USNSCC Arkansas Division – Wreaths Across America Fundraiser

From our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division.

Hello Everyone,
I can’t believe how fast this year has flown, as the holidays are already here again. As many of you know, one of our annual fundraisers is Wreaths Across America.
Wreaths Across America is a great way to Honor and Remember our fellow Veterans by laying remembrance wreaths on their graves.
Each wreath is $15.  Arkansas Division gets $5 per wreath that we sale with our Group ID code.
So please help us to decorate San Francisco National Cemetery with as many wreaths as possible by spreading the word, making each wreath sold a win, win.
Group ID code: CA0142P
    Our direct link is set up with our code, but just in case it isn’t there I included it also.
Thank you so much for supporting Arkansas Division and Wreaths Across America!
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Arnie, Harry and the Red Arrows ask you to support There But Not There

From  the “There But Not There” organization.

A thank you for your support
This has been a special weekend of Remembrance as the nation marked exactly 100 years since the Armistice in 1918. Your support this year, particularly over the last few weeks, has been invaluable and we wanted to say thank you.
Just because Remembrance Weekend is coming to a close, it doesn’t mean that the need for our work is closing too. In fact, veterans need support year round and we must work to fund that vital support.

We have some special supporters helping us do just that:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harry Kane, Michel Vorm, Moussa Dembele, Alun Wyne Jones, Michael Hooper, Blake, Bear Grylls, Ben Fogle, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Warwick Davis, Phil Campion, Lorraine Kelly, James Blunt, the Red Arrows, Levison Wood, Laura Wright and Jason Fox

Thanks to their support, if you now purchase one of our original 10″ Tommies and you can enter a draw to win:

  • A second special engraved classic Tommy
  • A personal written thank you from the individual whose draw you entered, with a photo

Please note, you will receive your classic original Tommy within 2 weeks of purchase. Winners will be notified after 3rd December and you can find out more about the promotion on our Golden Ticket page.As always, all profits raised through sales of our Tommies will contribute directly to the work carried out by our beneficiary charities.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Tottenham Hotspurs and England Captain Harry Kane.
How did you remember this weekend?
We know that many of you had Tommies or silhouette installations at the centre of your commemorations. We would love to hear how you remembered the fallen of WWI this weekend.

Please reply to this email with your stories and pictures and we’ll send out a round up later this week.

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33 Ranelagh Gardens, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Inside Afghanistan: Remember the Afghan translator

From the Legion Magazine.

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Inside Afghanistan: Remember the Afghan translator

Inside Afghanistan:
Remember the Afghan translator 

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne

The night letters started arriving at his parents’ home in Afghanistan’s Helmand province soon after Ahmad Sajad Kazimi took a job translating for Canadian and other NATO forces fighting the war on terror.

“Tell your son to quit his job and stop working for coalition forces,” one said. “Otherwise we kill your son because he is co-operating with the Infidels!”

“You AHMAD SAJAD, son of Mohammad Wali, resident of Helmand province,” began another, “we found out that you are working as a linguist with Foreigners in KANDAHAR province. We won’t hesitate in
killing your family.


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Leonard Cohen recites In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields
Written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae | Recited by Leonard Cohen
Presented by Legion Magazine

In this time of remembrance, we share this special tribute to Canada’s fallen soldiers. Here is the late Leonard Cohen’s stirring reading of John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields,” accompanied by poignant imagery from the First World War.

Legion Magazine presents you the poetry of John McCrae, the voice of Leonard Cohen, and the message of remembrance in Canada.

Please share with #LestWeForget #RemembranceDay #InFlandersFields #LeonardCohen

Military Milestones
The last spike

Donald A. Smith drives the last spike to complete the Canadian Pacific Railway in Craigallachie, B.C., on Nov. 7, 1885. [LAC/ C-003693]

November 7, 1885
CPR reaches completion

The dream of an iron road running from sea to sea was realized at 9:22 a.m. on Nov. 7, 1885, when financier Donald Smith drove the final spike connecting the east and west arms of the Canadian Pacific Railway at Craigellachie, B.C., in a pass through the Rocky Mountains west of Revelstoke.

For British Columbians, it was high time, since a transcontinental railway, the inducement to become the westernmost province, was promised in 1871. When the troubled project was not complete by the original deadline of 1881, and with some B.C. politicians threatening to secede, the CPR took over the troubled project and completed it in just five years.

There were actually four last spikes. A ceremonial silver spike never made it to the ceremony, so the spike that was used was identical to the other iron spikes used in construction of the rail line. It was badly bent when pounded, and another was substituted, then taken away to deter memento collectors. The fourth, another iron spike, was left in place. The bent spike was eventually donated to the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, and is on long-term loan to the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax, displayed as a tribute to the immigrant railway workers who built the line.

The railway is part of Canada’s national identity. For decades, it was the only way for passengers to travel across the country’s vast distances. It was vital for delivering settlers and materials to build towns and supply the businesses and industry that provided jobs and helped populate the provinces.

The federal government was able to move 3,000 troops west during the Riel Rebellion in less than a month. Troops were moved east to Halifax en route to Europe during the First World War and Second World War, and west from Halifax when they returned home.

Today the CPR owns about 20,000 kilometres of track, but no longer reaches the East Coast. More than $280 billion in goods are moved by rail annually, as well as 75 million passengers, most on commuter rail lines.


Honour the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice

From Canada’s History magazine.

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Image of the Armistice 1918-2018 coin.Dearest Friends,

This November 11th marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, the ceasefire that brought an end to the First World War (1914–1918). Canada will forever remember the Armistice of 1918 as the culmination of four years of exceptional valour and sacrifice that stretched from the Ypres Salient to Vimy Ridge, and from Passchendaele to Mons, where the end of the hostilities birthed the beginning of a young nation’s desire to never forget.

More than 650,000 Canadian and Newfoundland soldiers marched into the First World War and paved the way to peace. Keep the memory of their dedication and courage alive with the 2018 Armistice pure silver coin, from the Royal Canadian Mint, for $34.95 with free shipping.

The 2018 Armistice Pure Silver limited-edition coin, captured in pure silver, conveys a deep meaning for the Armistice. Its reverse design shows the image of a lone soldier, his head bowed, capturing the sense of loss, sacrifice, and exhaustion felt when combat ended; and the poppy, the most iconic symbol of remembrance.

This special issue coin is an expression of our nation’s gratitude for peace — a memento to honour the legacy of those who have served Canada and Newfoundland during the First World War, and whose contributions we collectively remember every November 11th. Hold the moment.

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Mission Matters Special Announcement: Wreaths Across America Advances its Mission to Normandy!

From the Wreaths Across America organization.

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Wreaths Across America Advances its Mission to Normandy!

​​Today, Wreaths Across America is beyond thrilled to announce that it has been granted permission by the French authorities, on the basis of phytosanitary guarantees provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to place 9,387 Maine-made, balsam veterans’ wreaths on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, on the headstones of all U.S. service members laid to rest at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, located in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

The cemetery is one of 14 permanent American World War II military cemeteries on foreign soil. The government of France granted use of the land, in perpetuity. United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower and French President René Coty dedicated the cemetery on July 18, 1956.

This is the first time WAA – whose mission it to Remember the fallen, Honor those that served, and Teach the next generation the value of Freedom – has sent U.S.-made balsam wreaths to be placed on foreign soil. The December wreath-laying event is a joint collaboration between the Normandy American Cemetery and American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and will include ceremonial wreath placements on each of the five D-Day invasion beaches, at Pointe Du Hoc, and include a Canadian Wreath presentation.

“The mission of the American Battle Monuments Commission is to honor the service, achievements and sacrifices of our U.S armed forces in two World Wars. It closely parallels the mission of the Wreaths Across America organization — to Remember, Honor and Teach,” said Scott Desjardins, Superintendent, Normandy American Cemetery. “The Normandy American Cemetery is proud and pleased to be the first ABMC cemetery to have been chosen to attempt this important endeavor. As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, conducted to establish a foothold in Western Europe to free it from tyranny, the Wreaths Across America organization storms the beaches of Normandy to establish a foothold and commemorate the sacrifice made by the men and women who never returned home and are now memorialized in our sites.”

To commemorate this incredible event, WAA will be holding a contest on its Facebook page. Share with us the stories and pictures of loved ones who served in Normandy for your chance to win. On Nov. 15 at noon EST, one submission will be chosen at random and the winner will receive a trip a lifetime to Normandy to be there for the wreath laying. 
Valid passports required. Travel dates Nov. 28 – Dec. 3 for winner and one guest.
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Phone: 1 (877) 385 9504 

Wreaths Across America HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623

Festival of Remembrance 2018

While not organized by the branch, the Royal Canadian Legion US Zone, Branch #25 always participates in the Festival of Remembrance that is hosted by the Royal British Legion.  The event occurs on the Sunday closest to Remembrance Day at 3:00pm in Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St, San Francisco, CA.  This year the event was held on Sunday, 11 November.

Below are some pictures from the event.


Below are some videos from the event.

Remembrance Day Ceremony 2018

Each year the Royal Canadian Legion US Zone, Branch #25 representing the San Francisco Bay area, observes Remembrance Day at Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma, CA. The 2017 ceremony began around 10:30am and lasted approximately 30 minutes.  As always, our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division partners participated (and we thank them for their continued support).

The Royal Canadian Legion
San Francisco Bay Area Branch 25
Remembrance and Veterans Day Service

Liberty Cemetery – Petaluma, California
Saturday, 10 November 2018 – 10:30 am

 Under the direction of Vice President Jack Kincaid

Every year, Comrade Hugh Campion and his wife Pearl tidy the area and place the poppies at each marker, which are a tribute to those buried here at Liberty Cemetery. Their dedication to the care of this sacred site is an act of true remembrance.

This year we also wish to thank the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Arkansas Division for their hard work in renovating the cemetery this year.

Please stay for a group photo at the conclusion.

 Branch Members are encouraged to gather for a no-host lunch at the site of their choosing.

 Restrooms courtesy of Liberty Elementary School adjacent to the Cemetery.

Please remember that the Festival of Remembrance will be at Grace Cathedral on Sunday, 11 November. Please arrive by 2:30pm.

Order of Service

Welcome                                                                                                      Vice President Jack Kincaid
Colors Are Posted                                                                                                                  Sea Cadets

All Rise.

“National Anthems”
Opening Prayer                                                                          Michael Barbour, Acting Chaplain

All may be seated.

Prime Minister’s Remembrance Day Message                                                      Siefken Krieger
“In Flanders Fields”                                                                                                       Hugh Campion
“In Flanders Fields – An Answer”                                                                            Sea Cadet Reader
Placing of the Wreath                                                                                                        Sea Cadets

The parade salutes and Color Guard Present Arms.

“Last Post”
A Two-Minute Silence is Observed

Act of Remembrance
“They shall grow not old, as we who are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”
Response from all: “We will Remember Them.”
Bells of Peace                                                                                                                          Sea Cadets
Close & Response                                                                       Michael Barbour, Acting Chaplain
“Today we remember and pay our respects to those comrades whose death we mourn, but whose spirit still lives. May we strive to promote unity and the spirit of comradeship, never forgetting the solemn obligation we have assumed as members of the Royal Canadian Legion and remembering them. May we ever pray; “Lord God of Hosts be with us yet – Lest We Forget“.
Response from all: “Lest We Forget.”

End of Service 11-11-11

Below are some pictures from the event.


Please note that we neglected to take the group photo this year.