Folded Flags

Monday, May 25, 2009 at 2:00 am 8 comments

Flag 2As  Americans, we view our flag as a symbol of struggle and triumph – pride and generosity.  For military families it also symbolizes dedication and sacrifice.

Honor guard rifles  fired three times in salute.  The loud pops resonated in the quiet valley.  The flag that had been draped over the casket was carefully folded, and words of appreciation were spoken for the 27 years my father served his country in the United States Army.  The folded flag was then placed in my mother’s arms.   A fitting tribute for one who’d served his country so well, for so long.

This flag was  received in his honor only after he had lived a long, productive, and happy life.  A veteran of the Vietnam war, thankfully, he returned home safely.  Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands have not returned safely from the various wars in our history.  Families have received, and are still receiving  flags for loved ones whose lives have been cut short in armed conflict. 

We are a strong nation and much of the credit for that goes to the men and women who serve in uniform.  Our best and brightest are making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom every day.  Never mind the politics that sent them to war, they neither control nor set policy.  They are sent to serve and protect, and they go faithfully. 

We  Americans love our flag.  Lets honor those who fight to protect it and all it stands for.  I look forward to the day when combat casualties no longer occur and families no longer have cause to receive flags in this manner.  Let’s remember our heros and their families and the sacrifices they all make.  Let’s keep them in our prayers and help them as best we can.

Flag 1Happy Memorial Day and Thank You

to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. emma  |  Monday, May 25, 2009 at 3:07 am

    great memorial day post… perfectly doing what the day was meant to do: memorialize those who haved gone before us, those who have served on our behalves and those who did it willingly and selflessy too. have a great memorial day!

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    • 2. Era  |  Monday, May 25, 2009 at 4:05 am

      You too!

      Reply
  • 3. cindy  |  Monday, May 25, 2009 at 9:09 am

    have a great memorial day!

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    • 4. Era  |  Monday, May 25, 2009 at 10:37 am

      You too Cindy!

      Reply
  • 5. starlaschat  |  Monday, May 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Beautiful Post.

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    • 6. Era  |  Monday, May 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Starla.

      Reply
  • 7. Meluhhan  |  Monday, May 25, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    To a foreign student like me, this holiday meant little more than lazing around in my pajamas all day. Until I read this.

    Much as I gripe about this alien land (mostly about its COMPLETE AND TOTAL LACK OF SPICY FOOD!), I also find myself jumping to defend it when my fellow internationals criticize it..

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    • 8. Era  |  Monday, May 25, 2009 at 1:54 pm

      Welcome! Where are you studying? I’m sure we should be able to find you some spicy food somewhere.

      Reply

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