WAKE FOREST — Veterans groups are sponsoring several community events this Memorial Day weekend to remember and honor the loss of American military men and women. For more information on any of the events, call Frank Anderson at 919-671-4216.
•A Memorial Day Ceremony will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial on the grounds of the Heritage Golf Club off Rogers Road. Organized by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Marine Corps League, the ceremony honors fallen veterans from the Wake Forest area.
The public is encouraged to attend and seating will be provided.
•Veterans are also looking to the public to help decorate the graves of deceased veterans at 15 cemeteries in the towns surrounding Wake Forest.
At 9 a.m. Saturday, a group of veterans and other community advocates will assemble at the American Legion, 225 E. Holding Ave. From there they will go to the cemeteries, where they will place an American flag on every identifiable veteran’s grave.
The placing of flags has been a tradition for more than 20 years. If anyone notices the absence of a flag at a veteran’s grave in any area cemetery, they are encouraged to call Anderson.
•Buddy Poppies will be offered by the VFW at the Wake Forest and Louisburg Walmart stores Saturday and Sunday as they collect donations to assist disabled veterans during rehabilitation.
The Buddy Poppy is symbolic of the flower distributed to servicemen who fought for the liberation of the French following World War I. The flower is grown in virtually every community in the French countryside.
When the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was formed after the war, many returning veterans required additional medical care for their wounds. It was then the veterans began asking Americans for donations, and giving a Buddy Poppy in return.
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