Sunday, June 24, 2007

Retirement flag

I put in my retirement papers last week after 22 years in the Air Force (11 years active, 11 as a reservist). I won't be having a ceremony, but I will receive an American flag. Here's part of why and what it means.

Marines raise flag over Iwo Jima.

UPDATE: Last survivor of Iwo Jima flag raisings dies 24 June 2007 at 86.

LA Dodger center fielder Rick Monday saves the flag.

Rick Monday Tribute 1976 -

Whitney Houston sings the national anthem at the Super Bowl after 9/11.


Blogger Garry Wilmore said...

I read the comment about the flag-raiser at Iwo Jima. Technically, that is correct, because there were actually two flag-raisings atop Mt. Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945. This man took part in the first, far less famous one. However, the second flag-raising was the one captured by Joe Rosenthal in that memorable photograph. Three of the participants captured in that photograph were killed during the battle, and the last survivor of the group, Navy corpsman John Bradley, passed away at age 70 on Jan. 10, 1994. In the photograph, he is the one in the center, in full profile.

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