LEWISTON – Post 22, American Legion, conducted services honoring Gold Star Mothers and parents at the Gold Star Mothers monument, shaped like a star, in Kennedy Park on Sept. 26.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation designating the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mothers Day in 1940.

The program opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and a special prayer by Post 22 Adjutant Jerry DerBoghosian.

In an address to the gathering, DerBoghosian said, “Since World War II, the United States has been involved in conflicts all over the globe. Loved ones have been lost and are being lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus thousands lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. We, who are so fortunate to be living in the greatest country in the world, should take time out from our busy daily schedules and remember those who gave their lives so that we could live and enjoy the freedoms and privileges we have today.”

The service concluded with the singing of “God Bless America.”

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