It’s a day when the U.S. Army veteran pauses to reflect on his own service, think about his fellow veterans and, most importantly, remember all the servicemen and women who gave their lives for our freedom.
“Memorial Day means a lot to me,” he said.
“You have to remember and honor all the people who sacrificed for our country. You have to remember them before you look to the future.”
Donnelly, who served in the Vietnam War, now serves as the commander of Green Township VFW Post 10380.
The organization will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, May 26, at Veterans Park, 6231 Harrison Ave., Green Township.
The ceremony takes place on the park’s patriotic plaza, in the shadow of the township’s Veterans Tribute Bell, and includes the singing of the national anthem and “God Bless America” by Michelle Hilgrove, accompanied by Don Bill on the trumpet.
Army veteran Bob Abrams, who is the post’s chaplain, wouldn’t think twice about missing the ceremony.
“This day honors all veterans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for the ones who have passed after their service to our country,” he said.
Larry Chuma, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam and is a trustee of the VFW post, said the observance also includes the burning of the names of veterans from the post who have died since last Memorial Day.
“It is a very moving ceremony as the names are called and the tower bell is rung,” he said.
Donnelly said support from the community at the ceremony has grown each year and last year more than 200 people attended. He said it’s great to see veterans and members of the community take time to honor the fallen.
“It’s very touching,” he said. “It makes you proud to have served.”
To learn more about Green Township VFW Post 10380 or get information about the ceremony, visit www.vfw10380.org.