Sorry to say, we still are adding to those who have given their last
full measure, with no end in sight.
When the time comes, you can help your loved ones with your
request for Military Honors by doing some simple things now.
First, if you desire Military Honors during your memorial service,
you need to talk with your family, so they know your wishes.
Second, find your DD214 or discharge papers, again, tell your
family their location, this is a key piece in requesting Military
Honors that are provided by DOD personal.
May is the month we pause to remember those who have given their last full measure.
May 5, 1868
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for "Decoration Day" to be observed annually and nationwide; he was commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), an organization of and for Union Civil War veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois. This observance not only decorated the graves of Union Soldiers but also those graves of Southern Soldiers.
Memorial Day, initially referred to as Decoration Day, was observed by many communities after the Civil War, when the nation suffered more than 620,000 military deaths, roughly 2 percent of the total population at the time.
John A. Logan, the Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of Republic, chose May 30, 1868, as a day to decorate the graves of Union troops across the nation. From this beginning, Memorial Day is now designated as an annual day of remembrance to honor all those who have died in service to the United States during peace and war.
Third, talk with your family as to where you would like to be interred. The local family plot or in a VA National Cemetery. You can find answers to many of your questions on the VA’s web site. The VA’s site will help with requesting a VA grave head stone, how to request burial in a National Cemetery.
Again, thanks to all those who have served.
Legion is still working on renewing those who have yet to pay their 2020-2021 dues. Current paid membership is at 1327 or about 93% of our goal. About 100 paid members short.
Legion National HQ is processing 2021-2022 member cards currently. Notices will be mailed out at the end of June, only a month off. 2021-2022 Legion Year begins August first, 2021. At this time, I do not believe there will be any dues increase for 2021-2022.
Have a great summer and stay safe out there as you enjoy getting out of the house for a change.