Showing posts with label funeral. Show all posts
Showing posts with label funeral. Show all posts

Friday, January 6, 2012

ON BEHALF OF . . . . .


If the American people are stupid enough to re-elect this clown, then they deserve what they will get.  
 Today I was incensed at the conclusion of a traditional Serbian-Orthodox funeral for my beloved 85 year old uncle, Daniel Martich,  who proudly served in the US Army during The Korean Conflict. 
During the committal service at a Pittsburgh cemetery the local military detachment performed their ritual, then folded and presented the American Flag to my aunt. 
As I'm sure you have witnessed during military funerals, a soldier bends to one knee and recites a scripted message to a surviving relative that begins "On behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful nation, I wish to present you with this flag in appreciation for your husband's service." However, today the dialogue was "On behalf of the Secretary of Defense and a grateful nation..." After the service I approached the soldier who presented the flag to my aunt to inquire about the change in language. 
His response was "The White House notified all military funeral service detachments to immediately 'remove 'the President' and insert 'the Secretary of Defense'".
I couldn't believe what I heard and the soldier smiled and said "You can draw your own conclusion sir but that was the order."
He, too, was ashamed of what he was required to say.
This president has taken off the gloves. 
My only response to this endless cesspool of Anti-American rhetoric dripping from his mouth is to borrow a phrase (with one minor change) uttered by another temporary Washington resident living in government housing:  "Today for the first time in my adult life I was ASHAMED of my country."
I did not serve in the military but my love of country parallels that of people like my late uncle who bled Red, White and Blue. 
As a second generation Serbian-American who's heritage produced many patriotic military men and women who fought for freedom both in The United States as well as in the former Yugoslavia (most recently in Kosovo against the slaughter of Serbs by Muslim extremists), I implore you to make the American people aware of this little-known or, at least, publicly acknowledged fact.
May God Bless you and your family during these difficult times. 
Your voice of reason is a welcome change from the insanity plastered across the country by the liberal media.
Keep up the great work and thank you for your service to our country.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


January 7, 2010 - William "Bill" Wilkinson, 71, member Sons of the American Legion, Fuller-Taylor Squadron 915, Central Square, NY

January 13, 2010 - James P. Smith, 89, WWII Navy veteran, member Wm. S. Monaghan Post 268, Oswego, NY.

January 27, 2010 - Charles A. 'Mustard' Lass, 79, Korea Army veteran, member Wm. S. Monaghan Post 268, Oswego, NY.

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Monday, January 4, 2010


For more information contact: Mr. Eric Durr, 518-786-4581 or (cell) 518-429-5186

All Former New York Service Members Entitled to Funeral Honors

New York Military Forces Honor Guard Will Try Advertising to Get the Word Out

LATHAM, NY (12/28/2009) -- All New Yorkers who have served in the military, even if they never served in combat, are entitled to receive military honors at their funerals, according to Donald E. Roy, director of the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard.

In 2009, the Honor Guard performed honors at over 10,400 funeral services across the state. But too many former Soldiers and their families still don't know they are entitled to basic military honors for any service, not just a 20-year career or combat service, Roy said.

In order to spread that word, the Honor Guard will buy advertising in the obituary section of The Times Union, an Albany-area newspaper, in January to inform former service members and their families of the honors available to them.

Most funeral directors are aware that military honors are entitled to deceased service members. But many family members fail to mention their loved one's military history because they don't think they are eligible for honors due to the fact that they didn't serve in the military long enough, or because they didn't serve in combat, said Roy.

The advertisements will remind families that their loved ones are entitled to these honors regardless of where they served and how long. The ads are being placed in the obituary section because older people tend to read that part of the paper regularly.

"It's very important that we render the appropriate honors to military veterans, no matter if they served in a time of war or peace," said Sgt. Jason A. Daniels, a team leader for the Military Forces Honor Guard with the C Co, 2nd of 108th Infantry Division in Hoosick Falls.

All former service members with an honorable discharge are guaranteed by law at least two Soldiers to provide modified honors that consist of the playing of Taps and the folding of the flag, which is then presented to the next of kin.

These modified honors are offered to the families of veterans at no charge to the family or the funeral home, and allow a grateful nation to pay final tribute to service members who, in times of war and peace, stood strong in defense of the United States of America, Roy said.

"Even if a member of the military served during peacetime and never had the opportunity to venture overseas, it's still very important that we render honors to them," said Daniels, a veteran who served in Iraq. "They were still part of the less than one percent of our country who volunteered and put their lives on the line. They took the same oath that I did."

"There are many veterans whose funerals were held without honors in past years simply because their families didn't know they were available, and it's a shame," said Roy. "The last thing I want is for any Soldier or veteran to go without the honors they deserve," he added.

This is especially important as the World War II generation ages and those veterans die, he emphasized.

We also have our own local Honor Guard and Firing Squad at Raymond-Faulkner-Cook Post 858 in Cleveland, NY. They are available for funeral details in Oswego County. Please give them at least 2 days notice. You may call Kevin at 675-8871 or Bill at 676-5908. These are dedicated and sincere veterans who offer their services to the next of kin for their fallen veterans. Don't hesitate to call them if you need them.