Topic: Arlington National Cemetery
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods of Clarksville, TN.
Woods was among eight service members killed in a plane crash on October 24th, 1964 and the first Tennessean to be declared missing in action (MIA) leading up to the Vietnam War.
Woods was a member of the 5th Special Forces Group based out of Fort Campbell.
Nashville, TN – Members of the Tennessee Wing, Civil Air Patrol, invite the public to sponsor remembrance wreaths for placement on the graves of Veterans on December 14th at Veteran cemeteries across the state to honor those who served.
Sponsors can designate where the wreaths will be laid in their community. The Wing efforts coincide with tributes occurring simultaneously across the country during the annual Wreaths Across America Observance. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced September 20th-26th, 2013 as POW/MIA Recognition Week. Meanwhile, the United States Department of Defense announces the identification of Major Howard V. Andre, Jr. of Memphis who has been missing in action since July 8th, 1969.
Major Andre and Major James E. Sizemore of Illinois were on a night armed reconnaissance mission when their A-26A Invader aircraft crashed in Xiangkhoang Province, Laos during the Vietnam War. Both men died in the crash but their remains were unaccounted for until April 2013. The Air Force pilots will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors on September 23rd at Arlington National Cemetery. They were classified as missing in action for nearly 44 years.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear orders Flags to Half Staff on July 10th to honor fallen Fort Campbell Soldier
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 in honor of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, D.C. – On May 5th, 1868, Three years after the Civil War ended, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30th. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
Arlington National Cemetery, VA – As thousands of volunteers fanned out here this weekend, placing holiday wreaths at the white headstones as part of the “Wreaths Across America” tribute, Sheila Patton kept vigil at one particular grave site.
Patton and her daughter stationed themselves at the grave of their son and brother, Army Staff Sgt. James R. Patton. Twenty-three-year-old “Jimmy” was serving his seventh overseas deployment since 9/11 with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, when he was killed in a helicopter crash in Tikrit, Iraq, on April 18th, 2010.
Patton said she travels here from Fort Campbell, KY, as often as possible. Patton felt a special calling, she said, to participate in the largest single venue of the nationwide “Wreaths Across America” tribute.
“This was something very important to me,” she said. “I really wanted to be here, to be a part of all this, and to be able to honor Jimmy and all the others who are buried here.” «Read the rest of this article»
Fort Campbell, KY – Join the Fort Campbell community on August 11th as we hold our 5th Annual Run for the Fallen. This commemorative walk/run will take place at Sabalauski Air Assault School.
The event will include a two mile walk and a 3.2 mile run. Runners and walkers will be received at 6:30am and the opening ceremonies will begin at 8:00am. Runners will depart at 8:15am followed by the walkers at 8:30am. «Read the rest of this article»
From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, D.C. – Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5th, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30th. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. «Read the rest of this article»
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Afghan President Hamid Karzai brought a message of thanks to Soldiers and their Families at Fort Campbell today, as the 101st Airborne Division continues to deploy to his country.
Karzai’s visit to the installation comes on the heels of a week of talks in Washington, D.C., with President Barack Obama. The two leaders used the time to help repair relations between Afghanistan and the U.S., after a year of rising tensions.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recognized the history and sacrifice of the 101st Airborne Division Soldiers and their Families in his introduction of Karzai.
San Diego religious symbol’s display on public land violates Constitution, Church-State watchdog group argues
The Christian cross is not an appropriate symbol to memorialize deceased veterans of many different faith perspectives and should not be displayed on government property, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.
Americans United and other religious and civil liberties groups today asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court’s ruling holding that the Mt. Soledad cross in San Diego is a secular war memorial.
“American service personnel come from many different faiths and some follow no spiritual path at all,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “It is disrespectful to our deceased veterans to use the symbol of only one faith to memorialize them all. «Read the rest of this article»
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