Paper flowers serve as special reminders

PINEY FORK – “Only a Paper Poppy” was read by Christine McCain of the Piney Fork American Legion Auxiliary Unit 735 at the Memorial Day services held Sunday outside the post home.

She told how the paper flowers are reminders of the sacrifices made by in the military and how the sale of poppies help with child welfare work and for veterans hospitals.

“Our auxiliary donates $300 to Ohio Veterans hospitals each year” she noted, telling that a basket of the poppies was on the doorside table for those to drop in money and take a flower.

“Red is for the courage and dedication of those who fought for our country; the green is reminiscent of the sunny hillsides beside the sea where bodies rest after brave combat and the inside of the poppy is for the labor and love for our country,” she explained.

Commander Tom McCain gave the welcome and Chaplain Tony Phillippi gave the invocation.

Sons of the American Legion, Phillippi and Ron Molnar, raised the flag and the “Star Spangled Banner” was played.

Buckeye Local High School juniors chosen to participate at Buckeye Girls State at Mount Union told about their interests and provided Memorial Day readings:

Leigha Pasco of New Alexandria read “The Ultimate Sacrifice,” about young men who fought valiantly to keep our country free and in the end making the ultimate sacrifice for their land.

Erika Cline of Piney Fork read “In Loving Memory,” about soldiers who had the courage and strength to do what needed to be done for their country and the words inscribed on their tombstone.

Two young men from Buckeye Local who will be attending Bowling Green University for Boys State read poems as well:

Calvin Stabile of Rayland, a Boy Scout who made Eagle Scout last year, read “A Tribute to All Our Vets,” about being proud of the country where we live and the fact that it is free because our veterans fought for freedom.

Jacob Long of East Springfield, a junior at Buckeye Local, read “Honor the Military.” He read, “They fought for American values and fought for you and me.”

A salute was given to fallen comrades with a 21 Gun Salute and taps were played.

Charles Green gave the blessing for the luncheon that was served by the auxiliary ladies.

Commander McCain will assist the Smithfield American Legion Post 396 at their Memorial Day services today.