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VETERANS MEMORIALS

This resource contains information about important national and local veterans memorials. While the list is not inclusive, it is designed to inform the community about memorials they may choose to visit with their families. Most are open daily throughout the year and visitors of all ages are always   welcome

The VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL OF GREATER ROCHESTER is located on South Avenue between Elmwood and Highland Avenues.  Dedicated  as a memorial to area Vietnam veterans this site contains bollards with the names of local service personnel killed in Vietnam.  The memorial also includes a resource area that demonstrates details of the war in Vietnam.

White Haven Memorial Park has a special memorial dedicated to service personnel killed during the KOREAN WAR.  This monument, located in Section R, is a large boulder with the name of each veteran killed during this war carved into it. Flags fly daily at this memorial in honor of all those who have served.

The Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester is the home for the ROCHESTER VETERANS MEMORIAL  honoring all Monroe County servicemen and women who have served in wars over the past two centuries.

On Memorial Day Weekend 2004 the WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL was dedicated in Washington, DC to honor the millions of American men and woman who served from 1941 to 1945. Our funeral home was active in helping to raise awareness and funding for this memorial in concert with the National Funeral Directors Association and a host of corporations and dedicated veterans and veterans organizations.

Other special memorials in the Washington, DC, area include Arlington National Cemetery, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and others too numerous to mention.

Many area cemeteries have special sections where veterans are buried. Also grave markers indicate veteran burials dating as far back as the American Revolution and Civil War  in some cemeteries. The Monroe County Historical Society may be able to give guidance and information.

We strongly encourage the community to visit veteran memorials both at home and during their travels. Your attendance at the annual MEMORIAL DAY PARADE held in downtown Rochester is another meaningful way to honor our living and deceased veterans...and to support those brave servicemen and women serving our nation throughout the world each day.

Symbolism for a folded American Flag

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

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

  • The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.

  • 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 times of war for His divine guidance.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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 be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

  • The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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 Ghost.

  • When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, "In God we Trust."  (Wait for the Honor Guard or Flag Detail to inspect the flag--after the inspection, resume reading.)

  • 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 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.

Information taken from http://www.usa-patriotism.com/reference/flag_folding.htm

For information regarding Veteran's Benefits please visit our VETERAN'S BENEFITS site

 

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