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Far from America’s shores, U.S. war heroes who fought and died defeating Nazi Germany have found an eternal welcome among the Dutch people. Located in the town of Margraten, near the famous Cologne-Boulogne highway built by the Romans and used by Caesar and other historical figures, the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial is the only American military cemetery located in the Netherlands. Spanning nearly 66 acres, the cemetery includes a burial area divided into 16 plots, where more than 8,300 American soldiers — most of whom lost their lives nearby — are laid to rest amid a sea of white crosses, ornamental cherry trees and flowering rhododendron shrubs. Their headstones are set in long curved rows, many of them adorned with American and Dutch flags in honor of their service and sacrifice. A wide, tree-lined mall stretches out to the flagstaff that crowns the cemetery’s crest.
Beyond the burial area, a tall memorial tower casts a long shadow over the site. Engraved on the tower are the words “In Memory of the Valor and the Sacrifices Which Hallow This Soil.”
At its base, a somber reflecting pool graces the Court of Honor, where 1,722 names of those missing in action are recorded on the Tablets of the Missing, with rosettes marking the names of those fallen who have since been recovered and identified.
Facing the reflecting pool, a statue representing all the women who have suffered the loss of a father, husband or son stands watch as three doves of peace take flight over her shoulder. The tranquility of this place stands in stark contrast to its history, when it was liberated on Sept. 13, 1944, by the U.S. 30th Infantry Division, forcing the withdrawal of German troops after a four-year occupation.
In December 1944, American forces suffered massive losses in the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) when the Germans placed a counter-attack near Bastogne. By the following March, Operation Varsity pushed the U.S. Army further into Germany, all the way to Berlin. Months later, Germany would surrender unconditionally, ending the second global conflict of the 20th century.
Ton Hermes with the Foundation for Adopting Graves American Cemetery Margraten told The Christian Post that after U.S. troops crossed the Dutch border on Sept. 12, 1944, they remained in the area for five months, staying in schools, barns and private residences.
“The local population had a very warm and friendly connection with their liberators,” Hermes said via email.
Indeed, every grave at Netherlands American Cemetery has been adopted by a local citizen.
Since 1945, residents have brought flowers to the cemetery and partnered with the foundation, which created a program known as The Faces of Margraten. When a resident received the news that “their soldier” — the soldier they had staying in their home, those who ate and drank with them — was killed, Hermes said they adopted his grave as if he was a part of their family. The Faces of Margraten collects photos of fallen soldiers and sponsors a bi-annual event at the cemetery during Dutch Memorial Day weekend, during which more than 3,000 photos are on display next to headstones and the Walls of the Missing, “bringing visitors face-to-face with their liberators,” said Hermes.
He said during that time, it’s not uncommon to see people in World War II-era military vehicles or placing a state flag at the grave of all American soldiers from that particular state. Decades after the end of the war, Hermes says locals continue to have an unbreakable bond with the fallen.
“One day, the NATO commander from Brussels visited the American cemetery in December during Christmastime. It was snowing and freezing cold. He expected to find an abandoned cemetery,” he said.
But instead, said Hermes, he saw people wandering between the graves and he asked them what they were doing under these weather conditions.
“They all answered that they visited their soldier at Christmastime to bring flowers and say a prayer, 75 years after World War II,” said Hermes.
In 1948, when the American cemetery in Margraten was appointed the only American military cemetery in the Netherlands, all American next of kin received a letter asking whether they wanted their son or husband repatriated. Many American families decided to leave their husband or son in Margraten: 8,301 were reburied at the cemetery, while 10,000 remains were repatriated back to the States.
Since then, Hermes said many graves have been adopted by families and passed on from one generation to the next.
“This is how they show their respect and gratitude for the sacrifice of these boys,” he added.
He says even today, Americans are surprised when they hear about the adoption program.
Many of them hope to get in touch with the adopting family and families feel comforted that someone is tending the grave of their father or grandfather, Hermes said.
Claudia Welzen-Holsgens can see the Netherlands American Cemetery from the farm where she works in Margraten, but her connection to the site is far deeper than that. She and her sister, Lucinda, and brother, Patrick, are the third generation in their family to care for the grave of a U.S. soldier. Their grandfather fought against the Germans and their grandmother was a nurse at a hospital in Maastricht. The two met after their grandfather stepped on a German landmine and lost his leg.
“When the war was over, the Netherlands … asked if they would adopt a grave of an American soldier,” Welzen-Holsgens said.
In 1945, they adopted the grave of T Sgt. John H. Barnhart of Kansas, who was serving in the 354th Infantry when he was killed in Germany. Since then, Barnhart’s final resting place has been entrusted to Welzen-Holsgens’ grandparents, then her parents, and now she and her siblings and their children.
“We visit the grave almost every week and on special days, like Memorial Day, all the people who adopted a grave get an invitation to this special day to come to the American Cemetery in Margraten,” she said. “Airplanes fly over the cemetery [on] that day and the cemetery is covered with flowers.”
Following the death of their grandmother and grandfather in 2002, Barnhart’s grave passed to their mother, Ria Holsgens-Coeymans (and her husband Al Holsgens). She, in turn, began a search to locate Barnhart’s family, even writing to the U.S. Embassy for assistance. After years of searching, Welzen-Holsgens’ mother was contacted by Melissa Barnhart, managing editor of The Christian Post, in 2015 after she learned of the adoption program and sought to discover who had adopted her grandfather’s grave. She wanted to thank the family for caring for a man they had never met, an American soldier who they lovingly call “their boy.” Sadly, after only a few short years of correspondence, Holsgens-Coeymans died from cancer.
Welzen-Holsgens has since adopted a second soldier, John P. Mullen of Pennsylvania, and said she is still searching for Mullen’s family.
Some families never had the chance to make the expensive trip to Europe, leading to stories like those of David Marshall, a WWII U.S. Army veteran and friend of Benedict G. Schmitt (“Smitty”), who is buried in Margraten. Marshall was a member of the 84th Infantry Division and met Schmitt when he was assigned to the 334th Infantry Regiment. The two trained together in the heavy weapons battalion and ended up both sailing to the United Kingdom.
When they arrived, they trained for two more months and then landed at Omaha Beach, before moving to the vicinity of Gulpen in the Netherlands. It was there the 84th Infantry — including Marshall and Schmitt — were drawn into the fight. The first day of combat involved a joint U.S.-British operation to clear a narrow path for the 334th to advance. As they moved forward, a German heavy artillery barrage ensued. Within 15 minutes of their first action, Marshall says Schmitt was hit by an enemy shell.
“He went out in front of me, we had six squads in our platoon, his squad went out before my squad,” Marshall said in the 2018 documentary “Remember.” “When I went out, that’s when I found him.”
Marshall says his family didn’t want Schmitt’s body sent back to the U.S., so he was laid to rest at the Netherlands American Cemetery. Decades later, Marshall says he continues to visit his friend and comrade “Schmitty” and salutes the Dutch people for honoring American soldiers who paid the ultimate price.
“I think it’s wonderful,” he said. “When I first heard about it, taking care of American graves, this is beyond the realm of what you have to do.”
According to Hermes, Dutch popular sentiment toward the U.S. remains high, with a waiting list of over a thousand would-be adopters.
“Nowadays, the popularity of adopting is bigger than ever,” said Hermes.
Hermes attributed the Dutch bond to a long relationship with the U.S., with many Americans having family roots in Europe or the Netherlands, including former U.S. Ambassador in The Hague Pete Hoekstra.
In 2018, board members of the Adoption Foundation were invited by the American World War II Orphans Network to come to Washington for a celebration, along with a men’s choir from Margraten. Hermes said the choir performed at several locations — including Arlington National Cemetery — and, along the way, “thanked the people that never knew their fathers because they were in Europe and never came back home.”
Tuesday March 29, 2022
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I love America, but my hope for the future isn’t wrapped up in the American flag. If our government imploded tomorrow and all of our freedoms were jerked from our grasp, I would mourn, but I would not throw in the towel.
Some in the Christian community discuss politics as if our future depended on the outcome of every election. They say, “Our Christian freedoms are being eroded.” Many post scandalous, hateful, degrading memes about the opposition. Some advocate for a violent overthrow of the government.
For me, I’m a free man who was bought and paid for by the mercy of God. And since He owns me, I am here only to obey Him and glorify His name. When He bought me, I surrendered my old passport and voluntarily became a citizen of his kingdom. My citizenship is in Heaven (Phil. 3:20).
Did Jesus or the apostles give a hint of obsession about worldly governments? I can’t find it. The only thing Jesus said about government was, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matt. 22:21).
Wasn’t Caesar corrupt? Weren’t elections rigged? Weren’t babies killed and innocent people executed? Did the citizens of the Roman empire have a Bill of Rights? The United States can’t hold a candle to the corruption of first-century Rome, but Jesus seemed to have no obsession with the quality of a government.
This isn’t to say we shouldn’t get involved and do good when we can — we should. But we are given specific instructions about how to be a leavening influence on culture, including politics.
Paul wrote, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Tim. 2:1–2).
He’s talking about ushering in a revolution by praying and petitioning the Almighty to bring about political change.
He wrote, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:1–2).
In my opinion, there’s no ambiguity here. This passage says what it says. God is in charge.
Yes, work to change your culture, but if it becomes illegal to worship God again, should we just wait until we get the government’s approval before we can praise him? No, the advancing borders of God’s kingdom do not wait on worldly systems.
Sure, I openly speak about elections and social issues. I faithfully cast my vote. But all of my hope is in Jesus and His kingdom, not in any political system, including the United States of America.
Jesus said, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33).
I made the decision a long time ago to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. Jesus promised that when I make his kingdom my number-one priority, God will supply all my needs, no matter how dire the political and social climate appears to be.
So far, Jesus hasn’t let me down.
The writer of Hebrews said about the persecuted saints, “They were foreigners and strangers on earth” (11:13).
Think about that. If I travel outside the United States, I don’t have the same rights as the citizens of the countries I visit. I can’t express my opinion about their government by voting in their elections. I can’t take up residence without getting permission to become a permanent resident. I am completely at the mercy of the systems that govern those countries. As a stranger in a foreign land, I often long for my humble abode on the banks of the Ouachita River.
Accepting that I’m a stranger here means I am liberated from the obligation to put my trust in anything that offers no hope beyond the here and now. It also sparks a desire to be with God in his kingdom where He wipes away every tear (Rev. 21:4).
There’s no more death, mourning, crying or pain. No corruption! No racism! No bigotry! No greed! And to top it off, our leader is a holy, righteous, perfect, all-powerful, and loving God. We will never see that in our worldly leaders. Never.
This realm in which we live is chock-full of disappointments. Sure, I experience joy and happiness here on earth, but when I look around, I can’t help but see pain and suffering: divorce, abuse, injustice, addictions, hatred, unrest, gossip, slander, discord, and other ugly sins. So, the promise to dwell with God where all that junk will be eradicated creates an intense longing to be there.
Peter wrote, “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with His promise, we are looking forward to a new Heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Pet. 3:11–13).
I love America. And yet, a better dwelling awaits.
When I tell people to act like a kingdom-driven follower of Christ, I am saying to be liberated from the disappointing rules of worldly systems. I’m saying not to let the temporary things of this world control your life.
You will never regret when you turn control of your life over to the one who is eternal, the one who is good. One day, you will dance with joy that you did not give your allegiance to the systems of this world.
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We have now come in the current calendar year to the nation’s annual observance of Memorial Day, where we honor the memory of our fellow Americans who have given the “last full measure of devotion” by sacrificing their lives on the altar of freedom.
I thank God that whenever America has needed them, men and women have answered the call to defend America’s freedom by serving in our nation’s armed services.
My father and several uncles served in WW II in the Pacific. In my generation, I have several childhood friends and teammates who died before they were 21 in Vietnam. I, like so many Americans, have enormous admiration and respect for our nation’s veterans, and especially, our fallen heroes.
However, this year I am going to extend praise beyond our nation’s war dead. Today, I want to talk about our domestic heroes, our nation’s police officers (many of them have served in the various branches of our country’s armed services before their law enforcement careers).
Our nation’s police officers put on their uniforms every day and go to work to protect our safety and freedom as American citizens. It is a dangerous job and when they say goodbye to their loved ones every morning, they never know when or if they will ever see their loved ones again this side of heaven.
Being a police officer has always been a relatively dangerous profession. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the vile and inaccurate attacks on America’s police forces by Black Lives Matter (“pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon”), violent crimes in our major cities have increased drastically, accompanied by violent pre-meditated attacks on police officers.
The myth of police waging a national campaign of violence against black men is a dangerous and libelous falsehood (the national statistics on police violence against unarmed black suspects show them to be miniscule). Nevertheless, a lie repeated often enough has the power to generate significant and deadly backlash.
As the subsequent drama of “Defund the Police” played out often violently in street protests across the nation this past year, we have witnessed and experienced a veritable tsunami of criminal violence in our nation’s major cities. Sixty-three of the nation’s sixty-six largest police jurisdictions have experienced significant increases in incidents of violent crimes.
The extent to which “Defund the Police” has been successful, it has produced tragic, but predictable results. The United States has just experienced in 2020 the largest one year increase in violent crime since such statistics started being tabulated in the late 19th century. And, this unprecedented increase has continued unabated for the first three months of 2021.
For example, in 2020 violent crimes increased by 50% in New York City, 50% in Atlanta, 33% in Chicago, and 36% in Los Angeles. In the two cities perhaps, most identified with anti-police violent protests, the increase was 114% in Minneapolis and 800% in Portland.
Some progressives have tried to blame these increases on Covid dislocations in society, but the U.S. is the only country in the industrialized world to experience this dramatic spike in crime. Everywhere else violent crime rates either were stable, or went down.
When you vilify and undermine police authority the result is predictable to anyone not blinded by ideology. As G.K. Chesterton observed many years ago, the most easily provable biblical doctrine that can be demonstrated by even casual observation of human behavior is human depravity, or “original sin.” The actual Chesterton quote is, “Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved.”
As the great Old Testament prophet Jeremiah explained, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9). God had revealed to Jeremiah that the human heart is treacherous in convincing itself that “I’m not so bad” and so deludes itself into thinking that humans are far more perfectible than is the actual case apart from the ministry of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
God knew that fallen and evil behavior will always be with us, so He ordained the civil magistrate to punish evil doers and to reward those who do that which is right. (Rom. 13:1-4).
Once again, I find myself asking the question, “Why do progressive policies so often end up hurting disproportionately those they claim to care about the most?” The economically disadvantaged are far more likely to suffer from a reduction of police presence in their communities than those who live in more affluent neighborhoods, where, if necessary, the residents can employ private security to protect themselves. And, unlike the political zealots, the economically disadvantaged know this. That is why approximately 80% of black residents in such neighborhoods are opposed to defunding the police.
We must always remember, that the police are the thin blue line standing between civilization and chaos. Does anyone reading this column really think that if the police went on strike, dangerous criminal mischief and human tragedy would not quickly ensue?
Let’s all resolve this Memorial Day to honor our nation’s war dead, and those police who have died in the line of duty. Let’s get rid of the few bad apples and let us resolve to support our living military and police and their families, and to tell them and their families how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice.
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Dr. Richard Land, BA (magna cum laude), Princeton; D.Phil. Oxford; and Th.M., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, was president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (1988-2013) and has served since 2013 as president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Land has been teaching, writing, and speaking on moral and ethical issues for the last half century in addition to pastoring several churches. He is the author of The Divided States of America, Imagine! A God Blessed America, Real Homeland Security, For Faith & Family and Send a Message to Mickey.
On Monday, Arlington National Cemetery announced that resting place for many of America’s honored fallen would not participate in the nationwide Wreaths Across America event slated on Dec. 19, voicing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic while citing the high volume of volunteers and visitors that descend upon the grounds. The notice was met overwhelmingly with disappointment and anger on social media, and several GOP lawmakers called for the decision to be reversed.
Former Navy SEAL officer Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) tweeted, “This decision to cancel #wreathsacrossamerica must be reversed immediately. Critical thinking must win out over emotion. Large areas, outside and well spaced, with masks on, is perfectly safe. Our fallen deserve to be remembered.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a former Army officer, wrote, “I encourage Army leaders to reconsider this decision. Thousands of people have marched in DC streets the past couple weekends for Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Surely volunteers can responsibly place wreaths on the graves of our fallen heroes at Arlington.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy announced, “I have directed Arlington National Cemetery to safely host Wreaths Across America. We appreciate the families and visitors who take time to honor and remember those who are laid to rest at our nation’s most hallowed ground.”
President Trump said the order came directly from him, declaring on Twitter, “I have reversed the ridiculous decision to cancel Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. It will now go on!”
As The Blaze previously reported:
Wreaths Across America is a nationwide event held at cemeteries across the country, involving the laying of wreaths at the graves of America’s fallen heroes each December. Its stated mission is to “remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve,” and “teach your children the value of freedom.”
The Wreaths Across America organization expressed its disappointment in Arlington’s decision, issuing a statement saying, “As an organization, we are shocked by this unexpected turn of events. To say we are devastated, would be an understatement.” The group noted that the event will still move forward at more than 2,400 other participating cemeteries across the U.S.
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Tammie Jo Shults was at the helm of a twin-engine Boeing 737 on Tuesday with 149 people aboard when one of the aircraft’s engines blew. At 32,000 feet, shrapnel from the blown engine smashed a window, and passengers scrambled to save a woman from getting sucked out.
The woman, Jennifer Riordan, died of blunt impact trauma of the head, neck and torso. Seven others were hospitalized with minor injuries, authorities said.
Shults took the plane into a rapid descent and made an emergency landing in Philadelphia as passengers said their prayers and braced for impact.
Hear the pilot of Southwest flight 1380 communicate with air traffic control after one of the engines of the plane fails. The flight made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Jason Boatright
Shults was a pioneer in the 1980s, paving the way for women fighter pilots to serve in the military. She was “among the first cohort of women pilots to transition to tactical aircraft,” said Navy spokeswoman Christina Sears in a statement.
Shults was a 1983 graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene in Olathe, where she earned degrees in biology and agribusiness, said Carol Best, a university spokeswoman.
She was commissioned in the Navy in 1985.
Cindy Foster, a classmate of Shults’ at MidAmerica, said Shults was met with “a lot of resistance” in the Navy because of her gender. Shults had long had a love for flying, and she chose the Navy only after the Air Force denied her a chance to become a pilot, Foster said.
Hear the pilot of Southwest flight 1380 communicate with air traffic control after one of the engines of the plane catches fire. The flight, which was heading from New York City to Dallas, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Lena BlietzJason Boatright
“She knew she had to work harder than everyone else,” Foster said. “She did it for herself and all women fighting for a chance. … I’m extremely proud of her. She saved a lot of lives.”
Foster said that not only was Shults among the first female fighter pilots, she was the first woman to fly an F/A-18 Hornet for the Navy. Shults once had an instructor who said he found it “degrading” for a woman to be in the cockpit, according to a story in the San Antonio Express-News.
“I told him Congress has stated that I am going to be here. If you don’t like that, vote,” Shults recalled for the publication.
Shults eventually transitioned into a role as an instructor pilot. She remained on active duty until 1993 and was in the Naval Reserve until her retirement in 2001, according to the Navy.
Foster recalled Shults’ calm demeanor and disciplined lifestyle, remembering their days on the college volleyball team. Later, Shults was in Foster’s wedding.
“She said she wasn’t going to let anyone tell her she couldn’t,” Foster said.
Kim Young, another longtime friend, said she wasn’t surprised by Shults’ composure during the emergency.
“That’s what she does, and she’s good at it,” she said.
Young said Shults’ military training prepared her to handle the emergency calmly.
Kevin Garber, the director of alumni relations for MidAmerica Nazarene, said Shults gave a speech to about 30 people last spring on campus. Garber recalled how Shults advocated for diversity in the workforce and encouraged women to crack through in male-dominated fields.
“She had tenacity to do something that excelled beyond the norm of what women were allowed or expected to do,” Garber said of Shults’ success as a pilot. “She pushed the limits and became what she strived for.”
Shults was commended by passengers for her cool-headed handling of the emergency.
Her voice remained calm as she communicated with air traffic control in Philadelphia.
“We have a part of the aircraft missing, so we’re going to need to slow down a bit,” Shults said from the cockpit. Later, she adds, “They said there’s a hole and … and, uh, someone went out.”
Passenger Alfred Tumlinson said Shults had “nerves of steel.”
Added Eric Zilbert, another passenger, “The plane was steady as a rock after (the engine blew). I didn’t have any fear that it was out of control.”
Diana McBride Self, who wrote on Facebook that she was aboard Flight 1380, thanked Shults for navigating the plane to safety.
“Her grace and knowledge under pressure were remarkable,” she wrote. “She came through the plane personally to check on us after she landed our crippled airplane. … We were truly all in amazing hands.”
Shults lives outside San Antonio and is married to a pilot.
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THE WONDERFUL SILENT MAJORITY OF VETERANS WITH FULL SACRIFICE, INTENT, AND PURPOSE REVEALED. AND, WITHOUT THE MEDIA EXPOSURE THEY SO WELL DESERVE AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED.
You’ll never see this picture on the front of Time Magazine, or any
other magazine for that matter.
Neither will you see it going viral in FaceBook or sent and re-sent through the Internet — and yet, it should be … Photo of the year!
We see lots of pictures of wounded male veterans, but women vets get wounded and maimed too. You may need to take a second, closer look though. The first thing I saw was a bunch of beautiful smiles.
Study this picture again. Let the story it tells sink in. These women and many others, as well as their male comrades, paid this price for our freedom. And, they did it for less than what welfare recipients are paid.
There is more patriotism and class in those 11 ladies than the majority of members of Congress and all other occupants off the seats of government agencies, combined!!!
And a HELL of a lot more than those over-paid athletes who choose to “take a knee” when the National Anthem is played!!!
These ladies risked injuries and many who are not in the picture died for America.
GOD BLESS ALL OF THEM !!! Let’s see if this goes viral.
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“The companies who take care of veterans, service members and our families do so to thank us for our service,” he told The Western Journal. “We should thank them in return by patronizing their services or products.”
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Some of the more prominent companies compiled in a list by MilitaryBenefits.info are below.
Dunkin’ Donuts is donating $10,000 to Homes For Our Troops and will provide a year’s worth of Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup pods along with a new Keurig coffeemaker to up to 100 veterans who have been or will be provided new specially adapted homes by the organization. Home For Our Troops’ mission is “to build and donate specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.”
Cracker Barrel will donate 20 percent of its proceeds from online and in-store purchases of its Lodge cookware between Oct. 30 and Nov. 11 to Operation Homefront. The funds raised will be donated in the form of gift cards to help provide holiday meals to military families across the country.
eBay for Charity and Home For Our Troops are holding a special online auction featuring celebrity autographed items, as well as tickets and back stage passes to various events. The auction ends Nov. 14. Among the 70 items people can bid on are a “Thor” movie poster autographed by Chris Hemsworth, a “Gardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” movie poster signed by the entire cast, a Fonz T-shirt autographed by Henry Winkler, Doc Marten sneakers signed by Whoopi Goldberg, a Dallas Mavericks jersey autographed by Dirk Nowitski, and a “Hamilton” play poster signed by the entire cast.
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iHOP will be donating $1 from every purchase of a Red, White & Blue combo from Nov. 1-30 to support the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. The organization provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in military service.
The New York Stock Exchange will give 100 percent of its trading proceeds on Veterans Day to Headstrong, which is an organization that provides mental health services to veterans. Headstrong explains on its website: “As veterans ourselves, we know how tough it can be to overcome the hidden wounds of war. We’ve lost friends, made the same choices, and walked the same ground. That’s why we built Headstrong – because we know that if you have the courage to get help, and you get the right help, you can overcome the hidden wounds of war.” According to a report released by the Department of Veterans Affairs last year, approximately 20 veterans take their own lives each day.
At Outback Steakhouse, from Nov. 8 through January 2, 2018, customers can add $1 to their check to be directly donated to Operation Homefront and every donation of $5 or more will be used to purchase Outback gift cards that will be shared with military families. Further, for every purchase of a Foster’s Lager Big Bloke, MillerCoors will donate $1 to Operation Homefront. The organization helps military families going through difficult financial circumstances and does other outreaches to support the military community throughout the year.
Pet Supplies Plus will match every “like” and “share” of a Facebook post with a $1 donation, up to $5,000, to Patriot PAWS Service Dogs. The group provides service dogs to disabled veterans.
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Regal Cinemas will donate $1 for every large popcorn purchased on November 11 to the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Baskin Robbins will donate 11 cents from every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day to the United Service Organizations.
Lone Star Steakhouse will give 10 percent of its proceeds on Veterans Day to the Snowball Express. The Snowball Express’ mission is, “Providing hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. In December each year we bring children together from all over the world for a four-day experience filled with fun activities, like sporting events, dances, amusement parks and more.” The purpose is to create “opportunities for joy, friendship, and communal healing, by connecting these families to one another.”
Hair Cuttery, as part of its Share-a-Haircut Program, will donate a free haircut gift certificate to local veterans organizations for every haircut purchased on Veterans Day.
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Sports Clips, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 11, will donate $1 for every hair cut to the VFW’s “Sport Clips Help a Hero” program, which provides scholarships to veterans.
O’Charley’s restaurant will donate $0.25 for every 22 oz. beer sold through Veterans Day Weekend to the Folded Flag Foundation. The organization supplements the death benefits and provides scholarships to dependents of service members killed in combat.
Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant, from Nov. 9 to Nov. 12, will donate $1 for every Chile con Queso appetizer sold to support Home For Our Troops.
Pilot Flying J is donating a portion of its proceeds, up to $25,000, for the sale of 20 to 24 ounce PhilMor travel coffee refills on Veterans Day to Wreaths Across America. Each December, the organization coordinates wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 states and overseas on National Wreaths Across America Day.
Waffle House will send a coupon for a free waffle for donations made between Sept. 11 and Nov. 11 to the Waffle House Mission: ABLE, which supports the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Waffle House will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000.
Christmas Decor will donate their products and services to decorate the homes of military families. The company explains on its website: “With more than 300,000 American soldiers deployed overseas this holiday season, families across the nation are facing the challenge of preparing for the holidays without their loved ones. Christmas Decor has stepped in to light up the homes of the families of these brave men and women.”
In addition to supporting veterans organizations, many restaurants and other companies will be honoring those who served with free meals and other discounts and giveaways on and around Veterans Day. USA Today compiled a list.
URL of the original posting site: http://clashdaily.com/2017/09/haunting-just-released-pics-911-terrorist-attack-usa-sobering/?
They show what it was like to be inside the Pentagon and at the World Trade Center after the attack.
There are also some candid photos of President Bush and his advisors in the moments immediately following the attack.
It’s been 16 years since the horrific September 11th attacks that left 2,996 people dead and more than 6,000 others wounded in America.
To mark the harrowing anniversary, the Department of Defense has released dozens of astonishing and rare images showing the aftermath of the attack inside the Pentagon and at the World Trade Center.
They were hit by planes on that fateful morning during a series of coordinated attacks by al Qaeda hijackers.
Another plane, United Airlines Flight 93, crash landed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers stopped the terrorists from hitting their intended target.
The powerful photos include candid shots of then-President George Bush as he came to terms with the horrifying attack on the United States.
Source: Daily Mail
The photos of President Bush
ClashDaily contributor, John Cardillo, posted a timeline of what happened on 9/11 on his Facebook page:
The World Trade Center photos
Images after American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon:
The following prayer for our Nation was adapted from Psalms 80.
Hear us, our Heavenly ABBA Father, You who lead Your Church in America. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth before Your people. Awaken Your might; come and save us.
Restore us, ABBA Father; make Your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
How long, Lord God Almighty, will Your anger smolder against the prayers of Your people? You have fed us with the bread of tears; You have made us drink tears by the bowlful. You have made us an object of contention to our neighbors, and our enemies mock us.
Restore us, ABBA Father; make Your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
You transplanted a vine from Europe; You drove out the nations and planted it. You cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land. The mountains are covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches. Its branches reached from Sea to Sea, its shoots from Canada to Mexico.
Why have You broken down our nation so that all who pass by pick its grapes? People who have come here illegally, acting like Boars from the forest ravage our economy, resources and taxes, while those from within who hate You, all You Stand for, Your Word and especially Your Church, they act as insects from the fields destroying your inspired Constitution and our Liberty.
Return to us, God Almighty! Look down from heaven and see! Watch over this vine, the root Your right hand has planted, the Branch You have raised up for Yourself. Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire; at Your rebuke Your people perish.
Let Your hand rest on the man at Your right hand, the son of man, Jesus our Lord and Savior Who You raised from the dead for our salvation. We will never turn away from You; revive us, and we will call on Your name.
Restore us, ABBA Father, Lord God Almighty; make Your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
In Jesus Mighty Name above all names, AMEN!
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For the past 16 years, Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers has stood in the middle of 23rd Street near the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Wall where he shows his appreciation to each passing rider, many of whom served in the U.S. Armed Forces themselves.
However, the patriotic demonstration in 2016 was particularly awesome, as Chambers brought along a special guest — his bride.
Chambers and Lorraine Heist exchanged vows and toasted the crowd with cans of Budweiser on Sunday, May 29, 2016 in the Marine’s usual 23rd Street spot just before the annual Rolling Thunder ride commenced, according to The Daily Wire.
The excitement of getting married didn’t stop Chambers from taking on his role as “The Saluting Marine,” and this time, he was joined by his wife who also waved at the passing riders with appreciation for their patriotism.
“For me, this annual POW/MIA demonstration is all about doing what is right for the men and women who were sent to war and never came home and the families left behind,” Chambers wrote in a special piece for the Washington Times. “We owe nothing less than accountability and closure.”
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The Marine explained how he “accidentally” found out about the Rolling Thunder in 2001 when he was stationed at the Pentagon and visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial during Memorial Day weekend. The next year, Chambers returned to the same spot in full dress and walked around thanking veterans and families for their sacrifices, but he wanted to do more.
“I marched into the middle of the street and popped up the salute,” he said. “The riders passed by me on both sides, and soon I could see tears running down some of their cheeks. I was reaching them.”
Even when he became weary, as the ride can last up to five hours, Chambers remained standing and saluting — acknowledging a “sacred connection” between him and each biker.
“At the end of my first salute in 2002, hundreds of veterans thanked me for giving them a ‘welcome home’ they never received,” he said.
The year Chambers chose to dedicate his wedding day to the patriotic demonstration, his new wife stood for hours in her wedding dress welcoming and thanking the patriots alongside her Marine husband — an act that didn’t go unnoticed.
A widow whose husband had committed suicide after he returned home from war was participating in the parade that year and stopped to hug Chambers’ wife.
“She informed Lorraine that she was standing for her!” the Marine wrote about the encounter on his website. “Very powerful and put it in perspective for both of us.”
He also noted that his bride looked “so amazing” in her wedding dress and said he was “so lucky” to have a woman who supported his efforts as the Saluting Marine.
URL of the original posting site: http://girlsjustwannahaveguns.com/memorial-day-say-thank/
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Oklahoma State University is located at Stillwater, Oklahoma.
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Tocqueville described the conditions which would draw Americans into war, certainly applicable to World War I: “When war has at length, by its long continuance, roused the whole community from their peaceful occupations, and ruined their minor undertakings, the same passions which made them attach so much importance to the maintenance of peace will be turned to arms…”
Historian Erick L. McKitrick described Tocqueville’s observation of the kind of patriotism that would become a hallmark of the American republic in relation to an “Austrian peasant of 1914 being conscripted into the imperial army”:
“The powers above” he might have said, “tell me that I must go and do my duty; therefore, of course, I must.” This is the tradition of authority, acceptance, and obedience. The same tradition can also be one of revolution and mutiny: there is something removed from the community scene, yet something focused and personified in the heads of the state, that can specifically be resisted… Yet in our own military tradition, such as it is, there are no such themes, either of implicit acquiescence or revolt. The conviction that our military enterprises are just and righteous does not flow automatically from on high…
Where do the convictions of the righteousness of American soldiers and the justice or their cause emanate from?
“…They emanate, in a special sense, from ourselves. Nobody, for instance, wants very much to be drafted for military service, but the sanctions are hard to ‘mutiny’ against; they come not so much from the President as from a ‘local board composed of your neighbors.’”
In keeping with the American tradition of venerating those who serve, in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first Armistice Day specifically to commemorate those who had fought in the First World War. The date holds special significance because it marked the end of hostilities in the “war to end all wars” on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.
The poor treatment of returning veterans after the Vietnam War was an outlier to this long-term trend and was a product of the culture war that divided Americans at that time and still does today. However, Americans have mostly doubled down in their devotion to returning veterans since that time, as there are now more generations who have returned home from fighting on our behalf.
There is a common perception that America is becoming more self-obsessed and narcissistic, unable to care about or comprehend such notions as duty or devotion to country. While this is often sadly the case, there is another side to this country that hasn’t lost these defining features.
I recently visited the World War II monument in Washington, DC, which is an appropriate and profound tribute to the generation that fought and won the greatest conflict in world history. Though I came to pay my respects, I was enraged at the large number of tourists who treated the memorial as if it were nothing more than a park for personal amusement. Selfie sticks abounded, and a number of people were wading in the central pool that clearly had a sign “Do not put your feet in the water.”
This spectacle left me feeling despondent about the future of the country and ashamed about what past generations would think of the American people in the 21st century. However, my entire perception changed in an instant as a sudden stream of veterans arrived at the monument as part of the Honor Flight program.
Though seeing these distinguished men and women was special, what was perhaps even more important was the sudden and impromptu outpouring of devotion from the ordinary Americans who witnessed their arrival. Gone were the selfie sticks, and in their place appeared handshakes and personal thanks for the veterans’ service.
On this Veterans Day, it should be the duty of every American who still believes in the principles that this country was founded upon—and in the men and women who fought on its behalf—to make some tribute or gesture of thanks. It was established as a custom and a sign of respect to those who have fought for our country to hold a brief moment of silence at 11:00 AM, a tradition that every American should uphold.
This year marked the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Not insignificantly, Barack Obama intentionally ignored God in his July 4th “video tribute to America.”However, the signers of the Declaration of Independence—and the majority of America’s 200 Founders—were quite clear: they believed in the God of the Bible. They consistently and publicly acknowledged and thanked God; their speeches, statements, and letters total many tens of thousands of volumes of books.
Unlike the U.S. Supreme Court of the last century, the Constitution communicates the Founder’s intentions by acknowledging both Christianity and Jesus Christ.
When the delegates deliberated over each word when writing the First Amendment, they did so within a specific religious and historical context— influenced by Christianity. In fact, George Mason proposed that the First Amendment include the following terminology:
“[A]ll men have an equal, natural and unalienable right to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that no particular sect or society of Christians ought to be favored or established by law in preference to others.” (Rowland, 1892, 1:244).
The Annals of Congress, records of their deliberations, evidence the Framers’ discussions about “religion” pertained to Christianity—not Islam, not Hinduism, not Buddhism, and not Judaism (Annals of Congress, 1789, pp. 440ff; Story, 1833, 3.1873:730-731).
Furthermore, Section 7 of Article I, refers to Christianity, not any other religion: “If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it….”
If this exception were made for Jews, Congress would have stated, “Saturdays excepted;” if for Muslims, “Fridays excepted.” If for people practicing no faith, delegates would have specified that the government be closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Yet the Founders specified: “Sundays excepted,” recognized the importance of the Christian faith to America’s founding.
Their Christian worldview primarily explains the Founders’ reasoning to intentionally insert two Religion Clauses to prohibit federal government interference.
Significantly, the U.S. Constitution closes with the following words after Article VII: “Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth …”
The Framers intentionally used the “Year of our Lord” (English for the Latin “Anno Domini,”A.D.). Granted, all western Christiansocio-political cultures have recorded time—dates and calendars of events—based on the person of Jesus Christ. Datesprior to Christwere recorded as B.C. (“Before Christ”).The Framers could have used a nominal pluralistic, multi-cultural, or politically correct designation like C.E. (“Common Era”) and B.C.E. (“Before the Common Era”). If they wanted to historically date the Constitution according to the Islamic calendar they would have used “A.H.” (“Anno Hegirae,” “in the Year of the Hijrah”), referring to Muhammad’s escape from Mecca in A.D. 622, officially marking Islam’s beginning.
The adjective, “Our Lord,” didn’t refer to a generic deity or to God as father or creator. It explicitly referred to Jesus Christ, who Christians (not anyone else) worship as the Son of God.
The Founder’s commitment to the Bible is noteworthy. Prior to the Revolutionary War, King George prohibited American colonists from printing the Bible in English. However this changed after the Battle of Yorktown when colonists first became free of British policies. In 1782 Congress, in its entirety, approved printing the Bible in English. On the first page of each newly printed Bible read: “Resolved, that the United States in Congress assembled … recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States.”
John Adams, one of the most influential Founders, wrote in his diary and to his beloved friend Thomas Jefferson,
“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts that there exhibited… What a Utopia—what a Paradise would this region be! The Bible is the best book in the world.”
It was no accident that “In God We Trust” and “Annuit Coeptis” (Latin, “God has favored our undertaking”) were first printed on American currency—to be used as the basis for all financial transactions.
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in, and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors his tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly for they knew where of he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer, for ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer for a Veteran died today.
He won’t be mourned by many, just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family, going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing, ‘Tho a Veteran died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing, and proclaim that the were great.
Papers tell of their life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country and offers up his life.
The politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate, to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary Veteran, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension, small.
It is not the politicians with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out, with his ever-waffling stand?
Or would you want a Veteran, his home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran, who would fight until the end.
He was just a common Veteran, and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us – We may need his likes again.
For when countries are in conflict, we find the Veteran’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say:
Jury selection for the trial for Eddie Routh, the man who killed American Sniper Chris Kyle and fellow Navy SEAL Chad Littlefield, is supposed to begin this week in Stephenville, Texas.
For months we’ve been hearing that Eddie suffered from PTSD and that the VA is to blame for not getting him on potent enough dope, or too-potent dope; and failed to farm him out to an exorcist to have his war demons banished forever; and thus, the VA is the reason Eddie snapped and killed an American icon and his fellow SEAL friend.
Heck, I’m surprised we haven’t heard “The Low Blood Sugar Excuse” tossed out there as the reason Routh killed Kyle: “Eddie, you see, has low blood sugar, and if he‘d had a Snickers, Chris would still be alive.”
Or… or… “Eddie could have also killed Chris and Chad because his third grade teacher never called on him during class when he raised his hand, and that wounded his inner-child, and that’s why Eddie murdered two stellar and innocent soldiers who were trying to help him.”
Why not parlay those excuses as well? The aforementioned makes about as much sense as the PTSD defense that’s been batted around on Eddie’s behalf. A pretext, mind you, that is currently getting severely hammered by the Warfighter Foundation.
Check it out …
The Warfighter Foundation alleged that Eddie Ray Routh, 27, the Marine veteran accused of murdering Navy SEAL Kyle two years ago, never saw combat nor experienced traumatic situations during his time serving overseas.
Eddie Routh served one tour in Iraq in 2007, at Balad Air Base (the 2nd largest U.S. installation in Iraq), with no significant events. No combat experience. Let me say that again, he NEVER SAW COMBAT or any aspect of traumatic events associated with a combat deployment (i.e. incoming mortar or rocket fire). He never left the base, EVER.
The Warfighter Foundation, a nonprofit veterans group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain information about Routh’s service record. It was through the information they received that the group discovered Routh had not experienced any type of combat.
Matter of fact, the base that Mr. PTSD was stationed at was pretty cush.
According to MilitaryBases.com:
Joint Base Balad benefited from some of the best facilities. It was almost a luxurious installation. The military troops had access to swimming pools, dancing lessons, a movie theater, American restaurants and snack bars. The housing facilities were just as advanced. The facilities were probably some of the most important factors that drew the celebrities and officials’ attention during their visits.
Sounds rough, eh? Pools, Pizza Hut, Dancing, Movies … holy crap… oh, the pain.
Garsh … that’s enough to push even the strongest amongst us over the edge and compel one to murder innocent friends who’re trying to help you out, right? No? Yeah, I guess you’re right. Sounds like BS to me, also. However, maybe Eddie imagined, like Brian Williams, that he was actually in war, when he wasn’t, and that’s how he got PTSD. That’s a possibility…
Another interesting twist in The PTSD Eddie Routh Ruse came from the laptop of Walid Shoebat last week. Walid, an expert in all things Islam, points out some interesting and very overlooked ditties about Eddie.
Check out these interesting, and Islamic, nuggets from Walid …
When we evaluate cases for potential Muslim terrorists, we always look for physical signs like a trimmed mustache and a beard that is lesser trimmed. And when it comes to a crime that was committed, we look at who the victims are. In the story on Eddie Routh who murdered Chris Kyle, there are signs of concern, especially the facial hair, it does match the profile of a convert.
Also, Routh was a prison guard over Muslim terrorists at Balad Airbase in Baghdad in 2007. He never served in battle, but spent most of his time looking and talking to Muslims in jail. He could have likely interacted with the inmates and got converted; prison has a higher conversion rate than any mosque. Also, why would he kill a Navy SEAL who was known to have killed so many terrorists? [Especially, given that Kyle had a price on his head?]
Examining [Kyle’s] killer gives also clues. “During a phone call with his father, Routh expressed sympathy for the detainees and discontent over how the US was conducting the war as well as his reluctance to engage in combat” and “While working as a guard at Balad Air Base, Routh laments his [Muslim] prisoners’ poor living conditions”.
Let’s sum up Shoebat’s alarms:
Sounds kinda weird to this redneck, but then again maybe Eddie really admired Abe Lincoln’s facial hair.
Nothing stirs up the red, white, and blue coursing through my veins faster than hearing a talented singer completely rock out “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
If it’s done correctly, it brings a tear to my eye and gives me goosebumps as I reflect on how awesome this country really is. It reminds me that despite all of the bad junk going on with our corrupt government, this nation is truly worth fighting for, and in the end, we will be victorious in restoring her to her former glory.
This is exactly how I felt when I heard this young man belt out our National Anthem with the full respect the song demands. It’s simply amazing.
But on Thursday, 12-year-old Quintavious Johnson — a contestant on the 9th season of “America’s Got Talent” — provided a beautiful rendition of the song that earned him quite a bit of praise.
Performing at the Thanksgiving Day game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears, Johnson inspired the masses with a perfect delivery of the national anthem.
This is so awesome. I think we should all watch it again. Go ahead. Really. I’ll wait.
What makes this version of the song so special is that there have been so many terrible live versions sung at sporting events that each time a video gets posted of the latest one, it’s usually because someone flubbed it, not because they did a stellar job like Johnson did with the tune.
Hopefully this song will brighten your day and remind you how great America is. While things are bad, they could always be worse, so take hope. We’re fighting for freedom, and you know what? It’s a war we can actually win.
I make no apologies for publishing this before Thanksgiving. When I hear of a retailer who is doing wonderful things for our military, I want to get the word out immediately.
Jerry Broussard of WhatDidYouSay.org
“I know I needed this reminder, since Sears isn’t always my first choice. It’s amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and Sears hasn’t withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?’
“What commitment you say? How does Sears treat its employees who are serving in our military? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being on active duty. Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all employees who are serving. I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears at least once this year. Be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement & feedback it well deserves.’
“I decided to check this before I sent it forward. So I sent the following e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department: I received this e-mail and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it’s cheaper at that store.”
It’s verified! By: http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/sears.asp
This is their answer to my e-mail:
America has officially honored its veterans on Nov. 11 since 1954, when an act of Congress changed the name from Armistice Day, recognizing the 1918 ceasefire between Germany and Allied nations. Veterans Day became a federal holiday to honor those who have served in the U.S. military.
The video below features excerpts from President Ronald Reagan’s Veterans Day remarks on Nov. 11, 1985. Speaking to a crowd at Arlington National Cemetery, Reagan emphasized that peace must be maintained through the strength of the courageous.
“Peace is only maintained and won by those who have clear eyes and brave minds,” said Reagan. “In memory of those who gave the last full measure of devotion, may our efforts to achieve lasting peace gain strength.”
on August 10, 2020