Holidays: 2014 Archives

THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER AS YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD IT.

At a picnic a former Marine was asked to sing the Star-Spangled Banner for the crowd. He chose not to sing the first verse usually sung, but a later one.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the battle of the War of 1812 that inspired the poem that later had music added to make up the "Star-Spangled Banner." The battle took place in Baltimore Harbor on the night of September and the morning of September, 14, 2014. Francis Scott Key, a young Washington lawyer and part-time poet, was on board an English battleship to negotiate the release of a prisoner when the British began the bombardment of Fort McHenry guarding the harbor. "By the dawn's early light" Scott Key saw that the "flag was still streaming" and began scribbling his poem.

Watch and listen.

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: GIVE THANKS TO THOSE WHO SERVED AND SERVE FOR US

For this Memorial Day weekend there are some important things we can all do to honor those who serve and those who gave "the last full measure of devotion."

Sunday morning, May 25th, in Chatham (click on image to enlarge)

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On Sunday, May 25th and Monday, May 26th, Memorial Day, in Hyannis (click on image to enlarge)

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On Monday, May 26th, Memorial Day, in Chatham

The Town of Chatham Memorial Day Ceremony
The Town of Chatham Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th, 2014 and begin at 10:00.

Participants will assemble at Veterans Field Road parking lot beginning at 9:30 AM. Participants will include members of the Chatham VFW and American Legion, the Ladies and Mens Auxiliary to the Chatham VFW, the Chatham Coast Guard Color Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Clergy, Town employees and Selectmen, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Brownies.

Participants will step off from the Veterans Field Road parking lot at 9:55 AM and stop centered on the World War I Memorial, located on the left front of the Community Center.

The Town of Chatham Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at the front of the Community Center at 10:00 AM.

All citizens are encouraged to attend and join with the Participants in honoring our living and dead servicemen and women by marching or going to the memorial of their choice.

Our Memorial Day Ceremony is a moving Ceremony, in more ways then one. There will be a wreath laying followed by the playing of Taps at the World War I Memorial. The procession will then proceed down Main Street to the Oyster Pond parking lot.

At Oyster Pond there will be a ceremony for those Lost at Sea and a wreath will be laid in the water.

The procession will move a few yards to the adjacent Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorial for a wreath laying and the playing of Taps.

The procession will then move to the Civil War Memorial located at Seaview Street and Main Street. Scott Hamilton will recite the Gettysburg Address, followed by a wreath laying and Taps.

From there the procession will then move to Veterans Circle for the conclusion of the Ceremony.

We Are the Men, an all male vocal choir, will sing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", "Eternal Father, Strong to Save: The Navy Hymn", and "Mansions of the Lord".

In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be held in the Community Center beginning at 10:00.

The entire ceremony takes less than an hour and a half.

Similar ceremonies will take place in most Cape Cod towns. Check the Cape Cod Times for times and places.

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