The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 26.05.1978, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 26.05.1978, Blaðsíða 1
Memorial Day May 29 National ceremonies honor America's freedom defenders This year Memorial Day falls on Mon- day. Special services commemorating America's war dead, will be held across the United States, with a national cere- mony centering, as it did on the first Memorial Day, at Arlington National Cem- etary. Wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier there is a symbolic tri- bute to all of America's servicemerabers who have fought and died in defense of freedom. It is a tribute, in Ovid's words, of "pious affection" for the many men and women who have served their country in honored glory. The first national Memorial Day ob- Irvance in the United States was held approximately 110 years ago when the Grand Army of the Republic decided in 1868 to decorate the graves in Arlington National Cemetery, located just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. The end of May was selected as an appro- priate time because flowers were more available at that time of year. The crowd attending that first Mem- orial Day at Arlington Cemetery was ap- proximately the size of that usually attending today's observances, about 5,000 people. Then, as now, small flags were placed on each grave in the cem- etery. The 1868 ceremonies centered around Whita Falcon Keflavik, Iceland May 26, 1978 Volume 34, Number 21 Preparations underway AWACS arrives Oct. 1 Naval Station Keflavik is preparing to host one of the most modern and soph- isticated pieces of equipment in the United States Air Force. "AWACS,"' which stands for "Airborne • Warning and Control System," is a modi- fied Boeing 707 aircraft with the military designiation of E-3A and, according to Air Force sources, it is the most revolutionary development in airpower since the invention of radar. The most noticeable*-'eature of the aircraft is the 30 loot saucer type dome located on top of the plane. The dome contains an antenna which can separate friendly and hostile aircraft; the T1DIL-C antenna, which is used for digital communications with supporting the mourning-draped veranda of the Ar- lington mansion, once the home of Gener- al Robert E. Lee. On that day, General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant and other Wash- ington a officials presided. After the speeches, a procession, headed by chil- dren from the Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphan Home and Grand Army men, wended its way through the cemetery. Prayers were said, hymns sung, and the graves scattered with flowers. By the end of the 19th century, Mem- orial Day ceremonies were held at the end of May throughout the nation. One writer described the celebration in a small Kansas town: "I can see the procession setting out for East Hill Cemetery, the graves which it will presently garland with flowers, the names cut upon the stones reared above them. And it comes to me as I write that I knew in the flesh nearly all those who lie there-that I have taken them by the hand and given them greeting." The beginnings of special services commemorating the dead, go back to an- tiquity. The Roman poet Ovid, in writ- ing to his wife, said: "Although the fire shall have changed my body to ashes yet the dust will be sensible of your pious affection." TELEPHONE MAN (right)— Naval Station Seabee, CE1 Ronald Cherry, in- stals the telephones at the 552D's temporary maintenance spaces in the old Hobby Shop building. (Below) Sgt. Joe Bomgren -right- a and SMSgt. Larry Combs paint the symbol of their new squadron on the door of" their new office. Continued on Page 2 A I 1978 NAVY RELIEF SOCIETY fund drive chairman Lieutenant Commander Marvin D. Cords accepts a contribution from Rear Admiral Karl 0. Bernstein, Commander Iceland Defense Force/Commander Fleet Air Keflavik. Navy personnel have contributed $1,820 as of Tuesday; in addition, AFRS 1484 will air its Navy Relief Society Radio-A-Thon, beginning Monday at 6 a.m. The drive ends June 6. (photo by PHAN Kirk Fasking) Channel 5 is turn on to it Channel Five will be turned on at 8 a.m. Thursday. The new channel will be the third on the air at Naval Sta- tion Keflavik. Channel Four is the nor- mal AFRTS channel and Channel Two is the weather channel. Channel Five will be used solely as an information channel. The information to be shown is not intended to duplicate that which is now being presented during Community Bulletin Board. Rather, the new channel is intended to provide a visual display for such in- formation items as the Enlisted Dining Facility menu, Fchool lunch menu, movie schedule and some weather and driving conditions. This listing is not com- here Thursday plete because almost all types of official information can be aired. Channel Five consists of a "program wheel" with slots in which typed infor- mation is placed. These cards rotate in front of a fixed camera once each seven minutes to provide a con- tinuous feed of information. Channel Five will extend the announcement capa- bility for the Commanding Officer, Naval Station by being on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Channel Five is not designed as an entertainment channel but will be used only as an information channel. No ad- ditional hours are planned for Channel Four television. United States Postal Service rate increase effective Effective Sunday at midnight, the United States Postal Service has announ- ced a rate increase on all postage and fees. The price for a first class letter will be 15 cents for the first ounce and 13 cents for each additional ounce or fraction up to 12 ounces. Also, all special services fees will be increased. There will be approximately a 37 per cent increase overall for parcel post. Money order fees for military pers- onnel stationed overseas and aboard ship will be increased from 15 to 20 cents. Also, the maximum amount of a money or- der has been increased from $300 to $400. The Postal Service has requested that all patrons continue to use the 13 cent stamps they have on hand, to be supplemented by two-cent stamps because the new stamps and envelopes are limited. The Naval Station Keflavik Post Of- fice has sufficient two-cent stamps on order and encourages all patrons to help by using all of your old 13-cert stamps before purchasing 15-cent stamps. The Base Post Office has approxima- tely 40,000 13-cent stamps on hand which will be sold along with two-cent stamps to all patrons until stock is diminished. The new rates and fees will be post- ed at the Base Post Office, and any ques- tions concerning this increase should be directed to PCC Dixon at 4665 or bv coming to the post office. Remember,, all mail posted after midnight Sunday must have the new postage rate. Any mail not bearing correct postage will be sent out postage due which is collec- ted from the address. Your cooperation is requested during this time by the station postal clerks and mail handling personnel.

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