American Legion Maynard-Schulgen Post 216 to Host Silent March
Saturday September 8, 2012
Held at the Lodi Fair Grounds
Registration at 9:00 (Coffee and doughnuts available)
March starts at 10:00 A.M.
Program at 11:00 A.M.
Lunch to follow
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is designated on the third Friday in September. This is a day for Americans to reflect and remember all unaccounted for U.S. Military Personnel who served their country in time of war. Each year at this time, the First and Second District conduct a “Silent March” to remember our missing comrades from all wars.
What is a Silent March?
The Silent March is best described as a quiet solemn procession. The participants of the March walk in unison with reverent silence and the only sound to be heard is a lone drumbeat. It is not a parade with marching bands, sirens and a great deal of fanfare. All Veterans and the general public are invited to participate. The distance traveled is usually around ¾ – 1 mile.
The March concludes with a ceremony that includes guest speakers, a presentation of the POW/MIA Table Ceremony and a reading of the names of Wisconsin Veterans who are still missing-in-action from Vietnam. Each name is accompanied by the toll of a bell and the release of a black balloon. The balloon is also released for MIA’s from WWII, the Korean Conflict, the Cold War and the Gulf War. It is usually a very moving observance and an appropriate manner in which to show our respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in captivity and for those missing in action whose fate is still undetermined.
If you would like to join the “Silent March” on September 8, 2012, you may call Eugene Neumaier at 608-592-5290 or e-mail at email@example.com or mail your information to 610 Meadowview Lane, Lodi, WI 53555.
If attending information required:
Name of Post, Unit citizen or organization
Bringing color Yes___ No ___