Memorial Day

“Honoring the fallen and supporting their families is an important part of the work of Soldiers’ Angels. This Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) as we contemplate those who have given their all for this country, Soldiers’ Angels invites Angels and service members to share their Memorial Day activities live from across the nation. Simply take pictures/videos via your cell phone or write a text message and send it to Soldiers’ Angels (218) 779-7271 or ShelleMichaels@SoldiersAngels.org to be uploaded to the website or you can choose to upload your information here.

With all the Memorial Day parades and Soldiers’ Angels Information Stations going on all around our great nation this upcoming weekend, over 100 CTL’s and 100 or more Angels will be getting out the word about Soldiers’ Angels while honoring our great nation’s Fallen Heroes. 

Please join us as we honor those throughout our 200 years of history whose service and sacrifice have kept our country free and safe. 

Soldiers’ Angels OFFICIAL Facegroup can be found here:http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=8306&uid=18607581484#/group.php?gid=18607581484 for all year long support.

“THANK YOU” song by Emily Custer-
http://www.emilycuster.com

Thanks to Michael Yon for his permission to use his amazing photography for our Facebook group photo.
http://www.MichaelYon-online.com.

There are many links and tributes posted around the web and through links on our  Facebook and I encourage you all to take some time and visit the various websites. It is humbling to say the least. 

Forever Grateful

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“All Gave Some” shared by Veteran Brian Cairns

Thank you for your Service Brian, and thank you for sharing this special message…….

 

“ALL GAVE SOME”

An 18 year old postpones a college education so that an Iraqi child might go to school in safety and freedom.

A Doctor and a Dentist gave time away from their private practices in order to bind wounds and give smiles to Afghan villagers who have never had health care.

A veteran police officer forgoes the benefit of a comfortable retirement so that a faraway land might have competent and capable security forces.

A newlywed sacrifices time with an adored husband or wife so that another married couple will not endure the separation of deployment.

A “Biker” who spends extra time on the road to ensure that military funerals are not dishonored by those who think that there is nothing worth fighting for… or think that it’s “patriotic” to protest in front of grieving families.

“SOME GAVE ALL”

An American Medic takes a fatal wound while rescuing a wounded Afghan soldier who could not make it to safety.

A medical teams’ vehicle is destroyed by a roadside bomb while returning from a humanitarian visit to an ont of the way village.

A platoon sergeant that will not leave his position until all his soldiers are out of danger…

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After thirty years of military service I have seen and heard of many examples of giving and giving all. The examples I’ve shared above are real life. Like it or not, we are a nation at war.

I served in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am grateful to the Patriot Riders who were there when I left, and who were there when I came home. I am grateful and proud of my wife who kept me in her heart and prayers – and who stood up to antiwar protesters for my honor and the nobility of my mission. I am deeply indebted to the Vietnam veterans who have done so much to see to it that me and my “band of brothers” received the “welcome home” that they never received when they returned home. Most of all, I thank God for His protection which brought me through two combat tours without a scratch and never having to fire my weapon in self defense.

Respectfully,

Brian Cairns

Dedicated to our Veterans, by Soldiers Angel Elda

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United in Strength

 

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense.”

 

Go out and Celebrate our Armed Forces Today!  Check out listings for events happening near you! Send your pictures and stories of the day back here and we’ll post them for you. 

So Proud… a deployment reflection

By Angel Kendra Abraham  (Thanks so much for sharing Kendra)

 

“As the girlfriend of a deploying Soldier, attending the deployment ceremony this year had a different effect on me than it did 5 years ago as a sister of a deploying soldier. Together, with my soldier, and his 3 children, we arrived at the fairgrounds early for the rehearsal. David disappeared and met up with his unit, A CO. 2/162. His children and I, ages 9, 10 and 17 went into the convention center and found our seats. We watched the units do 3 run-throughs of how the ceremony would run. I felt emotional watching all of the soldiers stand at attention, then at parade rest, knowing that while I’m watching this from my point-of-view there were many other moms and dads, wives, girlfriends and children watching their dads and even some mom’s stand tall and proud for this next step in their journey as National Guardsmen.

 

The ceremony started right at 9 am. Emotionally, I’m doing ok, no tears, just this immensely strong feeling of how proud I am of my soldier, of this man I’ve known for a year and a half. This man I called my best friend before we evolved into a relationship.

 

The official party consisted of The Honorable Governor Ted Kulingoski, Congressman Peter DeFazio, Commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Team, Dan Hokanson, Springfield Mayor Sid Liekin,  and Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy. Battalion 2/162 presented Gov. Kulongoski with the unit colors for him to hang in the capital while the unit is deployed, in return, Gov. Kulongsoski presented Battalion 2/162 with the Oregon state flag to fly wherever the units are stationed overseas. 

Short and precise speeches consisting of how proud this State and community is of our National Guard troops were spoken by all who were part of the official party. The ceremony ended with a song written by two young ladies when their father was deployed at an earlier time. The official party exited to the Army song.

 

Only after the ceremony was over, did I allow my emotions to spill over and I realized that I face the next year without my friend, my support. I can do this, I’m a single mom, but there’s something about having him here that makes life just a smidgen easier. But I know that this is what he wants to do, he WANTS to serve his country and he wants to go overseas and help and protect wherever he may be. And I will stand here, waiting, supporting, knowing that the best and most loving thing I can and want to do, is to make sure that he knows he’s loved and that we are all proud of who he is and what he is doing.”

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God

 


 

 

 

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Oregon Army National Guard Deployment Ceremony

I happened to see a reference on our Oregon Facebook page   by  Spc Kirby

Rider about the Oregon Army National Guard Deployment Ceremony and followed the link he provided to a great story with accompanying pictures. 

Thanks Kirby!

 

Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers Prepare for Iraq Deployment

 

Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, stand in formation and listen to words of encouragement from honored guests at a mobilization ceremony in Central Point, Ore., May 4.” 

See the full article and the rest of the great photos  Here > Oregon Army National Guard Deployment Ceremony

Angels Needed

Hello angels! We’ve been invited to set-up a booth to help promote our organization during the Rose Festival madness at the waterfront village in Portland.

We need 2-3 volunteers per date.

the dates/times are:

Monday, May 25th @ 4 pm – 6 pm
Friday, May 29th @ 6 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, June 6th @ 2 pm – 4 pm

Please contact: Melissa French – sactlwa01@gmail.com
if you can help!