Monthly Archives: August 2017

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Front lines : a new weekly feature

Sword rattling won’t change
Canada’s defence policy

by Stephen J. Thorne

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a message that Canada will
not be browbeaten when he reasserted his position Aug. 23
that the country will act in its own best interests on the issues
of troops for Afghanistan and continental missile defence.


Camp X

John A. Macdonald’s
rocky road to Confederation

by Don Gillmor

In 1864, John A. Macdonald, along with George Brown,
D’Arcy McGee and Alexander Galt, sailed to Charlottetown to
convince the maritime colonies to join Confederation. On board
was $13,000 worth of champagne to smooth negotiations.


August 30-31, 1944

Canadians break through Germany’s Gothic Line, south of Rimini, Italy.


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[Wreaths Across America eNewsletter #148] Prayers for flood victims…

From the Wreaths Across America organization.

08/29/2017 WAA eNewsletter - Weekly
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WAA Extends Our Prayers

U.S. Coast Guard Heartland

U.S. Coast Guard Heartland

U.S. Coast Guard is conducting urban search and rescue in the greater Houston area.
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These 11 Photos Show How the Military is Helping the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

These 11 Photos Show How the Military is Helping the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Military units from across the country have converged to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
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From This Past Weekend’s Events

"My Soldier Was My Hero" A Welcome Home Tribute for Vietnam Veterans And Their Families

“My Soldier Was My Hero” A Welcome Home Tribute for Vietnam Veterans And Their Families

A new addition to the Wreaths Across America Museum honors the valor and sacrifice of military veterans from the Vietnam War era. Special guests like Helen Johnson Richards and her daughter…
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A New Partnership Announced

WAA Gives a

Wreaths Across America (WAA) and Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Work Together

Since first meeting the Wreaths Across America (WAA) team and Worcester family last fall, Taya Kyle, Founder and Executive Director of Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF), has been impressed with WAA’s “ripple effect of kindness.”
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Wreaths Across America Webinars

Wreaths Across America Webinars

Fundraising Ideas – Helping Supporters Make The Personal Connection. This past week we talked with two members of the WAA team who found unique ways to encourage others to honor more veterans.
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Top Social Media Stories This Week

96-Year-Old Veteran Gets His Wish of Visiting US Navy Station

96-Year-Old Veteran Gets His Wish of Visiting US Navy Station

NEWPORT, R.I. – A 96-year-old World War II veteran who dreamed of returning to a Navy installation to reminisce about his more than 20-year naval career got his wish on Thursday.
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For Lyons Girl Scout, No Buried Veteran Will Be Forgotten

For Lyons Girl Scout, No Buried Veteran Will Be Forgotten

It took many visits to five cemeteries and lots of trudging row by row, but Lyons 16-year-old Caylin Guest has reached her goal of compiling a list of Lyons veterans who are buried there.
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145 Paratroopers Return From Iraq, And Reunite With Families

145 Paratroopers Return From Iraq, And Reunite With Families

The soldiers were among thousands of Fort Bragg troops involved in the anti-ISIS fight, with the Combined Joint Task Force led by local troops from the 18th Airborne Corps.
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Note: Have you ever had a conversation with a “reporter-bot?” We set this up to collect stories 24/7 or whenever it is convenient for you, and then the WAA Social Media Team can join the conversation. We look forward to hearing from you!


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Join us on December 16th (the 3rd Saturday in December), 2017 for National Wreaths Across America Day. Use this map to find a location and sign up to volunteer. Can’t find a location near you? You can start one (adding new locations for 2017)!

“Remember this…. In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”
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MISSION BBQ donates over $200k to Wreaths Across America

MISSION BBQ donates over $200k to Wreaths Across America

MISSION BBQ presented a $228,000 donation to Wreaths Across America (WAA) on Monday, to help fund the non-profit’s efforts to honor fallen veterans. The funds, raised…
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Mare Island Museum Newsletter – September 2017

As our secretary/treasurer works at Touro University, California, we wanted to share with you the latest newsletter from the Mare Island Museum.

Attached is the September 2017 issue of Farragut’s Press, the newsletter of the Mare Island Museum.  In this issue you can read about the role of women in the Navy and how it has changed; two new books, on on the Mare Island Cememtery and the other on a more lively place, lower Georgia Street; and a second look at the tragedies of the Thresher and Scorpion  which were featured in the last newslteer

You can access all back issues of Farragut’s Press at Please send any comments or suggestions for future articles to All are appreciated.

If you like reading the newsletter, please consider supporting the museum by becoming a member.  Information and an application may be found on the last page of this newsletter.


Attachment: farraguts-press-issue-27v3.pdf

Third Notice: 21st Anniversary of the Margot Brown Wheelchair Regatta – SAT, 23 SEP 2017

Good Morning! 
Hard to believe but the 21st Annual Margot Brown Wheelchair Regatta is less than a month away.
If you know of a veteran(s) not in a home, but wheelchair bound please bring that person along and
follow the instructions below! Thank you. Fred Rutledge
                                        Greetings from the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association’s 
21st Annual Margot Brown Wheelchair Regatta Committee! 
      Happy Summer all!  This is the Third Notice for MBWCR #21!
The 21st Annual Margot Brown Wheelchair Regatta is coming up on Saturday, 23 September 2017. We look forward to having representatives from Livermore, Martinez, the Masonic Home in Fremont, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Yountville again for this great activity. The VFW and American Legion volunteers may be bringing vets as well.  With that in mind, we need to put out some important information and requests.

Health and Safety:   For the safety of the vets, firefighters, Coasties and the boat owners, we do not allow electric wheelchairs on board the boats.  If you have folks in electric wheelchairs please bring them to the event, but have standard, non-electric chairs along to transfer the vets into before getting into the boat queue.
Head gear and sunscreen are also helpful! Thank you!  
Also, as you know the day can be very warm.  I encourage you to hydrate the veterans before arriving at the Encinal Yacht Club.  We will have water bottles available but discourage drinking up in the queue or on the boats as the heads (“bathrooms” for non-sailors) are not easy to use.  Encinal has bathrooms as you enter the yard.  Please encourage your vets to use them before boarding the boats. 
Photography:   We encourage the veterans and hospital escorts to bring cameras along.  This is a great photo opportunity.  We have had Polaroid cameras available in the past and have a few available this year.  Film, on the other hand, is becoming more difficult to obtain.     
Arrival at Encinal Yacht Club :  Encinal is located at 1251 Pacific Marina, Alameda, 94501.  Please check their web site: for directions.  
A drop-off point by the entrance gate will be marked off.  The Arkansas Division of the US Navy Sea Cadets will be there to assist with off-loading folks and bringing them into the club’s yard.  A separate area for vehicle parking will be available.  A quick egress is requested as buses may be arriving at the same time.  
Numbers Attending.    As we get closer to the event, it would be very helpful for last minute shopping, boat assignments and so on, to have a relatively good number of how many people are coming from your facilities.  Please email your approximate numbers to Pete VanDerWerff,,  by Tuesday, 19 SEP.
He will need to have the following information:                                             
1. Number of wheelchair bound Vets:
2. Number of attendants:
3. Number of Visually challenged vets:
4. Number of other ambulatory:
Peter VanDerWerff will be the point of contact the day of the event.  Contact number: (mobile: 408-981-3519).  Thank you so much for allowing PICYA to honor those who have served our country with this special event.  Thanks too for assisting us in gathering this information ahead of time.  On behalf of our PICYA Commodore, Linda Blue  (,) and all the volunteers, we are looking forward to seeing you and your vets on Saturday, 23 SEP!
More updates to follow as needed.                     
Fred Rutledge,                                                                                                                
Staff Commodore,                                                                                                                                                                                   
PICYA Wheelchair Regatta Committee                                                                                                                                                  
Mobile: (925) 451-4621 

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