Follow The Flag 2013 – Flag of Tribute Announcement

It is an extreme honor to announce our flag of tribute for Follow the Flag 2013 is from Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknowns.  I don’t think there are to many higher honor’s than to call to our remembrance those who have gone before us in service to insure the freedoms and liberties that we are blessed with today.

 

 

These should never be taken for granted or trivialized.  Many of us have family or friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice and are laid to rest in Arlington or one of the many other national cemeteries throughout the nation. 

 

It is fitting that at this time of year with Memorial Day that we are able to teach our children of this rich history and the Godly values we are privileged to live under in our lifetime.  Please enjoy just a bit of the history of Arlington where Presidents and  paupers are laid to rest, both equally serving in the foundations and traditions of our nation.  Please enjoy the following from their official website:

 

Arlington’s History…

Arlington National Cemetery is comprised of land that once belonged to George Washington Parke Custis, adopted grandson of George Washington. Custis spent his life commemorating Washington and built Arlington House on the 1,100-acre plantation as a memorial to the first president. In 1857, Custis willed the property to his only surviving daughter Mary Anna Randolph Custis and her husband Robert E. Lee. After the Lee family vacated the property at the onset of the Civil War in 1861, federal troops used the land as a camp and headquarters.

 

In 1863, the government established Freedman’s Village on the estate as a way to assist slaves transitioning to freedom. The village provided housing, education, employment training, medical care, and food. A property tax dispute cost the Lee family their home and in 1864, the U.S. government purchased the property and set aside 200 acres of the property to use as a cemetery. The first military burial took place on May 13, 1864, and by the end of the Civil War, thousands of Soldiers and former slaves were buried here.  

 

A National Shrine…

Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. Service to country is the common thread that binds all who are remembered and honored here. Arlington is both a national treasure and an active cemetery. The cemetery conducts between 27 and 30 funerals each week day and between six and eight services on Saturdays – nearly 7,000 services per year. The cemetery also hosts more than 3,000 ceremonies per year, including wreath-laying ceremonies for national and international dignitaries; memorial and remembrance services; services honoring specialized groups, units and historical events; and national observances for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. More than 3million people visit Arlington each year. The cemetery is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., October through March, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., April through September.

A Place to Honor…

Laying our Nation’s veterans and their eligible family members to rest with honor and respect, while treating their loved ones with dignity and compassion, is the cornerstone of Arlington National Cemetery’s mission. It’s not uncommon for those visiting the cemetery to see a horse drawn caisson carrying an American flag-draped casket, hear the firing of three rifle volleys in the distance, or feel a lump in their throat as a lone bugler plays the 24 lingering notes of Taps. These honors remind us of service, sacrifice and valor – and are examples of the dignified way we take care of those who have defended and protected our freedoms.

 

A Place to Remember…

Monuments, memorials and dedicated trees commemorating individuals and significant events in our Nation’s history are interspersed throughout the cemetery among the headstones of those for whom Arlington is the final resting place. They honor service members and events from all branches of the military, and also pay respect to astronauts, nurses, chaplains, war correspondents and unknowns, just to name a few. They are important reminders that these men and women will never be forgotten – their legacies will live on and forever be a part of our national fabric. 

 

A Place to Explore…

Arlington National Cemetery encapsulates America’s history, a living tribute to our Nation’s past and how it continues to thrive through the service and sacrifice of those willing to dedicate their life to its ideals. We encourage visitors to discover Arlington’s rich history, witness the ceremonies, take in the landscapes and grounds, wander through the headstones and monuments, reflect on the names, and ponder the stories each person could tell.  And with the ANC Explorer application that provides information to locate gravesites, places of interest and obtain walking directions and photos, visitors can use the web or their smart phone to enhance their on-site visit or visit the cemetery virtually whenever they wish.  

We are proud to salute all those who’s duty and work make Arlington the place of honor and pride it is today and for the standard to which they hold.  USECC is also proud to assist in the Wreaths Across America program that originates at Arlington each December and is a coordinated timed event throughout the entire nation.  Please join us in keeping all the families of those who have gone before us, as well as those who still answer the call of duty today, in your prayers. 

 

Blessings to One and All………..Chaplain Steve  

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