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SonsFallen3Sons of the Fallen: A Live Movie Theater Tribute to Our Military Heroes On Tuesday, May 18, 2010 across the nation,  NCM Fathom and Conrad Ricketts, Executive Producer of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" with the support of Schwans and Ford are partnering on a one night cinema event that takes audiences on an inspiring and compelling journey to a picturesque Rocky Mountain camp where 25 boys gather for a week of camp to honor the memories of their fathers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this touching one night in-theater tribute to our Military and their families on Tuesday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Central / 6:00 p.m. Mountain / 8:00 p.m. Pacific (tape delayed), come and experience an evening of music by Clint Black and a LIVE fireside discussions with the boys and the celebrity camp mentors, current "The Celebrity Apprentice" contestant and former professional wrestler Bill Goldberg, actor Ryan Merriman ("Final Destination 3"), and host of "Sons of the Fallen" and former Indy Car racer Joey "T" Truscelli. SonsFallen1This event touches on the all too familiar losses that military families often suffer; this historic evening focuses on the resiliency and courage of the human spirit. Boys like these live in every community across the United States and this program will inspire the hero in all of us to make a difference. Learn More Participating Theaters.
thumb_TogetherSOTMay 15, 2010  is Armed Forces Day.  Right now volunteer men and woman are everywhere protecting we civilians here at home.  And in honor of the troops who do so much to protect us, hundreds of troop support groups across America ship thousands of care boxes each year to them all over the world.
Over 90% of Americans have never served in the military. I am one of them, representative of the rest.   And on behalf of all of those they protect, I thank the troops for preserving our liberties, livelihoods, and businesses.  Even though the borders of this country are penned with their blood, and even though we don't keep our national house in order, they go forth each day to protect it and give us more time.   Let's hope in the end we can all make them as proud of us as we are of them.Showings of support means a lot to them, and here is an inkling of their gratitude for the bonds between us. "I wanted to say thank you so much for sending out the care package to my airman. She received the box today and she was literally in tears and could not believe that there are people who cared enough to send her a box. She said she felt like it was Christmas or better because she has not had a Christmas since she was younger. It was great seeing her tell everyone who walked in the office about the box. Again, thank you and your team for taking the time to think of us over here and we truly do appreciate your support! " ~~ SSgt Leticia ----- "Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you so very much for the packages we received. We, the 2025th Transportation Company want you to know how appreciative we are for the phone cards, games, magazines, books, music CD's , DVD's, toiletries, the food and all the other goodies that were sent to us yesterday.  Major H---- was overwhelmed with the packages that came in and he right away distributed the goodies to all the soldiers. It is a hard road for us over here especially during the holiday season. Being away from our families is really tough but with the goodies and gifts it made everyone feel like getting into the holiday spirit. From the 2025th Transportation Company Family we would like to extend our heartfelt "Thank You" for all of your support. We will always have a place in our heart for you. " Thank you.  ~~ Major Earnest ----. Since her inception America has been unique among nations of the world.    We go further to do more good than any other nation on earth.    As acts  of freedom, not dominion.   Which is why so many foreigners want their pictures taken with our troops when they encounter them in transit. I periodically receive emails from people in other countries pining that they wished their people did for their military community the way Americans do for theirs.    You see, America is a charitable nation, with a majority who believes in the personal responsibility of doing good at the individual level.   Hence a voluntary military.  And hence the voluntary support for its members from us.  Indeed,  hundreds of charitable groups have arisen to support the troops' morale and well-being while they are deployed.   Are there amazing people in this country or what?  You will find these groups listed at www.SupportOurTroops.Org. So for Armed Force Day this year go out and find an event to participate in.   Or send a care package.   Or make a donation.   Find the core moral satisfaction in stepping up for those who step up for all of us. And to all the troops from all of us here at home, I say thank you, and may God bless and keep you safe. Martin C. Boire Chairman, Support Our Troops® Armed Forces Day 2010
[caption id="attachment_3904" align="alignleft" width="300"]SixNamesAdded Expert stoneworker James Lee cleans the work after engraving the name of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Taylor to Panel 7W, Line 81 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 4, 2010. Taylor's name is one of six added to the memorial. The new names represent veterans who survived serious injury in the war, but were determined by Defense Department officials to have died as a result of wounds sustained in the combat zone. DoD photo by William D. Moss[/caption] WASHINGTON This week, the names of six American servicemembers will join the list of other departed or missing troops featured on the intersecting black-granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Army Lt. Col. William Taylor's name was engraved at a ceremony today at the memorial on the National Mall here. The names of Marine Corps Lance Cpls. John Granville and Clayton Hough Jr., Marine Corps Cpl. Ronald Vivona, Army Capt. Edward Miles and Army Sgt. Michael Morehouse will be added later this week.The new additions are veterans who survived serious injury in the war but were determined by Defense Department officials to have "died as a result of wounds [combat or hostile related] sustained in the combat zone" that required drastic measures, such as amputation."It's an important honor to pay tribute to our nation's veterans of Vietnam, especially," said J.C. Cummings, the architect of record for the memorial. The main part of the memorial was completed in 1982. Cummings said a space on the wall allows Taylor's name to fit the chronological scheme as if his name had been in the database of fallen soldiers when the wall was first built. Of the six names being added to the wall this week, three of them can be placed as such, he said. SixNamesAdded2When these young men were over there, their units became a family, a military family," Cummings said. "We're lucky because we can put the name where it belongs, with their brothers and sisters in arms." Taylor's nephew, Thomas Carpenter, was in attendance today, along with family members of the five other servicemembers whose names are being added to the wall. Photos of each man were shown as each family gave a small tribute to their lost relative. "I'm humbled in front of this wall," Carpenter said, "where they are forever young, strong and brave." James Lee, a stoneworker whose Colorado-based company has worked at the wall since 1987, said each name takes at least a few days to prepare. Multiple test stones are used to ensure the newly engraved names match the older ones in shape, size and depth. "Every name that we add to the memorial further completes it," he said. The engravings for 11 other servicemembers, from the Army and Air Force, will be modified to reflect that they're no longer considered missing in action. The changes will bring the total number of names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to 58,267 men and women who were killed or remain missing in action. The six new names will become official when they are read aloud during the annual Memorial Day ceremony May 31 at 1 p.m. May 4, 2010: By Ian Graham-Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity
Easter2010GroupEaster is a message of love for others, and of sacrifice for others. And around this world our troops sacrifice daily for the betterment of others. They risk their lives and health to set others free. They risk them to protect children. They risk them for other men. They risk them for other women. They risk them for their fellows. They risk them to build free nations for others. To build schools for kids. To protect woman and children from oppressors. To build people up. They do great and wonderful Good at risk to themselves. thumb_EasterGWStampAnd they ask nothing in return
It is often said that only two people have ever offered to die for us.  Jesus Christ and the  American Soldier.  One for your soul,  one for your freedom.
And therefore I give this Easter prayer for the young men and mature men, and the young women and mature women, who risk themselves daily for me and for you and for others. May He watch over you. May He guide you and keep you safe. May He comfort your soul and give you peace from the things you see. May His love, kindness and mercy follow you each day in each step. May He favor you over those who risk little yet expect much. May He walk with you and protect you by his presence. May He bless you, wrap you in his presence, and show you the way. May He make his face to shine upon you in your times of need. May He grant you peace from the storms within all the days of your life. Martin C. Boire Easter, 2010
thumb_USAFPopcorn2010April 1, 2010 $1,100,000 in morale and welfare enhancement is landing it at 70 Air Force bases  across America this week. 
FloridaChapterPinellasCoast Guard wife Ashley F.  has formed a Support Our Troops® Chapter in Pinellas County, Florida.  Ashley was thrilled to find an easy to access method to help the troops. According to Ashley, " I was looking for a way that I could give back and let the soldiers know that I stand behind them. I still can't believe how easy it was so start a chapter in my community, I was actually all set up and ready to go in less than 48 hours. I also have nothing but good things so say about the people in the national office, anytime I have any questions or need any help, they never hesitate to get me the information I need. If I ever have to move I will surely start a chapter in that area if there isn't already one. This is truly a great organization and I am very excited to be apart of it. They had their first meeting Friday the 12th and held a yard sale the next Sunday. They are getting started on planning a softball tournament.  The men are also jumping in and all involved will be mutually exploring the organization of an annual motorcycle Heroes Ride in the area. Another testament to what good Americans think of their troops!