Monday, May 30, 2011

In Memory of Servicemen (5 of 5 posts in honor of Memorial Day)

To those who have served
currently serve
or have served our great country.
To those who left us during combat.
Those recuperating in hospitals or at home.
Those who have retired. 
To the families of these brave men and women.
You give so much for our freedom!

On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

The sailors in this collection are serving on the USNS Hugh J Gaffey
The photos are from an album I purchased in an antique store.
Click on the photos to enlarge.
USNS Hugh J Gaffey - She supported American troops during the Korean War in the early 1950s and performed similar service during the Vietnam War in the mid-1960s.
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