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Zack Wheat American Legion Post 624

Sunrise Beach, Mo......Lake of the Ozarks

We completed our CPR class and we now have a bunch of folks that know and understand First Aid, Heimlich (choking,) CPR with and without AED. Let’s hope we do not need to use our skills, but in the event of an emergency we should be able to help. There were several changes, the new process requires 100 compressions per minute and the breaths are no longer necessary. Just remember, once started, do not stop until relieved by competent medical personnel. Our AED was checked out and found to be in good repair. A new battery was installed a month or so ago. The AED is located in the smoking bar by the front door. Once the paddles have been used, new ones have to be purchased. We need to thank Gene Hirst and CO-MO for the class. Some of you may have noticed a Red Brick in the non-smoking bar. This was a gift from Jim and Pauline Evans given to me by Sherry L. Nielsen Insurance (State Farm.) Our brick is hand painted by Pat Walters with an Eagle, Indian Chief and other symbols. Quite beautiful … thanks Jim and Pauline. Our Birthday Dinner was a success, but I wish more members had attended. Larry Call goes to a lot of work to prepare the Certificates and it’s an Honor to present them. Remember, some of our Members have kept their membership longer than longer than some of our members have lived. Quite remarkable. May will be a very busy time for us. Starting May 6th with the Female Veterans Dinner which starts at 4:30. They will have a rolling honor guard from Hurricane Deck Elementary School by the Legion Riders. Then the Honor Guard will take over and escort them to their seats. This is an Auxiliary function to honor these often forgotten veterans. Please help to make this a special night for them. Dinner tickets are available at the Bar. The Female Veterans are free and they can bring one guest – an RSVP is required.

We completed our CPR class and we now have a bunch of folks that know and understand First Aid, Heimlich (choking,) CPR with and without AED. Let’s hope we do not need to use our skills, but in the event of an emergency we should be able to help. There were several changes, the new process requires 100 compressions per minute and the breaths are no longer necessary. Just remember, once started, do not stop until relieved by competent medical personnel. Our AED was checked out and found to be in good repair. A new battery was installed a month or so ago. The AED is located in the smoking bar by the front door. Once the paddles have been used, new ones have to be purchased. We need to thank Gene Hirst and CO-MO for the class. Some of you may have noticed a Red Brick in the non-smoking bar. This was a gift from Jim and Pauline Evans given to me by Sherry L. Nielsen Insurance (State Farm.) Our brick is hand painted by Pat Walters with an Eagle, Indian Chief and other symbols. Quite beautiful … thanks Jim and Pauline. Our Birthday Dinner was a success, but I wish more members had attended. Larry Call goes to a lot of work to prepare the Certificates and it’s an Honor to present them. Remember, some of our Members have kept their membership longer than longer than some of our members have lived. Quite remarkable. May will be a very busy time for us. Starting May 6th with the Female Veterans Dinner which starts at 4:30. They will have a rolling honor guard from Hurricane Deck Elementary School by the Legion Riders. Then the Honor Guard will take over and escort them to their seats. This is an Auxiliary function to honor these often forgotten veterans. Please help to make this a special night for them. Dinner tickets are available at the Bar. The Female Veterans are free and they can bring one guest – an RSVP is required.

Our Armed Forces Day Dance will be held on May 19th. Tobacco Road will be the featured Band and I understand they are great. Advance tickets are $10.00 per couple and $6.00 single, $13.00 per couple at the door, $8.00 single. Active Duty Armed Forces are free with ID Card. Get your tickets early so you have a place to sit and dance. You might have noted that this dance was scheduled for April, but due to illness in the band had to be cancelled. We did our best to set a date and time that was best for the majority of our membership. Hope you can attend this event at our Legion and get to enjoy the comradery and fun. The kitchen will be open for snacks. T-Bone and Kris are helping to get the word out, so we are expecting a great crowd. Our dances are a lot of fun, come and put on your dancing shoes and kick a little. Thank you to Brian Kuckler, 1st Vice and Sharon Hamilton, Auxiliary President for changing the date of the yard and rummage sale. Remembering Our Fallen is a special program to honor our fallen Missouri Veterans in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This is a distinct honor for our Legion to bring special recognition to these Veterans. The Program will start in Lebanon 10:00 Wednesday evening May 23rd when the Legion Riders and Combat Riders escort the “Pictorial Display” to our Post, arriving 10:45 – 11:00PM. Our Program will commence Thursday, May 24th at 11:00AM for our opening ceremony. Please be here to help support and give honor to the families of these Missouri Veterans. The display will remain in our building until May 29th.

Memorial Day, May 28th starts off with our Veterans Breakfast starting at 6:00 until 10:30. All Veterans and their immediate family are served free. We will have our ceremony starting at 11:00 at our Memorial. BGen John Seward (retired) will be our speaker. Please stay or return to honor our Veterans on this special day. (Need to verify times.) Donnie Basler and members of our Honor Guard will place Flags on the grave sites of our veterans in Cemeteries in our area. Contact him if you can help. It usually takes a few hours and it’s an important part of Memorial Day that brings honor to our fallen veterans.

FLAG ETIQUETTE

When to Display your Flag

The flag should be displayed, from sunrise to sunset, on all days when the weather permits, especially on:

New Year's Day, January 1.

Inauguration Day.

Martin Luther King's Birthday, Third Monday in January.

Lincoln's Birthday.

Washington's Birthday, February 22.

Easter Sunday.

Mother's Day, Second Sunday in May.

Armed Forces Day, Third Saturday in May.

Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), Last Monday in May.

Flag Day, June 14th.

Independence Day, July 4th.

Labor Day, First Monday in September.

Constitution Day, September 17th.

Columbus Day, October 12th.

Navy Day.

Veterans Day, November 11th.

Thanksgiving Day, Fourth Thursday in November.

Christmas Day, December 25th.

Election Days (various).

Federally observed dates of the above holidays which may be different from the actual dates.

Such days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States.

State and Local Holidays.

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Folding the Flag

1. Bring the striped half up over the blue field.

2. Then fold it in half again.

3. Bring the lower striped corner to the upper edge forming a triangle.

4. Then fold the upper point in to form another triangle. Continue until the entire length of the flag is folded.

5. When you get near the end - nothing but the blue field showing - tuck the last bit into the other folds to secure it.

WHY THE AMERICAN FLAG IS FOLDED 13 TIMES.

Have you ever noticed on TV or at military funerals that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times? Each fold of the U.S. flag has an important meaning. We have verified its accuracy at the U.S. Air Force Academy Web site [go to main page, then click on "Information", then on "Flags"].

1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."

6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they are found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.

9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

12. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

13. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust". After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones. Those who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

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