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A Clarification

31 October 2007, 6:29 am. Comments Off. Filed under U.S. Military.

Veterans Affairs clarifies limits on flag-folding recitations

WASHINGTON- The Veterans Affairs Department has clarified a directive limiting the use of a religious recitation at flag-folding ceremonies.

Last month, a senior VA official told directors of the agency’s 125 cemeteries not to distribute or post nongovernment handouts on “The Meaning of Each Fold of an Honor Guard Funeral Flag.”

The memo also said the handout should not be recited at graveside services by cemetery workers or by VA-sponsored volunteer honor guards. The recitations include references to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

After an uproar among some veterans and Republican House members, a VA spokeswoman now says volunteer honor guards may recite any text requested by next of kin.

That makes a bit more sense.

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