I think this whole organized religion thing is silly to begin with. However, the sight of a cross or Star of David does not offend me, bother me, or anything. The idea of separation of church and state has nothing to do with eliminating religion. It was designed to limit one religions over influence and oppression of the population and infringement upon our basic democratic principles.
On July 13, 2014, American Legion Post 473 and VFW Post 5010 of Freeland, Pa., honored recipients of the Purple Heart with a dedication service. The dedication was hosted by Post 473 Commander Gerald Gaffney and Post 5010 Commander William DeFrancesco. Speaking at the ceremony were congressman Louis Barletta and Judge Thomas Munley. During this ceremony at the beautiful Freeland Public Park, a shining new monument was unveiled. Under the shade of the park's grand old oak trees, the monument was dedicated to those who have earned one of America's most honored medals: the Purple Heart.
The Lutz-Land O’Lakes American Legion Post 108 places small American flags on the grave of each identifiable veteran at the Lutz cemetery three times a year. We do this on each Independence Day, Veterans Day and Memorial Day and have been doing these postings for many years.
We posted approximately 165 flags during the last posting in the Lutz cemetery on July 3. The flags remain for about three days and are recovered by the post for use on the next occasion.
Henderson County, Ky. - home of two Medal Of Honor winners, World War II veteran Luther Skaggs Jr. and Vietnam War veteran Gary Littrell (still living) - honors all our fallen soldiers in Henderson County by placing crosses in Central Park. At last count there were approximately 4,700 crosses, which has grown from the original 49 first honored in 1947 when this began.
On Memorial Day 2014, a day on which we remember those who made their final call while on active duty, American Legion Homer White Post 66 of Hiawatha, Kan., made a special dedication to a fallen Vietnam hero and a tribute to all veterans with a U.S. flag pole and a special carved stone.
The stone reads, “DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF CPL JAMES “JC” STRUBE US ARMY KILLED IN ACTION JUNE 11, 1969 VIETNAM A TRIBUTE TO HIM AND ALL VETERANS LET US NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES.” The post's Memorial Day activities included speeches by Lt. Col. Erich Campbell and Col. William W.
Almost 70 years after the end of World War II, a new Dutch project will remember the thousands of soldiers who have been buried in the American War Cemetery and Memorial Netherlands in Margraten, Netherlands.
This is the year in which the Netherlands celebrates and commemorates the 70th anniversary of its liberation and Operation Market Garden.
Each year, Paradise Post 149 participates in the annual Flags Over the Dam, a procession from Hoover Dam to the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev. Nearly 1,000 riders from across the community converge on the Arizona side of Hoover Dam and are then escorted across the dam and to the cemetery for memorial services. There are no speeches from politicians, only the heartfelt remembrance of those who served before us, with simple ceremonies by veterans for veterans.
Photo | Bruce Quackenbush for the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation
Radio show host and Air Force veteran Rick Crandall broadcasted his Memorial Day show in 2000 from the Normandy Cemetery at Omaha Beach to honor the fallen at the site. The message, spanning the Atlantic, sparked a discussion between Crandall and listeners back home in Colorado: How many fallen Coloradans, buried around the world, had visits from home?
“It just sat with me wrong ... nobody had been to see them.
More than 100 flags representing area veterans fly on Memorial Day weekend at the city cemetery in Westmoreland, Kan., thanks to Post 186.
The decades-long tradition of flying one flag for each Westmoreland-area veteran originally used the casket flags, donated by families for the event. The City Fathers began the tradition, but Post 186 adopted it.
What was once a petroleum-contaminated property was cleaned up and is being reused in a way that has both enhanced the environment and enriched the community of Seymour, Wis.
Recreational park space in many downtown areas is limited and does not always meet the needs of the local community.
Photo | Vietnam War Foundation Museum from the Vietnam War Foundation
Craig LaMountain returned from Vietnam, but his brother Betal didn’t. Craig went first, and after his return, Betal was stationed in Danang. He was a naval aviator who went missing. He was never found.
“He wanted to fly from day one. Fate took him, but that’s life,” Craig said.
“I had a welcome back party my cousin attended, and he left the next day for Vietnam,” Craig said.
The community of Trafford, Pa., was founded in 1904 by inventor and entrepreneur George Westinghouse. When the country was thrown into the first World War, the citizens of Trafford answered the call and sent hundreds of their boys off to fight. Community members rallied behind their men and pitched in to provide support for the nation. Most of the men from the Trafford community returned home. A few men did not.
To honor all those who served in the war, a bronze tablet and granite stone were created by the citizens to be installed in Trafford’s community park.
Cape Coral, Fla., claims to have the first monument (not memorial) that honors veterans from both Iraq wars: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-2011, and Gulf Storm 1991.
The town has a penchant for honoring veterans. Four Mile Cove Eco Park, where the monument stands, actually has four others honoring veterans of different wars.
Civil War veteran Eri D. Woodbury's Medal of Honor | Image from Cheshire Historical Society
Since the Medal of Honor was created during the Civil War, less than 4,000 veterans have received the nation's "highest award for valor in action." Two of those recipients, heroes who come so few and far between, hail from Cheshire, Conn.
"It was I suppose a coincidence, but coincidence or not, it's noteworthy," said John White, Navy veteran and Cheshire resident. (White's name may ring a bell, as he lobbied for President George Washington to receive a posthumous Medal of Honor.
What do a shoe cobbler, a car dealer, and an ex-police officer have in common? Being normal occupations, most will assume the answer to be nothing.
However, the small community of Libby, Montana, knows better than to make that assumption. These three men are all military veterans who found themselves united in the pursuit of a single dream. This shared dream led each man on an extraordinary mission to establish a local memorial for military veterans.
In talking with them it becomes apparent that the meaning of “Service to Country” is near and dear to their hearts.
Almost a half-century after his service, John Burnam saw the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument dedicated. He learned about their work firsthand during his second tour in Vietnam, when he served as a scout-dog handler with the Army.
“I knew what it was like to face the enemy but I didn’t know what it was like to take a dog out on patrol,” he said.
Burnam learned to watch their ears, the skin on their backs, listen to their breath, watch if their mouths closed because they'd smelled something ominous.
Guns n Hoses Pipes n Drums of Southwest Florida will honor the 69th anniversary of the iconic raising of the flag on Iwo Jima, by playing Feb. 23 at the Iwo Jima monument in Cape Coral, Fla. The American Legion ceremony will include music, fanfare and a flag ceremony. It will be the third such ceremony Guns n Hoses has participated in.
Many veterans attend, even some who served at Iwo Jima.
“It was great to see them," Legionnaire Chuck Marklin said. "We perform for their pleasure as well as in honor of the monument. ...
The apartment complex for seniors and disabled people where I live, Alpine Manor Apartments in Texas, recently had a large palm tree at the entrance taken down. As the tree has been dead for 10 years, it was a good decision.
However, rather than try to remove the stump, one of the workmen, Paul Garcia, a veteran and fellow Airborne Trooper, carved the stump into a bench and placed a POW/MIA flag on it. I took the photo. Many others have not come home, and all of us need to express our support.
The original idea, hatched in 2001 at Post 341 in Bella Vista, Ark., was simple enough: a granite wall of honor commemorating veterans from all branches of service, from all American wars since 1776, in the style of a similar monument in Mountain Home, Ark.
It would take $700,000 and more than a decade, but this idea would be realized several-fold.
Leonard Eisert’s brother had helped the project in Mountain Home and told Eisert about the veterans’ council they had formed.
Post 16 in Lynchburg, Va., unveiled a Purple Heart Memorial last spring, to honor those veterans wounded or killed in service. The Military Order of the Purple Heart's local chapter donated the $9,000 memorial to the post, former Commander Leslie Baker said.
The post dedicated the memorial, a three-year project, and the Walk of Honor, a path of engraved bricks leading to the monument, in a Veterans Day ceremony.
The memorial greets visitors and members outside the Legion's front entrance and faces those driving by.