No longer are we under the grip of a pandemic but we are free to gather, and Memorial Day 2022 is the first time in two years where we as a community can assemble together to remember the brave men and women from our local communities who were killed in all the wars and conflicts.

This year War Memorial Post 30 will again lead the parade through Camden. The Color Guard, complete with rifle and flag bearers, will march through town. Veterans can march and the post will have a decorated float for veterans to sit on. Veterans of all ages and eras are encouraged to come out and be a part of this annual celebration in memory of those who have sacrificed so much for us all.

It is not only veterans who are encouraged to take part, we would also like other organizations to join in the parade, especially youth organizations. Youth and children are one of the core pillars of the American Legion. The men and women who fought for our security left many children behind and that is but one reason the youth of our communities are so important to the American Legion.

If you belong to an organization that would like to participate in the parade, the Camden Legion invites you to join in a parade planning meeting April 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Legion Post on Pearl Street.

This will be an informal meeting and will be used to gauge the number of organizations who may wish to participate. The Legion remains politically neutral therefore political entries in the parade from any side is not acceptable for this form of remembrance parade.

To contact War Memorial Post 30 call 236-3310. The post would like to have as many veterans marching and riding as possible. Veterans will be encouraged to wear their uniforms if they desire.

Of course, a remembrance would not be the same if the community did not come out and line the streets in support. Community friends are invited to come and wave their flags and raise those flags in memory of so many.

If there are veterans out there who may wish to join the Legion, call 236-3310. It is incumbent on all veterans to join together in remembering our men and women, but more than that, veterans are needed to join our ranks to be able to pass the torch to younger veterans, ensuring all the American Legion programs continue in our communities in which we serve. If you are a veteran, please consider joining and continuing the Legion Legacy.

War Memorial Post 30-Camden American Legion Adjutant, Jeff Sukeforth