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Memorial Day ceremony held at VFW Post

June 5, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Well over 100 people turned out at the VFW on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, to remember "those who gave all." Memorial Day is the American holiday observed on the last Monday in May to honor the men and women who died while serving their country.

Due to the unusually warm day the ceremony was held inside the VFW Hall.

The post was decorated with American flags and POW/MIA flags, which symbolizes the United States military personnel taken as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action.

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American Legion Commander Bob Miner and VFW Commander Austin White at the Memorial Day ceremony.


Pine Island VFW Commander Austin White served as emcee for the 11 a.m. ceremony with the posting of the colors, Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer for all past and current POWs and MIAs.

"We meet at this time to commemorate our comrades of the United States Armed Forces who have answered the last call," White said.

American Legion Post #136 Commander Bob Miner reminded everyone that "Today, of all days, we need to put aside our disagreements and strife and take time to remember those who are often out of sight but never out of our hearts and minds."

The event featured the American Legion Post #136 Color Guard. The Color Guard exited the VFW building for the 21-gun salute and the playing of "Taps" at the memorial.

"Beyond the many citations of valor are the untold, undocumented stories of men and women who live with the scars of war," White said. "Many Americans are coming home with disfigurements, amputations and scars you can't see like traumatic brain injury and PTSD. They have stood for us when we couldn't, or wouldn't stand for ourselves. It is now up to us to stand with them."

The Memorial Day holiday originated, and was celebrated in, small towns and cities across the country immediately after the Civil War. Originally known as Decoration Day, the last Monday was set aside "for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion."

Decoration Day became a national holiday known as Memorial Day in 1971.



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