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05/29/2006: ""


ig_Richard_Roberston-3 (61k image)(Post Commander Mueller accepts plaque from Sgt. "Buzz" Robertson)

Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard "Buzz" Robertson who was injured in Iraq ( Past Stories), is in San Juan County to visit relatives, and will be a speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony. Sgt. Robertson was injured while serving with a Special Operations unit, and is shown in the photo presenting the American Legion Post 163 with a plaque from the Special Operations Command. Accepting the plaque for the Legion is Post Commander Karl Mueller

The Memorial Day Parade on Monday will start with the American Legion marching down from the American Legion Post to Memorial Park. The Parade begins at 10 a.m.

The guest speaker will be Sgt "Buzz" Robertson. Other speakers will include representatives from the Town Of Friday Harbor, and FJ High School senior Melissa Dubail will read "In Flanders Fields", the poem that represents the tradition in many countries of wearing a red poppy in memory of the fallen, the injured, and those who have worn the uniform of their country


In Flanders Fields


By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army


IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.
Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.



America is a land of freedom that is preserved and protected willingly and freely by our citizen soldiers.
Millions have answered the call to arms, and many have died on the field of battle, and many more have been injured.A nation at peace or at war, must be reminded of the price of war, and the debt owed to those who have served.

The red poppy has been designated as a symbol of sacrifice of lives in all wars, by all nations.



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