Thursday, June 12, 2008

Another Eagle Scout project to help our Wounded soldiers

Life Scout Billy L, of Troop 310 located on Ft. Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn, New York recently completed his Eagle Scout service project with us. He decided to collect DVD's and Phone Cards - two of the most-requested items at all of the medical units I work with.

Well, he did. In a BIG way. Billy collected 780 DVD's, and an additional $4,500 that he donated to Soldiers Angels to purchase phone cards for the troops.

The DVD's will be shipped to dozens of military medical facilities all over the Middle-East, where they will be watched and enjoyed by patients and medics alike.

In my 7 years as a Scout leader, and another 2 years working with Scouts for Soldiers's Angels, I'm continually impressed by the contributions these young Americans make to support our soldiers. Look up "Patriot", and you'll see Eagle Scout.

Congratulations Mr. L on this great project.


Friday, June 06, 2008

June 6, 1944 D-Day Landing at Normandy

Today is the 64th anniversary of that fateful day.

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, Americans received word that three years of concerted war efforts had finally culminated in D-day--military jargon for the undisclosed time of a planned British, American, and Canadian action. During the night, over 5,300 ships and 11,000 planes had crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy. The goal of every soldier and civilian involved in that effort was to drive the German military back to Berlin by opening a western front in Europe.

I happened to come across the second picture, and it reminded me of the iconic image from the D-Day landing. Across more than half a century, another American soldier who fell in the struggle to defeat tyranny.