By Ken Tucci, WBZ-TV

I have been informed that as of now– the presentation of the American flag to the next of kin, the statement is to remove the word President of the United States and insert Secretary of Devense and a grateful nation– Is the President no longer grateful–  – Al, Rehoboth

While I can’t tell you for sure whether the President is still grateful, I can tell you that it’s not true that the flag presentation ceremony honoring the service of veterans has changed.

My guess is that Al’s question comes from one of those chain emails that we all get now and again.  This one claims the White House ordered the military to remove reference to the President during the ceremony.  This is where a flag is given to the family of the deceased vet on behalf of a grateful nation.

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Go here  or here if you want more details about the email and whether it’s accurate.

To be certain I contacted the Defense Dept. and asked whether there has been any change.  A military spokeswoman responded:  “Neither the Defense Department nor the services have received, published or directed any recent change.”

Perhaps this is an attempt to “get” Pres. Obama.  Or it may be based on the fact that not all flag presentations include the reference to the President.  What’s certain is the White House didn’t order a change.

I remember the funerals of my father and father in law, both World War II veterans, and how moving the flag presentations were.

Do you get these types of emails often?  What do you think of them?  While you’re at it….go here and let us know what you’re curious about.

Comments (3)
  1. Al McGilvray says:

    I’m the news director at a radio station in Martinsburg, WV. (I grew up right behind WBZ). I have to refute these e-mails every day.

  2. Matt says:

    Its just part of the unending campaign to portray our president as somehow unamerican. Who is behind these constant untruths we can only guess. Maybe there really is a vast right-wing conspiracy?

  3. J Vodraska says:

    What is a “Secretary of DeVense”? I did not know we had such a person in our government. What is this position? POTUS is the CIC. Why would he delegate that duty to a lesser ranking individual? It is a slap in the face to all distinguished servicemen.

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