Don’t forget to wear a poppy

To the Editor,

Memorial Day is an upcoming federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring all Americans who died while serving this country in the military, those who gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting the freedom we so often take for granted. The holiday is observed on the last Monday in May.

Another day coming up just before the Memorial Day weekend is one so commonly unknown by many. Last year was American’s inaugural National Poppy Day, the Friday three days before Memorial Day, as designated by the Congressional Bill H. Res. 309. Wearing a red poppy the Friday before Memorial Day is done to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I can think of no greater honor we, as a nation, could use to show gratitude for those fallen heroes than by wearing a poppy, not just on that Friday, but during the entire holiday weekend. Would that not be an honorable sight to see? Poppies are being distributed nationally by veterans organizations such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. These organizations are accepting donations that will be used for their programs that support veterans and their families in need.

This year, May 25 is National Poppy Day. The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who have served and died for country in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifice made by veterans while protecting our freedoms.

You also are invited to attend Memorial Day services being held throughout the many area municipalities. Weirton’s will be at 11 a.m. May 28 at the memorial site near Bob Evans Restaurant on Three Springs Drive. And, don’ forget, wear a poppy to honor those who worn our nation’s uniform.

Jim Bissett

Honor guard

Weirton American

Legion Post 10

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