For the American Legion Field-Allen Post 148 of Windham, it is never too early to be making plans for Memorial Day. The Post checklist starts with first of the year items and is several pages long. One of the items for the month of March is to extend an open invitation to the community of Windham to support its Veterans and Veterans Organizations during the May 25th Memorial Day events.
Businesses, groups, organizations and individuals can provide their support by joining the town’s Veterans in the parade and at the ceremony at the Town of Windham Veteran’s Memorial in front of Windham High School. There was a time in the not so distant past when the Memorial Day parade was the only parade in town. Now with the competition from Summerfest, the participation level has unfortunately subsided. The Post would like to see a turnaround in that trend.
Memorial Day is a great opportunity for local community businesses, civic organizations and youth groups to show their support for the Town of Windham Veterans. The Post is looking for floats, antique vehicles, marching groups, etc. to come out and show their colors and support. Last year, the Post entered a very special horse drawn float that carried many of the town’s WWII Veterans. The Post would like to honor them again this year as their numbers continue to dwindle.
Of special note, 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam Conflict. Field-Allen Post 148 has affiliated with the National VA Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative program and will sponsor a special tribute to our Vietnam Veterans in the parade as well as at the Memorial Day ceremony and the open house at the Windham Veterans Center that follows the ceremony. With this in mind, the Post is extended a very special invitation to the Vietnam Veterans in the community to join in the parade and ceremonies. For our Vietnam Vets, please contact Rodney Voisine at 207 400-6671 (cell) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. For information about participation in the parade please contact Dave Tanguay at 892-1306 or email@example.com.