Semper Fi Fund announces the “Day of Inspiration” contest in conjunction with the major motion picture release of “Dolphin Tale”

September 20, 2011

Camp Pendleton, CA – In conjunction with the upcoming release of Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale,” The Semper Fi Fund, Inc. would like to announce a special contest to send one lucky U.S. military family (up to 5 people) on an all-expense paid trip to the Clearwater Aquarium, in Clearwater, FL for a “Day of Inspiration” with the dolphin named Winter, who plays herself in “Dolphin Tale,” and several of our injured service members from the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

2,000 American flags sold to benefit wounded Marines

September 20, 2011

By Grant Bissell | KSDK 5 TV | | September 19, 2011

St. Louis (KSDK) - Hundreds of St. Louisans now own a piece of a very special 9/11 memorial that graced Art Hill in Forest Park. The memorial was one of the most popular displays in St. Louis over the past week.

Nearly 3,000 American flags that paid tribute to the victims of the September 11th terror attacks were removed from the display Monday.

Around 2,000 of the flags were sold. Many of the buyers were looking for the individual flag that represented their friend or family member killed on 9/11. Read the rest of this entry »

More than 30 injured service members will attend special screening of “Dolphin Tale” in New York City to benefit the Semper Fi Fund!

September 20, 2011

New York, NY – In conjunction with the upcoming release of Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale,” the makers of the film are hosting a special screening for the Semper Fi Fund ( Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the AMC Loews Theatres,19th Street East 6, New York City, NY.

Approximately 200 supporters of the Semper Fi fund will be in attendance, to include more than 30 injured service members from the Semper Fi Fund's "Team Semper Fi" who will be in town for this weekend's “Tunnel to Towers” race in Brooklyn.

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9/11 Memorial Flags on Art Hill Coming Down Monday

September 19, 2011

By George Sells | KTVI | | September 19, 2011

Flags can be purchased on site for a $40 donation

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI - 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
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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| | 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 || 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 | | 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
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Libertyville Patch | | 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 || 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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
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Marine Jessica Shepherd. Photos provided by Lexington Patch.

By Denise J. Dubé | Lexington Patch | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 »