VSOS UNITE TO BUILD A MEMORIAL FOR FAMILIES AND VETERANS
Veterans and local citizens join forces to create a unique tribute to all veterans of all wars and their families, overlooking beautiful Mobile Bay.
“Tears of Sorrow – Tears of Joy” is a larger-than-life sculpture set in a fountain overlooking Mobile Bay.
A woman stands on a marble disk cradling a folded flag with the field of stars toward the heavens. Her head is bowed in honor of a fallen soldier who has made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. On an adjoining marble disk are a soldier and a young boy.
On Aug. 22, 2015, Johnston, Ohio, Post 254 had a huge day. We dedicated our new memorial, celebrated Purple Heart recipients and ended with a dignified flag-disposal ceremony. They were all great, however I want to tell you about the monument. Post members have long wanted to give to both the veterans and the community. The early vision was a "Walk of Honor" with pavers like we are all used to seeing, but this was short-lived. Our new facility had plenty of property to build a stand-alone monument. Designs were approved by the membership and individual bricks went for sale.
Across from the County Court House is Memorial Park, to honor Broadwater County veterans who served in World War I, World War II and Korea. There is a list of veterans from those wars and behind it is the American flag.
Every Memorial Day, weather permitting, American Legion Post 42, Auxiliary Unit 42 and the SAL squadron lay wreaths at the memorial. We have a guest speaker or two, 21-gun salute and Taps. Afterwards, we have a reception at our Post club and open to the public.
Photo courtesy of Iwo Jima West Monument/Operation Home of the Brave | On May 22, Iwo Jima veterans gather about 100 yards east of the future monument and memorial site. Pictured from left to right (not including re-enactors): Damasio Sutis; John Farritor; Col. Michael Naylor; Chuck Amador; Jim Scotella, Chuck Bahde (Army Air), Robert Bergen (Navy); Edward McHenry "Iron Mike" Mervosh, honorary national chairman of Iwo Jima Monument West; and Laura Dietz, founder.
If all goes according to plan, the West Coast will be home to one of the original Iwo Jima monuments by the end of 2016.
This Purple Heart Monument was erected and dedicated by the Freeland, Pa., American Legion Post 473 and the Freeland, Pa., VFW Post 5010. Working together, these two proud veterans organizations from our small town raised over $4,000 toward this memorial through donations and fundraising.
American Legion Commander Gerald Gaffney and VFW Commander William DeFrancesco headed the project and hosted the dedication ceremony. This monument stands proudly in our Freeland Public Park War Memorial Area and serves to honor all shed blood for our country.
Michelle Hamilton and Mary Standish, Vietnam-era veterans and members of the Womens Memorial Committee, stand with the grand marshals of the Middleborough, Mass., Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015. From left to right are Michelle Hamilton, Evelyn Gatewood, U.S. Navy Korean War era, Betty Rollins, U.S. Army Vietnam era, Nikki Colburn, U.S. Navy Desert Storm era, Emma Sylvia, U.S. Army World War II, and Mary Standish.
The members of the committee and the grand marshals participated in the flag raising, laying of a wreath at the memorial and unveiling of the Women Veterans Memorial.
Brothers Carlos and Kyle Plummer have been making movies together since about 2008. They said they started by producing backyard shorts and quickly realized their passion for film.
The Plummer brothers have made several documentaries highlighting the military. Their latest is about the local Honor Flight program, which flies World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials built in their honor.
Older brother Kyle and dad Jeff took the flight with the veterans to the country's capital to film the documentary.
Mary Standish, Senior Vice Commander, American Legion Post 64 carried the American flag in the Middleboro 2015 Memorial Day parade that preceded the dedication ceremony for the Womens Memorial. Sally Nay and Sandra Keep, also members of the Massachusetts Legion, joined the parade, carrying the POW and Massachusetts state flag, respectively. The rifle was carried by SMSgt Becky Brock, U.S. Air Force, who graduated from Middleboro High School and was a supporter of the Womens Memorial committee.
Middleborough Veterans Agent Paul Provencher reached out to four women veterans to discuss the idea of having a memorial honoring women veterans in Middleboro’s Memorial Park. Of course each of us were excited at having been asked to attempt this. We came together, not having known each other, and started thinking about a design, fundraising ideas and how to raise public awareness.
We were very pleased with the local veterans groups, family, friends and local businesses that came through for us. In a little over two years we were able to put all this together and plan for the dedication.
Photo courtesy of Peter Bedrossian, program director at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
On Aug. 15, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, N.Y., will re-open to the public with a new look and new stories to tell. The changes will better represent all branches of service and offer more personal insights into the lives of Purple Heart recipients, Peter Bedrossian, the program director at the hall, said.
Returning visitors will notice "a more visually rich tapestry than we had before," Bedrossian said.
The Winona American Legion Riders stood a flag line for Post 9 during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the re-dedication of a grave at Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona.
150 years after the war ended, area folks gathered for the re-dedication ceremony of the grave of Sgt. Moses Chamberlin, who fought with Company K and suffered in the infamous Andersonville prison before coming home. He never really recovered, dying in Winona in 1865.
The grave of Civil War veteran Francis Henry Lee Barnacassel finally got a headstone 92 years after his death, thanks to Sons of the American Legion (SAL). A Civil War Veteran Monument Dedication was conducted last Friday at Waldheim Cemetery near Callaway.
At the Callaway Christmas Celebration, Keri Chesley approached the Sons informing them about Barnacassel’s grave which had no headstone, only a mortuary marker and an incorrect Grand Army of the Republic marker. He fought on the Confederate side of the war.
Chesley asked if SAL would consider putting a headstone on his grave.
Photo courtesy of Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial Facebook page | Relatives of the Air Force servicemembers and scientists who died in the USAF 9068 plane crash lower a flag into a vault at the Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial on Mt. Charleston outside Las Vegas.
The nation's first memorial devoted solely to the "silent heroes" of the Cold War, including veterans and intelligence agents, was dedicated May 29 on Mt.
SOUTH BELOIT (WIFR) -- As Americans we have many freedoms. On days like today we have the privilege of honoring the people who fought to protect those freedoms. 23 News reporter, Eric O’Brien brings us a local veteran who is helping people do just that.
"I hope more people will actually remember to thank a vet today!" Arnold Potter says.
Potter moved to this South Beloit home over 15 years ago after multiple years of service with the Air Force and Army. The flag has a special meaning to him.
"The red is for the blood that's been shed.
The music video is titled "Their Country Called" and it can be viewed at the following YouTube link:
The song was written and performed by Todd Lincoln Richards, and the video work was done by Phoebe Carter.
Retired Senior Master Sgt. Bob Greene, American Legion Post 6 commander, gives some quick instructions to a group of volunteers on where to place U.S. flags at Memorial Cemetery in Grand Forks, N.D., on May 22, 2015. More than 200 base airmen and family volunteers observed this year’s Memorial Day by placing small flags over 32 acres of cemetery plots that serve as the final resting place for more than 1,000 U.S. servicemembers. The U.S. flags placed at Memorial Park Cemetery (by South Columbia Road) were provided by the Legionnaires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)
On Saturday, May 23, 2015, the members of American Legion Post 54 of Freehold, N.J., along with SAL Squadron 54 and American Legion Riders Post 54 members, family and friends, placed U.S. flags on the graves of veterans in Maplewood Cemetery in Freehold.
For some, Memorial Day Weekend is a kickoff to summer fun. The American Legion used their holiday weekend to remind us that this holiday is about honoring our fallen soldiers and current military veterans. On Friday, May 22, the Legion placed crosses and American flags on the graves of the loyal people who served our country at the cemeteries in Ione and Metaline Falls. The ended the holiday weekend on Sunday, May 24, with a 21-gun salute by firing off World War II firearms at the Riverside Cemetery in Ione, Metaline Cemetery, and off the bridge entering the town of Metaline Falls.