Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Color-Guard Services

The Presenting of the Conch Shell.

Hubby was in 3 color-guard services this weekend, 2 were open to the public so I was allowed to tag along as their "unofficial photographer" (these pictures are a mix of both events). I have to say that Tammy Duckworth was the most amazing key-note speaker at each event, just seeing her stand up to salute the flag with both prosthetic legs can bring tears to your eyes.

While we didn't get the weekend completely off for relaxing, these events were more than worth it. The veterans sang the national anthem, the Hawaii anthem, God Bless America, and snapped their salutes to the colors perfectly. Like my husband's buddy said: "Some days color-guard seems like a duty that no one wants, then you see those veterans and you hold your flag a little higher or stand a little straighter with the rifle, it makes it all worth it."

Ever seen a Coast Guard flyover?
We had one at both events.

The MarForPac Band played for one event.

Instead of each Veteran Group laying a wreath, they placed leis (there were two concrete blocks, both completely full).

Also, did you know TAPS has words? I didn't, until the lady started singing it...

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.

Fading light dims the sight

And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright

From afar, drawing nigh

Falls the night.

Thanks and praise for our days

Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky

As we go, this we know
God is nigh.

If you'd like to listen to it: Click Here.

I hope your weekend was full of fun and remembrance.


  1. Brings tears to my eyes. I love listening to taps EVERY NIGHT. Its awesome--and i knew it had words, but now I really want to learn them. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great pictures!

    I knew Taps had words from Girl Scout Camp... believe it or not. We sang it on the last night of each session of camp and it always gave me goosebumps. Now moreso than ever as a military spouse.

  3. I too knew it had words from Girl Guide camps! We play it here in Canada on Remembrance Day (same as your Veteran's Day) and it makes me teary every time. These are beautiful pictures!


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