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I recently received an United States flag folded in a triangular, military manner for presentation to survivors of the deceased. I have seen these before presented at a funeral for a friend and a beloved, brother-in-law.
On this occasion, it was from a grandson serving our country and stationed in Hawaii as a remembrance. We have something in common, both being an E-5, he currently but I many years ago and in a different branch of the military.
Accompaning the flag was a "Certificate of Flag Presentation to Duane (same last name as my grandson)" with the following in part:
"In tribute to the American fighting men killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor, the national ensign flies continuously from a flagpole mounted to the battleship USS Arizona (BB39). During hours of darkness, the flag is illuminated.
The battleship, resting in 38 feet of water, is no longer in commission. It was stricken from the active list in 1942.
Special permission was granted by the Secretary of the Navy to fly the United States Flag over the ship in memory of the brave men killed during the attack on the morning of December 7, 1941.
The United States Flag accompanying this certificate was raised and lowered from this same flagpole on 07 December 2007 @ 1831, 66th Anniversary."
I have directed my family that this flag be used at my funeral in lieu of one normally requested by a veteran.
Let Us Never Forget The Sacrifice These Service Members Of The Attack on Peral Harbor Had To Endure And All the Living and Fallen Veterans Before And After Pearl Harbor As We Go Forward Thru The Coming Years. It Is A Great Honor To Have Received This Flag.