Msgt. Reginald W. "Reggie" George
Reginald “Reggie” George, 81, of West Springfield, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Elaine Center at Hadley. He was born on April 14, 1937, a son of the late Joseph and Irene (Jennings) George. After graduating high school, Reginald enlisted in the US Air Force and served honorably for 26 years on military bases across 13 states and 7 different countries, including serving in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. He retired from the Air Force in 1984 as a Master Sgt., having received numerous awards and citations including: Air Force outstanding Unit Award w/Valor Device, 12 Devices, Air Force Good Conduct medal w/7 Devices, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon w/5 Devices, Vietnam Service Medal w/4 devices, Marksmanship Ribbon w/1 Device, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm Device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, among numerous others. After his Air Force service, he worked for the US Postal Service as a letter carrier for 17 years. He was a life member of the following organizations: VFW #6714, DAV Chapter 55, Non-Commissioned Officers Association, The Retired Enlisted Association, American Legion Post 185 in Feeding Hills, AMVETS, and American Military Retirees Association. In his spare time, he enjoyed genealogy, golf, and bowling. Reggie will be dearly missed by his loving children; Thomas George and his wife Amy of WA, Richard George of Westfield, Veronica George of South Hadley, his sister Rosalie Miller of OR, two half-sisters; Ramona Bishop of NH, Regina Howard of VT. He is also survived by his 2 adored grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Raymond George. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018 from 3-5PM at Messier Funeral Home, 1944 Northampton St., Holyoke, MA followed by a Funeral Home Service at 5PM. The burial with Military honors will take place on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 1PM in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 476 Furnace Rd., Randolph Center, VT. Donations in Reggie’s name may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society , 9 Erie Dr, Natick, MA 01760. For more details please visit

By: Chaplain Laurie Greeley

The Meaning of A Flag-Draped Coffin
All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used GOD's word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it's high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history.
Please pass it along and be proud of the country we live in, and even more proud of those who serve to protect our 'GOD-GIVEN' rights and freedoms. I hope you take the time to read this ... To understand what A flag draped coffin really means
Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers: Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?
Have you ever noticed that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!
The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.
The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.
The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
The 5th fold is a tribute to the 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, right or wrong.'
The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.
The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.
The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their Nations motto, 'In God We Trust.'
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a 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, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.
There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.
Please share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to as the symbol of 'Liberty and Freedom.’

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.