Artist of the Lost Heroes Art Quilt at Welk Resort for Book Signing

August 20, 2010

Tony Orlando and The Welk Resort are honored to present the Lost Heroes Art Quilt for display in the theatre lobby November 5-14, 2010. Julie Feingold, the artist who created the quilt to honor the memory of the American men and women who have lost their lives since 9/11, will be at the Welk Resort On November 10 & 11 to sign the Lost Heroes Art Quilt Companion Book. 100% of the sales of the book will go to Snowball Express, the charitable organization that helps the children of our fallen heroes to heal by taking them all on a holiday trip each year. Julie will be signing from 6:30PM-8:00PM on Nov. 10 and 12:30PM-2:00PM on Nov. 11 in the Welk Theatre lobby.

First Annual Patriot Days

August 18, 2010

Operation Gratitude is excited to announce that American Veterans Traveling Tribute (“AVTT”) and the Lake Havasu Hospitality Association have partnered to host a signature event showcasing the patriotism that makes our country great. The “First Annual Patriot Days” will take place September 15-26, 2010 with ten days of events and activities for all ages.  Join Patriots from across the nation  to celebrate freedom, honor our Fallen, and raise postage money to help Operation Gratitude send over 100,000 care packages this year to U.S. troops deployed in harm’s way!

The centerpiece of the event will be AVTT’s “Cost of Freedom Tribute” which includes the traveling Vietnam Wall, a gold dog tag tribute to all the men and women who have given their lives in the Global War on Terror, and several other displays that honor, respect, and remember the men and women who fight for the freedom we celebrate.

To kick-off this historic event on Wednesday, September 15th, a Motorcycle escort will accompany the Traveling Tribute from Kingman, AZ to the event site in Lake Havasu City. Meet us at 12:00pm at Mother Road Harley in Kingman AZ (2501 E Beverly Ave. Kingman, AZ 86401) to participate in the escort.

Patriot Days will feature scheduled events every day, including Daily Honor ceremonies and tributes, Parades, 5k runs, the Mohave County Fair, Patriot Bowling, Patriotic Cinema Film Classics and  more.  A variety of musical and comedic entertainment will perform on the main stages throughout the event.  Included among many others are Gallagher, The McClymonts, The Chris Weaver Band, and the Ventura Girlz. Visit the Lake Havasu City Patriot Days website for full event details.

Don’t miss the “God, Country, and Freedom Rally” that will take place on Friday, September 24th. Speakers will include Veterans, Military, Police, Fire Fighters and other American Heroes. Also featured will be family members of those serving, sharing their stories, their pain and their joy.

The goal of Patriot Days is to raise sufficient funds to pay the postage on 20,000 Operation Gratitude Holiday Care Packages to deployed Military. Donations can be made online or at the Event. Personal letters and Wish List items for the packages can be deposited in Drop Boxes that will be placed throughout the event premises.

Rooms can be booked online. Be sure to mention promotional code “LHC10″ when booking to receive special Patriot Day rates and discounts.

The Lake Havasu City Patriot Days website is:

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Pledge of Allegiance

August 17, 2010

I pledge allegiance,
To the flag,
Of the United States of America,
And to the Republic,
For which it stands,
One nation,
Under God,
With liberty and justice for all.

The Pledge of Allegiance. What do you hear when you say or read it? A poem? Empty words? Or do you hear a deeper meaning? I hear a much deeper meaning.

When I say The Pledge of Allegiance, I’m saying more than just a poem, to me its pride, support and promises. It says that I’m proud to be an American. That I love my country. It is also a pledge to always be patriotic. A promise to always support our troops. It is just one way to show them we care about them. The American soldier not only says the pledge but lives by it and puts their life on the line for us. It shows that we respect our flag and the beautiful country we live in. To me, it is also a way to talk to Tyler and let him know I will always be proud of what he did and promise to be patriotic for him.

What do the words really mean? Let me have the famous Red Skeleton tell you:


“Boys and girls, I have been listening to you recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it appears that it has become monotonous to you or could it be you do not know the meaning of those words. If I may, I would like to recite the Pledge and give to you a definition of the words.

I – meaning me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge – dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.

Allegiance – my love and my devotion.

To the Flag – our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody’s job.

Of the United – that means that we have all come together.

States – individual communities that have united into 48 great states. 48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common cause, and that’s love of country.
Of America. 
And to the Republic – a republic, a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
For which it stands!
 One nation – meaning, so blessed by God.

Indivisible – incapable of being divided.

With Liberty – which is freedom and the right of power to live one’s life without threats or fear or any sort of retaliation.

And justice – The principle and quality of dealing fairly with others.

For all. – which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.”

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our nation, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance “under God.” Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said, “That’s a prayer” and that would be eliminated from schools, too?

Now that you know how I feel about The Pledge of Allegiance, that there is a deeper meaning, and you know what the words really mean let me ask you again; What does The Pledge of Allegiance mean to you?

Until my next blog,
Young Patriot

Number of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command As of August 15, 2010: 5609

A house in Johnston, R.I., that women can call home

August 12, 2010

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The flowers on the table in the living room are from Ed and Regina Roberts. This house that Dianne DeLomba lives in in Johnston was dedicated two weeks ago in memory of the Robertses’ daughter, Marine Cpl. Holly Charette.

It is a fine house, a fitting memorial to the first Rhode Island woman killed in action in Iraq. It is a house where other women will come to reconnect. They will move in to brand new apartments and have a place to feel safe. They will have no worries in the morning about where they will sleep at night.

And when those women show up, Dianne DeLomba will be waiting for them. When it comes to paying a price for service to her country, it is safe to say that DeLomba has some serious time in grade.

Like so many veterans who served when she did, she can look back and put a name on her problems, a name that didn’t exist when she was in uniform.

“It was PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). I know that now.”

But in 1974, when she left Pawtucket for boot camp, there was no PTSD. There had been no label put on that confusing, often crippling fallout from the physical and emotional pressure of military service.

She is 53 and in the best place she has been in in a long time. She sits in an easy chair in her first-floor apartment. Her cat is curled on the floor. Classical music spills from the radio. In the two weeks she has lived in the house, she has made the apartment very much her own. She has taken things out of storage and put them in place. A three-panel religious painting is on the mantel which is over the fireplace which she turns to glowing red with the flick of a switch.

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Veteran's Galleria Update

August 4, 2010

What an exciting time I have had in the past couple of weeks here at Veterans Galleria. I’m not for sure where to even start!!

One of my favorites…… Pod Casting. We have done one interview with a young veteran from the Powersite Community, which is just outside of Branson, MO. You can listen to the interview by clicking here or by going to – click on podcast and then download to your phone, computer, or just open and listen. Please take time to find out about Luke Barnett. He has so much passion & love. He learned so much from the World War II veterans and he wants to share all he has learned. Your tears will mingle with his and you will come away truly blessed. This interview and those to come are from the heart. Not all of our interviewees will be names you know, but that doesn’t mean the message is not meaningful. Listen and share your thoughts. Remember you can go to Facebook and post comments as well. On Facebook, it is If you are not a fan, please join. It would be exciting to get our number to at least 500. Invite your friends and let’s see how long it takes.

How exciting to be posting another article from Julie on how to get your benefits. Many that have stopped into my office this past couple of days are really enjoying this addition to the site. This is so crucial for all of the veterans. Rather you have been in the system for years or you are just starting to understand the “system” here is another place to get help.

Our “Young Patriot” is having fun and enjoying sharing all that her school will be doing in the fall. Please ask all of your kids and those of your fellow veterans to send in stories to the Young Patriot. She would love to hear from you. This is so new and exciting, so please don’t let her down.

If you are the 500th person to sign in to Veteran’s Galleria on FB, we will have an autographed photo of Tony Orlando and a CD of the “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree.” Tony was an inspiration to the entire U.S. at a time when we needed something to show our love for troops and keep the country united. To this day, Tony, honors veterans and does a free show in Branson during veterans week and continues to go and entertain the troops.

I will leave in about 10 days for the National Military Order of the Purple Heart Convention. I am really looking forward to being apart of this group of “special” veterans and will share more when I return.

God Bless and please pray for our troops and those who are stationed at home. Without the entire team, we are nothing. Remember how hot it is in our own communities, imagine how hot it is in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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