Your September 2013 Newsletter is Here!

MAF HONORS FALLEN HERO
STAFF SGT. JOSHUA J. BOWDEN


The Department of Defense  has announced the death of Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Bowden, 28, of Villa Rica, Georgia. Bowden  died of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked  his unit with small arms fire.  Bowden’s unit was on dismounted patrol on Aug. 31, in Ghazni, Afghanistan when the incident occurred.

Bowden was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), out of Fort Carson, Colorado as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist.

Bowden joined the Army in 2005. He was on his second deployment. He previously deployed to Afghanistan from 2008-2009.

 

His awards include the Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor device, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachute Badge, Air Assault Badge and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.

Bowden was a 2003 graduate of Alexander High School in Douglas County, Georgia where he was a dual-sport athlete and was the captain of the school’s soccer team in his senior year.

Tom Worthan, Douglas County Board of Commissioners Chairman offered his condolences to Bowden’s family.

“We grieve with Josh’s family and friends over the loss of this brave soldier who died defending freedom,” Worthan said. “We know that God has a special place in Heaven for these souls who willingly stand between us and evil. We will be praying for Josh and his family during these difficult days.”

 


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THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

September 11, 2001 – Terrorists Attack on U.S. Soil

September 11, 2013 – Terrorists Attack U.S. Consulate in Benghazi

September 11, 2001. It’s hard to believe that twelve years have passed since the September day that will forever change our nation.  We at MAF honor the brave men, women and children who lost their lives that fateful September morning in 2001.  We remember the heroics of countless NYPD fire and police units who responded without thought to their own safety and the incredible sacrifices of those aboard flight 93 who through their selfless sacrifice saved countless lives. Although the Twin Towers no longer grace the New York Skyline, the Pentagon remains, its beige stone facing bearing the scars of the terrorists attack.

On September 11, 2012 terrorists once again attacked the U.S. on the grounds of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Although first reported as an unorganized local protest surrounding a movie, it soon became clear this was a directed and organized strike which needlessly cost the lives U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, former SEALs Glen Doherty  and Ty Woods  along with  foreign service worker Sean Smith.

Take time to honor these heroes and their sacrifices by flying your flag in remembrance of these great American heroes and our dedicated troops who help protect our freedoms each and every day.

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and Move America Forward will include a U.S. Flag pin in your package as well as your personal message of support to our troops.

 


A patriot is a person who loves, supports, and defends their country and its interests with devotion. I was honored to be surrounded by patriots this past month!  It started in Texas as the Patriot Tour kicked off its seven city events in Houston.  Marcus Lutrell, Taya Kyle, Chad Fleming and I shared moving, heroic stories of sacrifices that were made by patriots so that America can continue to be the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”

It brings so much pride and comfort to be around so many patriots, who are devoted to supporting and defending our great country!  I typically don’t speak on Aug 2nd as it can be an emotional day, but on the seven- year anniversary of Marc’s passing I was in Austin for night two of the Patriot Tour. What better way to honor and remember him than to share Marc with thousands of patriots, how he lived, who he was, and the sacrifice he made.

I returned to Texas the middle of the month to host other Navy SEAL Gold Star families to a retreat. These families had patriots who gave their final breath devoted to the values that keep America free. It was an honor to let these families, who have given their very best for this nation, know that we will NEVER forget their hero and his sacrifice!

These are patriots who sacrificed greatly and whose lives were changed by the actions of a few terrorists who attacked our great nation, leaving death, devastation, and destruction on American soil.

Innocent lives were stripped from thousands of Americans, leaving their families and our nation whirling in the shock and pain. We tried to process what had happened and how could depravity reach so deeply into the souls and minds of these terrorists to commit such evil actions.

Yet we watched a nation that stood together, we watched patriotism rise to probably the highest level I have known in my lifetime. People generously donated time, resources and finances to support and rebuild America. Flags lined the streets of hometowns everywhere, and unity was felt across our land.

The lives of everyone of these families that I shared the stage with this past month or loved on at the retreat, had a loved one sacrifice their lives defending their teammates, their families, this country, because of the attack on us Sept 11th. Their actions let the families who lost loved ones that day, know that we would not tolerate the terror inflicted on us.

 



Send a package today
and Move America Forward will include a U.S. Flag pin in your package as well as your personal message of support to our troops.


As we approach Sept 11th, we need to remember those who died that dreadful day, those who have given their lives fighting since that time and that the enemy would still love to inflict more pain, death and suffering. That was evident on Sept 11, 2012 as our embassy was attacked and we lost four more patriots in Benghazi.

We must choose to rise to the same level of patriotism we saw the weeks following 9-11. We don’t need to wait for another tragedy for that to happen.

You don’t have to join the military to be a patriot. I’m challenging you today to raise the level of patriotism  and devotion with which you love, support, and defend our country and its interest.

As Marc said in his last letter home, “I find that being here (Iraq) makes me realize the great country we have and the obligation we have to keep it that way.”

May God continue to bless you, our troops, and America!
Debbie Lee


Calling All Shutterbugs!

We love receiving thank you notes back from soldiers when they receive packages from our supporters.  It lets us all know how much our support means.  We also love receiving pictures.  That’s why we are starting up a Photo of the Month Feature.  We’d love to receive a photo with a brief note about you or if you are deployed or the friend or loved on of a deployed soldier.

Just email your photo and a brief note to LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org and look for your submission in the coming months.

Did You Know…?

September 5, 1774 – The First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia with 56 delegates, representing every colony, except Georgia. Attendants included   John Adams, Patrick Henry, George Washington and John Jay, future First Chief Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.

September 11, 2001 – Marks the worst Terrorist attack in U.S. history.  American Airlines Flight 11 carrying 92 people and United Airlines Flight 175 carrying 65 people were diverted by the Jihadist hijackers to New York City where they were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The impact and fires led to the collapse of the towers, killing 2,752 persons including hundreds of rescue workers.

United Airlines Flight 93, which had departed Newark for San Francisco, and American Airlines Flight 77, which had departed Dulles (Virginia) for Los Angeles, were also hijacked. Flight 77 with 64 people on board was diverted to Washington, D.C., where it was used to attack the Pentagon, killing everyone on board and 125 inside the Pentagon.  Flight 93 with 44 people on board was also diverted toward Washington but crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to overpower the terrorists on board.

September 11, 2012 – Terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate Compound in Benghazi, Libya killing U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens, as well as two former Navy SEALS and  a Foreign Service worker. Ten others on the ground were injured.  The attacks led to the resignation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

September 13, 1814 – The Battle of Baltimore began with the bombardment of Fort McHenry.  Francis Scott Key anxiously watched the attack aboard a nearby ship. Key anxiously watched the British attack overnight and at dawn saw the American flag still flying over the fort, inspiring him to write a poem which was later coupled with the tune of a popular song and became the U.S. National Anthem in 1931.

September 17, 1862 – The Battle of Antietam marks the bloodiest day in U.S. military history as General  George B. McClellan led Union troops against Confederate forces led by Robert E. Lee near Sharpsburg, Maryland. By nightfall over 22,000 men were dead, wounded, or missing from both sides of the conflict.

September 18, 1947 – The U.S. Air Force was established as a separate military service

September 29, 1789 – Congress establishes a regular Army under the Department of War, consisting of several hundred troops

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