While June 21 marks the first day of summer, Memorial Day has long been the holiday more eagerly associated with the start of the season.
That idea is pervasive and at times seemingly detrimental to the real purpose of the observance, which is to honor the memory of America's fighting men and women who died defending our nation. The observance usually includes the decoration of veterans' graves, and in fact, was originally known as "Decoration Day."
Memorial Day is the time to recount the sacrifice of all America's warriors. But this year, the nation will focus attention on those of the "greatest generation," the veterans of World War II.
This Memorial Day weekend in Washington D.C., a memorial to the men and women of that war will be dedicated.
Not all veterans who served our nation then will be able to attend the event, and so it falls to the communities of America to see that their World War II veterans are remembered and acknowledged, personally and publicly.
On Saturday, May 29, 2004, the American Legion Posts of Red Willow County will sponsor an "Honor Breakfast" to pay tribute to the living veterans in Red Willow County. The breakfast will be held at the McCook National Guard Armory, starting at 8 a.m.
It is tradition in America that preparation for any great fete should invoke God's blessing, then praise God's hand in its success. And so, it is fitting that we should, in our time, thank God for those World War II veterans who "served in the field," asking peace for those souls offered up and blessing on those who yet walk among us.
Beginning the Memorial Day weekend with an "Honor Breakfast" offers that opportunity.It is requested that the names of all living World War II veterans within the county be submitted so they may receive a "Certificate of Appreciation" suitable for framing. Living World War II veterans' names may be submitted by calling Dan Stramel at (308) 345-5213 or mailing name(s) to Dan Stramel, P.O. Box 95, McCook NE 69001 or by stopping by American Express Financial Advisors Inc., located at 219 W. First Street in McCook.
Tickets for the breakfast are $7.50 and must be purchased by Monday, May 24. Tickets may be purchased at Hershberger Music, Republican Valley Motors, Sehnerts Bakery and American Express Financial Advisors Inc.
Seating is limited to 300. For questions, contact Dan Stramel at (308) 345-5213.
American Legion Posts
of Red Willow County