On May 27, the American Legion Post 3, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6483 and the Milford Community Band will be honoring the soldiers that have served the United States Military and given the ultimate sacrifice, with a Memorial Day Service held at the Milford Senior Center.
Program Director of the event Retired Lieutenant Malcolm Foster, served in the United States military during WWII, as Quartermaster of a German Prison Camp in Tennessee. The camp housed German soldiers that surrendered to the allied forces and were brought back from Europe on military ships. According to Foster, the Germans were treated the same as American soldiers. They were given the same meals, had the ability to work for money that they could use at stores and were provided with their own German doctors and dentists.
“We signed the Geneva Convention and we intended to live by it,” commented Foster when asked about the differences between the treatment of American soldiers captured overseas and the treatment of enemy forces by the United States.
This year the ceremony will focus on the Anniversary of World War I, 1917-1918, recognizing significant dates from the global engagement that shaped the world.
Through an interactive program, Foster will highlight critical dates including the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914 that sparked the beginning of the World War and the sinking of the British passenger ship the Lusitania in 1915 that led to the United Stated entering into the European conflict. The declaration of war on Germany in 1917 by President Woodrow Wilson and the Treaty of Versailles of 1919 that proclaimed the ending of the War will also be highlighted.
More important than these dates, the ceremony will honor the men and women that sacrificed their lives between these days, in the name of freedom. Branches of the United States military will be honored with a wreath presentation and armed forces tribute by family members of the deceased. Members of the American home front, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, Women’s Airforce Service Pilots and Air Force will be asked to stand to be honored for their service.
“We are honoring the soldiers that are no longer with us, either because they died on the battlefield or they came home and passed away,” commented Foster. “This country is what it is because of the sacrifice of our military, we do not want people to forget that.”
The Memorial Day dedication will be held on Monday, May 27 at 10am at the Milford Senior Center, located at 111 Park Avenue in downtown Milford.