There’s a part of me that wishes I were somewhere else today. While my husband & I are getting a lot of repairs done around our acreage, I’m missing a service that means a lot to me-Portsmouth, Iowa’s American Legion mass & Memorial Day services.
My parents have been active American Legion & Legion Auxiliary members. Dad participates in several military funerals every year, but the Memorial Day services by the Legion post hold a special place in my heart. For the last 20 years or so, Dad has called the roll for the veterans buried in St. Mary’s cemetery as well as the Cass Township cemetery. Every year when I hear him call out the names of those men & women who have passed before me, especially my grandpa’s name, tears sting my eyes.
Here is a Facebook post with pictures I put up last year that sums it up nicely.
Another beautiful Memorial Day in Portsmouth, IA. What an honor to help raise the flags with a 50 yr American Legion member, my dad, Mel Sporrer every day this weekend.
He has always been an active Legion member, ever since I can remember as a little girl when we lived in Coon Rapids in the late 70s. He puts in extra effort to make this day special for all those who have served, fallen or are still with us today-as well as all of us who honor and remember them. His voice calling the roll of veterans gone before us has called those names for over 20 years now, and I never tire of hearing it. He always does a great job.
Mom, Kathy Sporrer does her part as well as an Auxiliary member. I got to help her hand out poppies before mass at St. Mary’s Our Lady Of Fatima the last two days.
These two special people have taught me that freedom is not free. I am ever thankful to those men & women who served, are currently serving, and those who will serve our country to defend this precious gift-as well as their loved ones who support them. Thanks Mom & Dad. I am proud to be your daughter.