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Veteran's Day
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Flag Folding Meaning

Military Oath
   

Meaning of
American Citizenship

History of
Veteran's Day
   

History
Vocabulary

Prayer for
Army Spouses
   

Thoughts on
Veteran's Day

West Point
Cadets Prayer
   

Veteran's Day
Menu Ideas

You Can't Tell a Vet Just By Looking
   

Quotes

Unknown Soldier Tomb Guard Requirements



Patriotic Songs

My Country 'Tis of Thee God Save the King/Queen
O Beautiful For Spacious Skies Star-Spangled Banner
Stars and Stripes Forever Marine Hymn
Coast Guard March
(Semper Paratus)
Coast Guard Hymn
Air Force Song Air Force Hymn
The Navy Hymn
Eternal Father, Strong To Save
Anchors Away
The Army Hymn You're in the Army Now
The Army Anthem
The Caissons Go Rolling Along
Merchant Marine Hymn
Merchant Marine Song God Bless America
Liberty Bell March Washington Post March
Yankee Doodle
Listen & Lyrics
Grand Ol' Flag
Taps  Hail To The Chief
1812 Overture    

Salute to the Armed Forces by John Philip Sousa !

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Literature

See Veterans Day Poetry  for pieces specifically about the soldier and from the soldier

Patriotic Prose / Poetry  Interesting, hard to locate items !

Patriotic Poems  More patriotic poems for your celebrations !

Flag Day Poems  Patriotic poems just about the flag !

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Folding the Flag
PDF File Meaning Behind Folding the Flag

 

The following information on Folding the Flag was sent by Russell Maynard of Michigan.  Did you know that government schools stopped teaching this in 1955?  Sad, isn't it!  The flag is folded 13 times to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but there is much more to the flag folding.  Read on ...


The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th 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 time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decaur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."

The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie.  It is with our hearts 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 7th 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 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers.  For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the fathers, for they, too, have given their sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews' eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians' eyes, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust."

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.  There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21 gun salute actually stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

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The Military Oath
I do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegience to the United States of America;
that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies whomsoever;
and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me,
according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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THE MEANING OF AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP
Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization

Today you have become a citizen of the United States of America.  You are no longer an Englishman, a Frenchman, an Italian, a Pole.  Neither are you a hyphenated-American — a Polish-American, an Italian-American.  You are no longer a subject of a government.  Henceforth, you are an integral part of this Government — a free man — a Citizen of the United States of America.

This citizenship, which has been solemnly conferred on you, is a thing of the spirit — not of the flesh.  When you took the oath of allegiance to the Constitution of the United States, you claimed for yourself the God-given unalienable rights which that sacred document sets forth as the natural right of all men.

You have made sacrifices to reach this desired goal.  We, your fellow citizens, realize this, and the warmth of our welcome to you is increased proportionately.  However, we would tincture it with friendly caution.

As you have learned during these years of preparation, this great honor carries with it the duty to work for and make secure this longed-for and eagerly-sought status.  Government under our Constitution makes American citizenship the highest privilege and at the same time the greatest responsibility of any citizenship in the world.

The important rights that are now yours and the duties and responsibilities attendant thereon are set forth elsewhere in this manual. It is hoped that they will serve as a constant reminder that only by continuing to study and learn about your new country, its ideals, achievements, and goals, and by everlastingly working at your citizenship can you enjoy its fruits and assure their preservation for generations to follow.

May you find in this Nation the fulfillment of your dreams of peace and security, and may America, in turn, never find you wanting in your new and proud role of Citizen of the United States.

[from:  Basic Guide to Naturalization and Citizenship, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice]

 

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History of Veteran's Day
Veterans Day began as a result of World War I and enacted in Congress on June 4, 1926.

WHEREAS the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be served, and

WHEREAS it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to
perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

WHEREAS the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives
concurring), That the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

 

Initially, this day was known as "Armistice Day" and on May 13, 1938, it became a legal holiday to be observed every November 11th.  In 1954, many held that the heroic struggle of the veterans of World War II and Korea needed to be acknowledged.  Therefore, the term "armistice" was removed and replaced with veteran.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation on 8 October 1954 ...

In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.

History of Veteran's Day Vocabulary:  
veteran,
cessation, sanguinary, annals, resumption, perpetuate, concurring, proclamation, armistice, allegiance

 

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God and the Soldier, we adore,
In time of danger, not before.
The danger passed and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the Soldier slighted.
                       — Rudyard Kipling

 

Prayer for Army Spouses
Lord, grant me the greatness of heart to see,
The difference in duty and his love for me.
Give me the understanding to know,
That when duty calls he must go.
Give me a task to do each day,
To fill the time when he is away.
And Lord when duty is far away,
Please protect him, this I pray.

— Author Unknown

 

 

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THOUGHTS ON VETERANS DAY
General Douglas MacArthur

It is the SOLDIER, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the SOLDIER, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the SOLDIER, not the campus organizers, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the SOLDIER, who salutes the flag, who serves the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag,

Who allows the protester to burn the flag.  AMEN.

 

 

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WEST POINT CADETS PRAYER
Clayton Wheat
PDF File Worksheet

     
O God, our Father, thou Searcher of men's hearts, help us to draw near to Thee in sincerity and truth.  May our religion be filled with gladness and may our worship of Thee be natural.
     Strengthen and increase our admiration for honest dealing and clean thinking, and suffer not our hatred of hypocrisy and pre-tense ever to diminish.
     Encourage us in our endeavor to live above the common level of life.
     Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole can be won.
     Endow us with courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy.
     Guard us against flippancy and irreverence in the sacred things of life.
     Grant us new ties of friendship and new opportunities of service.
     Kindle our hearts in fellowship with those of a cheerful countenance, and soften our hearts with sympathy for those who sorrow and suffer.
     Help us to maintain the honor of the Corps untarnished and unsullied and to show forth in our lives the ideals of West Point in doing our duty to Thee and to our Country.
     All of which we ask in the Name of the Great Friend and Master of men.

 

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Ideas

Main Dish:
Victory Salad ... this is a type of tossed salad with the meat of your choice; white = eggs, red = tomatoes, blue = red cabbage (so, you will need to imagine this to be blue!) 
 During World War II, many households would have Victory Gardens which naturally led to Victory Salad. The idea behind the Victory Salad was to stretch the food budget

Drink:
Some sort of pre-prepared blue drink with a cherry added

Dessert:
Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting ... several options exist here ... (1) use small American flags on tooth picks and apply to cake top; (2) if you are skilled, use red/white/blue icing to make your own patriotic design; (3) use red/white/blue candles; (4) very small red/white/blue "balloons" may be purchased inexpensively for the top of the cake

 

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You Can't Tell a Vet Just By Looking


He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carrier didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth whose behavior is outweighed in the cosmic scales by four hours of unparalleled bravery near the 38th Parallel in Korea.

She is the nurse who fought against futility in Da Nang and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years.

He is the POW who left one person and came back another.

He is the drill instructor who has never been in combat, but has saved countless lives by turning no-accounts into Marines.

He is the parade-riding legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the white-haired guy bagging groceries at the supermarket, aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp.

A vet is an ordinary and extraordinary human being — someone who offered his life's vital years in the service of his country.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.  We will never be able to repay the debt of gratitude we owe.

—Author Unknown—


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Quotes

The price of greatness is responsibility.
— Winston Churchill

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick
themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
— Winston Churchill

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
— Henry Ford

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
— Henry Kissinger

Nothing of importance happened today.
— King George III's diary entry, 4 July 1776

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
— Winston Churchill of Britain's fighter pilots

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
— General George S. Patton, U.S. Army

We are not retreating — we are advancing in another direction.
— General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

 

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Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


A guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier must take a special kind of person.

Question:
How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

Answer:
21 steps.  It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.


Question:
How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

Answer:
21 seconds alluding to the twenty-one gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.


Question:
Why are the guard's gloves wet?

Answer:
The gloves are moistened to prevent the guard losing his grip on the rifle.


Question:
Does the guard carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time, and if not, why not?

Answer:
The guard carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.


Question:
How often are the guards changed?

Answer:
Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.


Question:
What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

Answer:
For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5'10" and 6' 2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30."


Other requirements of the Guard:
A guard must commit two (2) years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.  They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.

After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb.  There are only 400 presently worn.  The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet.  There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as the guards come to a halt.

There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform.  Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.  Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV.  All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.  A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred.  Among the notables are:  President Taft, Joe E. Lewis (the boxer) and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, (the most decorated soldier of WWII) of Hollywood fame.

The military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Hurricane Isabel were given permission to suspend the assignment.  The guards respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!"

Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldeir was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson.

The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24 hours a day 7 days a week since 1930.

 

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