About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Who Knew?

Thanks to a subscriber to ReturnToExcellence.net for passing along this link to a very inspiring video of the ceremony 89 year old Navy veteran Marvin Hume presents each night seven days a week from Memorial Day to mid October in Sunset Beach in Cape May Point New Jersey. There have been almost 6000 ceremoinies over the last 38 years.

Mr. Hume asks children to volunteer to help lower the flag. Many families reserve a night for their children to lower the flag a year in advance. The children are shown the proper way to fold the flag. All of the flags @ Sunset Beach are from caskets of U.S. servicemen. The ceremony includes God Bless America sung by Kate Smith, the National Anthem & Taps.

Recommend attending if you can. As our subscriber said to me "who knew?"


  1. Oh, this is lovely: we spent 2 weeks every summer in Wildwood Crest, just north of Cape May -- I've been there. And what a wonderful way to go back. God bless this good man.

    Thank you, Doug.

  2. Hi Doug,

    My Family and I have been attending that ceremony for years! It's always tearful. It's always a good idea to get there a bit early and search for "Cape May Diamonds" and then see the ruins of the concrete ship!

  3. Extraordinary! Thanks for sharing!