Showing Spirit

FALCONER – If you attend the Memorial Day parade in Falconer there is a good chance you’ll get an American flag.

That is because the Falconer American Legion Henry Mosher Post 638 will be donating about 1,000 flags to those attending the Memorial Day parade. Frank LaMarca, Falconer American Legion Henry Mosher Post 638 commander, said this is the first time the organization has donated flags to those attending the event.

”It is something different we’re trying. We’re trying to get Falconer Memorial Day spirit up,” he said. ”Falconer has a lot of veterans. We hope to inspire them to come out for the parade.”

LaMarca said Falconer baseball team players will be going around the parade route giving out the flags. The parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27. The parade will begin at Dow Street and end at Pine Hill Cemetery.

Vern Wilson, American Legion Henry Mosher Post 638 finance officer, said some people have forgotten what Memorial Day is all about.

”Memorial Day isn’t just about a day for barbecuing,” he said. ”We need to make the public aware of the importance of Memorial Day.”

LaMarca said people need to be reminded of what American soldiers gave up to protect the liberties people enjoy everyday.

”Freedom is not free. A price was paid,” he said. ”People need to remember the sacrifices people have made.”

LaMarca said American Legion members will once again be playing the echo version of ”Taps” during the parade, which is played by two buglers.

”The Legion is involved in the community. We want the community to know we are here,” he said.