Memorial Day Tribute...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, May 23, 2008

May all of my guests who live in the U.S.A. enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend. The 'unofficial' start of summer.

A time to be with family and friends to gather and enjoy and celebrate.

But even more importantly, a time to commemorate those men and women who have given their lives for our most wonderful country.

I have mentioned before that I proudly possess the American Flag that draped my grandfather Ernest's coffin when he was buried. It is still folded into the tri-corner. It sits on the top shelf of one of my bookcases in my living room.

On those special days (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day), I put the flag in the upstairs window of my apartment to let anyone looking know I am honoring that day. I will not unfurl it though. It was folded at a final tribute to him and shall stay that way.

I found this and thought I would share it with all y'all. It is the reading that is done at some flag folding ceremony:

(Begin reading as Honor Guard or Flag Detail is coming forward).

The flag folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our country was originally founded. The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing the states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted when draped as a pall on a casket of a veteran who has served our country in uniform.

In the Armed Forces of the United States, at the ceremony of retreat the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation's honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.

(Wait for the Honor Guard or Flag Detail to unravel and fold the flag into a quarter fold--resume reading when Honor Guard is standing ready.)

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on mother's day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.

The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, "In God we Trust."

(Wait for the Honor Guard or Flag Detail to inspect the flag--after the inspection, resume reading.)

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

Thank you grand dad....thank you dad, for your service in Korea, thank you to all of you who served our country in peace or in war. Thank you to those now serving, including Dixie's Matt.

Remember at 3:00 pm on Monday to observe the National Moment Of Remembrance. Stop what you are doing and silently thank those who have allowed us to continue to live in a free society. Are we perfect? Absolutely not. Would I want to live anywhere else? Absolutely not.

For All Of Those Who Have Fallen

See y'all Tuesday.

This is longer than normal, but you can just start it up and then pour a cocktail and enjoy the weekend. I was going to end it with one song, but as I kept listening to the ending, I kept hearing another song in my head that would fit right in and well, I added it.

Yesterday's mix consisted of The Ramones "Do You Wanna Dance", The Vaughn Brothers - Stevie & Jimmie "A Long Way From Home" and Phish "Poor Heart"...glad y'all enjoyed it.

I like not giving the mix order so it is a surprise for you.

A Memorial Day Weekend mix for all y'all...ENJOY....
(let me know if the music is working for y'all...thanks)

46 Of Your Sparks

  1. Dana Says:
  2. Thanks to your grandfather, your father and Matt Vin - and thank you for honoring Memorial Day in the way it should be honored!

  3. Schmoop Says:
  4. Nicely done and informative Vinny. Have a safe, but kick-ass weekend. Cheers!!

  5. DANA: Thank you for your service. Glad you enjoyed my post.

  6. MATT-MAN: TY Sir... you enjoy the bagwine and spam on the barbi

  7. Coco Says:
  8. Happy Memorial Day weekend, Vinny. *hugs*

  9. COCO: TY sweetie...enjoy your weekend

  10. Travis Cody Says:
  11. Excellent tribute my friend. And many thanks to your family for their service.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. TRAVIS: TY Sir have a safe holiday weekend...enjoy

  13. Coco Says:
  14. *dances around my classroom to Vinny's picks* great tunes, Hon!

  15. bond that was a perfectly LOVELY post my friend. thank you so much and i learned things this morning!

    smiles, bee

  16. Mr Bond, I tip my hat, this is a very nice post, but why should it be a NATIONAL MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE, they earned more than a moment. Like you, I thank my Grandfather, my father, and all my friends who stood the post.

  17. COCO: OOO Glad you enjoyed...I had fun mixing it.

  18. BEE: Glad I could give you some new information...TY have a wonderful weekend

    SARGE: TY Sir and TY for your service to our great country. But wouldn't it be nice, if at 3;00 pm local time all across the country everyone stopped what they were doing for one minute and bowed their heads and said a prayer of thanks? The day is to remember them...the Moment of Remembrance is for us to show our unity.

  19. katherine. Says:
  20. well done vincent.

    I didn't know about the folds of the flag.

    I too honor those family and friends who have served.

    and I especially honor Erik naval pilot preparing to go to Iraq...and Son of Teamster who is home safely from Iraq and in his eighth year of service.

  21. I have the flag that was on my grandfather's casket as well. It has not been unfolded since it was folded and given to my grandfather.

    Fantastic post, bond.

    I hope you and yours have a great Memorial Day.

  22. KATHERINE: TY my friend...psst...Erik is a naval AVIATOR not a pilot...hehehe, one of my closest friends retired as a Commander in the Navy and flew as a RIO in F-14's and also as a pilot in F-18's and was a squadron commander. They hate being "pilots" ---didn't you watch Top Gun??? LOL

    RWA: Very cool Sir...TY and you also enjoy.

  23. Tug Says:
  24. Have a wonderful weekend my friend! I love the story of your flag, and am glad to hear that you don't take it out.

  25. We had the flag ceremony for my grandfather and mom has his folded flag in a glass display case. It was a lovely ceremony although Taps just about killed me.

  26. TUG: You also have a most marvelous weekend...and TY...never will I unfold it

    STARRLIGHT: Yes, the Taps does does get to all of us... I have thought about the glass case and may do it someday, but there are times I like to take it down and just feel the material and the embroidered stars...So, enjoy the mix?

  27. I can't get it here at the office today for some damn reason. And I am guessing it is a good one. Feckin web nannies!

    I will check back tonight at home.

  28. Liz Hill Says:
  29. Have a good Memorial Day Vinny. Nicely done.

  30. Fred Says:
  31. I'm glad you reminded us there's much more to the holiday than the start of summer.

    Gotta love Frank Sinatra!

    Have a great holiday.

  32. STARRLIGHT: Today, for the first time it would not work at my office too! ARG

    TURNBABY: And I know you will have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy and TY

    FRED: My pleasure...Yes, you do have to love Frank...My best to the family.

  33. Ken Says:
  34. Wow, that's good stuff. Have a great holiday, I'll be there at 3:00PM monday

    [got the package, thanks so much]
    [more good stuff]

  35. Meribah Says:
  36. The puppy can't hear the music! Wah!
    Anyway, this was a beautiful post, Bond. Hope you and yours enjoy a pleasant Memorial Day Weekend. Hugs! :)

  37. It's Frank?! Dammit!

  38. MICKEY-T: Glad you got the package...enjoy it...and Have a great weekend

    MERIBAH: Come back and listen later, it happens...TY puppy and you have a wonderful weekend also.

  39. STARRLIGHT: Well maybe one of the songs is...I did say it was longer than normal...well unless you count the posts with 5-6-7 songs on them...then this isn't longer than normal..but you will find out later...kick your feet up and hit play...

  40. It is on my list of things to do when I get home. Just got my Idol tour tickets so I am feeling dandyfine right about now. Migraine is gone, say praise jeebus, and David Cook is on Larry King at 6pm! I will be watching the tube, listening to your mix, drinking a beer and writing up my Indiana Jones and th Kingdom of the Crystal Skull review!

    Now if only the weather did not suck ass :P

  41. Great tribute to our soldiers who fell in the service of their country! Thank you Vinny! My father served and my nephew is serving as we speak! :D

    Come visit me as I celebrate my birthday on Sunday May 25. There'll be cake and balloons! :D

  42. Awesome mix! Enjoy the weekend!

  43. Marvelous post, Vincente. Marvelous.

    Enjoying the tunes as I kick back and enjoy the first day of summer vacay. Next week? The beach. Ahhhhhh....

  44. Mia Says:
  45. Here's to you having a super, nice long weekend!!

  46. Mimi Lenox Says:
  47. I never knew all the flag folding nuances before. Thank you for sharing.
    Your grandfather will always be remembered here. He would be proud of you today.
    We are all proud of him.

  48. On this Memorial Day remember my friends who died for your freedom.

    Dear Lord, lest I continue in my complacent ways, help me to remember that someone died for me today. And if there be war, help me to remember to ask and to answer “am I worth dying for?”~

    Eleanor Roosevelt

  49. DrillerAA Says:
  50. Well done sir.
    Have a wonderful week-end and enjoy the holiday. I will indeed have a moment of prayer and rememberance for those who served with my dad in the South Pacific, with whom I served in Viet Nam and those who are serving now.

    See you on Tuesday.

  51. Unknown Says:
  52. That was an awesome post!

  53. Lu' Says:
  54. Spectacular post!

  55. Dang it the tunes won't load for me =(

  56. RW Says:
  57. Awesome outstanding post Vin! Have a hellva weekend!!

  58. STARRLIGHT: Well I hope your wathr got has bn mostly A-One here

    THE TEACH: Well, obviously, I ill be late, but I will stop by! tY to your dad and your nephew...

    BUD: thanks dude..

    SONGBIRD: TY hope your weekend was marvelous

    MIRANDA: Still workng on it and having fun

    MIMI: TY so..what a wonderful comment

    SARGE: We remember them all....TY

    DRILLERAA: And TY Sir for your service - I salute you

  59. STARRLIGHT: Well I hope your wathr got has bn mostly A-One here

    THE TEACH: Well, obviously, I ill be late, but I will stop by! tY to your dad and your nephew...

    BUD: thanks dude..

    SONGBIRD: TY hope your weekend was marvelous

    MIRANDA: Still workng on it and having fun

    MIMI: TY so..what a wonderful comment

    SARGE: We remember them all....TY

    DRILLERAA: And TY Sir for your service - I salute you

  60. DANA: TY Dear

    LU': TY for your service my friend

    STARRLIGHT: One of the problems with lifelogger...they go off sometimes...keep trying

    ROGER: TY also enjoy

  61. BeckEye Says:
  62. That's really interesting about the flag folds...never knew any of that!

    Happy Memorial Day.

  63. Finally!!!!

    Love Frank =) Love love love Frank!

  64. King of the Slide! This is nice, Vinny!


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