Letter: Another Memorial Day has come and gone

By on June 16, 2011

We try each year to get our word out about the importance of this day, remembering our veterans that are gone, and also supporting the veterans that are here and in need of aid. Our poppy drive was sanctioned by our Chamber of Commerce—thank you for your support.

We had collection cans at various businesses around the area: Sugar Grove Library, Genoa’s Pizza, Sugar Grove Cleaners, Calamity Jane’s, Sugar Grove Veterinary Clinic, BP Gas Station and, of course, our Legion Hall. People were very generous, especially during our breakfast. One hundred percent of our poppy donations go to our Veterans Hospital. Thank you to all who donated, and we will see you next year.

Our Memorial Day breakfast was a huge hit and also could not have been done without the cooperation of a long list of volunteers. We hope that the public enjoyed our celebration as much as we did. We hope that we are able to do it again next year.

This year, we were also privileged to have the company of the Sugar Grove Fire Department, Sugar Grove Police and Kane County Sheriff to aid us in our parade honoring our fallen soldiers, as we did our cemetery tour this past Memorial Day. Our parade consisted of motorcycles bearing flags—one for each brand of the military—with our United States flag in the lead, followed by our POW flag. Following that was a train of cars carrying supporters. We traveled to two cemeteries, where the color guard presented our flags and memorial ceremonies were performed. We had a wonderful bugler at our first stop to play Taps, and a great turnout by the Boy Scouts.

Your support was greatly appreciated, and we hope to be able to enlist your aid next year.

Beth Johnson
Sugar Grove American Legion
Post #1271