Published: May 13, 2011
Updated: 7:57 a.m.
Flag ceremony conjures honor, sacrifice
BY DAVID WHITING
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Some say if you haven’t seen war you don’t understand.
But we should try.
A helmet balanced on a gun balanced on shoes is the makeshift memorial that is displayed on Wednesday's during these ceremonies in Orange to honor fallen US soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. ROD VEAL, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
A young woman puts a bugle to her lips and Taps fills the air as the Stars and Stripes slowly drops at the Orange Circle.
Two-dozen battle-hardened Camp Pendleton Marines salute. Some are too young to drink but are old enough to have served in places like Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, a desolate place that has seen too much bloodshed.
Nearly 100 of their brothers in previous wars — wars with such names as Hue, Inchon, Tarawa — salute as well, stiff right hands to eyebrows. Another 100 people — some young, some graying — put their hands over their hearts.
The souls of 57 American men and women in uniform killed during the month of April are with us, each of their names having been read aloud just moments before.
Yes, those of us who never served don’t truly understand. But with the help of veterans such as the ones at the plaza we learn.
And we come to know the meaning of such words as honor, patriotism, sacrifice. Read the rest of this entry