What's new?

February 12, 2010

Hand in Hand Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients is moving along. We are having fun coming up with new ideas and people are asking to participate…..what an event we have in store. Remember the Opening Ceremonies is for Purple Heart Recipients, as well as disabled veterans, so please come prepared to ask questions.

If you are a Facebook user, we are on Facebook as well. You can share your pictures and make comments (nice ones of course).

My last blog I challenged each of you to do something for the women that are at home, to help lighten their load or to help them feel special. I have not heard from anyone. Maybe this is a project for your church, your card party, your neighborhood. PLEASE step outside the box and do some little thing. We here at Veterans Galleria are in the process of planning a Pal’s Getaway. If a wife of a soldier and her girlfriend or pal or even by herself would like to come to Branson we will pick up a night’s hotel, coupon book, 2 show tickets and if she sees something else she would like to do, we will try and assist her so she has the best time ever!! I’m sure you could offer an evening of babysitting, a dinner and a movie, a Spa treatment.

Did you notice we now have a link to the Department of Defense? Did you go to dotwarrior and listen to the wonderful world they are going to be creating for you, the veteran? Please check out the new links we have added to the site. There are so many places that want to offer help to the veteran.

“Duty, Honor, Sacrifice”

February 8, 2010

This poem was found at the following website, written in 1985 by Terry Sater and featured in the book “DUTY, HONOR, SACRIFICE” written by Ralph Christopher.“duty-honor-sacrifice”/

She said, “Why not forget it? It happened so long ago.”

The deepest wounds, cut to the heart, will always heal slow.

The nightmare of the Mekong, of death, despair and fear,

Could not be left in Vietnam, its fresh, its crisp, its here.

My body’s strong. My mind is sound. I suffer from no pain.

But once a man has been to war, he’s never quite the same.

For I know war for what it is, no glory in the fight.

It’s friends who die, and crippled kids, and voices crying in the night.

I know the chill of monsoon rain, the heat of tropic sun.

For some it never happened, and most will never know,

Except for those who fought the war. It happened long ago.

Dustin Evans - If I Die Before You Wake

February 8, 2010

This is song was written by Dustin Evans, Rick Tiger, and Dave Brainard. Dustin Evans is the vocalist and the Good Times Band are the musicians. In Dustin’s words, “The song came from a good place, it is our way of paying tribute to our brave soldiers and the sacrifices their families are making”. Click below to play the song.

Dustin Evans – If I Die Before You Wake

Visit the Dustin Evans and the Goodtimes Band website by following the link below:

Talking with Heroes

February 8, 2010

Talking With Heroes is a talk show for Military men and women, support groups, Gold Star Families, Blue Star Families and Supporters of the Troops. For and about the military, the show is not political. Visit the link below to listen to their talk show online.

You can also click below to listen to the latest episode.

The Story of the Four Immortal Chaplains

February 8, 2010

The Story of the Four Immortal Chaplains

A convoy of three ships and three escorting Coast Guard cutters passed through “torpedo alley” some 100 miles off the coast of Greenland at about 1 a.m. on February 3, 1943. The submarine U-223 fired three torpedoes, one of which hit the midsection of the Dorchester, a U.S. Army troopship with more than 900 men on board. Ammonia and oil were everywhere in the fast-sinking vessel and upon the freezing sea.

The four Chaplains on board, two Protestant pastors, a Catholic priest and a Jewish rabbi, were among the first on deck, calming the men and handing out life jackets. When they ran out, they took off their own and placed them on waiting soldiers without regard to faith or race. Approximately 18 minutes from the explosion, the ship went down. They were the last to be seen by witnesses; they were standing arm-in-arm on the hull of the ship, each praying in his own way for the care of the men. Almost 700 died, making it the third largest loss at sea of its kind for the United States during World War II. The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa was able to escort the other freighters to Greenland. Meanwhile the cutters Comanche and Escanaba, disobeying orders to continue the search for the German U-Boat, stopped to rescue 230 men from the frigid waters that night.

The four Chaplains were Father John Washington (Catholic), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and Rev. George Fox (Methodist). These four Chaplains were later honored by the Congress and Presidents. They were recognized for their selfless acts of courage, compassion and faith. According to the First Sergeant on the ship, “They were always together, they carried their faith together.” They demonstrated throughout the voyage and in their last moments, interfaith compassion in their relationship with the men and with each other. In 1960 Congress created a special Congressional Medal of Valor, never to be repeated again, and gave it to the next of kin of the “Immortal Chaplains.”

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