National Moment of Remembrances Act passed by Congress, and signed by U. S. President Bill Clinton in 2000, declares 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for Americans in an act of symbolic unity, share a moment of silence in honor of the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.

In addition, Menominee Veterans Council encourages the community to attend the following Memorial Day Activities on May 28: Birch Creek Cemetery Service at 7 a.m.; Veterans Color Guard parade begins at bandshell, 8:30 a.m.; Memorial Park, 9 a.m.; Riverside Cemetery, 10 a.m.; Menominee American Legion Post 146 breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Persons may call Bill Paris for reservations at 715-587-5233.

Remember your freedom, and never forget the fallen soldiers.


Connie Kewley, Public Relations chairman