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Freedom’s Breeze

June 14, 2016
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By Dahni
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Not some fabric of three colors
of stars and stripes
to be hoisted and flown
in freedom’s breeze

Not some patch or lapel pin
Worn over or near the heart
Clothing or banner or marketing
To sell or praise
Freedom’s breeze

Thrown down, trodden underfoot
spit upon or burned
in freedom’s breeze

Though no flag flies or trumpet beckons
It cannot be destroyed or forgotten
It cannot be killed
For forever beats and pulses every heart
The world over
For freedom’s breeze

Not the bosom for patriot’s heart to swell
Or draped upon the full measure paid of devotion
Not an emblem to be feared nor revered
Nor symbol, for some anthem it inspired
No icon for bravery’s home’s or free land
in freedom’s breeze

None of these or so the much more, can define
Not what it is, but what it represents
In all the nations of the world
No other has written their constituted purpose
Rights such as life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness
unfurling in freedom’s breeze

 

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For Flag Day June 14th, 2016
Used by permission from: ‘Apple of Gold in a Picture of Silver’
A sequel to: ‘An Un-alien’s Guide to Resetting Our Republic
by the same author
Scheduled for Publication: November 2016

1 of WE,

Dahni

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A Beautiful Death

May 31, 2016
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By Dahni
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Memorial Day has passed, but neither death nor honor knows any particular time. The living think on and dream of death, a beautiful death. A beautiful death? What is beautiful about death? I suppose it depends on the manner of one’s death? But according to the Bible, death is an enemy. The hardest words to utter in the original language of the Old Testament Bible are:

“Moses my servant is dead!”

God to Joshua, Joshua 1:2a, King James Version (KJV)

The shortest sentence in the Bible, appears in the New Testament. It was in response to Jesus Christ being told his friend Lazarus, had died.

“Jesus wept.”

John 11:35, King James Version (KJV)

“When King Lear dies in Act 5, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He’s written, “He dies. ” That’s all, nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of [one of] the most influential work [s] of dramatic literature is: “He dies. ” It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with, “He dies. ” And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it’s only natural to be sad, but not because of the words “He dies,” but because of the life we saw prior to the words. I’ve lived all five of my acts, …and I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I’m only asking that you turn the page, continue reading…and let the next story begin. And if anyone ever asks what became of me, you relate my life in all its wonder, and end it with a simple and modest, “He died. ” I love you… Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.”

Excerpts from the movie script: ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’

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In passing, to those that care, a beautiful death might be to ease the burden of their passing, to those they love and that they are amply provided for. To others, a beautiful death may be to be surrounded by their loved ones and to quietly close their eyes and take their final breath. A beautiful death, for others could be, to pass from this life to the next, without regret or fear. For myself, I would simply like to be alone with God, turn my face to the wall, peacefully pass away and to wake at, the return of Jesus Christ.

There is no greater example of love, commitment and dedication than a soldier who has died for Freedom or to wounds from defending Freedom, for they gave and will freely give their lives to something far greater, than their own lives!

“Greater love hath no man [or woman] than this, that a man [or woman] lay down his life for his [or their] friends [and family and all others of our nation].”

John 15:13,King James Version (KJV)

To a soldier, a beautiful death may best be described by the words of a presently living veteran.

“…we honor those who gave it all to their country and then some. It amazes me often how men and women find the courage to put on the uniform and wear their patriotism freely and honorably. It also reminds me of what Nathan Hale said one time, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” The heroes of this country deserve a day to be celebrated and reflected upon, but not mourned. I conclude this post with a great quote from General George S. Patton, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men [and women] who died. Rather we should thank God that such men [and women] lived.””

excerpt from the words of a living Army veteran: Chuck Mcmillen

A beautiful death to a soldier is knowing that they and their loved ones would be honored by a military funeral, the draping of their beloved flag over their coffin, an honor guard, a 21 gun salute,the playing of TAPS one last time, the folding of their flag and the presentation of this flag to their chosen loved one.

A United States flag drapes the casket of deceased veterans to honor the memory of their service to America. The flag is placed so that the blue field with stars is at the head and over the left shoulder of the deceased.

After Taps has been played, the flag is carefully folded into the symbolic tri-cornered shape. A properly proportioned flag will fold 13 times on the triangles. Some believe these represents the 13 original colonies, but each fold has a specific meaning. For the meaning of each fold, see: Folds of the Flag

The folded flag is emblematic of the tri-cornered hat worn by the Patriots of the American Revolution. When folded, no red or white stripe is to be evident, leaving only the blue field with stars. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God we Trust.”

The folded flag is then presented as a keepsake to the next of kin or an appropriate family member. Each branch of the Armed Forces uses its own wording for the presentation …

U.S. Air Force: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service of (Service Member’s rank and name).”

U.S. Army: “This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.”

U.S. Coast Guard: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and the Coast Guard.”

U.S. Marine Corps: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and Corps.”

U.S. Navy: “On behalf of the President of the United States and the Chief of Naval Operations, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to this Country and a grateful Navy.”

If the next of kin has expressed a religious preference or belief, add: “God bless you and this family, and God bless the United States of America.”

The significance of the 21 gun salute is that the numbers are the summation of 1776.

Anyone may request, on behalf of their deceased soldier, a flag flown over our Nation’s Capitol, from either their district’s U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator of the state wherein they reside. An interment flag (a flag used to drape a coffin) is 5’ X 9 1/2‘. Flags are not flown on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. You can select a fly date for the flag to be flown, but cannot submit it more than two weeks in advance. The Flag Office will only process Same Day Rush requests for funerals. Personalized dedications are permitted, but limited to 300 characters.

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Sample Certificate of the Flag Flight Over the U.S. Capitol

Beautiful display cases can be ordered to preserve, protect and display both the flag and certificate. Some custom work can provide actual uniform fabric as a background, such as.: Navy Blue, Army Green, Air Force Blue, Marine Corps Blue, Marine Corps Green, Coast Guard Blue.

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A display case for the folded flag and a certificate that is was flown over the U.S. Capitol

For More information see the following:

Architect of the Capitol Flag Request Form (Fillable PDF)
Flag Flying Guidelines — Updated October 1, 2015

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