Tomorrow morning several veterans will be departing TF Green Airport for Washington, DC via HONOR FLIGHT.
Several friends of Jerry donated in his memory to HONOR FLIGHT.
It is fitting that members of the Providence Police Pipes and Drums will be playing several Tunes for these veterans. Several of Jerry's friends and fellow MARINES will be playing. Pipe Major Manny Soares and Lead Tip Drum. Carl Weston will be present.
The Veterans will be honored with the Minstrel Boy and the Military Set. Army, Navy Air force and MARINE CORPS HYMN.
Jerry was able to see the Pipes and Drums play at the half time show last year at Providence College Basketball season opener.
The march out was MARINE CORPS HYMN. As usual Jerry shot to attention upon hearing that. As did every other MARINE in the house,
By Tradition MARINES drop what they are doing and come to attention upon hearing the USMC Hymn.
I am out of town or would otherwise be there.
I thank the organizers of HONOR FLIGHT.
My fellow members of the PPD Pipes and Drums.
Above all the veterans who will be going to Washington. Of course the Service members KIA, MIA and those who have made the final journey home.
"The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death ye may find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
With his wild harp slung along behind him;
Land of Song, the lays of the warrior bard,
May some day sound for thee,
But his harp belongs to the brave and free
And shall never sound in slavery!"
Lyrics from the MINSTREL BOY