Letter to the Editor: Memorial Day on Marco

The Marco Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold it’s annual memorial day ceremony at Veteran’s Park on May 27. The approximately one hour program will feature music by the Marco Strummers, Wes English, director. Also, the Star Spangled Banner sung by Craig Gruesel, director of the Lutheran Church music department, with audience participation. There will be the usual salute to the armed services, with members of each service standing for recognition as their branch march is played. The Civil Air Patrol will provide a fly-over during the armed services salute. Post Commander Jim Lang will give an address for the occasion, and Marco’s own Kate Smith (Herb Savage) will lead us all in God Bless America. The posting of the colors and retirement of same will be by the VFW color guard along with accompaniment by the Strummers drum corps. People are advised to bring chairs or blankets for their comfort. Lee Henderson will be recognized as the new Commander of the Marco VFW. He is currently Commander of the Marco Island Civil Air Patrol, and his organizational skills will be greatly appreciated.

The VFW is asking for veterans who have served in a war zone to become members of our fine organization They know what their comrades in arms went through more than anyone, and can help others who have difficulties with life, physical and mental problems due to their experiences. We especially ask for women who served to come and give us their help in our service to our comrades. We want them to come in not as auxiliary, but full members, so they can give their special talents to those in need. We assure the public that all funds over cost of our flag sales and poppy sales go into our special fund for veterans assistance, not in our Post activities fund. Your purchase of our American-made flags has increased with the help of Radio Shack, who carry and sell our flags, returning all money to our Post fund. Please visit their store on Collier Blvd.

Hope to see you on Memorial Day, and God Bless America.

Dave Gardner

Past Commander

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