Did you know that the White House has notified all military funeral service departments to immediately remove the words “the President” and insert the words “Secretary of Defense” from the funeral services of veterans? The sentence has traditionally been: “On behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful nation, I wish to present you with this flag in appreciation for your husband’s (or son’s or daughter’s) service…” With these words, the American flag, so carefully folded for this moment, is given to the appropriate family member.An officer who gave the flag to a family member after using the words “The Secretary of Defense and a grateful nation…” was approached by the recipient’s nephew. This information was brought to my attention via an email. I checked it out with Snopes. The nephew asked the flag presenter why the words “Secretary of Defense” were used rather than the traditional “President of the United States .” His answer: “The White House notified all military funeral detachments to immediately remove ‘the President’ and insert ‘the Secretary of Defense’. Though Snopes is a bastion of liberal thought and gives a long rationalization as to why it was done, it is true.Why is this important? It shows the total lack of respect America ’s President has for us, our military, and their families.
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MILITARY FUNERAL PROTOCOL: (by Marilyn M. Barnewell, NewsWithViews)