Keep our fallen and their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.
Oh, this is too funny not to share!
What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. We try to avoid them, but assholes are everywhere—at work, at home, on the road, in the public sphere—and we struggle to comprehend why exactly someone should be acting like that. Asshole management begins with asshole understanding.
These books are a match made in heaven!
To the left, nothing says, “let’s remember al of those who sacrificed their lives for us serving this amazing country of ours” like Obama shoving his gaping piehole full of ice cream, while a bunch of lobotomized liberal media sheep who pray at the altar of their IceCreamGod take pictures of him.
The IAVA military group’s website explains:
The #GoSilent campaign allows for a shared, nationwide experience, in which pledges can be made in honor of a fallen veteran or service member. The moment of silence will coincide with events in New York, Washington, D.C., and across the country, including IAVA’s participation in a wreath laying before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, a ceremony aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City, and local Memorial Day events nation-wide.
Mark Szymanski, public relations officer for IAVA, tells Huffington Post, “As summer begins, everyone is focused on barbecues, beaches and going to the mall. This is a time when we can reflect on the service members we have lost.”
I will be going silent for Army Spc. Josiah D. Crumpler. He is the first hero I ever stood for with the Patriot Guard Riders. I will have every hero I’ve stood for in my mind. Yes, I remember all of their names.
Please take a moment of silence even if you don’t know any names. We have many, many men and women who have died for this country since the founding. And don’t forget to remember those from the Revolutionary War and Civil War, too.
I am one of those people who gets really worked up over flag etiquette. Ask the folks I worked with at my last place of employment. They just stepped off and let me take care of the flags. LOL!
Now, here are some things you should know about proper flag treatment and flying:
- Respect: The number one thing when handling and displaying the American flag, VandenBosch said, is to treat it with respect at all times. This doesn’t mean if it touches or falls on the ground that it has to be burned. VandenBosch said it is all about intent.
- Timing: If you are flying the flag without any illumination or spotlight, it can be raised from sunrise to sunset. Overnight though, it should be taken down and properly stored. If there is a light on it, the flag can be flown 24 hours a day.
- Weather: VandenBosch said if your flag is designed to withstand weather, you can still allow it to fly despite poor conditions.
- Half-staff: On Memorial Day, the flag from sunrise to noon should fly at half-staff. From then on, it can be raised to full staff. If you have a flag that flies on a pole attached to the side of your house that cannot be flown at half-staff, VandenBosch said proper protocol is that a black ribbon be placed at the top, usually attached to the top ring. The FMAA has a list of all the flag flying holidays and includes when half-staff should be observed.
- Retire and repair: VandenBosch said it’s usually a judgement call when a flag needs to be retired because of faded colors or fraying edges. An old flag can be brought to a veterans or civic center for proper disposal.
- Folding: Watch this video to see how the military meticulously unfolds and folds the flag:
The FMAA has a pretty extensive FAQ section on its website if you have any more questions about the flag.