Welcome to the Springfield American Legion Post 227.
Memorial Day is upon us and, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Springfield community recognizes the sacrifice of our country’s more than 1.2 million fallen heroes who lost their lives in the defense of our nation. Let us not forget that we are still a nation at war. Since last Memorial Day, 37 American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and an unspecified number of contractors supporting our missions and our Servicemen and women died in ongoing military operations overseas.
Since WWII, Springfield alone lost 42 sons. In 2020, in addition to honoring those 42, all our community’s fallen before WWII, and all our nation’s killed and missing in action, we specifically remember the life and loss of Private First Class George P. Talbot, Springfield High School class of 1943, who died in combat, March 12, 1945 in the vicinity of Fechingen, Germany. He left behind his parents John and Marie, brothers John and Alfred, and sister Marie. While his loss caused great sorrow within his family, his friends, and the community as a whole, he also left behind wonderful memories in many.
Although this is a different sort of Memorial Day than any before, don’t allow the Corona Virus to prevent you from honoring those that gave their life for us. I invite you to our community’s ‘virtual’ remembrance that will be live streamed at 10:15 A.M. on both the community television channel (Comcast Ch. 5, Verizon Ch. 30) and on Facebook (@SpringfieldAmericanLegionPost227). We also invite you to participate in the event, honor our fallen heroes including George Talbot, and join a respectful ‘drive-by’ of the ceremony at the Township's building at 10:00 A.M. Details are here.
Special thanks to the family of George Talbot for sharing their memories, Post 227 Vice Commander Bill Smeck for leading the Community’s planning for Memorial Day, the rest of Post’s Memorial Day Committee, the Springfield Township Manager, J. Lee Fulton, Police Chief Joe Daly, the members and leadership of both Springfield's Ambulance Corps and Fire Company, the Township’s Board of Commissioners Edward Kelly, Gina Sage, Suzanne Hoffman, Paul Wechsler, Jeff Rudolph, Bob Layden, and Daniel Lanciano, State Representative Jennifer O’Mara, and the many others for the tremendous support provided and offers made to make our Memorial Day activities in this unusual environment both safe and appropriate.
Please stay safe this Memorial Day weekend.
48th Commander, Springfield American Legion Post 227