Dear Editor,

The Menominee American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 146 would like to take this time to reflect with the community that on Memorial Day, and throughout the year, to remember those veterans who fought and courageously gave of their lives while serving in America’s Armed Forces.

Since Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day from the American Civil War era to honor Union soldier casualties, it was not until after World War I, however, that it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II, and Memorial Day is now a federal holiday and observed the last Monday in May.

The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest premier patriotic service organization, and has been advocating for our veterans, and military since 1919 — 101 years. The ALA members exemplify “Service, Not Self” through countless volunteer hours, programs, conferences and with an increased presence in Washington, D. C. with the American Legion Family to give a voice for 3 million veterans, military, and their families.

The American Legion Auxiliary promotes Americanism, encourages a love of country, and display pride and respect toward the United States of America and its flag. Also, we encourage patriotism, support of the Constitution of the United States, the military and to enjoy the freedom we live in from the sacrifices of our veterans.

In addition, the Menominee American Legion Auxiliary Unit 146 would like to express gratitude and sadness as we reflect on the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic that has resulted in approximately 89,000 deaths nationwide and 300,000 globally. Worldwide, the loss of lives in business, government, medical health sectors, emergency operations, police, fire, civil and military personnel has taken a devastating toll.

Remember to say thank you to all who give of themselves with compassion to protect our health and safety in this great country, the United States of America.

 

Connie Kewley

Public Relations chairman, Menominee ALA Unit 146