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Today is the Marine Corps Birthday, and they will be celebrating tonight.



The Marines are the first to land in battle, and have lost so many good men.



If you are a Marine, thank you! If you know a Marine, be sure to shake his, or her, hand!



 

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The Japanese honored our soldiers , when asked ,



A true story  about 19 marines killed on an

island (defending against the Japanese). They

had to retreat, so asked the islanders to please

bury them for  us. Years later, they  checked and found a

man who had been a teenager then and remembered

where  they were buried.





They sent a C130 and an honor guard over there and found all 19 had been buried with their helmets on, their rifles

in their hands, in  perfect condition. The

islanders had really done a wonderful job.

As they were loading the bodies, a voice from

out of nowhere started singing The Marine

Hymn"..........gave everyone goose bumps. Turns

out, the  voice was from a  man who spoke no

English but remembered a song the Marines taught

him when  they landed. Very touching. They got

all 19 and their photos  are at the end.  This

of course was WW2!

          IF YOU HAVEN'T  SEEN THIS - BE SURE YOU'RE

          SITTING DOWN. THIS ONE OF THOSE GESTURES FOR

          WHICH THERE ARE No Words.

          Click on link below!




 http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=C6f_FvZpm3g >




 




 

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Dear Littlemite,



To honor the soldeirs, and sailors who never make it  home, we should all be aware that they are entitled to have a funeral service that honors their contributions to their country.  Did you know that they are entitled to have two flag -folders, and a bugler, or recording at their funeral service? 



Bugles Across America 





Tom Day, Founder and President,

From their Website:
Bugles Across America was founded in 2000 by Marine veteran Tom Day, after Congress passed legislation stating Veterans had a right to at least 2 uniformed military people to fold the flag and have Taps performed by a bugler or recording. Bugles Across America was begun to take this a step further, and in recognition of the service these Veterans provided their country, BAA felt that every Veteran deserved a live rendition of taps played by a live Bugler. To this end, BAA actively seeks volunteers to provide this valuable service to Veterans and their families.




Bugler Volunteers can be male or female. They can play a traditional bugle with no valves, or they can perform the ceremony on a Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, or a 1, 2 or 3 valved bugle. The bugler can be of any age as long as they can play the 24 notes of Taps with an ease and style that will do honor to both the Veterans, their families, and the burial detail performing the service.Posted by BettyCM



THE ONLY FLAG THAT DOESN'T FLY

Between the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields  that go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies.


It's a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB.


Check out the dimensions of the flag. The Floral

Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and

maintains the proper Flag dimensions, as

described in Executive Order #10834. This Flag

is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to

be
 planted with 5 pointed Stars, comprised of White

Larkspur. Each Star
 is 24 feet in diameter;












each Stripe is 30 feet wide.


This Flag is estimated to contain more than

400,000 Larkspur plants, with 4-5 flower stems

each, for a total of more than 2 million

flowers.
 







For our soldiers....



 












 



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The Tomb of the Unkown Soldier, guarded by men who truly honor them!

    Jeopardy question no one could answer

The best and most honorable. They never recieve the honor they deserve.


ARLINGTON CEMETERY 

Jeopardy Question: 

On Jeopardy the other night, the final question was "How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns" ---- 
All three contestants missed it! --


This is really an awesome sight to watch if you've never had the chance . 
Very fascinating. 

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
1. How many steps does the guard take during his 
walk across the tomb of the Unknowns 
and why? 

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

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

21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

3. Why are his gloves wet?


His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his 
grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all 
the time and,if not, why not?

He 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. 

5. How often are the guards changed?

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

6. What are the physical traits of the guard 
limited to?
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. 


They must commit 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 they 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. 

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 Lewis {the boxer}
Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame. Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.. 

ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT 
SHINE UPON THEM. 

In2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington , 
DC , our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of 
the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They 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 was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930. 


God Bless and keep them.  God Bless America

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Hi Everyone and Welcome,

J.R. Martinez on "Dancing With The Stars" gave tribute to those Soldiers who never made it home, and you  have to view this video which shows this portion of the show!  I had tears in my eyes, and would like to read  your impressions!   Shelby

J.R. Martinez on Dancing With the Stars: An ... - The Hollywood Gossip

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4 hours ago – J.R. Martinez delivered one of the most memorable Dancing With the Stars routines of all time last night. Watch his rumba here.

 

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Hi Everyone and Welcome,

J.R. Martinez on "Dancing With The Stars" gave tribute to those Soldiers who never made it home, and you  have to view this video which shows this portion of the show!  I had tears in my eyes, and would like to read  your impressions!   Shelby

J.R. Martinez on Dancing With the Stars: An ... - The Hollywood Gossip

www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2011/.../jr-martinez-on-dancing-with-...
4 hours ago – J.R. Martinez delivered one of the most memorable Dancing With the Stars routines of all time last night. Watch his rumba here.

 

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