Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Staff Photo: Erin Evans. Crosses at Colony Realty along U.S. Highway 278 honor local soldiers who have died in the line of duty. The crosses were placed there by American Legion Post 32.
COVINGTON -- The local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts are hosting Memorial Day ceremonies for the community Monday.
VFW Post 2938 will hold its ceremony at 10 a.m. at Lawnwood Memorial Cemetery on the Access Road. The event will be attended by former 3rd District Commander James Closs and will include speeches and a 21-gun salute.
"We honor the dead by helping the living," said Michael French, commander of the VFW post. "That's the motto of the VFW. That's what Memorial Day is all about is honoring past veterans. Basically, they are the heroes. If it hadn't been for vets during the Revolutionary War everybody would be talking with a cockney accent. If it hadn't been for vets during World War I and World War II, we would be speaking Japanese or German. The younger generation doesn't know what a vet did, what he represents."
French thanked all residents who have participated in the VFW's Buddy Poppy program, which raises money for veterans and their families. He also invited any interested veterans to attend VFW meetings, held at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Journey Church, located at 1150 Monticello Street. Veterans should bring their DD 214 form to their first meeting.
American Legion Post 32 will also hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday. It will take place on the Square park in downtown Covington and will include the reading of names of local soldiers killed in the line of duty, speeches and the laying of a wreath. Post Commander Bobby Hamby encouraged the public to take special note of crosses displayed along U.S. Highway 278 at Colony Realty. Each cross includes the name of a local soldier killed in battle.