Friday, Sept. 1,
will be Forget-Me-Not Drive Day in the Town of Chesterton.
Funds raised on
Forget-Me-Not Drive Day benefit Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
At its meeting
Monday night, the Town Council unanimously adopted a resolution proclaiming
Sept. 1 Forget-Me-Not Drive Day.
Excerpts from the
The DAV “is an
organization chartered by the U.S. Congress to help the wounded and disabled
veteran following WWI . . . . (which) enlisted the aid of the general public
in waging the battle for justice still being fought by thousands of
unfortunate disabled veterans whose claims for government treatment and
compensation had been denied because of deficiencies in the law or of the
evidence submitted by them . . . .
American Veterans and their Auxiliary recognized the ‘Forget-Me-Not’ flower
which grew out of the image carried home from the World War in the memories
of soldiers who had seen spring flowers growing among the graves of comrades
killed in the fighting . . . .
“The flower soon
became the living history symbol for commemorating those who had fallen or
returned home injuries with the message ‘Please don’t forget me,’ reminding
us continually of the service and sacrifice that makes our way of life
possible . . . .
“This symbol of
remembrance has been the staple of chapter-level fundraising efforts that
provides non-governmental assistance to our local disabled veterans and
their families as a grass-roots initiative.”
Forget-Me-Not Drive Day on Sept. 1 in Chesterton will be DAV Northwest
Indiana Chapter 102.