Mother’s Day: Then and Now – A Celebratory Breakfast Tradition Continues at Bedford’s American Legion Post

Submitted  behalf of the Anthony-Hunt-Hamilton American Legion Post 221

Mothers-Day-Breakfast-2016Many things have come and gone in Bedford over the years, but one thing in particular continues to warm the hearts of Mothers.  For over four decades now, volunteers here in town have come together to make Mom feel a little more special on Mother’s Day.

Bobbie Ennis, long time Bedford resident, said “I can’t even remember a time when we didn’t have the Mother’s Day Breakfast here”.  Mothers are treated to breakfast in the Genetti Function Room. They’re given carnations, and a breakfast of eggs, hash browns, bacon or sausage, pancakes, toast, coffee, tea, and juice. The ambiance isn’t at all “fancy-smanshy”, but seeing all the families and happy Moms creates a very special atmosphere none the less.

“At least since the Seventies, members of the American Legion Family have offered a Mother’s Day Breakfast to the residents of our community” stated OC O’Connor, Commander of the American Legion in Bedford. This year is no different. On Sunday, May 8 from 8 am to 11 am the doors at 357 Great Road will be open to graciously receive families. “Mother’s meal is on us” said OC, “children under five eat free, ages 6-12 are $3.00, and adults are $5.00, we hope many in the community will join in on this tradition”. Click here to learn more.

The American Legion Family continues to celebrate moms with a tradition going back to the early 1900’s.  A white carnation is given in loving memory of a mother who has passed, while a red carnation signifies respect and love for a living mother.

Maybe the big flowered hats, children dressed to the nines, Buster Brown shoes, and bell bottoms (No, wait, they are back, right ?) have come and gone, but the tradition of serving Mom with a celebratory breakfast and love still exist in Bedford.

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