Elvis Carden -- Singing His Way by Eric Harabadian Sponsored In Part By   Carl Perkins, the Beatles, George Jones, Charley Pride, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams, Jr. all had their place in the formidable education of traditional country singer-songwriter and activist Elvis L. Carden. The fifty-something Carden had been singing and playing since very young but really got his career in gear while serving in Vietnam during the mid-sixties. "We were stationed near the Cambodian border and Johnny Rivers and Ann Margaret came to perform for us," explains Carden. "It was really inspiring and I picked up a guitar over there during R&R, got a reel to reel tape recorder, and started playing. When my sergeant was killed, I wrote "Loving A Soldier" in dedication to him. Soon after writing the song he tried to get someone to record it but was unsuccessful. It was suggested he record it himself. Upon doing so, he needed a B-side for the single, so he wrote "Vietnam Blues." It went number one on radio in Maryland and on Armed Forces Radio. Carden's success spawned a prodigious career performing for military events at Arlington, Walter Reed and entertaining U.S. troops overseas preparing to enter Vietnam. When Desert Storm erupted in the early nineties, Elvis was on the scene with an update to his "Vietnam Blues" called "Saudi Iraqi Blues." It again was a hit and garnered heavy play on Armed Forces Radio. Today Carden, with the help of his daughter and publicist Karen, is working to expand more inroads for his music throughout the entire United States. So far he is receiving airplay in Tennessee, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas with more markets planned on the horizon. "I've always had a lot of great support from fans and radio stations overseas," says Carden. "They really enjoy traditional country music and want to hear more of it. An overseas DJ told me he likes the modern stuff like Shania Twain but resents the fact that the record labels promote it as country when it's really pop. You see, traditional country is about real life experiences. It's about people's stories and hardships. It is a real injustice that there is a large portion of the listening public that is being overlooked in America." Elvis Carden is a member of the Country Music Association, a B.M.I. songwriter and publisher and a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, doing a number of fundraising events each year for vets issues. His songs have won numerous awards, and he also finds time to produce other artists, too. The country troubadour, who also designed his own acoustic guitar shaped house, has performed on The Nashville Network and continues to merge his love of music and causes with an almost spiritual reverence. "I've heard people say to me, 'Man, you're in music -- you don't have to be involved in politics or religion'," shares Elvis, "and I say the problem we've got in this country is we ain't discussed either one. I guess that's why we're having a problem! Elvis Carden's latest performances were in Melbourne, Florida at the Bedard Vietnam Vets Reunion on April 27th, 28th and 29th, 2001. Guitar House Records and Publishing, P.O. Box 593, Palmetto, GA 30268 Next Page Back to the Spring 2001 Index Back to the Geoff Wilbur's Renegade Newsletter Homepage                      ” - Eric Harabadian

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Live every day like it is your last. Prepare for death and live a better life. How? By helping others of course. It will make your life a blessing to others and give you something to smile about.   The information below may also help a veteran and their family. Too many people die and have not prepared or even told their loved one what they want and of course they never took time to do a will. This happens and is very traumatic for a family to deal with under such a bad time. They need things arraigned in advance. Not to do such is very selfish and self centered. Prepare for the future we all will meet and enjoy life to the fullest.   Danny "Greasy" Belcher, Executive DirectorExecutive Director, Task Force Omega of KY Inc.Vietnam Infantry Sgt. 68-69"D" Troop 7th Sqdn. 1st Air Cav.     ----- Original Message ----- From: joereb2@verizon.net To: Undisclosed recipients: Sent: Saturday, January 08, 2011 9:20 AM Subject: Fwd: Burial Flags Burial & Memorials Jan 7, 2011 06:06:47 PM, http://www.cem.va.gov/bbene/bflags.asp Burial Flags Why Does VA Provide a Burial Flag?   A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased Veteran who served honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a Veteran’s military service to his or her country. VA will furnish a burial flag for memorialization for each other than dishonorable discharged   Veteran who served during wartime Veteran who died on active duty after May 27, 1941 Veteran who served after January 31, 1955 peacetime Veteran who was discharged or released before June 27, 1950 certain persons who served in the organized military forces of the Commonwealth of the Philippines while in service of the U.S. Armed Forces and who died on or after April 25, 1951 certain former members of the Selected Reserves Who Is Eligible to Receive the Burial Flag?   Generally, the flag is given to the next-of-kin, as a keepsake, after its use during the funeral service. When there is no next-of-kin, VA will furnish the flag to a friend making request for it. For those VA national cemeteries with an Avenue of Flags, families of Veterans buried in these national cemeteries may donate the burial flags of their loved ones to be flown on patriotic holidays. How Can You Apply? You may apply for the flag by completing VA Form 21-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes. You may get a flag at any VA regional office or U.S. Post Office. Generally, the funeral director will help you obtain the flag. Can a Burial Flag Be Replaced? The law allows us to issue one flag for a Veteran's funeral. We cannot replace it if it is lost, destroyed, or stolen. However, some Veterans' organizations or other community groups may be able to help you get another flag. How Should the Burial Flag Be Displayed? The proper way to display the flag depends upon whether the casket is open or closed. VA Form 21-2008 provides the correct method for displaying and folding the flag. The burial flag is not suitable for outside display because of its size and fabric. It is made of cotton and can easily be damaged by weather.   For More Information Call Toll-Free at 1-800-827-1000        ” - Danny"Greasy"Belcher

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  From: hgmckenzie@msn.comTo: indig@msn.com; coursey_5@hotmail.com; davelivelyhhi@gmail.com; Deast4@cox.net; DickBrannan@aol.com; esears1@bellsouth.net; frankoharaf@aol.com; kb_mckenziejr@verizon.net; ms.gail5325@yahoo.com; raremopars@frontiernet.net; rdickover1958@aol.comSubject: Thomas Jefferson's WisdomDate: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:12:35 -0500 I received this account of Thomas Jefferson and his wisdom from a friend - pass this on and you will have done your duty.   Thomas Jefferson   This is amazing. There are two parts. Be sure to read the 2nd part (in RED). Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.   At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor. At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French. At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages. At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe. At 23, started his own law practice At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America” and retired from his law practice. At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence. At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom. At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry At 40, served in Congress for two years At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society. At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party. At 57, was elected the third president of the United States. At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size. At 61, was elected to a second term as President. At 65, retired to Monticello. At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine. At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president. At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams   Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws, and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the past to lead us in the future: John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.   When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe. Thomas Jefferson   The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson   It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. Thomas Jefferson   I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson   My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson   No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson   The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. Thomas Jefferson   The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson   To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson   Thomas Jefferson said in 1802: I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.   I wish we could get this out to everyone! I'm doing my part. Please do yours.   ” - hgmckenzie@msn.com