COL. (Ret.) Mike Colegrove
Welcome to the rededication ceremony for Joining In Memory Commons. The Commons was first dedicated June 1, 2002. We want to again thank Glen and Judy Cummins for their contribution of the flag pole and the dedication plaque. Glen and Judy are special friends of the University of the Cumberlands and continue to support our ROTC program by recognizing one graduating cadet each year with the CPT Scott Robert Cummins Commitment to Service Award. This award is given in honor and memory of their son who died while serving our country.
Would you join with me in prayer?
Our Father we are thankful for this special occasion that brings us together. Today we are mindful of our country and our fellow citizens and our loved ones who have departed this life.
Father, just as the founders of our country turned to you for help, so (today) we turn to you in prayer for strong and wise political leaders--and committed citizens to deal with the challenges we face.
Open our minds and hearts to your guidance; help us to fulfill your will and to accomplish your plan for a civilization of truth and life and security.
Our Country seeks VIRTUE; may our leaders govern virtuously and may we live virtuous lives in service to you.
Our Country requires SELFLESS SERVICE; may we use the examples of those we remember as we resist selfish ambition and have the courage to serve what is true and right.
Our Country demands RESPONSIBILITY; may our leaders promote freedom--freedom which respects moral truth and the common good.
And so, Almighty God, we pray that those who lead us will exercise their authority acknowledging that you are the ultimate source of all wisdom and power. And that we as citizens will bond together in unity and solidarity of purpose, always seeking your will.
America! America! God, shed His grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!
This is the prayer of all of us who believe in you our God and love our country. We who are Christians offer it in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
This afternoon’s rededication and flag ceremony is being conducted by the honor guard from the 149 th Infantry of the Kentucky National Guard. The Officer in charge of the ceremony is LTC Michael Warren Professor of Military Science for the University of the Cumberlands assisted by LTC Michael Farley of the Kentucky National Guard.
The flag currently flying over the commons was flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on July 26, 1993, the birthday anniversary of CPT Scott Cummins and Jim Taylor II. This flag was also flown at the dedication of the James H. Taylor II football stadium on September 10, 1993.
The Plaque mounted at the base of the flag pole reads: Joining in memory of three brave pilots who lost their lives on January 31, 1997 serving our country….
CPT Scott Robert Cummins USA 7/26/71
“Rangers Lead the Way”
1LT Jason Jarod Baker USAF 8/30/72
“ Air Force Academy”
CW2 Robert Paul Leaver USA 4/5/61
“Isaiah 40: 31
As part of this ceremony we also recognize all children of Our Fellow Travelers who died in service to our nation:
Following the flag folding ceremony the flag will be presented to Jim and Dinah Taylor by LTC Warren.
THE FIRST FOLD OF OUR FLAG IS A SYMBOL OF LIFE
THE SECOND FOLD is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.
THE THIRD FOLD we make in honor and remembrance of the veterans whom we commemorate today, for they too, gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country and our flag, their efforts to attain peace throughout the world have not been in vain and shall not be forgotten.
THE FOURTH FOLD represents our weaker nature; for we as American citizens, trust in GOD, and it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.
THE FIFTH FOLD is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through these same armed forces that we protect our country and our Flag from all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our Republic.
THE SIXTH FOLD is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our Country, be it right or wrong!"
THE SEVENTH FOLD is a tribute to those who entered the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and this fold is made to honor mother for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
THE EIGHTH FOLD is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their Faith, Loyalty, and Devotion that the characters of the people who have made this country great have been molded.
THE NINTH FOLD places the stripes toward the stars; for whereas the stripes represent the thirteen original colonies that founded our Republic; they are now embodied in the fifty sovereign states represented by the stars, so that the stars cover the stripes.
THE TENTH FOLD is a tribute to our Father, for He too has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country.
THE ELEVENTH FOLD is a triangle. In the eyes of a Christian Citizen, this represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies in their eyes, GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT.
THE TWELFTH FOLD shows where our heart lies, it is with our hearts we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States and to the Republic for which it stands, one notion under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
THE THIRTEENTH AND FINAL FOLD represents the original thirteen colonies upon which this great nation was founded.
WHEN OUR FLAG IS COMPLETELY FOLDED the stars are uppermost which remind us of the National Motto "In God We Trust."
AFTER THE FLAG IS COMPLETELY FOLDED and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a three cornered cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, and followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States have preserved for us the rights, privileges, and freedom which we are enjoying today.
Presentation of the Flag.
Raise The New Flag
Orders given by the OIC
Would you please join me in reading the Litany of Rededication?
LEADER: We assemble today to rededicate the Joining
in Memory Commons at the University of the Cumberlands.
PEOPLE: We assemble today to rededicate this Commons
as a place of remembrance.
LEADER: We remember those who have given their lives
for our nation in times of war and times of
PEOPLE: We remember our children and the joy and love
they brought to us.
LEADER: We remember our nation and the freedoms for
which it stands.
PEOPLE: We remember our national leaders and pray
they may continue to lead us in just and
UNISON: May this Commons we rededicate today be a
constant reminder to us of those we have lost
and of the great nation of which we are
For our Benediction the Flag will be lowered to ½ mast while Amazing Grace is played by Wayne Perkins, on bagpipes and his son Cody Perkins, on drums. Wayne and Cody are cousins to Jim Taylor II.
As we join our hearts in prayer let us be mindful of those we honor today along with those who perished in the September 11, 2001 attack on America and all who have made the supreme sacrifice in service to our nation.
This concludes our ceremony of dedication. Family members may take the flag from the brick honoring their loved one.
Thank you for your participation.