Even at the Cannon River Rendezvous this past weekend, and even though we were re-enacting a time period that was long before the two world wars and Korea and Vietnam, we still paused to remember those of our families, friends and rendezvous participants that served so we could be free.  A color guard presented the flag followed by a few of our group serving on the rifle squad.

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We began by placing Pine Cones in a fire to remember those that are gone. Sang a couple of songs and then we had a flag retirement ceremony.  The ceremony involves cutting the striped section of the flag in three pieces. And the star field is kept intact, folded into a triangle and was presented to someone to be buried with his family members that served in Oklahoma.  The 3 striped sections are burned. They represented those that had given their lives in the past, those that are currently serving and those of our children and grandchildren that may someday serve.

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The two grommets that held the flag were cut off and presented to two Rondezvous participants that served. It was one of the most emotional memorial day services I had ever been a part of as I remembered those of my own family that served and are no longer with us and those that are. I salute you and thank you.