Monthly Archives: September 2019

NEW PODCAST: Dr. John Morrow: Lifetime Achievement Awardee for Military Writing

A new podcast from the World War One Centennial Commission.

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Dr. John Morrow
Lifetime Achievement

Episode #142

Dr. John Morrow

Rags and 1st Sgt. George Earl Hickman

Intimate Interview with
Dr. John Morrow and Much More

Host – Theo Mayer

  • Posts raising money for Nat. WWI Memorial – Derek Sansone & David Hamon  | @ 02:10
  • 100 Years ago – Host | @ 08:55
  • Born in the Month of September – David Kramer | @ 16:30
  • Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing – Dr. John Morrow | @ 22:50
  • The Buzz: Selected Posts from the Internet – Host | @ 37:15


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Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters – September 2019

The monthly newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.

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Happy Fall – the start of my favorite time of year here in Maine! The air is cool and crisp, and the leaves have started to change colors. This is also the time of year that the team here really starts to feel the ramp up to National Wreaths Across America Day.

When we first began this mission in 2007, we used to plan for the “season,” beginning in October and lasting through December. Today, we know that Wreaths Across America is more than a “season” or for that matter, more than one day in December. It is a year-long mission and mindset that has grown to include more than 3 million volunteers nationwide, and has brought communities in every state together with a shared goal to remember the fallen, honor those that serve and their families, and teach the next generation the value of freedom.

My hope is that you, too, will play a part this year.

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester

Monthly Features

Join us in raising the American Flag every Tuesday at 9 am ET

On September 11, 2019, the Town of Freeport celebrated the Flag Ladies as they made their last stand. Citizens and dignitaries showered them with respect and praise, noting their impact on the town, state, and nation. Major General (Ret.) John W. Libby who served as Maine’s Adjutant General of the National Guard during the 9-11 attacks and their aftermath asked this question during his tribute speech. “Unanswered this morning, is who will lift the flag in the spirit of 9-12 now that these remarkable ladies have moved on?”

The answer to that question is Wreaths Across America.

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Wreaths Across America and its largest corporate donor, Worcester Wreaths, unveiled a new flagpole and monument dedicated to the Freeport Flag Ladies. Together, they raised the flag at 9 AM and Wreaths Across America committed to doing so every Tuesday morning moving forward, thus keeping the legacy of the Freeport Flag ladies alive uniting citizens in the spirit of 9-12.

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Help Move the Mission!

Join the mission! Do you know professional drivers or trucking and logistics companies who could help haul veterans’ wreaths to all ends of the country?

Here’s brief look at why this is one of the most important loads they can deliver:

Trucking companies interested in getting involved can fill out the volunteer form at the link below.

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Find a location near you to volunteer to place wreaths. Your gift of $15 will help us ensure no one if forgotten.

It’s Not Just an Event in December

During the week of September 23, 2019, alone, Wreaths Across America was honored to participate in special events in Virginia, New Jersey, and Texas.

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Wreaths Across America is driven by citizens like those in Virginia, New Jersey, Texas and other states who work hard every day to show their respect and gratitude by supporting the mission to remember, honor and teach.

Wreaths Across America Radio is a Voice for America’s Veterans and those who serve them!

It’s easy to listen online at or download the Simple Radio or TuneIn smart phone app and search for Wreaths Across America Radio. With a live morning show weekdays from 6-10 AM eastern, music and other interesting features, we think you’ll like what you hear as we remember, honor, and teach.

Everyone Plays A Part
The 10 balsam bouquets comprising each veteran’s wreath are symbolic of so much to us at Wreaths Across America. Represented here by hands, they demonstrate the many ways individuals and communities come together to Remember, Honor and Teach.

Each month, we’ll share stories from across the country of the different ways to #PlayAPart2019.

Wilmington honors veterans at Salute to Service night

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 Local veteran honored with quilt for milestone birthday

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Organization donates 3 vans to bring Rochester veterans to medical appointments

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Phone: 1 (877) 385 9504

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

[true-north] Canadian Thanksgiving Luncheon. October 13, 12 noon

Note this up-coming event from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Join fellow Canadians, their families and guests in a festively decorated dining room and celebrate our Holiday with a traditional Thanksgiving luncheon.

We’ll offer turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy; and for vegetarians, a vegetable and polenta tower.  Pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee & tea completes the meal.  No host bar.

A raffle and a Canadian themed quiz for all, with prizes.

RSVP required by October 1 if possible.
For more info contact or register online at

Cost is $48.00 per adult and $24.00 for children 12 years and younger.

Presidio Golf & Concordia Club, 392 W Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118    FREE parking!

The costs of war (Part 2): Military greenhouse gas emissions

An item from the Legion Magazine.

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The costs of war (Part 2): Military greenhouse gas emissions

The costs of war (Part 2):
Military greenhouse gas emissions

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

A series of reports produced by the Costs of War Project says the American military is contributing significantly to climate change, emitting more greenhouse gases than some developed countries and compromising national security in the process.

The United States Department of Defense is “the world’s largest institutional user of petroleum and correspondingly, the single largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world,” according to Pentagon Fuel Use, Climate Change and the Costs of War, a report by Neta C. Crawford, a co-director of the project, based at Brown University’s Watson Institute.


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Military Milestones
BOMARC missiles come to Canada

BOMARC missiles come to Canada

Story by Sharon Adams

In 1957, the United States and Canada signed the North American Air Defence Agreement to place their air forces under joint command to facilitate defence of the entire continent from Soviet nuclear bombers.

On Sept. 23, 1958, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker announced that under that agreement, two Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons were to be equipped with surface-to-air guided BOMARC anti-aircraft missiles.

But the prime minister failed to inform Canadians that the BOMARC missiles would have nuclear warheads. When the news broke in 1960, the country was plunged into a contentious military and moral debate.


This week in history
This week in history

September 25, 1942

An RCAF aircraft flown by Squadron Leader K.A. Boomer destroys
a Japanese seaplane over Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.


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