May 21, 2011 Veteran’s Welcome Home Celebration   Leave a comment

This was our third year we volunteered at Veteran’s Welcome Home Celebration.  Our group ‘manned’ the Memorabilia and Snow Cone Booths.  Each year we are reminded how important our past, present and future veterans are to our country.  These men and women didn’t ask if they agreed with the politics of the moment, they have asked “What needs to be accomplished”. 

American Gold Star Mothers Proclamation by the President of the United States

Whereas the preamble to Public Resolution 123, 74th Congress, approved June 23, 1936 (40 Stat. 1895), recites:

Whereas the service rendered the United States by the American mother is the greatest source of the Country’s strength and inspiration; and “Whereas we honor ourselves and the mothers of America when we revere and give emphasis to the home as the fountainhead of the State; and

“Whereas the American mother is doing so much for the home and for the moral and spiritual uplift of the people of the United States and hence so much for good government and humanity; and

“Whereas the American Gold Star Mothers suffered the supreme sacrifice of motherhood in the loss of their sons and daughters in World Wars”

and Whereas the said Public Resolution 12 provides:

“That the President of the United States is hereby authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the Government officials to display the United States flag on all Government buildings, and the people of the United States to display the flag and to hold appropriate meetings in their homes, churches, or other suitable places, on the last Sunday in September, as public expression of the love, sorrow and reverence of the people of the United States for the American Gold Star Mothers.”

“Sec. 2. That the last Sunday in September shall hereafter be designated and known as “Gold Star Mother’s Day,” and it shall be the duty of the President to request its observance as provided for in this resolution.”

POW/MIA Place Setting Remembrance Service

MC1: “Tonight we have some honored guests who can not be with us. so we remember them in in this way.” (Three raps of the gavel) All rise. “Gentlemen, please uncover ” (If not already uncovered)

“Please direct your attention to the place setting in front of the podium, as a physical symbol of the thousands of American POW/MIAs still unaccounted for from all foreign conflicts. Accordingly at this time the Sgt-at-Arms will advance to light the candle ”

(The Sgt-at-Arms slowly advances toward the table setting where he will pause and wait for the que, “As the Sgt-at-Arms lights the candle” given by the MC.)

MC1: “A reminder for us all to spare no effort to secure the release of any American prisoners from captivity, the repatriation of the remains of those who died bravely in defense of liberty, and a full accounting of those missing in action. As the Sgt-at-Arms lights the candle I will explain the symbolism of the POW/MIA Place Setting.”

(The Sgt-at-Arms slowly executes the lighting of the candle, comes to attention, turns to face the POW/MIA chair and executes slow salute. (NOTE.- Slow salute will be timed to end as the MC says “The chair.”)

MC2: “The table”

MC1: “The table is small, symbolizing the helplessness of one person. alone against his oppressors.”

MC2: “The cloth.”

MC1: “The table cloth is white for the purity of their intentions in responding to their Country’s call to arms.

MC2: “The bread plate.”

MC1: “A slice of lemon is on the bread plate to reinind us of their bitter fate, and there is salt, symbolic of the tears shed by those who wait.”

MC2: “The rose.”

MC1: “The single red rose in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones who have kept faith, awaiting the return of our POW/MIAs”

MC2: “The ribbon.”

MC1: “The yellow ribbon, tied so prominently around the vase, represents the yellow ribbon worn upon the lapels and breasts of thousands who bear witness to our Nations’ unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our POW/MIAs.”

MC2: “The Candle.”

MC1: “The candle is the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, out of the hands of their oppressors and into the arms of a grateful Nation.”

MC2: “The glass.”

MC1: “The glass is inverted, for they can not toast with us tonight.”

MC2: “The chair.”

MC1: “The chair is empty, for they are not here.”

(The Sgt-at-Arms turns to face the candle.)

MC1: “Remember, we all called them comrades, brothers, sisters and friends. Do not let them be forgotten, for surely they have not forgotten us. We will now pause for a moment of silence in honor of our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.”

Donut Dolly (American Red Cross Recreational Specialist.):  This group of brave women were having a reunion that coincided with this year’s St. Louis Welcome Home Event.  Please read a bit of their history here: and

Next:  Taking down the flag


Posted June 16, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

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