The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) honored the memory of our fallen military heroes on Memorial Day at Folsom Lakeside Memorial Lawn and the Folsom Veterans Hall.
On Memorial Day, VFW Post 6604, in collaboration with the Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms, commenced the day with a heartfelt tribute. Veterans and volunteers gathered at Lakeside Memorial Lawn, adorned with roses in hand. With deep respect, they carefully laid roses on some 651 gravesites of veterans, each flower representing gratitude for their sacrifice.
Following the touching tribute at Lakeside, the acts of remembrance moved to the Folsom Veterans Hall where the atmosphere was filled with solemnity and reverence as the program unfolded. The event came with prayer, setting a reflective tone for the occasion, following by readings emphasizing the significance of Memorial Day and honoring those who gave their lives in service to their country.
Brigadier General Robert F. Paoletti, Director Joint Staff California Guard, delivered a touching speech, paying tribute to the fallen heroes and reminding everyone of their lasting impact. His words resonated deeply with the attendees, who listened attentively, their hearts filled with gratitude.
Congressman Kevin Kiley was one of the slated speakers, putting politics aside for the moment, Kiley expressedhis heartfelt appreciation for the sacrifices made by veterans. His words resonated with the audience, instilling a sense of unity and gratitude.
To honor the service of all veterans, VFW members had raised their service flags, their proud movement echoed the dedication of those who had served. Following this symbolic act, a moving ceremony took place for the retirement and raising of Old Glory. The aged flag was respectfully retired, symbolizing the ongoing commitment to freedom and the memory of those who fought for it.
The ceremony drew to a close just before the noon hour, but the spirit of remembrance and gratitude lingered in the air. Attendees then gathered for a VFW BBQ, sharing stories and memories as they came together to commemorate the day. Laughter and camaraderie filled the area, providing a supportive and comforting environment for all who attended.
Prior to Monday, a Buddy Poppy Distribution took place on Saturday, outside of Lowe’s on East Bidwell. Veterans and volunteers gathered to distribute Buddy Poppies, a symbol of remembrance and support for veterans.
On Saturday, the American Region held a breakfast from 8 am until 11 am at the Folsom Veteran’s Hall. The hall was filled with the aroma of freshly cooked food as attendees enjoyed a hearty meal together. Following the breakfast, a Chapel Service took place at,providing a moment of reflection and prayer.
The VFW, as the largest and oldest major war veterans’ organization in the nation, had been established in 1899. It was a congressionally chartered organization that exclusively consisted of eligible veterans and military service members from the active and reserve forces. Throughout its long history, the VFW had remained dedicated to serving veterans, advocating for their needs, and supporting legislative initiatives that benefited them.
With over 1.5 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,400 posts worldwide, this nonprofit veterans’ service organization had continuously demonstrated its commitment to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. It stood as a beacon of support for veterans, ensuring their voices were heard and their sacrifices never forgotten.