Memorial Day began in 1868 as a way to honor members of the Union and Confederate armies who had died in the Civil War. Today, we honor all deceased members of the American armed forces on Memorial Day. In Wellsville, we honor of those vets with a “Field of Flags” in the front lawn at Jones Memorial Hospital.
Members of the sponsoring organizations—JMH, the Wellsville American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders—will place the flags on Armed Forces Day, May 21. The flags will remain in place through Memorial Day, May 30. Each flag will have the deceased service member’s name and branch of service, and the name of the person who sponsored the flag. If you would like to make a $5 donation in honor of your deceased veteran, please stop by the Wellsville American Legion, 23 Jefferson Street or Jones Memorial Hospital’s Business Office or the hospital switchboard. Cards and donation must be returned by May 11. Checks may be made out to Jones Memorial Hospital.
The 2016 Field of Flags is sponsored by Jones Memorial Hospital, American Legion Post 702 & Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Legion Riders. All proceeds will be donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, an outdoor recreational facility for wounded and injured service members and veterans. LEEK is located in Northern Pennsylvania (www.leekpreserve.org). For more information, contact Sue Kays at (585) 596-2052 or stop in at the Wellsville Legion.