American Legion, Robert W. Mills Post 452 was out this Memorial Day for several events in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
|‘Thankfully, the sunshine returned yesterday to an otherwise gray Memorial Day weekend. Fitting, if you think about, as we took the time to recognize the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice on battlefields all over the world so we can enjoy the freedoms of our daily lives. The sunshine that is America exists because of their sacrifice and the support of military families that enable these heroes to serve. Our annual tradition has us stop at four locations in town for a solemn ceremony that includes a prayer and a rifle volley salute from members of our local Robert W. Mills Post 452 of the American Legion of Mullica Hill. Beginning at the cemetery behind the Baptist Church on Main Street at 9AM, we honor the memory of these Americans. We do the same at Old Town Hall and the Memorial at William Wilt Park, before our final stop at Richwood Cemetery. Yesterday marked the 38th year that the Richwood United Methodist Church held its Annual Memorial Day Service, hosted by Reverend Steven Herman, a veteran himself. In addition to a prayer, rifle volley and Taps, we enjoyed a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner from Jake Stiles and the dedication of a new flagpole. The program said it best: Marilyn Welling, sister of David Luttenberger (USMC Retired), died unexpectedly in January of 2019. Her husband, Frank Wellington, is a Vietnam veteran who earned the Bronze Star for his actions with an artillery battery. David mentioned the need for a new flagpole at the Richwood cemetery to his father, Fred Luttenberger, who immediately donated the funds to purchase a new flagpole to be placed in memory of his daughter Marilyn and dedicated to all veterans. Fred passed away in November of 2020. Today we thank him for his generosity and dedicate this flagpole according to his wishes. Our community thanks you also, Fred…..we are forever in debt to Marilyn, David, Frank and every veteran and their families for answering the call to ensure that freedom shall not perish from the earth. There is no better example of Harrison Strong….America Strong!’|