The Flag, Flag Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day

Our flag does not fly because the wind blows it,
it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.

The Flag Memorial Day Veterans Day
Armistice Day
Remembrance Day
The Acuity Flagpole

History of Memorial Day - Part 1
(Link supplied by Dan O'Brien)

30th Anniversary Ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC - November 11, 2012

The only Flag that doesn't fly
(Link supplied by Dennis Donati)

History of Memorial Day - Part 2

History of Veterans Day - Part 1

and

History of Veterans Day - Part 2

Flag Day History Memorial Day 2009 Speech by
Bob Bosl - 1/83rd Artillery 68-69
History of Armistice Day

Armistice Day (which overlaps with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day) is celebrated every year on 11 November to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

Flag Display FAQ
(Courtesy of The American Legion)
  History of Veterans Day
(Courtesy of the US Dept of Veterans Affairs)

Flag poems and patriotic verse
(Link supplied by Dennis Donati)

  History of Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

Flag Myths

Top 10 Flag Myths
(Courtesy American Legion)

5 Myths about the Flag
(Courtesy Washington Post)

Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag?
(Courtesy HowStuffWorks)

  National Poppy Day

The tradition of wearing a poppy dates back to 1920, when it became the memorial flower of The American Legion Family.

The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed by those who fought and those who continue to fight for our country following World War I. It was popularized by the publication of the wartime poem In Flanders Fields. Written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines in World War I, the poem honors soldiers killed in battle.

The American Legion led the charge of having Congress designate the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day®, a tradition found in many countries around the world. National Poppy Day® encourages all Americans to wear a red poppy to honor the fallen and support the living heroes who have worn our nation’s uniform.

Poppy Day History

Added 7/5/18

(Courtesy of The American Legion)
Respecting the Flag

New laws expand when Veterans may salute. This article from the Feb-May 2016 issue of the Army Echoes Newsletter explains the proper conduct for military, veterans and civilians when:

a. The flag passes by.

b. When the national anthem is played

c. When the pledge of allegiance is recited.

  Remembrance Day in Australia
(Link supplied by Warwick Brooker)

VA Burial Flag
How to obtain a flag for a Veterans Funeral

  Veterans Day: The solitary world of a vet
(Link supplied by Tom Sellers and courtesy of FOX News)



(Supplied by Walt Noechel)

 

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