Sealy residents celebrate Memorial Day

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Members of Sealy’s American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary of Post No. 442 were busy over the Memorial Day weekend honoring living and remembering the fallen Veterans who sacrificed their lives to save others.

The Friday before Memorial Day has been designated “National Poppy Day.” The small red paper flower serves as a powerful reminder to all Americans of the cost of freedom. The American Legion Family led by the Legion Auxiliary has supported the military community by promoting the significance of the Poppy story by distribution of the Poppy in our area. Wearing it is telling our veterans “Thank you for your service!”

Legion Commander Paul Dronka welcomed a nice crowd to the impressive outdoor Flag Ceremony performed by Legion members. Valerie Hahn opened the Memorial Day Program singing The Star Spangled Banner. Auxiliary member Grace Holtkamp shared the history of Blue Star and Gold Star Mothers during World War II.

Guest speaker Colonel Chris Govekar gave tribute to the Heroes who gave their lives in the service of their country, Pete Ribardo and Harley Arteaga closed the program playing a moving rendition of Taps.

Wearing or displaying a poppy any time during the year may help remind others of the need to show appreciation for all of our American Heroes.

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