SHERIDAN – People watched solemnly as men stood proudly in their uniforms while the American flag swayed in the chilling breeze.
Veterans and their families came together to honor their fallen, present and future comrades Monday morning at the VFW Post 6390 in Sheridan.
Adjutant Robert Mosher began the memorial with some touching words for the veterans. Afterward, Chaplain Ray Szymczak read prayers for the veterans.
There was a moment of silence, followed by the firing of rifles. The memorial ended with the haunting melody of Taps playing in the distance while men and women saluted the dead.
The VFW is getting ready for Christmas with several programs taking place now through December.
It is now taking Christmas collections for troops overseas. Desired items include paper back novels, stamps, envelopes, toothpaste, soap, return envelopes, hand wipes, toiletries, cookies and writing gear. Donations are being accepted now until Dec. 15. These donations will be sent out to every branch of the military.
They are also collecting Toys For Tots for the Marine Corps. Post on Route 5 in Sheridan. The new, unwrapped toys will be accepted now until Dec. 15. The donated toys are collected for the less fortunate children.
The VFW Post 6390 has welcomed five new members in the past week.
“We are unfortunately losing them as fast as we are gaining them – our WWII vets are dying,” Mosher said.
They are gearing up for their annual Christmas party, which they fund for members and their families. The party brings gifts and great cheer from Santa, a meal and prizes for the children.
For the first time they missed Loyalty Day due to insurance problems, but next year they plan on having it at the post in Silver Creek and for Cassadaga students on May 1.