Each year in May throughout the U.S.A., veterans organizations like The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 place flags on the graves of deceased veterans, to honor their memories and the legacy of their brave defense of our beloved country. This tradition of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers began with Southern women who decorated the graves of Confederate soldiers even before the end of the Civil War.
With the help of its members, the Ladies Auxiliary and volunteers, Fort Mason Post 285 places more than 700 American flags in 25 plus cemeteries scattered throughout Mason County. These flags are purchased by the local American Legion Post with the help of donations and generally funding is not a problem. However, this year, the Post is asking for donations to help offset the cost of purchasing the cemetery flags.
Donations can be mailed to The American Legion, PO Box 314, Mason, TX 76856, or can be dropped off at Mason County Chamber of Commerce, on the Square next to the Willow Creek Café. For more information on The American Legion, please feel free to call Mike Shanley, 347-9016, or Lawrence Spell, 429-6224. For God & Country!