Skip to comments.Marine Corps kids respect on the playground. COLORS!!
Posted on 05/03/2012 7:06:30 PM PDT by randita
This an inspiring video of young children stopping play and standing at attention when they hear the Marine Corp Colors. Kudos to their parents!
Marine Corps kids respect on the playground. COLORS!!
Very cool. Maybe there is still hope for our country.
You would be referring to this:
It brought tears to my eyes.
Partly out of love for these kids and the parents who raised them right.
And part out of pure nostalgia. Growing up a military brat, this was required behavior. What really, REALLY got me about this video was the longer than normal (to me) pause after taps, and before they played the “all clear”. (NOTE: Bear with me if I can’t remember the name of the sequence of notes after taps...it has been a long time since I thought of this daily ceremony. )
Anyway, after taps ended, the kids looked like they were all going to resume playing, but when the all clear didn’t sound, they...froze!
Yep. That brought tears to my eyes.
Funny. I remember as a kid, when we saw the guys walk out with the flag and bugle, we would make a mad dash to get under cover! If we didn’t make it though, we would stop dead in our tracks and turn around to stand still and straight. My dad was usually the XO on the base (He was a career XO) and we didn’t want to get chewed out for something like that!
I find it hilarious now, but we usually did it with no problem most of the time with the appropriate gravity, and even when we didn’t, we didn’t screw around or grabass during colors or taps.
I work on an Army installation and the fort regulations require civilians to render honors when “To the Color” is played. Unfortunately, it isn’t enforced. They are talking about having all stop lights go red when the Flag either raised or lowered to force the issue.
Anyway, well done Marine Corps. You have taught your children well.
On every Marine and Navy base all traffic stops for colors.
BTW - Just watched the video. The children did well. However, what was being played was “retreat” (end of work day) and not “to the colors.” On Army installation they play that first followed by “To the Colors” where you are supposed to be at attention and salute just as if you were hearing the National Anthem.
This is an example of “Retreat”:
This is an example of “To the Color”:
What a lovely wonderful thing to see. Going to have a proud grandmother moment here...one of my granddaughters was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society, tonight in Ohio. 4.0 grade average all year. I am so proud of her.
Aren’t they sometimes called “Evening Colors”?
It brought back a lot of memories as well. What a childhood.
Marine Corps Evening Colors
My dad would slap us silly if we didn't face the flagpole and show respect. Later, when I was in the USAF I passed on that lesson.
It is awesome to see that these kids in the video were brought up to show a deep respect for the flag. Some are no slouch at assuming the position of attention too. Impressive!
It was great, wasn’t it?
Do you remember going to movies at the base theater, and they would play the Star Spangled Banner before the movie and everyone stood up.
I had a funny experience about thirty years ago...
Poltergeist came out in 1982, and I went to see it in a theater with a bunch of friends. Now, the movie starts out with a completely black screen, so the theater is pitch black. And long before anything shows up on the screen when the movie starts, this beautiful version of the national anthem begins at a pretty good volume.
Now, I grew up as a military brat, and had just got out of the navy a couple of years before, and my muscles started twitching.
On the bases I lived and served at, they began every movie by playing the national anthem and everyone in the theater would stand up. So here I was, completely baffled, having never done this in a civilian theater, and my knees kept trying to involuntarily straighten out and bring me to my feet!
I was just about all the way up when the screen lit up, and I could see nobody else was rising, and at that point I realized it was part of the movie...:) I am certain people would have looked at me like I was some kind of weirdo...I find it really funny to look back at that now...:)
We lived on SAC bases and the alert crews had the rear rows. It was awe inspiring to see the crews in their green flight suits at national anthem time. Goosebumps still rise over the memory.
Another awesome spectacle was when the klaxon went off during a movie. Goosebumps but for a different reason. That might have been the last time we saw each other.
That would be the one, FRiend! Thanks for posting it. The contrast is stunning.
Thanks for this thread - I work with a bunch of people who are thirty years younger than me. They have no concept of what this Nation means or what it took to bring it to pass. No concept of what it will take to preserve it in the face of the attacks now being made on it.
When I was a child, I was fearful for what was to become of us. The Russians beat us into space and there was the dreaded “Missile Gap.”
I am in much greater fear now, because I believe that our populace has lost its way. I don’t believe that the young people coming into putative adulthood now have a clue as to why this Nation, after almost a quarter-millennium, is free. I’m fearful that the Fourth Estate Fifth Columnists of our valiant media have totally sold us out. I’m fearful that our pols of both major parties have been more concerned with their own aggrandizement than with the interests of their constituents.
Sorry to rant on like this. I probably won’t have to live long with the wages of all this. It’s my children I fear for. They’re being consigned to a life as subjects rather than citizens. I grieve for them. End of rant.
Thanks for that great rant. You certainly speak for me.
May God have mercy on America. She’s no longer the America we grew up with.
Thanks for your service, Screaming Eagle!
And a hearty Thank You! for your service which I would say was “above and beyond”.
Indeed. I wouldn’t trade that childhood for anything.
w & s, Colors ping....
If in uniform, you had to salute ...
As kids - we thought this was waaay cool !!!
Be glad the day they do this without being told to do it...
Be ever grateful when they learn to do it because they understand why to do it...
But still, you have a right to not express your loyalty, appreciation for what this activity represents...And that is just unfortunate...I will always render honors when called for, and if I am the only one in the crowd doing so, I can dig it...
I hope somehow my doing so will shame those who do not...
And be warned, giving me (or anyone else) grief about doing so, when you do not, at that point the gloves come off...
Those people will never be that unhappy ever again...
Excellent! I was beginning to think that the only “colors” kids are aware of are gang colors.
When I first went to work as a civilian at Fort Meade, MD, if one was driving at 1700 when Retreat was blown, one was required to come to a complete stop, exit the vehicle and face the flag. Don’t know if they still do that.
Thank you so much.
I want to hug that soldier
can you understand what he says at the beginning?
I just listened again
and the young but wonderful soldier says
It is requested that everyone maintains a level of silence and respect
that adults visiting such an homored place have to be told that
Yes...it was expected. I remember being out playing baseball or something with a large group of kids, no adults around, and when they started, everyone stopped. No clowning around or talking.
We just assumed we were being watched, and if we were horsing around, it would get back to our parents.