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Meadowlakes honoring military with annual Memorial Day picnic

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MEADOWLAKES — To the Meadowlakes Property Owners Association, Memorial Day is incomplete without its annual picnic.

That event is 5 p.m. May 25 at the Meadowlakes Lakeside Park Pavilion — no matter what kind weather the area is experiencing. The event will be catered by Kingsland’s Spyke’s Bar-B-Que. The event is for members of the Meadowlakes POA, and the cost is $5 at the entrance.

“It’s a tradition,” Meadowlakes POA vice president Jerrial Wafer said. “We honor our fallen veterans and men and women who are currently serving. Last year, we ran out of food.”

Attendees will be asked to join in the singing of “God Bless America,” Wafer said.

The Highland Lakes Honor Guard will give a presentation. Last year, the group told attendees about the reasons for folding the U.S. Flag 13 times:

• first fold – life

• second fold – belief in eternal life

• third fold – honor and remembrance of veterans departing our ranks who gave their lives for the defense of the country and peace around the world

• fourth fold – our weaker nature that forces us to turn to God for guidance during times of peace and war

• fifth fold – a tribute to the United States

• sixth fold – where our hearts lie in pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States

• seventh fold – a tribute to the armed forces

• eighth fold – to honor mother

• ninth fold – a tribute to womanhood because her good traits have been passed to men and women who make this country great

• 10th fold – a tribute to father, who has given his sons and daughters for defense of the country

• 11th fold – represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

• 12th fold – represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

• 13th fold – looks like a crooked hat to remind citizens of the soldiers who have served since the War of Independence.

Wafer said members of the honor guard haven’t disclosed what they’ll talk about this year.

“I told them to surprise me,” he said. “I was really impressed by how many people participated and the patriotism.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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