Sunday, May 25, 2014

VFW Memorial Day Ceremony

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(Mod: I received the following e-mail from this community's good friends at VFW Post 3208. Tomorrow, as you must know, is Memorial Day, and each year Sierra Madre's VFW post holds a commemorative ceremony at Pioneer Cemetery. If you have never attended this ceremony, it is both impressive and stirring, and something you need to witness.)

John: We are expecting a larger number of people this year. Please encourage people to come early if they want a seat. The event officially starts at 11:00 A.M. Crosses and flags went up today at Pioneer Cemetery on all of the Veterans grave sites, a week in advance of the Memorial Service this year, for the honor and benefit of affected family members who have Veteran loved ones buried there.

Back by popular demand, keynote speaker will be former two-time Mayor and three-term City Councilwoman MaryAnn MacGillivray. Congresswoman Judy Chu is also expected to be at our ceremony for a short time and will speak. We don't yet know what city officials will be a attending, however I'm sure Councilman John Cappocia will be there, and our fire and police chiefs.

We will have patriotic music playing before and after the ceremony, including popular music from the WWII era. A complementary sandwich lunch will be served to attendees immediately following the ceremony.  Post Commander Dave Loera will be officiating.  Msgr. Richard Krekelberg of St. Rita Parish will give the invocation, cantor Peter Vecchio, bugler Paul Puccinelli will be other participants as well as the members of VFW Post 3208.

Finally, see the following regarding the VFW Buddy Poppy Program (link here).

Also, here is a little history about the origin and meaning of the VFW Maltese Cross Symbol (link here).

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

38 comments:

  1. ...too bad ya have to swear allegiance to 'god' to be a member.
    happy Memorial Day folks.

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    1. Who (or what) do you swear allegiance to, 6:38?

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  2. The Constitution is enough for me. Though 'nothing' would also be an acceptable answer.

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  3. Sorry you feel grim 7:01. Happy Memorial Day everyone!

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    1. Just don't believe in anything. You'll offend 6:47.

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    2. 7:07 believes in controlling 6:47. Cut it out and enjoy the meaning of this important day.

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    3. I don't believe that.

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  4. Always a very nice tribute to our veterans.
    Thanks for posting this, John.

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  5. 6:38 is an example with what's wrong with Sierra Madre!

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    1. Thankfully 6:38 has the constitution, and our veterans, to protect him from would-be fascists like you.

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  6. I am an atheist. I stand for the pledge and am silent for the "under God" part (I used to say "under many Gods"). I lived in a Moslem country for two years, had neighbors that were HIndu, Confucian, Buddhist, Chrisian, Animist, Jain and so forth. In my current thinking I remember my enlightenment: old Victory at Sea movies where the Christian ministers, priests and Jewish rabbis prayed for the airmen's successful strikes against the Japanese and the Shinto priests praying for the kamikaze pilots to have successful strikes against the allies. I asked myself: What God is this? Still I stand in respect for whatever you believe and mourn the historic violence in the name of religion.

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    1. Well said. Come to think of it, it is a shame that a veteran who was atheist could not join an otherwise-well-meaning organization like the VWF. Also storage that the website Crawford linked to doesn't even spell the VFW correctly in their banner.

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    2. The Fighting Spelling Nanny Brigade, here to save America.

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    3. 志存高远的朋友

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    4. I also skip the 'under god' part, which was added later and not part of the original idea

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    5. haha autocorrect 9:53 did you mean 'strange' instead of 'storage'?

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    6. Atheism is just the flip side of fundamentalism. Thinking you know the absolute truth is always a bad idea.

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    7. nice try 11:37

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  7. I believe in real estate. It is the official religion of Sierra Madre.

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    1. St. Podley of the FieldsMay 25, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Sell ye now lest the doors of Heaven closeth upon ye for all eternity.

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  8. will there be cameras there?

    then you know Harabedian and Goss will be there

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  9. Why is it that events like these are always playing music from the 1940s? It's like they haven't had a conflict since they can be proud of.

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    1. Maybe 10:26, you should actually attend.

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    2. 10:26 - because many members of the VFW are WWII veterans. Ashamed yet? You should be.

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    3. glory days of imperialism

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    4. Is that you Judy?

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  10. Interesting that such a simple news release can cause such animosity amongst the bloggers. Why start such negative posts when all Crawford is doing is relaying a good news story? Come to the ceremony -- or not. Your choice. I for one will be there super early to help set up and find a good seat, since this is one event I won't miss and I thank God that my brother and husband returned home from combat in one piece.

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  11. All this carping - must be the water.

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    1. A lot of the DIC crowd hate America and people of honor.

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  12. Atheism is a sophomoric positionality.
    You think your ego is God. You think you can prove there is no Divinity?
    Agnostic is a more honest positionality. I of myself cannot prove or disprove the existence of Divinity.
    I choose to believe in Divinity.
    There is a lot of things in this world even you believers in relativism do not know. Get over it.
    God bless us all!!!!!!

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    1. There really is no other way to explain all of this.

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    2. Well, anyway, all this 'blessing' business aside; hope everyone enjoys and is thoughtful about this day.

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    3. 6:18...positionality is not even a word, doesn't exist in Websters...

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    4. http://curiouspraxis.wordpress.com/reflexivity-positionality-shifting-subjectivities-situated-knowledges-some-background-perspectives-historical-context/

      Reflexivity, Positionality, Shifting Subjectivities & Situated Knowledges (Some Background, Perspectives & Historical Context)

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  13. Call your Californa State Senator tomorrow you can find the phone number at the following website:

    http://senate.ca.gov/senators

    and simply leave the following message with whomever answers the phone:

    Please tell Senator___________________ to support SB 1381. Thank him/her and give your name.

    This is the bill to label Genetically Modified Organisims (GMOs) in California.

    This bill just passed the Senate Appropriations Committee! We are moving ahead to protect the health of Californians.

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  14. Whew, 6:18, you have been at the book too long.

    It is not a matter of whether God/god exists or not, but whether it matters or not!

    I will attend the Memorial Day celebrations in town tomorrow, look out at the trees when others bow their heads, privately thank the men and women who gave their life so nobly in the name of freedom, knowling fully well that we have a long way to go.

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