Washington, NC celebrated Memorial Day 2017 with an hour long ceremony, emceed by Commander Juanita White of the Beaufort County DAV/DAVA Chapter #48. A special thank you to the Iron Order MC Skeleton Krew, who made sure attendees were hydrated during the ceremony in the hot NC morning sun. Among the presentations were a description of the POW/MIA Table, the 13 folds of an honor guard flag, and a reenactment of a military funeral. The following was taken from the event program:
POW/MIA Table – Did you know:
- The table set for one is small – Symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors
- The tablecloth is white – Symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms
- The single red rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting their return
- 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
- The candle is lit – Symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit
- A slice of lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate
- The is salt upon the bread plate – Symbolic of the families’ tears as they wait
- The glass is inverted – They cannot toast with us this night
- The chair – The chair is empty. They are not here
All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended upon their might and aid, and relied upon the, for surely they have not forsaken you … Remember! … Until the day they come home.
Honor Guard Folded Flag – Did you know:
- The first 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 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 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 father, for he, too, has given this sons and daughters for 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, the Son, and 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 continental hat, 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.
The Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities (PRISC) honors our fallen veterans, and strives to better the lives of our living veterans.