May 19, 2013: Our readers write

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May: A celebration of service

Over the years, the month of May has become a time for honoring and remembering men and women who served our nation. The month of May includes Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 10, Armed Forces Day on May18, Memorial Day on May 27; and, in 1999, Congress designated the entire month of May as Military Appreciation Month.

At the end of the month, our focus is on Memorial Day, a day initially reserved to honor those who died serving in uniform during wartime, but over time has been expanded to include honoring and remembering all veterans who have died, and civilians who have given their lives in service to our country.

It is our obligation to honor, to remember and to continue to promote understanding to this generation and future generations the significance of veterans’ sacrifice. So, every Memorial Day, veterans and families of veterans across this nation gather to decorate graves and take part in ceremonies honoring these individuals and their sacrifices to make a definite difference to this nation and the world.

Locally, veterans and their families will be honoring and remembering our heroes Memorial Day weekend by placing flags on graves of hometown veterans throughout Hardin and surrounding counties.

On Memorial Day, May 27, American Legion Hardin Post 113 members, and guests, will conduct the annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in Elizabethtown. Our 58th annual Memorial Day Parade forms this year at Pritchard Community Center on Memorial Day, May 27, and at 10 a.m. will proceed through Elizabethtown north on Mulberry to Dixie Avenue; left on Dixie Avenue to Miles Street; north on Miles Street to American Legion Park for a ceremony honoring and remembering veterans who have died since Memorial Day last year. Our Parade Grand Marshal/Guest Speaker this year is Brig. Gen. David MacEwen, adjutant general of the U.S. Army. Our parade band this year is the Elizabethtown High School Band.

I encourage you to help us honor and remember by viewing the parade along the parade route, and/or attending the ceremony.

Jesse Sterling Hall, Past Post Commander

American Legion Hardin Post 113