May Events Update

On Memorial Day, in honor of the Nation’s Battle Heroes, our Post shall hang flags in Eagle on our Merchant Flag Program participants facilities. The U.S. Flags will be displayed with a black streamer until noon to display mourning and flags shall be taken down at sundown.

WE SHALL NEVER FORGET

The Eagle Field of Honor

The Eagle Field of Honor flags will stand proudly from May 16-26, 2020 at Merrill Park, 637 E Shore Dr, Eagle Id. They will start flying on Armed Forces Day and continue through the Memorial Day holiday. The opening ceremony has been cancelled, but the flags will still fly.Our Post will be helping with Operation Flag Take Down on May 26th starting at 11am. Please contact me for details if you would like to volunteer for Operation Flag Take Down at 208-761-4341 or Yvonne@YvonnePerez.com. (Bring a mask for social distancing if needed)

Our Post will be selling hand made masks from our Chaplain’s sister Pat Williams. Thank you Chaplain Lowber for bringing the donation to our Post! I will have more details on the masks with photos by tomorrow evening if you are interested in purchasing any.

Press Release On 2020 Memorial Day CeremonyBoise, ID

Idaho Division of Veterans Services encourages Idaho’s citizens to safely honor and remember all those that died while serving in defense to our Nation during this unprecedented time.To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and comply with federal, state, and local rules and guidance of limited gathering sizes and large venues the difficult decision was made to cancel this year’s ceremony at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery – Boise as a condition of continued public safety.”Even during this difficult and challenging time, we must never forget that as a nation we have a solemn responsibility to recognize and honor those that have served and died in defense of our freedom and the freedom of those oppressed throughout the world”, Veterans Cemetery Bureau Chief James Earp.This year’s honorable display for Memorial Day at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery will include a single U.S. Flag hand placed with dignity and respect at each gravesite by the Captain Art Jackson Young Marines and volunteers from Veterans Service Organizations. These flags will complement the cemetery’s Avenue of Flags raised with respect and honor by members from The Mission Continues of Boise.To honor and remember servicemembers no longer with us, Idaho Public Television in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Idaho Division of Veterans Services (IDVS) have produced a Memorial Day message.The grounds of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery – Boise are always open from morning to dusk. The public will still be able to visit the final resting place of their loved ones to honor and remember their service. Visitors are asked to adhere to health and safety guidelines and to maintain social distancing during your visit. Visits are encouraged throughout the weekend to avoid possible crowds on Memorial Day.The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery – Boise is located at 10100 Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise, Idaho 83714 and is co-located with Dry Creek Cemetery.http://www.veterans.idaho.gov/news/2020-memorial-day-ceremony

A Message From Our National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford

Dear American Legion Family Members and Friends,

Memorial Day, for most of us, will be different this year. The meaning, however, does not change.

I’m calling on The American Legion Family to encourage communities far and wide to pay tribute to our nation’s fallen heroes at dusk May 25, Memorial Day, by lighting candles of honor and placing them on front porches. Such a display will remind everyone that our resolve to honor those who served before us will continue even as social-distancing measures limit our ability to perform traditional Memorial Day remembrances.

We must adapt and overcome the pandemic in order to pay our respects to the true meaning of Memorial Day.

The manner and placement of the candles of honor are up to each individual. If possible, I recommend using a front porch as a visible reminder of the price that was paid for freedom.

Color options for consideration could include:
A red candle to remember the blood shed in battle for the protection of our freedoms.A white candle to keep our POWs/MIAs ever in our thoughts and prayers as we await their return homeA blue candle to salute the memories of those who made it home but are no longer with us.However you choose, whether it’s one candle or three, I ask that photos of those candles be shared on social media, tagging The American Legion National Headquarters and using the hashtag #candlesofhonor so our message will reach families everywhere. An additional option is to show your gratitude by having each member of a family or group hold up a sign spelling out a message of Memorial Day. WE SHALL NEVER FORGET would be a good choice.

Also, this year, remember our Virtual Memorial Day page on legion.org/legiontownPlease share with our national audiences the story of someone who served in the Armed Forces who holds special meaning to you. Share who you will be remembering this Memorial Day on social media using hashtag #VirtualMemorialDay.

And let’s not forget that Friday is National Poppy Day. While our poppy distribution plans may be different this year, it’s also an opportunity to innovate. The American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters is planning a Facebook watch party May 22 at noon EDT. American Legion Family members across the country are also planning other low-contact ways to remember the fallen and keep faith with the disabled through the symbol of our official flower, the red poppy.

No matter how we remember this year, the most important message we need to send is that we will never forget.
For God and country,

James W. “Bill” Oxford, National Commander

Happy Memorial Day To All!