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People are outraged over photos on social media of a Vietnam War veteran displayed at his wake on a gurney covered in an American flag.
No coffin was available for the visitation held at Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, WTVC reports.
“At first we were okay with it,” said a family member, “but like I told the guy, I said this was very disrespectful to my dad.”
Taylor’s family said the funeral home refused to put George Taylor in a casket because of problems with his life insurance payment.
Taylor’s son, James, said the family was given little notice of the problem prior to the visitation.
“They came to me and told me that unless $9,000 was paid, they couldn’t put him into the ground,” he told ABC 7 New York.
“Mr. Taylor was a two-term Vietnam Vet,” wrote Ella Moss on Facebook. “We live in the Greatest Country in the world, and this is the best we can do for our soldiers. Not even a pillow for his head.”
Funeral home representative David Cummings said they did what the family asked.
“We were trying to honor the request and let them have some closure by viewing their loved one.”
Photo: Facebook / Ella Moss
The dos and don’ts of how to properly display the American flag.
This possible coup going on inside Washington is very scary. We are witnessing the strongest propaganda campaign ever used. With modern technology the Elites can successfully determine how the masses will react better than ever before. Most people are too busy with their jobs and everyday lives to look deeply into things. The Elites along with the Mainstream Media have now convinced half the country that Trump is evil and his supporters are racist fascists. Keeping our country safe from Illegal Immigration and infiltration from Radical Islamic terrorists is now regarded as the worst thing imaginable and Un-American. Putting Americans and America first is now Un-American. Different opinions (and facts) are not welcome.
As we have seen they have violently shut down their opposition several times and can summon hoards of protesters whenever they choose. Free speech is fading and rational conversations with friends, neighbors and family members are too. Liberals are not willing to hear the other side, many have been fully brainwashed. These are troubling times. We are dealing with very powerful people who have been doing this for decades. What is most infuriating is that these Elites care absolutely nothing for the well-being of the people, only themselves and their wealth and power yet a lot of Liberals still think one of the most evil people in the world would have been a good President for them. Washington is broken and President Trump must be the man to fix it. The truth must win.
I have faith President Trump will pull through and fix all of this and we need to help anyway we can.
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
Note: Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Girl Scout Troops retire flags regularly as well. Contact your local American Legion Hall or Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this service.
Displaying the Flag Outdoors
When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag – of a state, community, society or Scout unit – the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag’s union should be farthest from the building.
When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor – to its own right.
..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
..No other flag ever should be placed above it.
..The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.
The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.
When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.
When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag’s union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag’s own right, and to the observer’s left.
The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.
When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.
While Donald Trump has taken flack from Civil Libertarians and the Mainstream Media for his statement on the flag-burning issue, it’s worth noting that in 2005, Hillary Clinton proposed a law that would send people to jail for 1 year for burning of the American flag.
The bill she co-sponsored with Bob Bennett “outlawed flag burning, and called for a punishment of one year in jail and a fine of $100,000” when the flag is burned for “breach of the peace” or “intimidation”.
Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
Another brilliant move by Trump to expose “Fake News” and the hypocrisy of Clinton supporters and the Mainstream media.
The layout of the stars was officially standardized in 1912, while the colors were standardized in 1934. In the guide above, I put the most typical flag of the period first, with alternate patterns and special flags listed after. Starting in 1818, the new flags were introduced on July 4th of the year listed.
In 1942, the Federal Flag Code was passed to provide uniform guidelines for the display of flags. One frequent complaint from flagophiles about many movies is the incorrect positioning of a flag in the vertical position. According to the code, the blue part should be on the left.
If Hillary’s loss has you feeling disillusioned with American democracy, you may find yourself imagining a move to Canada.
After all, it’s a land where healthcare is free, people are friendly, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explains quantum computing just for laughs.
But actually becoming a citizen is tough: You need to live in Canada for at least six years, stay on your best behavior, and know a thing or two about the country you’ll soon call home.
For those who actually want to head up north, here’s how you move to Canada:
Preface: Make sure you’re not already a Canadian citizen.
Before you go through the hassle of applying for citizenship, take a short quiz to see if you may already be Canadian.
The government outlines several caveats for being a citizen even if you weren’t born there, many of which depend on your parents’ citizenship. Maybe you secretly inherited their status at some point along the way.
Be at least 18 years old.
If you’re not a legal adult, you’ve got an uphill climb ahead of you.
Minors need their parent or legal guardian to fill out the application for them; they need to be permanent residents in Canada (more on that later); and the parent must either be a citizen or applying to become one at the same time.
Or enter the pool for skilled immigrants.
Canada has a fast-track system for immigration called Express Entry. It’s how skilled workers transition into a role in the country.
All applicants into Express Entry are given specific scores based on their specific talents and job prospects and then ranked with other applicants. Those at the top of the rankings are invited to become permanent residents.
Have a permanent residence in Canada.
To become a permanent resident, people can choose between several avenues. They can apply through the province of their choice, go down a special entrepreneur route, get help from a family member who lives in Canada, or go through Quebec, which has special immigration requirements.
Permanent residents are entitled to healthcare coverage and can work, study, and travel anywhere in Canada. You just can’t vote, run for office, or hold some jobs with high security clearance.
Declare your intent to reside.
If you’re invited to become a permanent resident, you must confirm your plans to stay Canadian. The government defines permanent residence as living in Canada for at least two years in a five-year period. If you don’t spend that much time within the borders, you could lose your permanent residence status.
If you don’t live in Canada, you must work outside Canada as a public official known as a Crown Servant or live abroad with certain family members who are Crown Servants.
Spend six years at that residence.
Permanent residents don’t always become citizens. The bar for citizenship is higher.
If you’re living in Canada, you must have been a permanent resident and physically present in Canada for at least 1,460 days (four 365-day periods) in the six years immediately before the date of your application.
You must also be present for 183 days (half a year) during each of the four calendar years that are fully or partially within the six years before the application date.
In other words, your time in Canada needs to stay relatively consistent.
Provide your income tax filing.
Like the residence requirement, you must be able to provide four years’ worth of tax returns in the six-year period leading up to the date of your application.
Basically, they want to see if your job is legit.
Speak English or French.
Along with dozens of other countries, Canada has two official languages: English and French.
To become a citizen, you need to know just one. You don’t need to be fluent, just conversational enough to make small talk, give directions, use basic grammar, and know your vocab well enough to describe yourself.
You’ll send along written documents with your application, but a citizenship officer will make the final call whether your English or French is up to snuff.
Know a thing or two about Canada.
You should probably brush up on your Canadian history anyway, but the government also issues a formal quiz to applicants on the history, values, institutions, and symbols of Canada.
You take the test if you’re between 16 and 64 years old. Typically, it’s a written test, but the citizenship officer may also ask questions orally.
There are no real surprises. Everything you’d need to know can be found here: Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.
Know why your application might get denied.
There are a number of reasons your past may prohibit you from becoming a Canadian citizen.
For instance, the government looks down upon granting citizenship to people who have committed a crime within four years of submitting their application or are on trial for a crime.
It also specifies that people in prison can’t use their sentence toward becoming a permanent residence. (That doesn’t quite fit with the “intent to reside.”)
Invest in durable clothes for your local climate.
Canada is the second-largest country on earth, behind Russia. As such, there is no singular “Canadian climate,” even if people may think it’s just cold most of the time.
Depending on how close you live to the British Columbia coast, for example, spring can begin as early as February and summer temperatures can rise into the 90s.
So if you’re looking for places to take up permanent residence, research what the weather’s like. You won’t waste money or space buying unnecessary items.
Take advantage of the customs of your new life.
Now that you’ve left your home country behind (and if you’re an American, abandoned the circus of presidential elections), embrace what makes Canada unique.
Many Canadians express deep fondness for Tim Hortons, quirky slang, celebrity ambassadors, and hockey.
No one will expect you to dive headfirst into this new world, but if you want to become a genuine citizen, formal requirements are only the start.