The ceremony begins at the American Legion Post 86 at 10 a.m., and coincides with at least 500 other legions across America honoring the fallen in their regions.
On this cold brisk December morning veterans are dressed in uniform for the flag raising. Then seven members line up for the three gun salute properly called the “Three Volleys of Musketry” in honor of the fallen. My favorite part follows – the playing of the “Taps” played on the bugle and then the laying of the seven wreaths. This is Representative of our nations five services: Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines and the Coast Guard with the remaining two for the Merchant Marines and the POWMIA (Prisoners Of War and Missing In Action).
Attendees then all caravan to the cemetery to place these live wreaths on all veterans graves. I am told Post 86 purchased approximately 130 wreaths this year to be sure none were missed.
Once again, thank you American Legion Post 86 for all that you do to help us not forget.