Oro Valley Post 132  Memorial Day Newsletter,  May 22, 2024.

Oro Valley Post 132 and Family activities/notices and information.

Red Memorial Poppy.

Friday, May 24, National Poppy Day:

The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since WWI to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. In the battlefields of Belgium and elsewhere during World War I, poppies grew wild amid the ravages of war. Wear a red poppy to honor and remember.

Saturday, May 25, get your Remembrance Poppy:

Members of The American Legion Auxiliary have been distributing the remembrance poppy to the public for 105 years. That tradition continues as members of the Oro Valley Auxiliary faithfully distribute poppies again this year. The poppy is a source of financial benefit to the disabled veterans and others who construct them by hand, as well as benefiting other veterans and their families by the appreciated, but not required, donations. The Unit members will distribute poppies Saturday, May 25, 8:00 am-3:00 pm, at the two Fry’s Food Stores in Oro Valley, one located at 10661 N. Oracle Rd and the other located at 10450 N. La Canada Dr. Stop by, say hello, and get your poppy. For additional information contact Ms. Onita Davis at 520-229-1064 or email ovunit132@gmail.com. To donate by mail, make a check payable to ALA OV Unit 132, and mail it to ALA OV Unit 132, PO Box 69246, Oro Valley AZ, 85737. On the memo line enter “Poppy Fund”. All donations are used for the care and assistance of local veterans and service members and their families in need.

If you are interested in volunteering a little of your time to help the Auxiliary members distribute poppies Saturday May 25, contact Onita Davis at 520-229-1064 or email ovunit132@gmail.com.

Memorial Day poster with soldier standing at attention, holding rifle with United States flag in the background.

Memorial Day Tribute Ceremonies at local cemeteries:

Evergreen Cemetery (3015 N. Oracle Rd at Ft. Lowell Rd. Tucson):

Saturday, May 25 at 8:00 am, placing of several thousand flags at interment sites of veterans. The public is welcome to help place the flags. Youth are encouraged to participateas well.

Monday, May 27 at 9:00 am, Memorial Day service. Complimentary lunch following the ceremony. The Public is welcome to attend.

Monday, May 27 at 4:00 pm, the retrieval of the flags. Volunteers are  needed. POC: Abe Rodrigues 520-404-4286.

Arizona State Veterans Memorial Cemetery-Marana (15950 N. Luckett Rd in Marana):

 Monday, May 27 at 8:00 am, Memorial Day service. The public is welcome.

National Memorial Day Concert banner.

Annual National Memorial Day Concert Sunday, May 26, 8:00 pm E.T. on PBS:

Featuring a tribute to our American heroes. Hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. The concert honors men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for the country. The concert will air on PBS and stream nationwide at www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/home/.

Contact Information:

Facebook: Please like, follow, and share with others to help spread the word about our Post. www.facebook.com/ovamericanlegionPost132 Post.

Website: www.ovamericanlegion132.com.

Post Mailing address: Oro Valley Post 132, PO Box 69665, Oro Valley, AZ 85737.

Auxiliary Mailing Address: Auxiliary OV Unit 132, PO Box 69246, Oro Valley, AZ 85737.

Post 132 general information: Bob Franke, phone 520-909-2070.

Post 132 commander:  Steve Didio, phone 520-332-9481 or email stevedidio@comcast.net.

Squadron 132 commander: Ed Davis, phone 520-229-1064 or email egdavis@att.net.

Riders Chapter 132 Director: Jeff Fawks, phone 661-802-2596 or email DirectorALR132@gmail.com.

Service Officer: — Jeri Harwood, phone 208-351-9945 or email jjakita@aol.com.

Auxiliary Unit 132 president:  Lori Oehlert, phone 920-319-6700 or email 15oehlert@gmail.com.

Ed Davis, Past Commander/Newsletter Editor: phone 520-229-1064 or email egdavis@att.net.

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