Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Flame of Honor

Flag Retirement Ceremony

The Sergeant-at-Arms leads the Honor Guard which also includes the Jr. Vice Commander and the Sr. Vice Commander. It is the duty of the Vice Commanders to inspect the flags for retirement. They are called forward by the Post Commander for both Vice Commanders to report that they have inspected the flags. The Post Commander then ask them both what is their recommendation. The recommendation was made that the flags should be retired.
The Post Commander, only then,  gives the order for the Sergeant-at-Arms to advance the detail to retire these flags.

All the veterans remove their caps and lower their heads in reverence to the flag.  One final salute is given before the flags are retired in the Flame of Honor.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

My Face

Going to the gym.

I walk to the supermarket. Many faces pass that'll  acknowledge a chance encounter. Sometimes a passing word is spoken or a momentary pause. Conversations happen now and then.
My groceries are packed in a bag that I carry across my shoulder. It's easier that way. My  hands are  free. The walk is about the same as carrying  a child. A dutiful workout.
A younger women and I made eye contact, exchanged smiles and said hello to each other. She had left the gym that's across the street from the supermarket. I followed up by saying, "This is my work out," referring to the bag across my shoulder. She expanded the moment in a mutual manner of light conversation by saying that she had a good workout in the gym. I told her I was crossing over York at Amond and then headed up to Belgrade St. She was crossing at Almond St too but continuing on Almond to get home. I asked her "May I walk with you?"
She said ok. I then introduced myself by name. She told me her's during a friendly handshake.  Our affect keep the mood. This lead to her telling about her exercise routine and the noticeable different in appearance and feeling good in general.
She then asked about the weight of my bag. I handed it to her to get a feel. It weighed more than she expected and comfortable with. She strapped it on her shoulder as quick as she could take it off. A smile of quiet feign exasperation covered her face while she handed the bag back to me.

She told me how the gym would provide a rounded work out. I agreed but said that it wouldn't really do anything for my face. We parted after we crossed the street.

words by Roman Blazic

Monday, June 5, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Memorial Day

A day of reverence and remembrance

Memorial  Day services were held at two locations in Fishtown to commemorate the fallen American Soldier and with honor to those who served.

Historic Palmer Cemetery, originally known as the Kensington Burial Grounds, have veterans of every war buried here, beginning with the American Revolutionary War. There are markers for veterans of the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
The Elm Tree Post No 88 American Legion serves as the honor guard and has held this service for many decades in Fishtown.

The Charles Glenn 3rd USMC Memorial  the first of it’s kind dedicated to the Men and Women who served in Vietnam was officially dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 1967. A ceremony has been held at the Glenn site on Memorial Day with the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Society providing an Honor Guard. The Philadelphia Police Fire Pipes Drums have provided their services with playing music. Wreaths are laid by families, friends and community groups every Memorial Day to honor and remember.

See all the pictures from Memorial Day 2017

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