April 8, 1974 -February 2, 2013
As an AVID Bronco Fan February 2, 2014, Super Bowl Sunday was a day I will never forget. I cheered on my team with family and friends. My son, my 4 grandsons, my daughter-in-law and I proudly wore our Payton Manning jerseys. I wore my Bronco back- to- back super bowl hat and my toe nails sported a blue and orange pedicure. And even though the game didn’t quite end as I would have hoped, I am proud to say I am team Broncos from my head to my toe….
Yet there is another memory that will always set February 2nd apart from anything else. Last year on that dreadful day a nation mourned as we learned Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American history had been murdered in Texas.
Chris had become just like a son to me, after my son Marc’s death. Chris was actually with Marc when he died and another piece of my heart was sliced away when I received the call that Chris was gone. It’s a good thing God gave me a big heart.
I picked up my copy of American Sniper that Chris gave to me to find some of his quotes to use in this article, as I opened the book I re-read his note that he signed to me and I would like to share his words with you.
Our world is blessed to have so many selfless brave warriors. I now have two men in whose memories I carry on to honor them. Marc’s last letter home challenged us to do more random acts of kindness, “pass on the kindness, the love, the precious gift of human life.” Chris’ motto was “to serve those who served us.”
We can follow their example, honoring and remembering them by combining their two mottos and doing random acts of kindness for our troops and the families of the fallen as our act of service.
Marc and Chris we’ve got your watch and are carrying on as you would have us to. You are deeply loved and deeply missed!!!!
Take time to share your love with one of our thousands of deployed troops this Valentine’s Day. Click here to send care packages. To make our Valentine’s package even more special MAF will include yummy and fun Valentine’s candy conversation hearts and extra special home-made Valentine’s cards provided by some caring school children and church groups. Of course, our troop support packages will include all our regular great treats like Oreo cookies, premium beef jerky, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Rogers Family Company premium coffee and HOO-AHHS filed wipes and much more. Everyone loves to get a reminder on Valentine’s Day that they are loved, let’s take the time to give some of that love to our troops!
Here’s an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long – join the Move America Forward Monthly Smiles Club. Simply provide us with your monthly budget, and a little information from you and we do the rest. That’s all there is to it. Then you’ll know each month you’ve put a smile on a soldier’s face.
We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Forth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time.
Here’s a thank you we just received from a soldier who got a package through Move America Forward just in time for Christmas, as you can see, it really meant a great deal!
If you have a question or would like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our
Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.
“Thank You So Much for the Great Care Package”
Move America Forward was honored to join American Legionnaires, other veterans, patriots, and strong supporters of our military on February 3, 2014 to celebrate and commemorate the service and selfless sacrifice of Four Chaplains who gave everything. A plaque was established in their honor at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, San Diego, on the 71st annual “Four Chaplains Day”.
February 3, 1943 during WWII, the troop ship USAT Dorchester was torpedoed in the north Atlantic on its way to Greenland with 900 souls aboard. In the chaos of the explosion, which knocked out all electric power and lighting on the Dorchester, the Four Chaplains acted to calm the troops and pass out life vests as the Dorchester began sinking. When they ran out of life vests for the troops, each of the Four Chaplains, knowing death was certain, took off his life vest and put it on a soldier without one.
The awe-inspiring “Immortal Chaplains” – Rev. George Fox (Methodist), Rabbi Alexander Goode, Father John Washington (Roman Catholic), and Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) – each went down with the ship and survivors later testified that they witnessed the Four Chaplains go to their deaths together, arms linked, praying together, sacrificing their lives “so that others may live.”
Their selfless heroism of service and sacrifice led Congress to award each a Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross in 1944, and an unprecedented Congressional Medal of Valor in 1961. By a unanimous Act of Congress in 1988, February 3rd was declared to be observed annually as “Four Chaplains Day.”
Did You Know…?
February 1, 2003 – The Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart in flight over Texas as it was reentering the earth’s atmosphere. All seven crew members aboard were killed.The accident was most likely the result of damage caused during liftoff. Following the Columbia disaster shuttle flights were suspended for approximately two years. Columbia was the second space shuttle lost in flight. In January 1986, Challenger exploded during liftoff.
February 10, 1942 – 2nd Lt. Alexander Nininger was posthumously awarded The first Medal of Honor during World War II for heroism during the Battle of Bataan.
February 20, 1962 – John Glenn became the first American launched into orbit. Aboard Friendship VII Mercury capsule, Glenn reached an altitude of 162 miles, completing three orbits in just under five hours. Glenn was the third American in space, preceded by Alan Shepard and Virgil “Gus” Grissom who had each previously completed short sub-orbital flights.
February 21, 1994 – Aldrich Ames, a CIA agent was arrested on charges he spied for the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991. Ames was convicted later that same year. He is currently serving a life sentence in a Federal penitentiary in Pennsylvania.
February 27, 1950 – The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting the president to two terms or a maximum of ten years in office.