On Memorial Day weekend expect to see your local members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 in the community offering poppies to the public and honoring fallen comrades at its annually held Memorial Day service at Magnolia Cemetery in old Katy. The significance of poppies dates back to one of the most notable poems titled “In Flanders Fields” which was written during World War I.

Members of the VFW will have artificial poppies available to the public the two days proceeding Memorial Day. It is traditional for VFW members to raise donations for local veterans in need over Memorial Day weekend through the time honored poppy.  Six local Katy businesses will share their patriotism by hosting the VFW on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. Katy residents are invited to show their support by looking for local veterans at Wal-Mart at Katy Mills Mall, Wal-Mart at Fry & Interstate 10, Wal-Mart at Westheimer & Grand Parkway, Kroger at the corner of Westheimer and Mason Parkway, Bass Pro Shop at Katy Mills Mall and Brookshire Brothers in old Katy on Franz Road.

The Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 30, 2011 will promptly begin at 10 a.m. to remember, to reflect, and honor the men and women who gave their life for their country, and is open to the public. The Post 9182 warriors remembered in this year’s Memorial Day service include the following:

Waylan C. Taylor                United States Army Air Corp; World War II
Alfredo Sanchez                 US Army: Vietnam War
John Meredith Mount      US Marine Corp; Vietnam War
Robert Johnson                  US Navy; World War II
Chad Everett Mitchell      US Navy; Operation Iraqi Freedom
Ray Sturm                             US Army; World War II
George Berg                          US Army; World War II
Michael Petix                       US Navy; Vietnam War
George Leslie Scott            US Marine Corp; Vietnam War

On Friday, May 27, the long time VFW member Dick Farrow will again lead the placement of flags on the graves of nearly 300  veterans buried at Magnolia Cemetery.  He will be assisted by fellow veteran Dave Walters and host of many other veterans and family Friday morning.  On Memorial Day the American flag will be kept at half staff from dawn to noon to show our respect to all those who died serving the nation.
If you have questions regarding Memorial Day or how the VFW serves veterans and their families please contact Dave Brasell, Senior Vice Commander or Colonel (Ret) Mike Mastrangelo, Commander, VFW Post 9182 at 281-391-8387. Post meetings are held at the VFW Hall on George Bush Drive in Katy on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

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