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THE AMERICAN LEGION   

Ware Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia  Remembers ...  


 

 

 MIA POW Remembrance


This table set for one is small –

     symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors. Remember!

The tablecloth is white –

     symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms. Remember!

The single red rose —

      displayed in a vase signifies the blood they may have shed and reminds us of the families

      and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting their return. Remember!

The red ribbon tied so prominently on the vase -

      is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness

      to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing. Remember!

A slice of lemon is on the bread plate - 

       to remind us of their bitter fate. Remember!

There is salt upon the bread plate –

       symbolic of the families tears as they wait. Remember!

The glass -

       The glass is inverted - they cannot toast with us this night. Remember!

The chair –

       The chair is empty. They are not here. Remember!

The candle –

       symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit and is reminiscent of

       the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home. Remember!

The American flag -

       reminds us that many of them may never return. They have paid the supreme sacrifice

       to insure our freedom. Remember!

The Bible -

       represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country,

     founded as one nation under God. Remember!


Remember! All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended upon their might and aid, and relied upon them, for surely, they have not forsaken you. Remember!

Remember! Until the day they come home. Remember!


 


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Symbols for the folds of the Flag

(taken from the Legion.org website)

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

The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in the Eternal Life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks,

   and who gave a portion of life 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 times of war, for His divine guidance.

The 5th 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 6th 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 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 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, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

The 9th 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 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters

   for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.

The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, 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 12th 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.”

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.

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How to fold the US Flag 

  • Straighten out the flag to full length and fold lengthwise once.

  • Fold it lengthwise a second time to meet the open edge, making sure that the union of stars on the blue field remains outward in full view. (A large flag may have to be folded lengthwise a third time.)

  • A triangular fold is then started by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to the open edge.

  • The outer point is then turned inward, parallel with the open edge, to form a second triangle.

  • The diagonal or triangular folding is continued toward the blue union until the end is reached, with only the blue showing and the form being that of a cocked (three corner) hat.

 

THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia

THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia

THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia

THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia
THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia

THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia

THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia

THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia

THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia

THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia

THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia
THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia
THE AMERICAN LEGION  Ware County Post 10  of Waycross, Georgia


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The Poppy

The official flower of The American Legion is the Poppy,

and where flowers are required, the Poppy is appropriate and should be used.

We Shall Keep The Faith was written by Moina Michael from Georgia in 1918.

She also started the tradition of wearing the Poppy in remembrance of fallen soldiers.

Disabled  and needy American Veterans have been making Poppies since 1923.

 

We Shall Keep The Faith
Oh! You who sleep in Flanders’ fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew;
We caught the torch you threw;
And holding high we kept
The faith with those who died.
We cherish, too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valour led.
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders’ Fields.
And now the torch and poppy red
Wear in honour of our dead
Fear not that ye have died for naught

We’ve learned the lesson that ye taught
                                                                            In Flanders’ Fields.