Monthly Archives: September 2017

Important Update for 21st Anniversary of the Margot Brown Wheelchair Regatta – Saturday, 23 September 2017

Please note: If you know of a veteran(s) not in a home, but wheelchair bound please bring that person along and follow the instructions below! Also, the point of contact has changed to Winston Bumpus. His email and phone number are below as well.
If your facility needs transportation help, please refer to a fellow veterans site or perhaps a local VFW or American Legion group. PICYA is not able to provide ground transportation.  Thank you. Fred Rutledge
The 21st Annual Margot Brown Wheelchair Regatta is next 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.
Health and Safety Reminder:   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!
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.
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 PICYA Vice Commodore Winston Bumpus at  or call (650) 644-7968  by Tuesday evening, 19 SEP. Thank you!
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:
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.
Fred Rutledge,
Staff Commodore,
PICYA Wheelchair Regatta Committee

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[Wreaths Across America eNewsletter #150] This is what has been on our minds this week…

From the Wreaths Across America organization.

09/12/2017 WAA eNewsletter - Weekly
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This week we prayed for our neighbors on the islands and along our southern coasts. And yesterday we prayed for those we lost, and the families and friends left behind the tragic events of 9/11.

We remember people like this man, Rick Rescorla and the many co-workers who responded that terrible day, with kindness and selflessness.
Please take care of your neighbors out there. Someone is fighting a good fight. Someone is missing a loved one, away and serving, or having made the ultimate sacrifice.
In the coming months, many of our die hard volunteers – are going to need our help. They work tirelessly to honor all those who serve, in each of their local communities. Please make sure you sign up and invite a friend, to join you and volunteer at one of our many participating locations.
~ Karen Worcester and,
The Whole Wreaths Across America Team
You Can Donate or Sign Up To Volunteer Here
“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.”

This Week’s Trucking Tribute

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Wreaths Across America’s “Trucking Tributes” Present Perdue Transportation, Inc.

Perdue Farms has supported the Wreaths Across America mission for 11 years, and Tim’s been involved for the last six years since joining the Perdue team.
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WAA’s Listen and Watch

Six-String Soldiers

Six-String Soldiers

Six-String Soldiers would like to thank all of America’s heroes that keep us safe on this historic day, and every day. Listen in and enjoy the music.
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100 Reasons Why Kick-Off

Announcing WAA’s new regional format, including more support and resources for our locations and groups. We will also talk about the upcoming 100 Reasons Why campaign.
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News From the WAA Blog

Wreaths Across America Honored by First Vietnam War Medal of...

Wreaths Across America Honored by First Vietnam War Medal of Honor Recipient

Like the balsam fir tree that holds his dog tag, Roger Donlon stands tall and quiet. Wreaths Across America had the honor of getting to know more about Roger recently and the medal he received.
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Days to Remember This Week

Sept 15th - POW-MIA Day

Sept 15th – POW-MIA Day

Concerned groups and individuals have altered the original POW/MIA Flag many times; the colors have been switched from black with white – to red, white and blue, -to white with black.
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Sept 18th - The Air Force Birthday

Sept 18th – The Air Force Birthday

The Air Force Birthday celebrates the U.S. Air Force through the ages, modern air-power, and birth of the Air Force. Read about Air Force milestones.
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This Week’s Social Media

N.J. Farm Makes POW/MIA Flag Corn Maze to Honor Veterans

N.J. Farm Makes POW/MIA Flag Corn Maze to Honor Veterans

A year in the making, a new Warren County corn maze is designed to honor prisoners of war, those missing in action and veterans at large.
Gold Star Families Help Launch National Tour of Photo Display

Gold Star Families Help Launch National Tour of Photo Display

At the edge of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, 40 “Tribute Towers” gave visitors to the nation’s capital a chance to connect with about 5,000 U.S. servicemembers.
This Airman Just Gave Her Military Dog a Second Chance at Life

This Airman Just Gave Her Military Dog a Second Chance at Life

After nearly a year apart, Air Force Staff Sgt. Amanda Cubbage and the military working dog she worked with in South Korea were reunited here August 8.
Last Surviving Doolittle Raider Turns 102

Last Surviving Doolittle Raider Turns 102

Richard Cole, the last surviving member of the daring Doolittle Raid, celebrated his 102nd birthday on Sept. 7.
This Civilian Navy is Deploying to Help Florida

This Civilian ‘Navy’ is Deploying to Help Florida

Louisiana’s famous Cajun Navy, the volunteer civilian group that helped rescue victims of Hurricane Harvey, wants to assist Florida after Hurricane Irma.

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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)!

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Did You Know That This Video Created By Jersey Mike’s Subs And Featuring Gold Star Mother Ruth Stonesifer Is One Of Our All-Time Most Watched

Back in 2011, Jersey Mike’s Subs created the following video to help tell the world about Wreaths Across America, from the perspective of then National President of the American Gold Star Mothers, Ruth Stonesifer. This one video has introduced thousands to the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.
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Member Highlight: Joan Para

The picture was taken in 1942. Joan (who is in the second row, third from the right) and all those gals, except the Sergeant (who is to Joan’s right), had volunteered and were in Honiton, Devon (an area famous for lace making).  They were there for aptitude testing to determine to which jobs they would be best suited. Joan was assigned to Army Communications. She then went on to Bradford, near Leeds, for training and was eventually stationed in London, near Buckingham Palace. Joan served from 1942 to 1946.

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If you happen to be one of the individuals in this picture or if you know one of the people in this picture, Joan would love to hear from you.  Just contact us and we’ll pass your information on to her.