American Legion erecting crosses for Memorial Day observance

Short ceremony planned Sunday afternoon near Albany Mall

ALBANY —Members of American Legion Post 30 will begin erecting 144 three-foot-high white crosses in front of Albany Mall at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Marvin Mixon of Post 30 said the crosses represent the 144 men of Dougherty and Lee counties who have died in military action from World War II to the present.

The crosses will remain in place during the weekend through Memorial Day and will be taken down beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27. Mixon said a short memorial program will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the site.

“Everyone is invited to visit the site all during the Memorial Day weekend and to come to the program Sunday afternoon,” said Mixon.

Celebrated each year on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is a national holiday to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the armed services of the United States. The holiday was originally known as Decoration Day and began following the Civil War to commemorate Confederate and Union soldiers who died in the battles.