June 1, 2022

Memorial Day Observed In Stanley

Memorial Day Observed In Stanley

Memorial Day Services were held in Stanley on Monday, May 30 with services in the Stanley High School Commons Area. After the advancement of colors by the Post 134 Color Guard and the Pledge of Allegiance, Commander Jesse Locken welcomed those attending this service to honor those who have served and given their lives so that generations can live in freedom. The invocation was given by Milo Mell who encouraged everyone to remember those who have come before us, thanking them for their effort and duty, showing their work was not in vain as we enjoy the freedoms they fought so hard for. He asked to remember those who were lost in that service, along with their families, friends, communities and comrades. He urged help to those who are suffering, caring for one another in love, providing for those in need and comfort for those in sorrow. Chaplain Philip Petz presented the POW/MIA Remembrance. The table, set for one, sat at the front of the room. The small table symbolizes the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his or her suppressors. The tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms. The single red rose in the vase signifies the blood they may have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds of the family and friends of the missing comrades who keep the faith, while awaiting their return. The yellow ribbon on the vase represents the yellow ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands, who demand, with unyielding determination, a proper accounting of the comrades not among us. A slice of lemon on the plate reminds of their bitter fate. The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait. The glass is inverted. They cannot toast with those there. The chair is empty. They are not here.

STANLEY WEATHER