To encourage and fortify relationships between military service members, veterans, their families, their friends, and their Country; to nurture the path of communication for everyone, ensuring that no one is alone or left behind; and proving that we have not, are not, and will never forget the nobility of their sacrifices.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Here is the first of several postcards that will be posted.
Thank you for what you are doing for all Americans. Remember this is only one season of your life. Fight hard. Live everyday unto the Lord. I pray that you will be protected and comforted by God.
Thank You, Cara, Wife and Mother of 2 Boys in CA
Thursday, August 19, 2010
There is a long road between the War Memorial and Parliament House, interlocking the two. For you can't stand on the steps of one, without seeing the massive form of the other.
Parliament House as seen on the steps of the War Memorial. The long road holds small individual memorials to WWI, WWII, and Vietnam.
Inside there is a pool and an eternal flame to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice surrounded by a Roll Of Honor which consist of bronze panels inscribed with the names of men and women who died dating back to 1850 up to current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Family and friends leave red roses.
Once inside the Memorial we were exposed to magnificent maps, large scale dioramas, paintings, pictures, and artillery from the various Wars Australians have participated in. In one room there were 3 full size fighter jets from WWI and a few vehicles.
The Tomb Of The Unknown Australian Soldier is a humbling experience. School children are invited every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to a wreath ceremony and a conversation with a Veteran. This program is to keep the youth involved with their history.
It wasn't until after we left, I realized Australia is a country the size of the USA, but with less people than California populating it. They don't have a huge Army, but I have no doubt its honorable. I am very impressed with the monument the Australians have built with distinction and look forward to experiencing it again.
It is always sad to hear of a death, a life cut short from war. While in Australia the 18th Australian was killed in Afghanistan. His name was Jason Thomas Brown. I encourage you to read more about him here, for soon his name will be added to the bronze panels at the War Memorial.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
After chatting with Anton Sattler, the producer of the FABULOUS MUST SEE documentary Chosin (see my thoughts on Chosin here) I have decided to put together some kind of event to acknowledge the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War and those who served in it. So, I am asking all Veteran's what kind of event should it be? Is a showing of Chosin enough? Perhaps a dinner too? I would like to get as many Korean War Veterans in my area to attend. Should I do something to specifically recognize those who made it home? Have some kind of Memorial set up for those in the area who gave the ultimate sacrifice? Is there anything I should be sure NOT to do? Please give me your thoughts.
Friday, August 13, 2010
I am also back from an AMAZING trip to Australia. I will share the War Memorial in Canberra with you soon. It's a must see.