Friday, December 30, 2011

American Politicians

Today's Patriotic Quote:
"A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation." - James Freeman Clarke, American theologian and author.

Be Proud - Be Patriotic - Love America

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Texas - 28th State of the Union

Texas became the 28th State of the Union 166 years ago today.

Today's Patriotic Quote:

“I love Texas because Texas is future-oriented, because Texans think anything
is possible. Texans think big”.  - Senator Phil Gramm
Be Proud - Be Patriotic - Love America      


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Today’s Patriotic Portrait - Irwin Stovroff

Today’s Patriotic Portrait is about Irwin Stovroff.
Irwin Stovroff is 89, lives in South Florida, and is a former POW.  
 In 2006 he visited a Veteran’s Hospital.  He discovered soldiers blinded in Iraq and Afghanistan that were not receiving proper rehabilitation or guide dogs. He decided to do something about it, and began collecting donations to train guide dogs.
The dogs are mostly Golden Retrievers and black and yellow Labradors.  It costs between $20 and $50 thousand to train each dog.
Together with his friend, Jerry Kramer, a decorated Korean War veteran,  they raised $3 million for their organization: Veterans Helping Heroes.   

In today’s world, good deeds are more crucial then ever.  We salute Irwin Stovroff for helping Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the care they need. 
Be Proud  -  Be Patriotic  - Love America

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Benjamin Rush, Patriot, 266th Birthday

Declaration of Independence

Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us.
Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush, one of our founding fathers, was born December 27, 1745 in Byberry, Pennsylvania.  He was a patriot and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. 

               Be Proud - Be Patriotic - Love America




Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day Patriotism

patriotic christmas
During this holiday season let us honor and remember those who have sacrificed their lives so that others can live in peace and freedom.

Be Proud - Be Patriotic - Love America

Friday, December 23, 2011

True Patriotism Hates Injustice

"True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else."
- Clarence Darrow

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Today's Patriotic Quote:

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States (1825–1829).

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kansas City Man Helps More Than 1000 Americans

proud american
This week's Patriotic Portrait is about Johnny Matz.

Helping others has always been the American way, and we would like to thank Johnny Matz for doing good deeds for many people.

Johnny is a retired railroad worker from Shawnee, KS. He has been donating blood since 1972. Over the years he has donated 68 gallons of blood.

He donates at the Community Blood Center, which supplies 75 hospitals in the Kansas City region. Workers at the Center say that Matz has helped more that 1,000 people with his blood donations.

Matz says that it gives him a good feeling that he has done something for someone. He urges people “to just give it one chance. You have no idea how good you feel afterwards.”

Matz father, 84 years old, also donates blood; he started when he was in the Navy in World War II, and still donates regularly.

Thank you, Johnny Matz, for being an excellent example of a first-class American.

Be Proud - Be Patriotic - Love America

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Patriotic Spirit Of Resistance

Today's Patriotic Quote:

"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"  Thomas Jefferson

Monday, December 19, 2011

Welcome Home, US Troops

Welcome home, Staff Sgt. Elama Palemene!
He was kissing his wife and holding his two young daughters Sunday morning after returning to Fort Hood with about 300 other soldiers. They are some of the last U.S. combat troops returning from Iraq in time for the holidays.

They arrived about 3 a.m. to a cheering, flag-waving crowd of relatives, wives and   children on a field at the Texas Army post.

 His wife, Annaden Palemene, said that her husband had wanted the children to stay home, but that she wanted them to be there to greet their father.  She held a large sign that read "Sgt. Palemene, Your Tour Stops Here."

The soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division said they were glad to be home for the holidays and that they are relieved to be out of Iraq.

The soldiers were among many returning to Fort Hood recently. Nearly one group per day is returning because of the troop withdrawal.

Many of the soldiers said they were happy to hear the news that the last U.S. combat troops rolled out of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Sunday.

Palemene said it felt good to be home.  He hopes the country remembers that U.S. troops are still in Afghanistan and that soldiers are still serving elsewhere in the world.  

We are grateful for Staff Sgt. Elama Palemene’s, and the rest of the troops, safe return.  Our thanks, also, to the soldiers that are still fighting for democracy around the world. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families that have lost their loved ones in the war.  The patriotic duties they have performed will not be forgotten.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Today is Bill of Rights Day

Because of the protections it grants us, the Bill of Rights is one of the greatest things about being American. So, be a patriot, wave that flag, and celebrate!

The Bill of Rights comprising the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution came into effect as Constitutional Amendments on December 15, 1791. Among their provisions:

1- The freedoms of speech, press, religion, and the right to assemble peacefully, protest and demand changes.
2- The right to bear arms   
3- The protection from quartering of troops   
4- The protection against unreasonable searches, seizures of property, and arrest   
5- Due process of law in all criminal cases   
6- The right to a fair and speedy trial   
7- Civil trial by jury   
8- The protection against cruel and unusual punishment   
9- The provision that the people retain additional rights not listed in the Constitution   
10- Powers of States and people.
The Supreme Court has refined the precise meaning of the Bill of Rights through many court cases that established precedents. The First Amendment right to "free speech" has been extended to artistic expression and political demonstrations such as burning the American flag. Freedom of religion has been interpreted as denying the routine preference for Christianity that was universal in 1789. The right to bear arms is controversial at both the low end (handguns) and high end (assault weapons).  

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Americans, The Most Helpful People In The World

Today's Patriotic Quote:
"Americans...are not only hospitable in emergency but radiant. The most lavishly helpful people in the world, accepting the burden of nuisances as if they were bunches of hothouse flowers, all the more delightful because unexpected." - Pamela Hansford, British Author

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

U.S. Navy Veteran’s Life-Long Patriotism For America

CDR James Henry "Bud" McConnell (US Navy Retired) passed away November 2, 2011 in Virginia Beach at the age of 91.      

Bud was born March 24, 1920 in Manhattan, Kansas. His family moved to Orange County, California when he was a young man. After graduating high school in Orange County California, he took flying lessons which he paid for with the help of his mother's egg money.   

When he was 22, he joined the Navy as pilot.  He engaged in aerial combat in WWII in the Pacific and later in the Korean War.  He was awarded numerous medals, including the Bronze Star with the "V" for valor and heroism.

He went on to Fleet Intelligence Center Atlantic in Norfolk, VA as Executive Officer, and then retired after 27 years of military service.

His military involvement and service to his country did not end with his first retirement. He joined System Development Corp. and was instrumental at Langley Air Force Base in the creation of programming of the Portable Tactical Military Command Centers which were used during "Desert Storm".

Needless to say, his family is very proud of him.  Bud, along with all of his fellow U.S. Veterans will never be forgotten for their patriotism and service to America.  

Monday, December 12, 2011

Patriotic Person

Today's Patriotic Quote:

"Yes, I'm a patriotic person. For these people who disgrace the American way and burn our flag and do all of these things... I say, don't live here and disgrace my country. Go live in the Middle East and see how you like it.
"   Payne Stewart, American  professional golfer and patriot

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Ultimate Rulers Of Our Democracy

Today's Patriotic Quote:

"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country." 
  Franklin D. Roosevelt 



Thursday, December 8, 2011

Be Patriotic…Stand Up For Your Rights!

Bill Of Rights
December 15th is Bill of Rights Day, celebrating the addition of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution on that day in 1791. This holiday celebrates the freedoms and rights that the Bill of Rights preserve for Americans. In 1941, on the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the date a federal holiday.

“The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.” ~Justice William J. Brennan, 1982

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

First Hand Account Of The Attack on Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor
Read about Mac McGill's first hand account of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

He was aboard the USS California that morning -- going about his day -- when the battleship was hit by a torpedo. 

He swam through oil and flames to shore, suffering only minor burns but knowing the country was now at war.

And while he survived one of the most important events of the 20th century, McGill says he's not a hero, although his son who also served in the Navy disagrees. "This man, as a green 19-year old kid...kept his head about him when the world was literally going nuts, all around him, and he survived. And because of that, I got to be here."
"I wasn't heroic, really in any fashion. But there were some heroes, I'm sure."

Mac McGill served in the Navy for 20 years and retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1961.  Mac is a true patriotic hero in our book.  Thanks for your service.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

American History

Pearl Harbor
"I've had college students who have asked me what Pearl Harbor was. If you can find a paragraph (in California textbooks) about Pearl Harbor, you are doing good." -- 90 year old Pearl Harbor survivor, Stu Hedley, voicing his concern about how little many Americans know about Pearl Harbor.

Parents and grandparents have an obligation to discuss American history with their children. How can you feel patriotic about your country without knowing the sacrifices that were made for it's freedom?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Remember Pearl Harbor

Remember Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor caused our Nation to wholeheartedly commit to winning World War II, changing the course of our Nation's history and the world's future.
Joe Baca

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Amazing American Heroism

Amazing American Heroism
Everybody knows about Pearl Harbor. The thing that really fascinated me is that through this tragedy there was this amazing American heroism. -Michael Bay

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Strength Of The United States Navy

Pearl Harbor
“Today at Pearl Harbor, veterans are gathering to pay tribute to the young men they remember who never escaped the sunken ships. And over the years, some Pearl Harbor veterans have made a last request. They ask that their ashes be brought down and placed inside the USS Arizona. After the long lives given them, they wanted to rest besides the best men they ever knew. Such loyalty and love remain the greatest strength of the United States Navy.” – President George W. Bush, Pearl Harbor Day 2001

Thursday, December 1, 2011

American Legion to Honor Pearl Harbor Survivor

Pearl Harbor
The American Legion Post 153 in Park Ridge, NJ is sponsoring a 70th anniversary event to honor Thomas Mahoney (center), 89, of Union, NJ.
Thomas is a survivor of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

He was born in Hohokus, NJ in 1922. During the Great Depression, he and his brother Harold worked on the Tice Farm, which was 360 acres.

Before World War II, the US Navy allowed brothers to serve on the same ship under certain conditions. Both Thomas and Harold served on the Seaplane tender USS Curtiss at Pearl Harbor.

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese devastated the Pearl Harbor naval base. Fortunately, the two brothers were not injured. Two battleships were sunk, the USS Arizona and the USS Oklahoma. Six other ships were damaged but were able to be repaired to fight against the Japanese. After the attack, Thomas fought in 16 battles in the Pacific aboard the destroyer, the USS O'Bannion.

In 1946, Thomas left the navy after six years to return to civilian life. Harold and his wife went to work managing Tice Farm.

According to Thomas, three other brothers served in World War II: Edward, the youngest, was wounded in Europe and after the war enlisted in the US Navy. Consequently he died at age 36 from effects of wounds.

Thomas and his wife Claire have been married for 65 years and they have two daughters, Lauren and Kathleen.  After retiring Thomas has concentrated his efforts on promoting the New Jersey Pearl Harbor Survivors Organization.

The even will be held at the Park Ridge Elks Lodge. Members of the Park Ridge Golden Age Club will be there along with officials, buglers, clergyman and members of Post 153.

We owe a debt of gratitude and thanks to Thomas and Harold. Their service to our country should never be forgotten.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Story About Patriotism

What does it mean to be patriotic? For someone like me, born in South America, raised in Europe, and a resident of the United States of America for 10 years it means a lot of things. Patriotism comes from the Latin word patria, which means homeland. You have no idea how often I ask myself where is my home… Venezuela? Italia?? Florida??? I can give you several reasons why each is or is not my patria. For example, I was born in Venezuela, a great deal of my family lives there, and it is a beautiful country; on the other hand, I’ve spent most of my life away from Venezuela and although I have had several opportunities and one attempt to go back, I ended up and stayed in Florida, USA. Why? I love living in the United States! First, because I have been able to accomplish some of my dreams, including earning a degree, starting a family, and purchasing my first home. I also love the comfort and freedom that we so often take for granted. Finally, although the US is often antagonized as the symbol of extreme capitalism and consumerism, it actually is a country where equality and generosity shape its policies and day to day life. For me being patriotic means to love my homeland and my homeland is America, a land of freedom, a land of comfort, a land of opportunities, a land of generosity, a land of second chances, a land passion… Does it mean America is without defect? Certainly not, but that is what patriotism and love are all about, being united and unconditional in spite of shortcomings and ups and downs.

American Values

American Values
Our American values are not luxuries but necessities, not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself. Our common vision of a free and just society is our greatest source of cohesion at home and strength abroad, greater than the bounty of our material blessings. - Jimmy Carter

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Showing Great Respect for Disabled Veterans!

Shane F. D'Onofrio is truly a special veteran. His organization is a group of Disabled Veterans, Veterans, Active Duty Military and Citizens of the United States of America helping our Disabled Veterans. They provide grass-root support for all of our Veterans, by assisting them to achieve their after-military life goals, as well as providing safe havens for veterans while building camaraderie among the local community, our Veterans and their families. Shane should be an inspiration to all American. Thanks for what you do. Take a look at the video below about What would you

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Early Thanksgiving For Soldiers in Iraq

US soldiers gathered for an early Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday at a base near Baghdad, saying they are glad they will soon be going home. Soldiers and contractors at Victory Base Complex (VBC) on Baghdad's outskirts dined at tables decorated with colourful paper turkeys and "Happy Thanksgiving" signs hanging overhead. "We're going to do the Thanksgiving meal here today instead of on Thursday, because we're closing out," said 38-year-old Staff Sergeant Christopher Quimbly, the DFAC manager. "Today on the menu, we have crab legs, turkey, ham, dressing, yams, green beans, rolls, corn bread, mashed potatoes, (and) a variety of deserts," he said. "Over 2,000 pounds (almost 900 kilograms) of turkey, over 2,000 pounds of ham" and "probably about 3,000 pounds of mashed potatoes" are being served, he said. "I'm thankful for everything here, I'm thankful every day. ... This means a lot. Quimbly, who is married and has two sons and three daughters, said he is "definitely looking forward to getting home." He arrived for this tour, his fifth, in May 2011. "I think it's a good morale boost for everyone," Specialist Shawna McNeil, a 23-year-old on her first tour of duty in Iraq, said of the meal. "It's good for us because we know that time's dwindling down, it's not much longer, it's the last meal -- we're at the home stretch, ready to go home. "I think it's good for everyone to be together and have a good meal. I know a lot of people probably miss their families, so just a little something helps out," she added. "Seeing that this is the last (cooked) meal for the soldiers here ... it's a good thing, 'cause we know we're moving out," said 45-year-old Sergeant James Scott, who is on his second Iraq deployment. "It's been a really good experience, and they've done a really good job," he said of the meal. "It's the beginning of closing it down, and having a new year back home," he said, adding: "I'm ready to head back to Kentucky -- just get back and relax, and be with the family." President Barack Obama announced on October 21 that US forces would leave by the end of this year, bringing to a close an almost nine-year war that has left thousands of American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis dead, and cost hundreds of billions of dollars.

Monday, November 21, 2011

What Holly Does For Her Country

In August of this year, Holly Lenhardt, a veteran volunteer for the American Red Cross in Northern New Jersey, worked non-stop after Hurricane Irene brought havoc to the Northeastern part of the United States. She recalled, "People walked out of the night to our location and got hot meals. The look on their faces and their expressions of gratitude motivated us to press on, knowing fully that we are indeed providing a crucial service. We moved our location three times that night and stayed until no more people showed up!” Lenhardt is a true veteran of volunteering. She learned to love volunteering while growing up. When President John F. Kennedy said his famous words: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” Lenhardt took these challenging words to heart. During her formative years, this credo has remained a guiding principle in her life. A volunteer at the American Red Cross since November of 2010, Lenhardt occasionally, helps directly at disaster sites, those mostly relate to house fires and floods. When faced with larger local disasters, she often works with the Red Cross' Disaster Relief Response Manager in manpower requirements, and acts as a liaison to local community volunteers. The victims’ thankful expressions of gratitude explain why Holly Lenhardt is a dedicated volunteer. “The hours can be long, but when I hear from clients about how much they appreciate what we have done for them, it makes it all worthwhile. Although I would never want to have anyone go through a disaster, if they do, I can only hope that I or another volunteer will be there to help.”

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I Pledge Allegiance To My Flag

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Francis Bellamy, The Youth's Companion, 8 September 1892

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Volunteer Work …An American Tradition

American Tradition
From the days of neighbors pitching in to raise a barn to the many service organizations of today, volunteers have kept democracy alive. Regardless of your age, or experience, you can be helpful to some organization or cause. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average for the last five years, 28% of Americans have volunteered annually. That really doesn’t sound like a lot, considering the opportunities available. You can read to the elderly, collect, prepare or distribute food, mentor youth, provide management assistance, teach, tutor, or fund-raise Improving the community is only one aspect of volunteerism. Also valuable are the advantages offered to those who volunteer. For the student, volunteer work offers valuable job experience and the opportunity to learn new skills. Women who want to return to the work force find volunteering a good introduction to the job market. Volunteering is an alternative to boredom, an outlet for creativity, a chance to be productive. Volunteerism is an introduction to interesting people and activities. Volunteer hours and goods are sometimes measured in terms of dollar value. The true worth of volunteerism is beyond measure, both to those who receive added quality of life and those who feel the satisfaction of giving of oneself, one human being to another. Volunteer. Help carry on this valuable American tradition.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

America Is A Great Nation

"We must always remember that America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and for one another." -- Richard Nixon

Monday, November 14, 2011

Today's Patriotic Quote:

"The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people. Everything that it stands for was written by their lives. The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history." -- Woodrow Wilson

Friday, November 11, 2011

Proudly Salute Our Heroes

Proudly Salute Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day to the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for the tremendous sacrifices you have made to defend us and our freedoms that we all too often take for granted.

To Our Patriotic Veterans... Thank You.

Thank You Veterans
To all the veterans who served or are serving now, we thank you. 
 The freedom we have now as Americans is the result of veterans.
The veterans of the Revolutionary War gave us our country.
Out of the Civil War, veterans gave us a united nation, and slavery was abolished.
The brave veterans of World Wars I and II helped save the world from tyranny.
The veterans of Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, including other conflicts, have and continue to protect us from daily threats.
We must never let our current or future generations forget that our freedoms we have today have been paid for with the sacrifices of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and women.
From the Greatest Generation of World War II veterans to the newly returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, we owe a debt of gratitude.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Our Veterans

Veterans Day
Veterans Day
"Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America and uphold our values when duty called."
- Bill Shuster

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Soldier's Sacrifice

Soldiers Sacrifice
 "Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier." - Zell Miller

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Veteran's Day Free Meals

Veteran's Day Free Meals
If you have ever served in the U.S. military, there are plenty of Veteran's Day free meals to be had this year. You'll be able to stop into any of the restaurants below on or around Veteran's Day this year to get your free meal.
 Stop into a participating Applebee's on Friday, November 11, 2011 to get your Veteran's day free meal. You'll be able to choose a meal from a limited menu that includes steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, salad, pasta, chicken, and shrimp. You can see the complete menu by using the link above. This deal is dine-in only and beverages and gratuity are not included.  You'll need to bring in one proof of military service such as a U.S. Uniform Service ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current Leave and Earnings statement, photograph in uniform, be wearing your uniform, a veteran’s organization card such as American Legion or VFW, or a DD214.
In Mechanicsburg, PA, The Keystone Apple Group will be wearing Flag Shirts on Veteran’s Day.
On Monday, November 14, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Golden Corral will be giving out Veteran's Day free meals to any person who has ever served in the U.S. military. No identification is required to get your free meal.  
Texas Roadhouse will be giving away Veteran's Day free meals on Friday, November 11, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Free entrees include your choice of steak, country fried chicken, country fried sirloin, pulled pork, pork chop, cheese burger, BBQ chicken sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, grilled chicken salad, or chicken critter salad plus your choice of sides. You'll also get a free coca-cola product, tea, or coffee.You'll need to bring in military ID and this is for active, former, and retired military. Dine-in only.
Stop into any Outback Steakhouse on November 7-11, 2011 to get a free Bloomin' Onion and Coca-Cola product. This offer is for veterans as well as active duty military.You'll need to bring in one ID such as a U.S. Uniform Services ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current Leave and Earnings statement, DD form 214, a veterans organization card, a photograph of you in uniform, or you can wear your uniform to get your free Veterans Day meal.
5. Hooters Veteran's Day Free Meal on Friday, November 11, 2011 Stop by a participating Hooters anytime on Friday, November 11, 2011 and get a Veteran's Day free meal. You'll get to choose between 10 free wings in boneless or traditional style. A drink purchase is required. You'll need to bring in a military ID or proof of military service.  
You can stop into a participating McCormick & Schmick's on Sunday, November 13, 2011 to get your Veteran's Day free meal. Your free lunch or dinner entree will be from a limited menu and reservations are recommended. Bring in a form of identification such as your VA card, VFW card, American Legion card, discharge papers, DD214, or other veteran's ID.
Stop into any Hy-Vee grocery store with in-store dining and get a free breakfast on Friday, November 11, 2011. You'll get to choose from a wide vary of breakfast foods set out on a buffet.Find a Hy-Vee near you and call to confirm that they are participating and the hours of the free buffet.
On Friday, November 11, 2011 between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., active, veteran, and retired U.S. military personnel and their immediate family members can stop into a 7-Eleven and get a free, small Slurpee drink. You'll need to present proof of current or former service.
9. Champps Americana.  All Veterans and Active Military will receive a free burger on November 11th. Proof of service required. Offer not valid for the Pepperjack Bacon Stack Burger or Kobe Burger. Dine in only, valid at participating locations. 

10. Chili’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 meals. This offer is available from 11am – 5pm on November 11, 2011 at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service.  

11. Denny’s Veterans Day Appreciation Event, Nov. 11. 2011. Free Grand Slam breakfast to any veteran from 6:00am – 10:00pm. Only valid in Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo areas. Call ahead to verify, and check with your local Denny’s if you live in another area.  

12. Famous Dave’s – Friday Nov. 11th. Free or discounted meals on Veterans Day. Offer varies by location.

 13. Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on Friday November 11th. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating

 14. Subway – Free Six Inch Sub, November 11, 2011. Select SUBWAY® Restaurants will offer a FREE six inch sub or flatbread to military veterans on Veteran’s Day. This offer is valid only on November 11, 2011 at participating local SUBWAY® restaurants, Military ID or proof of service required. Note: SUBWAY® Restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead for participation and times.

15. T.G.I. Friday’s – Buy one get one free Nov 11.  Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID. 

16. The Olive Garden, Free entrée. Offer good for veterans and active duty military, on Friday, November 11th during regular business hours. Chose from a special menu; all entrées inlcude freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Offer good in US and Canada, proof of service required. 


Monday, November 7, 2011

Gratitude For Our American Veteran's

“The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”
-Jeff Miller

Friday, November 4, 2011

Honor Veterans, Remember Their Sacrifices

One-million men and women have laid down their lives in defense of our nation since 1776.

Each took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Each made the supreme sacrifice and their legacy is the freedom we enjoy now, and much too often, take for granted.

Veterans Day was set aside to honor and remember over 26 million such Americans – Americans who answered their country's call.

On this Veterans Day, we salute all of our nation's veterans, those who have worn the uniform in the past, and those who wear it today.

We owe our freedom to them.

There is no better time than now to say THANK YOU.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Proud Patriotic Veteran

Army veteran Charles Hardway lives a quiet, serene life in Roxana, IL these days, but patriotic flags still decorate his front door as a constant reminder of the sacrifices made by our country's devoted military. "I keep the flags on my front door in memory of all the veterans," Hardway, 73, said. "They are still very close to my heart." He was drafted into the Army in1956, where he served for two years in active duty. "I served in Korea in 1957," he said. "I spent 13 months there." After completing active duty, Hardway served with the 936th Army Reserve Unit until 1984. Completing a nearly 40-year career, Hardway retired as sergeant first class. While proud to serve in Korea, Hardway said he was fortunate to have missed being sent to Vietnam by something as simple as a flip of the coin. "One unit went, and one unit stayed," he said. "Mine was the unit that stayed." By the time Desert Storm came around, he was on disability and no longer able to serve actively. But he made sure anyone driving past his home knew just where his heart was by the reminders of the military decorating the outside of his home. Hardway said he thinks the military still is an important part of the American landscape, and is vital to protecting the nation and instilling values in young people. "I think joining the reserves is a great idea for young people," he said. "I learned a lot from my years (in the military), and I have met a lot of different people from all over."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Our Veterans Have Made The World A Better Place

"From the world wars of Europe to the jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of the Middle East to the African continent, and even here in our own hemisphere, our veterans have made the world a better place and America the great country we are today." John Hoeven

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Today's Quote

“He came home, I want to shout from the rooftops on Veteran’s Day. Thank God. He served, then returned. May they all.”

Holly Lebowitz Rossi, whose husband, Rob, served in Iraq for 14 months

Monday, October 31, 2011

Today's Quote

“You've never lived until you've almost died. For those who fought for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.” ~ unknown soldier from Viet Nam in 1968 … favorite quotes of U.S. Army Ranger Jim Regan.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Find Ways To Help Veterans, Troops Throughout The Year

Don’t forget to thank veterans on Nov. 11 — Veterans Day.

That’s good advice, but there are actions you can take before then.

Consider donations to the American Red Cross, which — among other things — provides emergency communications services, relaying urgent messages to military personnel about births, deaths and serious illnesses or other emergencies in their immediate families. The involvement of the Red Cross helps in obtaining emergency leave.

The USO has been helping our troops for 70 years, with USO Centers and entertainment tours that bring a touch of home. The organization has facilities in 27 states and 14 countries.

From time to time, organizations also launch drives to collect comfort items for residents of veterans’ homes .

You can also help by doing things for neighbors with family members deployed overseas — whether it’s helping with chores around the house or inviting them to a backyard barbecue.

Contact a local Veteran’s Home or Veteran’s Hospital to volunteer.

Let’s remember our veterans and active-duty troops not only on Veterans Day but every day.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Today's Quote

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” Douglas MacArthur

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Today's Quote

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
— Thomas Paine

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Today's Quote

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."

- George Washington

Monday, October 24, 2011

Therapy and Service Dogs for Our Veterans

An increasing number of service dogs are needed for veterans who have returned home with physical disabilities or blindness. A new category of service dogs for which there is an increased need is the dog who works with people who have PTSD–post traumatic stress disorder.
The bond between people and animals is a strong one-and can even be a healing one. Pets are good for our emotional and physical health, and studies show that having a pet can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Caring for a companion animal provides a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessens feelings of loneliness and isolation in people of all ages.
For wounded warriors and disabled veterans, caring for a pet can help them reenter society and avoid stress or depression. And if the soldier suffered serious injuries while serving our country, a service dog can provide much-needed assistance and critical care.
Yes, they provide companionship. But they can also detect changes in a person’s breathing, perspiration or scent to anticipate and ward off an impending panic attack with some well-timed nuzzling. They are trained to let their masters know when it’s time to take their medication and to wake them from terrifying nightmares.
Service dogs raise their masters’ sense of well-being. There is evidence to suggest that increasing their numbers would reduce the alarming suicide rate among veterans, decrease the number of hospitalizations, and lower the cost of medications and human care.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Today's Quote

"On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind." Dan Lipinski

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Today's Quote

"America's veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world."
- John Doolittle

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thoughts About Upcoming Veteran's Day

It is the SOLDIER, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the SOLDIER, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the SOLDIER, not the campus organizers, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the SOLDIER, who salutes the flag, who serves the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, AMEN

General Douglas MacArthur