Saluting our troops

Published 9:28 am Wednesday, May 25, 2005

By By Lee Weyhrich
The Atmore Veterans of Foreign Wars will be doing their part to keep the memory of soldiers past and present alive.
This Saturday the VFW will be placing flags on the graves of soldiers.
The VFW will also hold a Memorial Day Ceremony.
"We're having a ceremony at city hall 11 a.m. Monday,"VFW Commander Lee "Lavan" Martin said.
This month the Vietnam Veteran are receiving special recognition from the VFW.
"We're trying to recognize this month the Vietnam veterans and the raw deal they got," Martin said. "We invited all Vietnam veterans in Atmore to come to a Vietnam recognition night and honored them and put it all in perspective and had a reception and gave them a certificate."
According to Martin, the special recognition is well-deserved.
"The Vietnam veterans did a great deed, they stopped communism in its track in Cambodia and Thailand," Martin said.
Martin said that the War on Terrorism is similar to the war on communism.
"We're in Iraq but we are deterring terrorism right now and I think the Iraq war will be known for that," Martin said. "The VFW will also honor the 711 for their work in Iraq. We planned to have a dinner for them on the 9th of July on a Saturday."
The dinner will be in recognition of the 711th's service.
"I think that they're going to have an awards ceremony at the armory on the fourth or fifth of June. We're going to be there to show our appreciation to them, greet them as comrades at arms and show our appreciation for their service in Iraqi Freedom."
According to information provided by the VFW Memorial Day is a sacred day to all veterans. It is a time to remember those who died in battle, and those who are imprisoned or missing in action.
"We're just going to do our thing on memorial day," Martin said.

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