From over the Hill . . .
Eb and I attended the American Legion Post 260's honouring of
our Veterans at the Etna Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.
Legion members had already been to the Callahan Cemetery at 10:00
and would then travel to the Ft. Jones Cemetery at Noon. As usual,
it was a very touching ceremony . . . especially when they play
the songs from each Branch of Service.
Away' always brings back memories of Daddy. I can still recall
him telling how during WWII, when over the ship's loudspeaker
came the voice of Kate Smith singing, 'God Bless America', there
was never a dry eye to be found.
Gamache sang 'The Star Spangled Banner' in beautiful voice. What
a Treasure she is for us here in the Valley.
Veteran buried in a Scott Valley Cemetery had an American Flag
at their gravesite. After the ceremony I asked Chet McBroom who
removes all those flags that are placed there on Memorial Day
and Veterans Day. He said the American Legion members would be
at the Cemetery at 9:00 this morning to remove them as a storm
is due in. If they leave them out in the weather, it is too difficult
to dry them out and they soon become damaged.
I made sure I was up and about and headed for the Cemetery about
8:50 this morning. When I got there, almost all the flags in the
front section had already been picked up. I found Chet and he
said, "Just start wherever you like. We are happy to have
had parked next to Eb's 'Walker people' section, so I began there.
I probably only removed about 30 or so flags as the 4 men had
arrived earlier than 9:00.
were very gracious in thanking me, so we stopped and talked a
few minutes and this is what I learned:
Legion Post 260 places flags in the Catholic Cemetery and in the
Ft. Jones Cemetery. They also place flags in 3 Cemeteries in Callahan:
Catholic, Callahan and Hayden along with 9 flags in the Indian
Cemetery outside Etna off Highway 3. There are also a few other
small two or three gravesites elsewhere. These flags are placed
just on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
placed on the 12 cemeteries on Salmon River are left there all
always think of those who were buried long ago and perhaps no
longer have relatives here to come by and place a flower, or just
stand for a moment in thankfulness for their time here and the
Gifts they brought to this land. These two days a year are sweet
remembrance for them I am sure.
two people have loved,
wherever a human community
has shared in the expression of love,
whether it was yesterday,
or ten thousand years ago,
that love is still present,
and can still be experienced".
from the Return of the Bird tribes
by Ken Carey
Chet McBroom, Bud Simas and John Fain
at the Etna Cemetery today.
Other Legion members collected flags at Ft. Jones.
over the years, there have been only a small number of younger
Veterans joining in to help these seasoned Veterans. If you have
a Veteran in your family, encourage them to become involved .
. . the American Legion Post 260 needs their help. If these heartfelt
'Remembrance Services' are to be carried forward, we need to begin
. . . Chet told me there are a lot of the flags which need to
be replaced; however, funds for that are low. So I write this
as a BIG thank you to the American
Legion Post 260 Faithful and a request
for donations for purchasing the much needed flags.
payable and mailed to:
American Legion Post 260
Etna, CA. 96027
matter the amount . . . small, medium or large. Every contribution
will be gratefully appreciated.
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