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The Folds of Honor Foundations sponsors a fund-raising Pro-Am that raises money and awareness for children of military heroes. Folds of Honor gives scholarships to children of veterans, many of whom have been wounded and can no longer provide for their families.
One poignant scene is burned in my mind…. As the first group rounded the 9th green, headed to the 10th tee, a bugler sounded Taps, the tune known worldwide as the tune recognizing the end of the day. For military heroes,Taps is reserved for funerals of heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms of the United States.
Almost immediately, the sound of thousands of fans was replaced by a nervous hush. Old and young stood wherever they were, found one of the dozens of flags along the course property, and with hands and hats over their hearts, allowed the haunting tune to take their minds to those loved ones who serve, and who have served.
As the last notes of Taps rolled around the gentle hills of Northeast Oklahoma, a chime sounded. One….Two… Three… In the distance, a rumble could be heard. Faint at first, we could determine neither direction nor destination. Four…. Five….Six…. the rumble was now echoing across the course. Seven…. Eight… We were all facing the same direction now, waiting for the rumble to reveal its purpose. Suddenly, over the trees, we saw them…
WW2 era fighter planes, similar to those in the photo, flying the famed “missing wingman” formation. Even though the engine sounds were extreme, I could almost hear the gasp from the crowd as people suddenly recognized and identified with the drama unfolding above us. They flew directly overhead, and they were flying low. Unexpectedly, as they passed the Clubhouse, one of the planes peeled off to the north, representing yet another loss of a military hero. Through tears, I followed that plane until it disappeared across the horizon. I had lost count of the tolling of the chime, but I think the chimes numbered 12.
Finally, someone let out a cheer and the entire crowd let loose with applause and appreciation for the men and women who serve our country, risking limb and life for our freedom. Men like my dad and father-in-law; their brothers and fathers. Men and women today who serve, placing my freedom above their lives.
I hope you’ll consider supporting our military and their families by supporting the Folds of Honor Foundation. More information about this fine organization can be found here.
I have been reminded of the brevity of life, and of the teetering frailty of what our society calls freedom. Join me in praying for freedom, bound in peace and secured by the iron will of the men and women of the United States Military.