3,000 Flags On Art Hill Will Honor 9/11 Victims

September 11, 2011

By Fox 2 Now | Fox2now.com| September 11, 2011

 
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Art Hill Transformed Into 9/11 Memorial

September 10, 2011

By KTVI-KPLR Staff | Midtown Fox 2 News | midtown.fox2now.com | September 10, 2011

Art Hill in Forest Park is going to be transformed this weekend into a moving memorial for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Nearly three thousand American flags will adorn Art Hill, one flag for each victim killed in the attacks.

The memorial is called America's Heartland Remembers. Read the rest of this entry »

The Telegraph: Day of remembrance offers full slate

September 9, 2011

By Staff Writer | The Telegraph | Thetelegraph.com | September 9, 2011

St. Louis, MO -- Across the area Sunday, feelings will run strong on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Events are planned on both sides of the Mississippi River. Here is a look: Read the rest of this entry »

Still in the Fight

September 9, 2011
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By Edmundo Braverman | Wall Street Oasis | wallstreetoasis.com | September 9, 2011

When I got the opportunity to spend a few days aboard Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany this summer I jumped at it. First of all, I don't get back to America much (I've only been twice since moving to Paris in 2008) so I was looking forward to a little slice of home less than five hours from Paris. Second, Ramstein was my last stop before landing in Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War back in August of 1990, so I was anxious to see the place again. Read the rest of this entry »

About Town: Remembering Jessica

September 8, 2011
Jessica Shepherd by Patch 8.8.11

Marine Jessica Shepherd. Photos provided by Lexington Patch.

By Denise J. Dubé | Lexington Patch | Lexington.Patch.com | September 8, 2011

You now have new orders to protect heaven’s shores.
Carry out the plan of the day.
Semper Fi. – Diana Buckley’s eulogy to her daughter.

Jessica Shephard died on Sept. 3, 2011. She was only 31, which isn't long enough for any parent, spouse, sibling or child.

Staying or leaving isn’t our call, no matter how hard we fight.

According to her brother-in-law, Raymond Santos, who spoke on behalf of the family, Jessica was an extraordinary woman who accomplished more in her short 31 years than most could in three lifetimes.

Her obituary states she was born Jessica Colleen Buckley, the daughter of Edward and Diana, formerly of Lexington, but now of Londonderry, NH. She was a Marine who married Staff Sgt. Brandon Shepherd and a devoted and dedicated sister to Danielle Santos. In July 2010, she gave birth to Keegan Edward Shepherd. Read the rest of this entry »

Community steps up after Camp Pendleton house fire kills girl

September 6, 2011

By Gretel Krovach | Sign On San Diego | Signonsandiego.com | September 6, 2011

Camp Pendleton, CA - The day after a house fire destroyed a Camp Pendleton home last week and killed a Marine’s 13-year-old daughter, the donations started pouring in. Furniture, sheets, pots and pans, meals, school supplies for the surviving siblings, and gift cards.

Those are a few of the items contributed by Camp Pendleton Marines and sailors, civilians and strangers from neighboring towns, and organizations that wanted to comfort and support the family. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded in Iraq: A Marine’s Story

Marine photo by Atlantic News 8.8.11
September 6, 2011

By Justin Constantine | The Atlantic | TheAtlantic.com | September 6, 2011

I cry whenever I think of a memorial service I attended in Iraq. From the back of the hot, packed room next to the chaplain's office, I looked down the center aisle and saw six sets of boots, rifles, helmets, and dog tags. Six Americans had lost their lives defending their country. I had seen these Marines hug each other before heading out on patrol -- real hugs, as if they guessed they might not see each other again. They had been in Iraq for a while and knew how dangerous every mission was. Read the rest of this entry »

Leatherneck Magazine: 70 Cyclists Journey 430 Miles To Raise $300,000 For Wounded Vets

August 29, 2011
Angel-Gomez photo by RFSF

Nineteen-year-old Angel Gomez's skull was shattered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his combat troop in Iraq. Doctors had to remove part of the young Marine's brain just to keep him alive. The explosion left him clinging to life, unable to walk or talk. But, it did nothing to his spirit. Today, he's training to ride 430 miles on a retrofitted bike from Phoenix to San Diego with The Ride for Semper Fi, a charity ride that raises awareness and money for military men and women who have suffered life-changing combat injuries like his own. Photo provided by Ride for Semper Fi.

Leatherneck Magazine | Mca-marines.org/leatherneck | August 29, 2011

The Ride for Semper Fi grows into one of the southwest’s premier fundraising events

PHOENIX, Ariz. — 70 Phoenix-area cyclists, including several Marines, are set to pedal 430 miles from Phoenix to San Diego to raise $300,000 for injured Marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Ride for Semper Fi kicks off Oct. 12 from Scottsdale, Ariz., and ends three days later at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Ca. The 70 participating riders, including four injured Marines who have benefited from the fund in the past, will devote nearly five months to a rigorous training regime, completing training rides of up to 100 miles a day. The money they raise will go to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which supports injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

“In our first three years, our riders have raised more than $500,000 for the cause,” said John Greenway, founder and chairman of The Ride for Semper Fi. “That money is essential to helping returning Marines and their families pay for medical expenses, physical therapy and other necessary equipment, such as wheelchairs and prostheses—equipment that helps them return to a fulfilling life.” Read the rest of this entry »

Fox 2 News: Military Wives Set Up Special Fund To Help Injured Marines

Gen and Mrs. Conway at the 2011 Gen James T Conway Golf Tournament
August 29, 2011

By Teresa Woodard | Fox 2 News | Fox2now.com| August 28, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com)

More than $52 million has been donated to injured Marines and their families, thanks to a special fund created by Marine wives. And St. Louis has played a critical role in its success.

There couldn't have been a more glorious day than Sunday at Legends Golf Course in Eureka: blue sky, warm sun, a gentle breeze, and American flags waving. Read the rest of this entry »

Leatherneck Magazine: Horse Riding Program Named To Honor Legacy of Marine

August 28, 2011
Mounted Color Guard Photo by Damien Guttirez in Leatherneck Sept 11

The Marine Corps’ Mounted Color Guard from Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., passes by attendees at the Jinx McCain Warrior Riding Program dedication ceremony June 22 at MCB Camp Pendleton’s Stepp Stables. Photo by Cpl Damien Gutierrez.

By Cpl Damien Gutierrez PAO, MCB Camp Pendleton, Calif. | Leatherneck Magazine | Leatherneckmagazine-digital.com | September, 2011

The legacy and tradition of one Marine who changed the lives of hundreds of wounded veterans was given new life at the place where he did so much good—at the Stepp Stables on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

The Jinx McCain Warrior Riding Program, a program under the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and in conjunction with Camp Pendleton’s Stepp Stables, kicked off with the June 22 dedication of the riding program in honor of Colonel Jinx McCain, USMC (Ret), who died May 3, 2003.

In the early 1960s, while stationed at Camp Pendleton, McCain would host trail rides for amputees from Vietnam to help rehabilitate their spirits. McCain was awarded the Purple Heart four times in a career that included combat in World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima, in the Korean War and in the Vietnam War. Read the rest of this entry »

Local golfers tee-off for American heroes

August 26, 2011

By Heidi Glaus | KSDK TV | Ksdk.com | August 26, 2011

Eureka, Mo (KSDK) -- This weekend, local golfers will tee-off in honor of American heroes.

The Missouri Friends of Injured Marines General James T. Conway Charity Golf Outing is this Sunday at The Legends. The event raises more money for the Semper Fi Fund than any other such organization in the country.

Each year they honor an enlisted man who has been the recipient of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and this year Corporal Todd Nicely will be honored. Read the rest of this entry »

Golf Event Honors Soldiers and Families

August 26, 2011

By Julie Brown Patton | Eureka Wildwood Patch | Eureka-wildwood.patch.com | August 26, 2011

Golfers will play in honor of American heroes on Sunday in Eureka, per a report Friday morning from KSDK-TV.

The Missouri Friends of Injured Marines Gen. James T. Conway Charity Golf Outing will be played at The Legends course. The event raises more money for the Semper Fi Fund than any other such organization in the country, stated KSDK. Read the rest of this entry »

Navy.mil: Green Bay Sailors and Marines Complete the Jerabek Memorial Challenge Run at Sea

August 26, 2011
Navy.mil photo of sailors running on the deck of the USS GreenBay

Sailors and Marines run across the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during the Pfc. Ryan Jerabek Memorial Challenge 4-mile run. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Ryan Bareng)

Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Larry S. Carlson | USS Green Bay (LPD 20) Public Affairs | Navy.mil | August 26, 2011

INDIAN OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2011) - Sailors and Marines run across the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during the Pfc. Ryan Jerabek Memorial Challenge 4-mile run. The Jerabek Challenge is held every year in Hobart, Wis., the hometown of Ryan Jerabek, and also on board Green Bay to honor his memory. Green Bay is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

The Pfc. Ryan Jerabek Memorial Challenge is an annual run hosted in Hobart, Wis.,the hometown of Jerabek who was killed in action in Ramadi, Iraq on April 6, 2004.

As part of Green Bay's ties to the state of Wisconsin, Jerabek is one of several fallen heroes from the state memorialized in the ship's main passageway, referred to by the crew as the "Hall of Heroes." Read the rest of this entry »

Ride for Semper Fi: Prescott man will bicycle 430 miles to benefit injured servicemembers

August 26, 2011

By Lisa Irish | DC Courier | DCCourier.com | August 25, 2011

Daily Courier photo of RFSF Chris Hummel

Dr. Chris Hummel, a psychologist at the VA Medical Center, will be participating in Ride for Semper Fi in October to raise money for injured Marines. The ride begins in Scottsdale and ends in San Diego four days later. Photo by Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Dr. Chris Hummel's work with veterans and his father's involvement with The Ride for Semper Fi compelled him to sign up for the 430-mile ride Oct. 12-15 to benefit wounded service members.

Hummel, a clinical psychologist, helps residents of the domiciliary at the Bob Stump Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Prescott, and in the past worked with children whose parents were deployed.

"It's giving back to the people I serve," Hummel said. "There has to be a lot of different avenues to address all the things going on for veterans coming back."

Hummel's father, Larry, has helped with the fundraising ride from Scottsdale to San Diego since it began in 2008. "He drives the RV and carries water and food," said Hummel, adding that his mother, Shirley, prepares food and his nephews, Wesley, 8, and Nicholas, 4, hand out water and snacks at each stop. Read the rest of this entry »

Oorah! City Honors Marine Corps Athlete

August 25, 2011
Capt Rob Hillery photo Carlsbad Patch 8.24.11

Capt. Robert Hillary poses with his proclamation. Photo by Oren Goodman

By Oren Goodman | Carlsbad Patch | Carlsbad.Patch.com | August 24, 2011

Capt. Robert Hillery is both the U.S. Marine Corps Male Athlete of the Year for 2009 and a humanitarian. At Tuesday night's council meeting, he was honored for both with a city proclamation.

As Mayor Matt Hall introduced Hillery, the traditional Marine Corps yell of "Oorah!" was shouted from Hillery's friends and family. The mayor, an Army veteran, wanted a better cheer.

"Want to do that once more, in sync?" Hall asked with a grin. Hall joined them in the cheer, and then gave background information about Hillery, saying the captain had moved to Carlsbad in 2004 to serve at Camp Pendleton and has been a Marine for many years. Read the rest of this entry »