Each year a Veteran's Day Ceremony is held in Murphysboro. The annual Veterans Day service program will be held at the Murphysboro American Legion, located at 1700 Gartside St. This year’s memorial is lining up to be a special one.
The program will start at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday. The program will feature a speech from David ‘Purp’ Lavender, a decorated Vietnam veteran, and feature the Legion’s color guard. At the end of the ceremony, the Legion will unveil six new flag poles to honor the service of veterans and the memory of those who gave their life. Flags from each of the five branches will be raised around a new American flag. Afterward, a chili and clam chowder lunch will be offered.
“It’s a very important day for us veterans,” Lavender said.
Lavender said he encourages everyone in the community to attend and hopes for a good turnout. He said it is unfortunate that the true meaning of Veteran’s Day has been overlapped by the marketing ploys of businesses. He feels it is increasingly important for younger generations to understand the sacrifice made by veterans for their country.
“It’s a bad thing to forget,” he said.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, post 7190, will also celebrate along the Legion.