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

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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

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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

Pearl Harbor Survivors

Pearl Harbor
Read about the brave soldiers that survived the Pearl Harbor attack almost 70 years ago.

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.