On Monday, May 25 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 at 10 am.
In recent years the ceremony has focused on the Anniversary of World War II, 1941-1945, recognizing significant dates from the global engagement that shaped the world. Through an interactive program, Retired Lieutenant Malcolm Foster has highlighted critical dates including the bombing on Pearl Harbor in 1941 that led U.S. to intervene in the worldwide conflict; D-Day, the invasion of Normandy France in 1944, where allied troops invaded France after German troops occupied the country; the announcement of Germany’s surrender in 1945; and the bombing of Osaka Japan in 1945 that led to the Japanese surrender.
The ceremony will honor the men and women that sacrificed their lives, 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 and Air Force will be asked to stand to be honored for their service. Program Director of the event, Malcolm Foster, has been putting on a Memorial celebration in Milford for over 20 years.
“It is important to remember all of those that gave their lives so that we can live our dreams,” commented Foster. “The soldiers are the reason why we are here.”
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.
The Memorial Day dedication will be held on Monday, May 25 at 10 am at the Milford Senior Center, located at 111 Park Avenue in downtown Milford. Attendees of the day’s event will be asked to join the American Legion Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6483 and the Milford Community Band in a Sing-Along which will include You Are My Sunshine, Bless ‘em All and God Bless America. As a ceremonial 21 Gun Salute and Taps close out the ceremony, Foster hopes that all of those present will think about a fallen soldier that they know in their life.
“I want them to think of someone they know that has made the ultimate sacrifice and keep them in their heart,” commented Foster. “We are free because of them.”