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Still Keeping Promises

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Today, President Trump created a new office in the Department of Veterans Affairs tasked with identifying and weeding out poorly performing employees.

It will also be tasked with protecting whistle blowers from retaliation and conducting an internal review of the VA to make eliminate unnecessary duplication of services.

The VA has been criticized for years for failing to quickly fire problematic employees, and Trump repeatedly vowed on the campaign trail that he would increase accountability at the VA.

I’m enthused.  I hope it actually works.

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Keeping Promises

April 18, 2017:  President Trump signed his “Buy American and Hire American” executive order to maximize the use of American-made goods and American workers in all Federal financial assistance awards and Federal procurements.

April 19, 2017: President Trump signed into law S. 544: The Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act, so that more veterans can see the doctor of their choice and not have to wait and travel long distances for VA care.

This mom and sister to two wounded veterans is needing a tissue after listening to President Trump’s remarks and the follow-up comments by men at the signing.  “A nation will be judged by how it treats its veterans.”

President Trump Signs S. 544 the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act [7:50]

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Loathesome Scumbag

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On Christmas Eve, 2016, this twit tweeted, “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.”

Drexel University published an apology and he deleted the tweet, which he said had been a joke.  Yeah, right.

Cuz genocide is always such a knee slapper and also those times he tweeted, “Abolish the White Race” and “We need more riots. Riots work.”

He’s white, in case you were curious.

Other responses to his latest vile tweet:

  • He’s greater than you will ever hope to be. That’s what is triggering your gag reflex.
  • His service gives you the ability to tweet absurd things like this.
  • I bet those gross videos of soldiers coming home and surprising their kids just make your skin crawl, huh!?
  • It must suck to be so bitter and resentful of men who’ve actually made a difference in this world.
  • I hope some day you’ll come to be deeply ashamed of the man you are today.
  • Imagine being a parent spending $42,000 to send your kid to Drexel.

And my personal favorite:
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We are FINALLY celebrating our Vietnam Vets!

Today is the first EVER National Vietnam War Veterans Day.  Pardon my French, but it’s about frickin’ time!

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THIS flag is flying for all Vietnam vets, but most especially for my brother.

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The Most Amazing Speech — A Synopsis

Apologies in advance for the probable mess this is going to be. In full disclosure I’d managed to miss every presidential speech over the past eight years. This was due in large part to the fact his voice made me sick to my stomach and the lies that poured out of his skull gave me constipation.

THE ENTIRE EVENING WRAPPED UP IN TWO IMAGES:

I WATCHED THE ENTIRE SPEECH. TEARS WERE ROLLING DOWN MY FACE WHEN HE RECOGNIZED THIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE OF A SLAIN WARRIOR

Widow of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen hailed by Trump

Of all the moments from President Trump’s first address to Congress, the most riveting piece of political theater was his tribute to the widow of fallen Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens. The president’s critics and supporters alike admired it.

Midway through his speech, the president gestured to Owens‘ widow, Carryn, who was a guest in the balcony seated with presidential daughter Ivanka Trump.

“We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens,” Mr. Trump said. “Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero –- battling against terrorism and securing our nation. Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom –- we will never forget him.”

SHE GOT AN OVATION THAT LASTED MORE THAN TWO MINUTES

MEANWHILE, DEMOCRATS WERE BEING… WELL… DEMOCRATS
Five Minute Ovation for Trump but Pouty Democrats Sit on Their Butts

Pelosi and House Dems to Wear White in Protest of Trump

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell asked Pelosi, who was wearing white and purple, about how Democrats would behave during Trump’s speech and if her wearing white was a form of silent protest.
Pelosi however, used a different term to refer to her decision to wear white and purple.
“It’s not even a protest. It’s a statement of values,” Pelosi said. “It associates ourselves with our suffragette mothers, the color of white, the color purple.”

Liberals Attack SEAL’s Widow, President Trump Over Tribute
Some liberals used the emotional moment to attack both the president and the grieving widow.
Tweets attacking the president and Carryn Owens are screen captured below.





THE DEPTH OF THE LEFT’S DEPRAVITY SINKS DEEPER EVERY PASSING DAY
Pelosi Tells House Members to Treat Trump Voters Like a Friend With a ‘Jerk’ Boyfriend
“The way I told my members: It’s like telling your friend the guy she’s dating is a jerk,” she said.
She explained that, after a while, the friend will put two and two together and leave the “jerk” boyfriend.
“You can’t tell her that,” Pelosi said. “She has to find out for herself. You can give her clues and then eventually one thing will lead to another, she’ll come to her conclusion.”

Voters say Democrats hurting party, nation with scorched-earth anti-Trump tactics: Poll

trumpThe Democratic Party’s never-ending anti-Trump siege isn’t just bad for the country, it’s also hurting Democrats with the voters.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday found that 63 percent of those surveyed said it was better for the country as well as the Democratic Party for Democrats to work with President Trump instead of countering him at every turn.
Just 29 percent agreed that it’s better for the party and the nation for Democrats to oppose Mr. Trump “in every way possible.”

Trump just delivered the best speech of his political career
Donald Trump gave the best speech of his short political life last night, and it had nothing to do with grand oratory. He was thoroughly presidential, speaking plainly and yet masterfully in projecting an optimistic vision of the America he aims to build.
It is a vision so optimistic and encompassing that even steaming Democrats had to join boisterous Republicans in the applause at times.

Trump Rips Obama for Lying About Obamacare in First Address to Congress

Trump Acknowledges American Veterans, Says Its Time To Deliver For Them
My budget will also increase funding for our veterans.
Our veterans have delivered for this Nation — and now we must deliver for them.
The challenges we face as a Nation are great. But our people are even greater.
And none are greater or braver than those who fight for America in uniform.

Disturbing Photo Of Elderly Veteran Lying On The Floor Of VA Facility In Pain Sparks Outrage
THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS. VETERANS SHOULD BE CARED FOR BETTER THAN STINKING ILLEGALS. THEY PAID FOR THEIR MEDICAL CARE… IN ADVANCE
Durham, North Carolina- An elderly veteran was at a VA facility waiting for hours to be seen by a doctor when he was overwhelmed by pain and decided to lay on the floor.
A witness in the waiting room captured photos of the veteran and posted them to her Facebook page. She said that a nurse was yelling at him to get off of the floor.

Believe in America: Trump reboots his presidency with condemnation of hatred, a rousing vision of what country can be by 250th anniversary of independence and a heartbreaking appearance by the widow of SEAL hero 
President Trump addressed both houses of Congress in a Joint Session just over a month into his presidency
New U.S. leader channeled Kennedy to speak of the ‘courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts’
But bluntly political speech also tells the House and the Senate to take action on his agenda
He told them to ‘increase funding for our veterans,’ pass ‘historic tax reform’, ‘repeal and replace Obamacare,’ and ‘help ensure new parents have paid family leave’
Trump refused to back down on immigration saying: ‘what would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or their loved one?’
Opening sentences of speech robustly condemned anti-Semitic attacks and allegedly racially motivated Kansas City shooting of two Indian men
Democratic women wore white in reference to fight for suffrage and made thumbs down gestures to speech

President Trump: ‘Education Is the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time’
Trump invited Denisha Merriweather to be a guest in the gallery.
“As a young girl, Denisha struggled in school and failed third grade twice,” the president said. “But then she was able to enroll in a private center for learning, with the help of a tax credit scholarship program.”
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in October of 2014, Denisha said Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program “saved” her.
“Today, she is the first in her family to graduate, not just from high school, but from college,” Trump continued. “Later this year she will get her masters degree in social work.”

President Trump orders federal agency for ‘American victims’ of crimes committed by ‘illegal’ immigrants
A chorus of boos arose after President Trump announced during his Tuesday speech before Congress that he will install an office specifically serving victims of “illegal” immigrants.
“I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims,” Trump said, prompting groans and boos from assembled Democrats. “The office is called VOICE — Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.”
The President didn’t deliberate on what exact role the “VOICE” office would play, but instead turned the attention to four audience members: Jamiel Shaw, Susan Oliver, Jenna Oliver and Jessica Davis.

Pelosi Doesn’t Clap After Trump Talks About American Job Creation

Trump’s speech and our infantile left
Like spoiled children who had not gotten their way, they refused to applaud at the most obvious good-for-the-country lines. In fact, they were like a clique of mean girls in middle school who have decided to target one of their own.
They knew what they were hearing was monumental and good for the nation. But consumed in schoolyard jealousy, they got angry, not glad. In doing so, they showed no intention of working “with” President Trump. They are still scrambling for, and planning to sabotage him any way they can.
They proved one thing: They do not have America’s best interests at heart.

Trump: ‘My Job is Not to Represent the World; My Job is to Represent the United States of America’
And, in a line that drew strong applause – although only from the Republican side of the chamber – he added, “My job is not to represent the world; my job is to represent the United States of America.”
While Democratic lawmakers gave a tepid response to that part of Tuesday night’s speech, they did join in a standing ovation when Trump endorsed the historic alliance with NATO, though tempered with a nudge for allies to pay more.
“We expect our partners,” the president continued, “whether in NATO, in the Middle East, or the Pacific, to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost. Have to do that.”

MSNBC Panel Mocks Democratic Party Response to Trump’s Joint Address

Pelosi Proud Of Dignity Shown By Democrats During Trump’s Speech Despite Protests

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Is February 28, 2017, ‘The Night the Democratic Party Died’?
The Democratic Party members watching that speech looked like a party of the living dead. They didn’t know how to react. They didn’t know if they were Americans. They didn’t know who they were.
Every time Trump called for bipartisanship for the good of our country, they winced. They couldn’t stand it and didn’t know how to react because they are the least bipartisan people in the world and they scarcely know what cooperating is.

Whose Side Are You On? Carlson Notes Democrats Groaned When Trump Introduced Victims Of Immigrant Crimes
“They didn’t greet him when he walked in, they didn’t applaud when he said we’re going to put American interests first, they groaned when he brought up the victims of immigrant crime, raising the obvious question whose side are you on exactly,” he said.

Democrats Sit on Hands as Trump Pleads for Cooperation
The freeze-out was nearly total. Democrats who had lined the aisles in recent years to be seen hugging President George W. Bush and President Obama as they strode to the rostrum hung back Tuesday night, leaving the president to shake hands almost exclusively with Republicans.

Hilarious: Trump’s Speech So Powerful, Person Who Delivered Dem Response Now Calls Himself A Republican

The Democratic Rebuttal To Trump’s Speech Is Everything Wrong With The Democratic Party
Beshear giving the speech is in itself an admission of failure. You know who’s not giving the speech? The young, promising, telegenic former Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, who was the presumptive heir to Beshear’s office until he was defeated by double digits by Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin.
Polling for Medicaid expansion and KYnect (the Kentucky exchange) is not as terrible as it is elsewhere, which is not saying much. But it also can’t be ignored that the state elected Bevin, who ran on dismantling the whole thing.
The Republican Party still faces political landmines in its tricky repeal-and-replace plan. But on Tuesday, a septuagenarian former Kentucky governor with a folksy demeanor was simultaneously a laudable recognition by the Democratic Party of who it needs to reach and a devastating admission of how ill-equipped they are to do so. The future’s so bright, they gotta wear bifocals.

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THIS POST IS AS MESSY AS A FRAT HOUSE ON SUNDAY MORNING….YOU WERE WARNED

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The Year of the Comeback

October: The Chicago Cubs come back from a 3 to 1 deficit to win their first championship in 108 years.
November: Donald Trump beats the odds and stuns the world by defeating the presumed next president and doing it handily.
February: The New England Patriots fell behind 28-3 before fighting back and ultimately winning Super Bowl 51 in stunning fashion.
There were many storylines to follow. What would Lady Gaga do? How disgusting and blatantly political would the commercials be? Would there be high drama when Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, handed MVP Tom Brady the trophy after suspending him for the first four games as a result of Deflategate? Turns out Gaga played the halftime show without the sermon on ‘diversity’, Goodell makes $41 million a year, so he couldn’t care less, and the commercials without political statements were precious and few.

Speaking of which, a singer who was with not one but two one-hit wonders passed away 4 years after suffering a brain aneurism. Sonny Geraci scored his first hit with The Outsiders and a song called ‘Time Won’t Let Me.’ It was one of the very first albums I got and I wore it out on my old record player.

He later hit #1 again with Climax and the tune played at a lot of weddings: ‘Precious and Few’.
His hair was considerably longer by then. Love the bell bottom pants.

That had nothing to do with anything, I just wanted to do it.

VP Mike Pence shows his appreciation for veterans by escorting two wounded vets to Super Bowl
Before leaving for Houston where the game is being played Sunday night, Pence arrived at Andrews Air Force Base to escort two wounded U.S. veterans and their guests to the game with him and second lady Karen Pence.

Super Bowl Crowd ROARS for Vice President Mike Pence!
As former President George H. Bush was wheeled out in a wheelchair the cameras focused on Vice President Mike Pence in the stadium.

Protest Sign In Houston

Leftists Planning Nationwide Strike Against Trump For February 17
IF ALL THE LEFTISTS WENT ON STRIKE FOR A DAY, WOULD ANYBODY NOTICE?
But the trouble is that these protests are too easily ignored and forgotten by those who wish to ignore and forget them. The barriers go up, the march takes place, the barriers come down. Everyone goes home happier.
So, presumably in order to really achieve something, Prose says she believes that America should engage in “a nonviolent national general strike” of the kind more common in Europe than stateside.

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A Veterans Open Letter to the President

This is not normally the way I do things, but I just felt this needed its own distinction.
I am not qualified to speak on this subject, but Grunt’s son and CtH’s Warrior Princess could give their thoughts on this.
The message is long but very powerful. I’m printing it en toto because it needs to be seen.

An Army Veteran’s Open Letter to President Trump

Dear President Trump,

This is my third in a series of letters that I have written to public officials in as many days. The first was expressing my outrage at President Obama commuting the sentence of Bradley Manning. The second explained my frustration with the Democratic Congressional Representatives for not fulfilling their oath to support and defend the Constitution, part of which is acting as the representatives of the people at the inauguration. I was going to let it stop there. After those two actions, I felt as though I had lost faith in my government. I am a retired Army combat veteran, and the exploits of my government over the past couple weeks left me feeling as if it had all simply shut down on what I hold dearest. So many veterans have fought and suffered so that this country and Constitution could survive, and it was beginning to appear as though no one in the government felt any passion in that sacrifice anymore.

That was until I heard your inauguration speech today. I must admit that I did not find it particularly elegant. It was definitely not poetic or particularly flowing. What it was, however, was the most powerfully spoken address on American strength and exceptionalism that I have heard in quite some time.

Over seventy-five percent of my career was spent during a period of active conflict. I myself have three combat deployments under my belt. Unfortunately, I spent most of my career feeling that there was little support from my government—and most importantly, my President—in supporting my commitment to our founding documents. I essentially served under three presidents, and with two of them, I felt a sincere depth of disdain toward the service in general. It appeared that the military was to be used as an experiment for social justices, which put military lives at risk because it took us away from what the purpose of our mission was—to deter war through projection of power (and should that show of force fail, to win through overwhelming strength of arms). Not pretty or happy, but that is what we in the military are there to do. And the better we are at doing our jobs, the more lives we save, both in terms of our lives and the enemies’.

You, sir, filled me with a sense of patriotism that I have not felt for quite some time. In fact, it has been missing since we, the American people, seemingly forgot the awful and life-altering attack carried out on our country on September 11, 2001. I will never forget it. I was a Lieutenant at Fort Bragg, and we were conducting a field training exercise. My battery commander had just come over and ripped me up and down (something that happened quite regularly, as I was the guy who always took as much rope as I could get and wrapped it around the fence post personally to adequately hang myself) for shooting over half our allotted artillery rounds in two fire missions. It was about two hours later that he called over his officers and senior NCOs and explained to us that the United States had just come under attack by Islamic terrorists, and the Twin Towers had been destroyed. That was the same day I saw my 1SG, one of the hardest men I have ever met, crying in a corner because his brother had been one of those murdered by those cowards (cowards always kill themselves so they can escape the consequences of their actions). I spent the next few years waiting to deploy so I could do my part in what would soon become a global conflict. I also spent the next 15 years watching as my country seemed to forget what had happened to it and what America stood for. Even worse was watching as our government led by way of self-degradation for what we as a nation have accomplished throughout our miraculous history. I realized that this self-loathing had come full circle when one of my children came back from college and explained how America has never really been extraordinary.

So this is where I found myself on January 20, 2017. As I watched the inauguration I once again wondered what the legacy was that we were leaving to our posterity. Debt, hostility, lack of integrity, crime; and this was just from our government officials. Then, I listened to the oath of office that you, the President, took. I was told once as a young Lieutenant from (then) MAJ Killgallon—one of the most inspiring leaders I had the honor to call mentor—that administering the oath of office to someone was the most sacred of events. We, the ones swearing them in, were being invited into an event that was solely about that individual, and they were offering to share that spot with you. The most disrespectful thing you could do was not have that oath memorized. Ever since then, I have been fascinated by the oaths of office. The one for the President moved me. You don’t swear to protect it against all enemies foreign and domestic, nor do you swear to bear true faith and allegiance. You simply swear that you will, “to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

That is because, as of that moment, you are the physical embodiment of that document. You are the corporeal manifestation of all that the Constitution means and represents.

In listening to your address after your oath, I felt that you understood that. I heard in you a belief in America that I honestly haven’t felt since listening to Ronald Reagan. I felt in you a passion that America needs to stand for greatness, and that it has a destiny to lead the world in justice and righteousness. You also made it clear, however, that this was not possible if we the people did not first make our country accountable to us again.

So, in total dichotomy, after listening to your speech today I was filled with a true sense of remorse. I am almost 45 years old. I have lived a very good life—a life filled with both overwhelming joy and total gut-wrenching heartbreak. Yet the combination of these events has made me into the person I am today, and I had, up until now, no regrets. So why, if I felt all of this from your speech, should I feel such lament? As the President, the faith of the military is placed upon your shoulders. We go where you tell us, and should the need arise, sacrifice our lives to accomplish the mission that you place upon us. We need to believe that in doing so, we are fighting, killing, and dying for a purpose and a meaning.

Nothing angered me more than when in Somalia, after losing eighteen Rangers, we pulled the plug and came back to America. To me, it signified that our mission there was not essential. If you deploy us, you are saying that the objective is so important that there can be no value of life placed above it. We are engaging in an action that, at its core, is more important than the life of every service member within the US military. If you pull us out before that mission is done, then every life given to you, the president, was lost in vain. We who take our oaths are willing to die for our values; we ask that these deaths, however, be given for the worthy cause of supporting our Constitution.

In your speech, I heard that belief—a belief in a purpose in America. A belief in the virtue of our Constitution. My regret, sir, is that I will not be able to serve again as a member of the armed forces under a commander who gives us cause to believe in our mission. General Mattis stated in his confirmation hearing, “The primitive and often even atavistic aspects of the battlefield test the physical and mental agility of everyone, but most of what it tests is the courage and the spiritual side of the troops we put in harm’s way. And oftentimes it’s only unit cohesion, leadership, and the belief in themselves and their comrades that allows them to go through what they have to go through and come home as better men and women, not as broken. And so the Warrior Ethos is not a luxury, it is essential when you have a military.” There can be no doubt that this is a man who is worthy to lead our military. He understands the principals of combat and how to train and lead our military.

What the military needs is a president who will follow along with that example. Allow us to train hard and train to win. Utilize us judiciously, and only when the purpose is to either defend our ideals or reach out to the worthy. Most importantly, we need you to have faith and stand by the conviction that our mission is worthy of the ultimate sacrifice.

I don’t know if you will hold true to your words that you issued during your inauguration. I don’t know if your actions will be worthy of the office you just entered. What I do know is that I see in you the potential to take us back to a place of greatness.

I, sir, believe in you. I regret that I will not be able to serve under your command. If there is any word of advice that I can offer, it would be this—you hold the lives of every soldier, Marine, airman, sailor, and coast guardsman in your hand. Likewise, you will hold their deaths on your conscience. Let those lives sacrificed truly mean something. I hope that you will.

God bless you, God bless our military, and God bless America.

Matthew Wadler is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and U.S. Army veteran. Matt served in the Army for 20 years as both enlisted and officer before retiring. His service includes time as Military Police, Field Artillery, Adjutant General, and Recruiting. His deployments include Somalia and two tours to Afghanistan. His formal education includes a master’s degree in HR Management. He is a strong supporter of the constitution and advocate for the military and veteran communities. Follow Matthew on Twitter @MatthewWadler.

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Wreaths Across America

The event took place last Saturday. I saw an article at Breitbart about needing donations and volunteers to lay wreaths at all 240,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery. As I dug a little deeper, I found that many such ceremonies were taking place all across the nation. Just thought you might be interested in what Americans of faith can do when they get together to show their appreciation for all those who bought and paid for the freedom we all enjoy.

Later Saturday, Congress officially proclaimed Dec. 13 as “Wreaths Across America Day” soon after the two-millionth wreath laid nationwide was placed in honor of U.S. Army Private William Christman, the very first soldier to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in May 1864.
Wreaths Across America Donations needed to honor veterans
Americans will never let us down

Wreaths Across America reaches goal for Arlington National Cemetery
ARLINGTON, Va. – Two weeks ago, Wreaths Across America still needed over 100,000 wreaths to be able to cover all veterans headstones at the Arlington National Cemetery. By Wednesday though they made a huge comeback, reaching their goal of donations needed to purchase the remaining wreaths.
The mission of Wreaths Across America and its thousands of volunteers is to remember those who fought for our freedom during the holidays.
This is the 25th year, and at Arlington National Cemetery this Saturday, December 17, once again many will gather to lay a wreath at each grave. Most years the wreath laying attracts 40,000-50,000 people, but in fact last year when it was 65 degrees and beautiful outside a larger group of 70,000 people showed up.
The parking lot opens at 8 a.m., and then 245,000 wreaths will be brought in to the cemetery, 65 tractor trailers will be parked in different locations throughout the cemetery and starting at 10 a.m. volunteers will spread out to start to lay them on the graves.

Gold Star Dad Remembers Son, Helps Organize the Laying of 10,800 Wreaths at Golden Gate National Cemetery
J. Kevin Graves helps unload 10,800 wreaths ahead of Golden Gate National Cemetery’s largest Wreaths Across America observance in San Bruno. (December 16, 2016)
This year, the Avenue of Flags Committee in support of the Golden Gate National Cemetary was able to reach 10,800 wreaths, making it the largest Wreaths Across America observance the cemetery has held.
J. Kevin Graves, a Gold Star father who lost his son in Baghdad, said that the Walmart Foundation committed a significant amount to the number of wreaths this year.

Wreaths Across America decorates veterans’ graves in Seattle

The special wreath laying ceremony occurred simultaneously with Arlington National Cemetery and over 750 participating Veterans Cemeteries across the Country totaling 1.2 million wreaths.
The Wreaths Across America project began in 1992 when a Maine wreath maker donated 5,000 surplus wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.
In 2015 over 901,000 wreaths were placed across the country and overseas by nearly 200,000 volunteers.
Today’s event is made possible through donated funds and efforts by the Navy Wives Club of America. It is their vision that has made the 7th annual wreath laying ceremony possible.

Wreaths Across America: Honoring veterans for the holidays
From Monterey, Cal.
The wreaths, which cost $15 each, were paid for solely through donations, said Michael McNutt, a retired Marine who organized the event with the sponsorship of the American Legion Post 642 of Cupertino. The group has enough donation money to pay for a portion of the wreaths for next year, McNutt said.

Wreaths Across America Honors All in Arlington National Cemetery


Wreath laying ceremony set December 17 at Virgilina Cemetery
THIS IS HOW IT STARTED
Members of the community are invited to be a part of a holiday wreath-laying ceremony at Corinth National Cemetery.
When Worcester Wreath Company had a number of wreaths leftover during the 1992 holiday season, owner Morrill Worcester quietly chose to honor American veterans.
Family members of veterans buried at the cemetery off Highland Road will join with volunteers December 17 to lay approximately 8,000 wreaths at the headstones of the USA military personnel during National Wreaths Across America Day. Olympia Snowe, Blue Bird Ranch trucking company and several others, the wreaths were placed in an older section of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia that wasn’t seeing as many visitors as it used to.
This year, more than 200,000 wreaths will be placed on headstones at Arlington.

IN TENNESSEE
Volunteers decorate veterans’ graves with Christmas wreaths at Mountain Home
Mountain Home was just one of more than a thousand wreath laying ceremonies that took place across the country Saturday.

Thousands help lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery
ARLINGTON, Va. — Rodrick Harris comes to Arlington National Cemetery from his home in Rockville, Md., at least once a month. He works for a funeral home and does business here regularly.
But being here this chilly December morning to help lay the holiday wreaths on the graves of those who are laid to rest here was something this 21-year retired Army veteran says he has never done before today.

Thank you! Thousands of volunteers add wreaths to soldiers’ graves
HOPEWELL, Va. — Nearly 2,000 volunteers turned out Saturday in Hopewell to place wreaths on the graves of soldiers who fought for our nation’s freedoms.
The city reached out for help and WTVR CBS 6 spread the word after City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell was given thousands of wreaths to place on the graves.
Organizers said after word spread, so many people volunteered that the task of placing the 6,000 wreaths on the tombstones took just 15 minutes.

Wreaths Across America places wreaths on Arlington

I HAD TO INCLUDE THIS
FedEx Delivers 18,000 Christmas Trees to Members of the Military and Their Families
FedEx has teamed up with the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation to give American military members and their families Christmas trees through the Trees for Troops program.
FedEx has shipped more than 176,000 live Christmas trees to service members and their families to 65 bases in 17 countries to every branch of the military since the program’s launch in 2005, Fox News reported.

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