Memorial Day a time for reflection
The weekend is a time to remember those who have fallen in defense of the country.
I might be showing my age, but I can remember when it was called Decoration Day. When I heard that, I knew that my brother, sister and I would be piled into the car, among flower pots and gardening tools. My grandmother lived with us until I was in my early teens, so we would make the annual trip to the cemetery to plant flowers and “decorate” the graves for the holiday.
The holiday has been known as Memorial Day since 1966. I have always found it interesting that the day originally started after the Civil War to remember the fallen of what was arguably the most divisive time in our country’s history and we still honor the fallen 150 years later.
Buddy Poppies distributed at Madison Tractor Supply Co.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8548 will “Salute the Troops” between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 23 with the annual “Buddy Poppy” distribution. The distribution connects the VFW with the community, helps to recruit members and promote VFW programs. Stop by the Madison Tractor Supply Co. at 6603 North Ridge Road, Madison for a Buddy Poppy.
Sunday car and motorcycle cruise-in at Willowick post
The Veteran Car and Motorcycle Cruise-In will be noon to 4 p.m. each Sunday at American Legion Post 678, 590 E. 328th St. in Willowick. All cars and motorcycles are welcome.
A registration fee of $5 or a donation for the Homeless Veterans Shelter will be asked. The afternoon event will include food, drinks, prizes and a 50/50 raffle. For details, call the post home at 440-943-9659.
Painesville Legion serves lunch
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For questions, call 440-357-7711.
Legion Riders host Ohio POW-MIA Wall
The American Legion Riders of Painesville American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host the Ohio POW-MIA Vietnam Memorial Wall on June 6 at the post. A ceremony will be presented by Rolling Thunder Chapter 5 Ohio at 1 p.m.
The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. The post will host a group of veterans from the Wade Park Veterans Affairs Medical Center for this event.
The public is encouraged to attend and to spend time with our veterans. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.
Legion hosts golf outing in Chardon
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 of the American Legion will host its sixth annual golf outing on June 6 at Pleasant Hills Golf Course, 13461 Aquilla Road in Claridon Township.
Sign-in time will be 10:30 a.m. For details, call Bruce Zupancic at 440-897-2396.
Fundraiser for Legion color guard
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a fundraiser for the color guard unit from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. June 20 at the post home.
The event will feature live music from Wicked Vinyl. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.
Marine Corps League hosts annual golf outing
The Col. J.M. Chambers Gene Deka Memorial Golf Classic will begin at 1 p.m. June 27 at Madison Country Club. The shotgun start will be 1 p.m. and all golfers are requested to use soft spikes only.
Tickets for this event are $80 and include lunch, dinner and refreshments, 18 hole scramble and cart. Prizes will be given for the longest drive, pin shots, a putting contest and more.
For tickets, make checks payable to the Col. J.M. Chambers Golf Classic, and mail to Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive, Mentor, OH 44060 or call 440-974-9380. Reservation deadline is June 15.
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