To My Fellow Vets
Memorial Day as I was helping Rapid River American Legion Post 301 with the services I realized I was the youngest of the vets in the uniform and than in the parade I noticed I was most likely the youngest member of any of the vet organizations marching.
Now I know many more men and women have sacrificed a part of their lives in the various wars and conflicts of recent years so why aren't "we" better represented at such events?
It can't be because none of us lost buddies or comrades in those wars. I know it isn't because we don't want to honor those who "gave all".
Relationships with those who served aren't less important than they were in World War II. I don't know the answer I just know that I feel "we" need to show our fellow vets alive or dead that we honor them for the service they gave and one way we can do that is to take part in the various vet groups when they honor one at a funeral or at the Memorial Day celebrations. I forgot to say I am not young I am 61 years old. Younger vets or vets of the same age and time I need your help to honor those who deserve to be honored for what they have done. Fellow vets of Vietnam or later are just as much heroes as my fellow members of the American Legion who served in World War II, so please help me show this by joining the organizations that serve and honor our Vets and take part in the events that honor our fallen comrades.
Bill Rafuse, Chaplin of American Legion Post 301