A tradition, which dates back more than 150 years, continues to bring veterans and families together in Fuquay-Varina. Memorial Day will be marked by displaying flags at the graves of veterans.
The Post plans to lower flags to half-staff at the town hall at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 27. Guest speakers will be Fuquay-Varina Mayor John Byrne, American Legion District 11 Commander Greg Gabry and American Legion Post 116 Commander Lee Johnson.
Following the lowering of the colors, members of American Legion Post will go to local cemeteries to honor fellow veterans’ graves by displaying memorial American flags. Anyone can attend one or all of these events to show appreciation to the deceased veterans for their service.
The Post and the nation pause to remember the patriots who left their homes and families when their country called. Post 116 is committed to keeping the memory of their sacrifice alive for generations to come.
Formed following World War I, the American Legion continues to work for all veterans their families and the children of the nation. The largest wartime veteran’s organization, the American Legion has 2.8 million members in nearly 15,000 posts around the globe.
Memorial Day officially was proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. It was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.