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Monday, 30 May 2016 15:05

Jeff Kyle Brother of "American Sniper" Speaks on Memorial Day Featured

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A Memorial Day Ceremony is scheduled to be held at the American Legion local post 278 on Monday, May, 30th at 11a.m. followed by a pot luck luncheon.  Also at the Legion Saturday May 28th the Legion is proud to host Jeff Kyle, brother of deceased sniper Chris Kyle. He will appear at the Legion between 1-4:30pm as their guest speaker.  You may know the name Chris Kyle from the recent film adaptation, directed by Clint Eastwood called the "American Sniper.” The movie is based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography written shortly after a distinguished career as a Navy Seal. Kyle was awarded five bronze star medals, two silver stars, as well as a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.  According to the Pentagon, Kyle has the record for the most confirmed Sniper Rifle Kills at over 160, breaking the old record of 109. Sadly on February 2, 2013, Kyle was killed by Eddie Ray Routh in Texas, a young Marine suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)

            The American Legion is hosting guest speaker Jeff Kyle as one of many reasons why we celebrate Memorial Day. It is a day to remember and honor all those who served or died in military service to these United States.  The American Legion was originally chartered by Congress as a Patriotic Veterans Organization and later organized by a group of "war weary" veterans from World War ll.   Today there are more than 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.  The American Legion offices are divided into 55 departments, one for each of our 50 states, and the District of Columbia, Mexico, France, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines comprise the remaining five.  Shortly after they were established, the American Legion became one of the most influential groups in Washington for establishing rights and fair treatment for veterans. The Legion continues today to lobby for funding to provide medical, disability, education, and other benefits for Veterans today.

            Memorial Day is observed the last Monday of May to commemorate all Americans who served and died in the United States Armed Forces but it was not always known as Memorial Day. During the Civil War, the North and the South each had their own specific day of remembrance for fallen soldiers. It was not until 1868, when a group of Union Veterans proposed a unified holiday for all military veterans as Decoration Day. This evolved into our modern day celebration of Memorial Day. The first publicized observance of a "Memorial Day” type observance was on May 1, 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina known as the May Day Ceremony and was covered by the New York Tribune.  In attendance were many teachers, missionaries, and residents of Charleston who came together to beautify the landscape and provide tombstones for the burial grounds. They built an archway with the inscription "Martyrs of the Race Course."  As we approach another Memorial Day we come together again as one country and one nation to commemorate the sacrifices of our military and in the fight for freedom. This is our day as Americans to be united in our efforts to recall and honor our heroes.

A Memorial Day Ceremony is scheduled to be held at the American Legion local post 278 on Monday, May, 30th at 11a.m. followed by a pot luck luncheon.  Also at the Legion Saturday May 28th the Legion is proud to host Jeff Kyle, brother of deceased sniper Chris Kyle. He will appear at the Legion between 1-4:30pm as their guest speaker.  You may know the name Chris Kyle from the recent film adaptation, directed by Clint Eastwood called the "American Sniper.” The movie is based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography written shortly after a distinguished career as a Navy Seal. Kyle was awarded five bronze star medals, two silver stars, as well as a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.  According to the Pentagon, Kyle has the record for the most confirmed Sniper Rifle Kills at over 160, breaking the old record of 109. Sadly on February 2, 2013, Kyle was killed by Eddie Ray Routh in Texas, a young Marine suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)

            The American Legion is hosting guest speaker Jeff Kyle as one of many reasons why we celebrate Memorial Day. It is a day to remember and honor all those who served or died in military service to these United States.  The American Legion was originally chartered by Congress as a Patriotic Veterans Organization and later organized by a group of "war weary" veterans from World War ll.   Today there are more than 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.  The American Legion offices are divided into 55 departments, one for each of our 50 states, and the District of Columbia, Mexico, France, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines comprise the remaining five.  Shortly after they were established, the American Legion became one of the most influential groups in Washington for establishing rights and fair treatment for veterans. The Legion continues today to lobby for funding to provide medical, disability, education, and other benefits for Veterans today.

            Memorial Day is observed the last Monday of May to commemorate all Americans who served and died in the United States Armed Forces but it was not always known as Memorial Day. During the Civil War, the North and the South each had their own specific day of remembrance for fallen soldiers. It was not until 1868, when a group of Union Veterans proposed a unified holiday for all military veterans as Decoration Day. This evolved into our modern day celebration of Memorial Day. The first publicized observance of a "Memorial Day” type observance was on May 1, 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina known as the May Day Ceremony and was covered by the New York Tribune.  In attendance were many teachers, missionaries, and residents of Charleston who came together to beautify the landscape and provide tombstones for the burial grounds. They built an archway with the inscription "Martyrs of the Race Course."  As we approach another Memorial Day we come together again as one country and one nation to commemorate the sacrifices of our military and in the fight for freedom. This is our day as Americans to be united in our efforts to recall and honor our heroes.

 

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