I have mentioned my brother-in-law Greg on here many times. He has lung cancer and is currently in Hospice care. This particular Hospice that my sister Cindy chose has a very cool little ceremony they do with veterans. Their feeling is the soldiers should be honored in their life, not just at their funeral. Greg was stationed in a nuclear sub off the coast of Viet Nam. So they made arrangements to come to the house and do their ceremony for him. There were thirteen of us there to watch crammed into this space by their basement door. It was cozy to say the least!
The ceremony was actually quite long and well done. There were representatives there from the Army, Navy, Marines, and I don’t remember what the other fella was. They were so respectful. They read some things to Greg, gave him a nicely-framed certificate of some sort. (I didn’t get a chance to look at it.) They gave him a whole BAG full of keepsakes. But more importantly, they took the time to listen to him tell about his experiences. His speech is very halting but they were so patient. We were amazed at how clear his long-term memory still is. And his sense of humor was VERY evident. 😀
The last thing they gave him was an American flag, which they folded as they told what each fold meant. I was surprised. I had NO idea the folds meant anything. I was glad my grandkids were there to see the service. I hope they will remember it and respect service men and women when they see them.
What really got me was when they handed the flag to Greg, even though he can barely lift his arms, he did his best to salute it. You couldn’t help but cry.
It was a beautiful thing and I am so glad Greg got to experience that honor. Lord knows a lot of our Viet Nam vets were far from honored when they came home…
Flag Folding Ceremony
Greg saluting the flag.
(that freaked me out just a little…)
It was a beautiful, respectful thing to do.
Thought you might be interested in the meanings of the folds and also the etiquette of the flag.