On this Memorial Day weekend, which is commonly known for it's backyard BBQ's and jubilant get togethers by friends and family alike.
Please enjoy it safely!
I just wanted to take this moment to post this to ask that you (if you haven't done so already) take just a moment out of your holiday to remember
why we are able to have this day.
The following video tells of the history of "Taps" that is played at every soldiers funeral. Thank you to all who are serving or who have served,
but most importantly, My un-dieing gratitude to those that gave their lives!
I felt this needed to be added per the latest discussion:
To Those Who Want To Burn the Flag
Just ask permission….
Does the first Amendment give us the right to desecrate the American flag?
Or is the flag a sacred symbol of our nation, deserving protection by law?
For those who want to light Old Glory on fire, stomp all over it, or spit on it to make some sort of "statement,"
I say let them do it.
But under one condition: they MUST get permission from three sponsors.
First, you need permission of a war veteran.
Perhaps a Marine who fought at Iwo Jima? The American flag was raised over Mount Surabachi upon the bodies of thousands of dead buddies. Each night
spent on Iwo meant half of everyone you knew would be dead tomorrow, a coin flip away from a bloody end upon a patch of sand your mother couldn't
find on a map.
Or maybe ask a Vietnam vet who spent years tortured in a small, filthy cell unfit for a dog. Or a Korean War soldier who helped rescue half a nation
from Communism, or a Desert Storm warrior who repulsed a bloody dictator from raping and pillaging an innocent country.
That flag represented your mother and father, your sister and brother, your friends, neighbors, and everyone at home. I wonder what they would say if
someone asked them permission to burn the American flag?
Next, you need a signature from an immigrant. Their brothers and sisters may still languish in their native land, often under tyranny, poverty and
misery. Or maybe they died on the way here, never to touch our shores. Some have seen friends and family get tortured and murdered by their own
government for daring to do things we take for granted every day.
For those who risked everything simply for the chance to become an American...what kind of feelings do they have for the flag when they Pledge
Allegiance the first time?
Go to a naturalization ceremony and see for yourself, the tears of pride, the thanks, the love and respect of this nation, as they finally embrace the
American flag as their own. Ask one of them if it would be OK to tear up the flag.
Last, you should get the signature of a mother. Not just any mother. You need a mother of someone who gave their life for America. It doesn't even
have to be from a war. It could be a cop. Or a fireman. Maybe a Secret Service or NSA agent. Then again, it could be a common foot soldier as well.
When that son or daughter is laid to rest, their family is given one gift by the American people; an American flag. Go on. I dare you. Ask that mother
to spit on her flag.
I wonder what the founding fathers thought of the American flag as they drafted the Declaration of Independence? They knew this act would drag young
America into war with England, the greatest power on earth. They also knew failure meant more than just a disappointment.
It meant a noose snugly stretched around their necks.
But they needed a symbol, something to inspire the new nation. Something to represent the seriousness, the purpose and conviction that we held our new
idea of individual freedom. Something worth living for. Something worth dying for.
I wonder how they'd feel if someone asked them permission to toss their flag in a mud puddle?
Away from family, away from the precious shores of home, in the face of overwhelming odds and often in the face of death, the American flag inspires
those who believe in the American dream, the American promise, the American vision...
Americans who don't appreciate the flag don't appreciate this nation. And those who appreciate this nation appreciate the American flag. Those who
fought, fought for that flag. Those who died, died for that flag. And those who love America love that flag. And defend it.
So if you want to desecrate the American flag, before you spit on it or before you burn it ...
I have a simple request. Just ask permission.
Not from the Constitution. Not from some obscure law. Not from the politicians or the pundits. Instead, ask those who defended our nation so that we
may be free today. Ask those who struggled to reach our shores so that they may join us in the American dream. And ask those who clutch a flag in
place of their sacrificed sons and daughters, given to this nation so that others may be free.
For we cannot ask permission from those who died wishing they could, just once ... or once again ... see, touch or kiss the flag that stands for our
nation, the United States of America ...
On the contrary, TAPS is not played at the lowering of the flag in the evening. Retreat is sounded followed by the evening gun firing and the flag is
lowered to "To the Color" in military installations.
However, I find your posting honorable and appreciated. I am proud to know that there are still people that appreciate our service.
Please show your support for our men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces as well as the Allied Forces fighting along side.
What ever your view is on this war or why we're currently fighting, or wars in the past, or war in general for that matter, set it aside for a moment
and remember those that gave their lives for what they believe in.
others say its name originates from germany
Tattoo originated during the Thirty Years War, 1618-1648, and in German was called "Zapfenstreich." At 9:00 P.M., as the call was sounded, all bungs
(zapfen) had to be replaced in their barrels, signifying the end of nightly drinking. The provost guard then drew a chalk line (streich) across the
bung so that it could not be reopened without evidence of tampering. Tattoo is the longest U.S. Army call, consisting of twenty- eight measures. The
first eight are from the French call "Extinction de Feux" and the last twenty measures are from the British "First Post" - in turn adapted from an
old Neapolitan Cavalry call "Il Silencio".
If this holiday makes you physically ill I genuinely hope you spend the next 24 hours vomiting uncontrollably you worthless git. This holiday isn't
about the United States government and it sure as hell isn't about whatever petty, disingenous garbage you think it's responsible for. It's about
people's family members who gave their lives for something they believed in, whether you agree with it or not.
Mods, if you want to delete this for T&C go right ahead. My father was buried as members of the 82nd played taps and gave him a 21-gun salute.
Leftist trash like this designed to get a rise out of people on Memorial Day makes me want to beat the @#$t out of something.
I can tell you "why" now, it's because you were at your computer expressing your ill conceived views as opposed to doing something constructive
about it. It's easy to be a critic, walk a mile in the shoes of another man before you criticize what he does and why!
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