Legion salutes peace officers and EMS

Letter

Dear editor,

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week.

It is at this time that American Legion Post #22 takes a moment to salute and thank all Law Enforcement Officers, but especially those serving our three communities, and the county of Page. These men and women in blue deserve so greatly our acknowledgement and appreciation for the job they do for us every day.

We support our local police officers and sheriffs, and happily recognize the work they do to keep us safe. The dangers they face every day make their job the most hazardous in the country. We thank them so very much.

Not to be forgotten, and because in 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s, and local communities. This year we celebrate during the week of May 16 to 22 as National Emergency Medical Services Week. The members of Post #22 also take this opportunity to express our greatest appreciation for those who are just a phone call away for providing the life saving skills, or other emergency medical practices, so often needed by Page County citizens. We truly appreciate all that you do and salute you as well.

On May 22, Post #22 will conduct a “Blessing of the Badges” for all Page County First Responders, including our police, sheriff’s officers, EMTs and Fire Fighters. Pastor Gary Nicholson of Page Valley Baptist church will deliver the blessing at the Inn Lawn Park in Luray beginning at 11 a.m.

For God and Country,

Richard Worrell, Commander, American Legion Post #22 ~ Luray, Va.

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