Helping your VFW

Published 10:37 am Thursday, June 2, 2016

As Memorial Day weekend came and passed all too fast, many may have attended a memorial service or program in their community.

For the Dispatch, we had the pleasure of attending the Lunenburg County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9954 and the American Legion Post in Lunenburg’s Monday evening event at Lakeview Cemetery.

It was a cool evening where all deceased military veterans were honored for making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The Rev. Mike Johnson prayed for those who had fought, their families and those still fighting for our freedom today. Many Lunenburg residents attended the short program just so they could be a part of thanking deceased veterans.

That is what we call some good ole’ small-town appreciation and community. It was a day that many view as an extra day off — a day of rest for them from their work week.

However, for some on their day off it was a day to remember why they can enjoy America, because people fought for them to have the luxury of being able to sleep safely at night.

The VFW and American Legion did a fantastic job of showing all those at the event that our nation and its fighters — past and present — are something to be proud of; something to salute and think about every day.

The two posts are ones that help us remember soldiers, and we should keep them in mind as well. Both are always looking for new members — young and old — to keep these types of traditions going strong. They need veterans who aren’t involved to get involved and show leadership in their community.

They need your support.

So, as you reflect on your Memorial Day weekend and the fun and relaxation it may have brought you, remember that there are people out there always working to remember the fallen.

Those are the ones we should also be proud of and help in any way possible.