While we’re on active duty, our uniforms are a symbol of influence. After we transition out, our potential to influence in a positive way remains high, but we do this by our actions as individuals and as members of The American Legion.
During the Memorial Day ceremony we were reminded that children watch and are influenced by our actions. Young Girl Scout Hope Jayroe sat next to Holley-Riddle Post 21 officer Clyde Ding, asking questions about the ceremony. He explained to her why Taps would be played and how he would be standing up and rendering a salute. As the bugle’s first note played, Clyde stood up and saluted, and Hope looked at him as she stood up and said, "I will salute too.” Honoring the past, influencing the future.