Connie Kewley - Letter to Editor

The Menominee American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 146 would like to take this time to reflect with the community 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 observed on 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.  The ALA members exemplify "Service, Not Self" through countless volunteer hours, attending conferences/programs, and with an increased presence in Washington, D.C. as the American Legion Family gives a voice for veterans, military, and their families.

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

Remember to attend the following Memorial Day commemorative services in our area on Monday, May 29 as follows:  Memorial Day Breakfast at Menominee Legion Post 146, 818 First Street, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Memorial Service, Birch Creek Cemetery, Birch Creek - 7:00 a.m.; Color Guard Parade from Legion Post 146 to Veterans Park - 8:45 a.m; ceremony follows; and Memorial Service, Riverside Cemetery (Veterans Memorial Section), Menominee - 10:00 a.m.

Submitted by,
Connie Kewley
Public Relations chairman
Menominee ALA Unit 146



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