Memorial Day Weekend observances begin with National Poppy Day®, Saturday, May 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in front of Walmart when members of American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 139 Miss Poppy, our twin Little Miss Poppies, and Junior members distribute bright red poppies in exchange for a donation.
The Flanders Fields poppy has become an internationally known symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain. Each year members of the American Legion Junior Auxiliary “distribute” poppies for a donation. Poppies are never sold out of respect for the loss of loved ones in foreign conflicts.
Proceeds from poppy donations are used to continue serving veterans, active military and their families. American Legion Post 139, Legion Riders and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 139 invite everyone in the Bay/Waveland area to their Memorial Day observance on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts will begin at 9:00 am placing small flags on all veterans’ graves in all Bay St. Louis cemeteries.
At 9:30 am, the Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at the gravesite of Clement R. Bontemps in St. Mary’s Cemetery on Second Street. The Legion Color Guard will present the colors followed by a brief service. The American Legion Auxiliary Miss Poppy and our twin Little Miss Poppies will lay the traditional wreath of crepe poppies.
The poppies used in the wreath are made by hospitalized veterans. Immediately following the service, there will be grilled hamburgers and hot dogs at the Post Home located at 701 Green Meadow Road in Bay St. Louis.
Clement R. Bontemps was the first serviceman from Hancock County killed in WW1. After the armistice that ended that war, members of the American Expeditionary Force convened in Paris for the first American Legion caucus in March. In May, at the St. Louis Caucus. "The American Legion" was adopted as the organization's official name.
Post 139 has the distinction of being one of the first Posts chartered. One of Post 139’s charter members, Mr. Henry Capdepon, attended the caucus in Paris.
Both Legion and the Auxiliary organizations continue the mission of serving veterans and the children and citizens of our community through their programs.
If you are a veteran who served during a conflict and would like to join the American Legion please message the Commander of Post 139 on their Facebook page, or go to the American Legion website: https://www.members.legion.org.
If you or your daughter is a decedent of a veteran and would like to be part of the American Legion Auxiliary, please contact our Unit on our Facebook page or call June at 228-344-0358.