9/11 Memorial Flags on Art Hill Coming Down Monday

September 19, 2011

By George Sells | KTVI | fox2now.com | September 19, 2011

Flags can be purchased on site for a $40 donation

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI - FOX2now.com)--It has been one of the most talked about artistic displays to come to St. Louis in some time. The 9/11 flag tribute on Forest Park's Art Hill has been the talk of the town since the nearly three thousand flags were placed there early in September. Monday, it was taken down, but its impact is sure to be long lasting. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund helps veterans

September 19, 2011
wickedlocalnews photo kevin chambers

Marine Cpl. Kevin Chambers is home after a tour in Afghanistan. For now, he is stationed at the Home Base program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Courtesy photo.

By Bruce Coulter | Wicked Local| Wickedlocal.com | September 16, 2011

Maynard — Kevin Chambers has been in the Marine Corps for five years. At his choosing, he was sworn in on Sept. 11, 2006 and left for boot camp at Parris Island, S.C.

As could be expected, Chambers was deployed to Afghanistan, in Helmand Province, from August 2008 to April 2009.

Kevin, who has been home since June 1, said he was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of repeated exposure to IED (improvised explosive devices) blasts while in Afghanistan with Alpha Co., Second Combat Engineer Battalion. He was part of the unit’s road clearance platoon.

“We were constantly out on the road looking for IEDs. We’d clear the road ahead of everybody else,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Car show at Rose Bowl to benefit Marine fund

September 16, 2011

By Pasadena Star News | PasadenaStarNews.com| September 16, 2011

PASADENA - The first-ever U.S. Marines Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday in Parking Lot K at the Rose Bowl, to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

USS Green Bay Marines, Sailors run in honor of Green Bay native

September 16, 2011

USMC 13th MEU | 13thmeu.blogspot.com | September 15, 2011

13th MEU Jerabek Challenge deck photo

(Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher O’Quin)(Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2011) Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Sailors with the USS Green Bay (LPD-20), run in the early morning hours during the 2011 Pfc. Ryan Jerabek Memorial Challenge aboard ship, Aug. 20. Marines and sailors ran 40 laps around the ship’s flight deck or approximately four miles in honor of Jerabek, a Green Bay native who died April 6, 2004 during combat action in Ramadi Iraq. A run was held in Hobart Wisc., a week earlier in his honor. Governor Scott Walker proclaimed Aug. 13, 2011 to be Pfc. Ryan Jerabek Semper Fi Fund Day with proceeds from the run in the United States to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Libertyville Boys Cross Country Team Donates $1,600 to Nonprofit

September 13, 2011
Libertyville Patch Boys Team photo 9.14.11

Libertyville Patch | Libertyville.patch.com | September 13, 2011

The Libertyville High School Boys Cross Country Team raised $1,600 for the Semper Fi Fund by selling cookie dough with the help of NFP Sports fundraising. Top fundraisers were Alex Zoellick and Tyler Chen.

Following a seven-year team tradition, the team members elected to give half their proceeds to charity, and this year they selected the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

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

September 11, 2011

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

Read the rest of this entry »

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
Wallstreetoasis photo

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 »