Wallace B. Murphy salutes resident veterans with special ceremony

GRAFTON Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3081 Honor Guard helped to honor veterans at Wallace B. Murphy Nursing Care Facility on Saturday.

The Taylor County Honor Guard conducts final military rights for departed military comrades. The Honor Guard travels throughout northern West Virginia to conduct final salute to their fallen brothers and sisters in arms.

According to Trenton Pauley, an Honor Guard member, the Honor Guard conducts 130-150 services a year, with a total of over 3,500 services since the Honor Guard was formed. The majority of the funerals are conducted at the West Virginia National Cemetery, located in nearby Pruntytown, West Virginia.

Following a prayer and the pledge of allegiance, Hollis Gregory opened the ceremony.

He asked, “Have you ever noticed the Honor Guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American Flag 13 times?”

Gregory explained that many think it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but there is, in fact, another meaning behind the folds.

He shared what each fold in the flag represents, as Lorraine Isner and Randy Jennings demonstrated the folding the flag.

He recited, “The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

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.

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.

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 hearts 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 into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood and mothers. 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 has been molded.

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.

The eleventh fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrew’s eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The twelfth fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christian eyes, God, the father, the son and the holy spirit.

The thirteenth fold, or when the flag is completely folded and the stars  are uppermost, reminds us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.”

In the folding, the red and white stripes are finally wrapped into the blue, symbolizing the light of day vanishing into the darkness of night,” he finished.

The veterans honored at the event were National Guardsman Gerald Moore, Betty Sevier an Air Force vet, Navy veterans Ernest Tenney and Paul Thomas, along with William Mayfield, Milford Scott, Leroy Williams and Daniel Wright Army for their service in the Army.

Assistant Activity Director Joyce Moore disclosed that Grafton City Hospital bought new hats for the veterans and a quilt for Sevier.

Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care representative Nicole Dolaney and volunteer Phil Kelly were present at the event to pass out pins to the veterans being honored.

West Virginia Caring Volunteer Service Coordinator Nancy Dotson was also in attendance handing out certificates show appreciation to each veteran for their service.

The event closed with refreshments and snacks for everyone to enjoy.

The Mountain Statesman staff would like to extend our gratitude to all of those who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Your service and sacrifices are greatly appreciated!


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