Patriot Day

Patriot Day is a day designated for honoring the memories of those who lost their lives as a result of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. (This occasion should not be confused with Patriots Day, a different and much older holiday established to commemorate the Revolutionary War-era battles of Lexington and Concord.)

Patriot Day was created as a discretionary day of remembrance by a unanimously-approved resolution passed in the House of Representatives on 25 October 2001. The resolution designated September 11 as Patriot Day and requested that the President each year issue a proclamation calling upon:

(1) State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities;

(2) all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States and interested organizations and individuals to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001; and

(3) the people of the United States to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.

President George W. Bush has accordingly issued such a proclamation every September since 2002. Patriot Day has also been observed in Canada, with the Prime Minister ordering flags on Parliament Hill and at Canadian diplomatic missions in the United States to be flown at half-staff, and some provincial offices opting to lower their flags to half-staff as well.

An important piece of information missing from the e-mailed exhortation is that the President’s Patriot Day proclamations call upon the American people to “display the flag at half-staff from their homes,” as the occasion is a day of remembrance for honoring the dead. Since many flags used for home display are not designed to be flown at half-staff, an accepted alternative should be employed by persons with such flags, such as attaching a black ribbon or streamer (the same width as a stripe on the flag and the same length as the flag itself) to the top of the flag.

The President’s 2007 proclamation also calls upon “the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and remembrance services” and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. eastern daylight time to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.



Casting Your Pearls before Swine

As an American, the single most important thing you own is your vote. It is more than a right, it is yours, is is something you possess. It is also a tool, one of many that Americans possess by which they participate in the political process.

So, you have to ask yourself, “will I throw away my most valuable possession?”

What the hell are you talking about, you might ask. Not for the first time, either, I’m sure.

Well, let me ask you to consider something. We have spent the better part of the last 2 years watching a small group of individual whore themselves out. Instead of asking you for money for sexual favors, they are begging for your vote for political favors. One promises this, the other promises that – both usually either unconstitutional or extra-constitutional.

There a dozen or so political parties who have or will have nominated candidates for the office of President of the United States. In addition to the Democrats and Republicans, we have the Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party, the Green Party, the Boston Tea Party, the Prohibition Party, the Reform Party, the Socialist Party USA, among others.

Conventional wisdom (pardon the pun) is that only the two “major” parties put forth serious candidates. However one of the so called third parties or an Independent candidate has been know to put up a respectable showing upon occasion. Ross Perot is often “blamed” for getting Bill Clinton elected by siphoning off votes from then President George H.W. Bush. This is part of the “vote against” rather than “vote for” mentality.

So, what’s my point?

Well, I will elaborate more in the coming weeks, but the long and short if it is – don’t vote for Obama or McCain!

Please feel free to tell me why I’m wrong, as we go along. Maybe you can persuade me, but I doubt it.

“Joe Walsh for President”

Erin’s Obit

Erin Allison Pfister was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter and a proud U.S. Marine. Erin passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008.

She was born in Huntsville, Ala., Dec. 17, 1988. Throughout her life she brought joy to everyone in her life with her love of laughter and her wonderful wit. She excelled in school and participated in gifted and talented programs during elementary school in Ham Lake, Minn., and Loveland, Colo., and also in middle school in Loveland. She graduated one year early with honors from North Stafford High School in Stafford County, where she made many dear friends and loved her participation with the preschool program. She always loved young children and hoped to be a teacher, as well as have a large family.

After high school, she worked as a preschool teacher prior to joining the U.S. Marine Corps Sept. 10, 2007. At her boot camp graduation Dec. 7, 2007, Erin received honors as her company’s high shooter. After training, Lance Cpl. Pfister was assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 2 at MCAS, Cherry Point, N.C., where she made many close friends and worked as a supply specialist.

Her plans for the future included going to college for a physics degree. Erin was a vibrant, spontaneous and smart young woman, who loved animals, Japanese anime, music and tattooing. She was a dedicated and loyal friend, who always took the time to tell family and friends alike that she loved them.

Erin is survived by her mother, Betsy Pfister of Stafford; a sister, Melinda Pfister of Fairfax; her grandparents, Robert and Claire Thrift of Masonville, Colo.; and a large extended family, as well as many friends who also loved her. “We love and miss her, and will hold her in our hearts forever.”

Erin’s family will receive friends at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel, on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Quantico Marine Corps Base Chapel. Interment will be private.

From the Free Lance-Star

She’s Gone

Erin was an old girlfriend of Seth’s. She took her own life last week. We don’t know why. All we know is that she left us all with void we will carry for some time, if not forever.

As you can see, she was a beautiful young woman, and while we didn’t see much of her lately we were fortunate enough to have her visit for a while one afternoon over Memorial Day weekend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and many friends. We are all devastated.

Good bye, Erin.