By Doris Elmore
Atwood American Legion Commander Ken Caraway contacted me as soon as he received this information on the Candles of Honor for Memorial Day. Unfortunately, it was after the deadline for our newspapers, but they wanted everyone to know about Candles of Honor.
James W. “Bill” Oxford, National Commander of the American Legion, sent out a letter asking residents to light candles on Memorial Day. Since so many of the Memorial Day services have been cancelled this year, Memorial Day should still be honored. Whether it be at home or in your car traveling to different cemeteries, we still remember those who fought and died for our freedom.
At dusk, May 25, Memorial Day, please light a candle of honor and place them on front porches. Such a display will remind everyone that our resolve to honor those who served before us will continue even as social-distancing measures limit our ability to perform traditional Memorial Day remembrances.
Oxford states, “We must adapt and overcome the pandemic in order to pay our respects to the true meaning of Memorial Day.”
The manner and placement of the candles of honor are up to each individual. If possible, Oxford recommends using a front porch (or maybe in your front window if there is inclement weather), as a visible reminder of the price that was paid for each one of us. Color options for consideration could include:
1. A red candle to remember the blood shed in battle for the protection of our freedoms.
2. A white candle to keep our POWs/MIAs ever in our thoughts and prayers as we await their return home.
3. A blue candle to salute the memories of those who made it home but are no longer with us.
No matter how we remember this year, the most important message we need to send is that we will never forget.