Thursday, May 27, 2010

Veteran’s Club Invites Public to Participate in Memorial Day Flag Placement

The Coweta Veterans’ Club, comprised of The American Legion Post 57 and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2667, on Saturday, May 29th, will place flags on veterans’ graves in major local cemeteries.

Dick Dennis, Chairman of the Board of the club, is once again asking for community assistance in this project. "The community support for the past three years has made it easy. The participation of young and old makes this a memorable experience and is a great family tradition. Decorating these veterans’ graves is a wonderful way to teach our young folks that freedom isn't free." According to Dennis, the number of flags to be placed this year will be nearly 2,200. He added, "As I said in previous years, we have an aging membership with many veterans of WWII and Korea, who are physically unable to walk long distances and cannot tolerate the bending and stooping.

Civic and fraternal organizations, church groups and individuals are invited to participate. The club will organize and assign volunteers at the club, on Highway 29 N., at 8:45 AM, on Saturday, the 29th. There will be coffee, juice and donuts for all. Dennis assured "that members of the club will serve as guides for each of the cemeteries." Currently, the plans call for covering, Oak Hill, Forest Lawn, Eastview-old and new, Boone Drive and Sunset. Participants are asked to bring a screwdriver or tool to make holes in the ground for the flags. The club will provide a limited number of flags to churches and families for private cemeteries. He asked that those groups to please contact the club at 770-251-6949, so that the flags can be bundled for pickup.

Immediately following the grave decoration, members of the VFW will be at several local venues, seeking donations for the annual “Buddy Poppy” drive to assist veterans in need. The poppy, a symbol taken from WWI, when it bloomed amid the carnage of battle, has become emblematic of veterans' relief programs around the world.

Memorial Day ceremonies, sponsored by VFW Post 2667, will be held on Monday, May 31, in Veterans’ Memorial Plaza, on Jackson Street.