VFW Post 3838, Cape Girardeau, MO.

Commander's Comments

I would like to congratulate the new officers that have been elected this year, and appreciate your vote of confidence as your commander for another year.  We are in the process of getting the air cleaning equipment repaired in the post, with a special thanks to our Junior Vice Commander Joe Wolsey for taking his time and doing the research for the post.  Many members have medical conditions that prevent them from enjoying our post as it was after it was first built.  This condition should be taken care of by the time our next newsletter comes out.

A reminder to our post members to also contact John Dragoni at 573-334-7640 for bricks for the memory wall.  John has done a fantastic job in getting our purchased bricks installed in honor for those who served.

Your assistance is also requested to set up flays at the Cape County Park during Memorial Day on May 25th.  Setup will begin at 6:30 am at the park, with take down commencing at 6:30 pm.  Your help will be greatly appreciated on this honor to those that have paid the ultimate price for freedom.

Memorial observance day has diminished over the years with many Americans forgetting the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day.  At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected.  Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day.  While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades.  Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed on Dec. 2000 that asks that all Americans observe a moment of silence at 3 PM local time, so in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to "Taps." 

When traveling during this Memorial Day, please drive carefully, plan your trips thoughtfully, and drive to arrive alive.

Jeff Colyer, Commander VFW Post #3838

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