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American Legion Post 69 Memorial Day Observance

At 75 Meridian St., Malden on Monday at 12:15 PM

Monday marks the observance of Memorial Day. Though the meaning of this day appears to be fading, Memorial Day remains, to many, a day to remember those who have served in defending our nation. To many it is the unofficial start of summer – complete with celebration and commercialism. Admittedly, we all wait eagerly for summer to begin.

This year Memorial Day will be somewhat muted, as Americans endure inflation, rising gas prices, and an epidemic and have concerns with the direction of the country. While these issues are significant to all of us, it remains that we should not forget the men and women of the armed forces who put their lives on the line for the cause of freedom. Though we worry, we should remind ourselves that we are a resilient people.

These men and women when called to duty did so even though their lives were interrupted. They demonstrated bravery and courage in the conflicts in Lexington and Concord, New Orleans and Fort McHenry, the Alamo, Gettysburg, the Ardennes Forest, lwo Jima, Normandy, Inchon, Saigon, Fallujah, Kandahar, Syria and many other places too numerous to mention here.

In his last Memorial Day message, President John Kennedy said: “On this day we should invoke the blessings of God on those who have died in the defense of this country and praying for a new world order where peace and justice shall prevail and a life of opportunity shall be assured for all.”

On this Memorial Day, Post 69 will have a ceremony on Monday, May 30, 2022 at 12:15 pm at the Legion Headquarters located at 75 Meridian Street, Malden to remember and honor its many members who served in the armed forces, and the many Veterans laid to rest here and in foreign lands. We also will send our prayers to all those serving in the Armed Services around the world. Finally, we will always remember our prisoners of war and those missing in action. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!

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