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The Chrisman American Legion Post #477 is preparing for their annual Memorial Day activities to honor those brave Americans who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2022 will occur on Monday, May 30.
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Local activities begin on Saturday May 21st, when the members of Post 477 American Legion, Sons of the American Legion, and American Legion Auxiliary place grave flags at all veterans’ graves in thirteen cemeteries in the northern Edgar County area. Each year the members of the post place over 700 flags on graves of Chrisman area deceased veterans.
The American Legion Auxiliary is also conducting their annual Poppy Sales campaign. All donations directly benefit veterans’ services. Donation cans with poppies can be found at the following Chrisman businesses: Philathea House, American Country Collections, Casey’s, First Farmers Bank, Hidden Garden Antiques, Longview State Bank, NAPA, Chrisman Farm Center, Coe’s Classic Cuts, Vintage Gypsy Hair Salon, and the Chrisman American Legion.
On Monday, May 30th the annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Town Square City Park at 11AM.
Chrisman American Legion Commander Rob Roman will provide the keynote speech followed by the Post 477 Honor Guard providing the ceremonial 21-Gun Salute and the Sounding of Taps.
The Chrisman American Legion Auxiliary will provide a luncheon immediately following the program at the Chrisman American Legion Post 11-2. A free will donation for the meal is encouraged. –
The Honor Guard will also perform a ceremony at the Town Park in Ridge farm at 1PM.
With a current membership of over 2 million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 13,000 posts across the nation.