Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Park Forest American Legion will host its annual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony on May 27 at 11 a.m. The program takes place at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive in Downtown Park Forest and includes placement of remembrance wreaths in solemn honor of fallen service members, along with recognition of Park Forest veterans, informative details on the proper protocol for folding the American flag, a three-volley rifle salute, and live bugle rendition of “Taps.”
This is the time to remember the fallen. This day off, this day of rest, is to commemorate those who gave their all so we can have what we have. We recall their loss and sacrifice. We remove our hats and bow our heads in their honor.
This is not a day for drinking, drowning our sorrows because of theirs. This is not a day for politicking, asserting our egos over those who fell. This is a day to stand with those still with us who served, to salute those who are no longer with us.
Most we remember fell in war. Others fell in times of peace, during training maneuvers or such where something went horribly wrong. Some fell in the war they brought home, falling to depression, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and the like. Those still with us who suffer still we owe a debt of gratitude — and all the love and support this country and each of us individually can offer.
Residents are encouraged to attend to remember those who have lost their lives while serving the country.