Author Archives: Michael Barbour

About Michael Barbour

Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator. Michael's research focuses on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions.

Reminder: Royal Canadian Legion – Wreaths Across America

Comrades,

As many of you are aware, the Royal Canadian Legion US Zone, Branch #25 representing the San Francisco Bay area is a sponsor of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division.  Each year, the cadets seek sponsors to purchase wreaths as a part of the Wreaths Across America event.  A wreath can be sponsored for $15 and a portion of each sponsorship goes to our cadets.

I ask that you visit https://donate.wreathsacrossamerica.org/?pageId=22107&relatedIds=15539&productId=114 and contribute to their number of local wreaths that will be placed at the National Cemetery at the Presidio here in San Francisco.

Additionally, if you are available on Saturday, 16 December at 11:00am I would encourage you to join the cadets – along with members of the Royal Canadian Legion – as volunteers to place the wreaths (regardless if you are able to sponsor any wreaths yourself).  The event is described as:

Ceremony and Volunteer Information

We are happy that you are willing to help with our Wreath Across America ceremony at San Francisco National Cemetery at Presidio (CAPNSF). Please do not forget to register on the San Francisco National Cemetery at Presidio (CAPNSF)!  That way you will get all updates about the cemetery itself.

Here are some things to remember about the ceremony:

  • Everyone of all ages and backgrounds is welcome.
  • Ceremonies around the world will be starting at the same moment, so please be on time.
  • Please help ensure that all participants get the opportunity to place a wreath.
  • Please follow the location coordinators instructions on where to place wreaths, as well as “how” they should be placed.
  • We especially appreciate volunteers willing to help clean-up. Please check in with the location coordinator if you are interested in helping with the clean-up.

The most important thing to remember is to have a wonderful experience participating in the ceremony and thank you so much for help Wreaths achieve our mission to remember, honor and teach.

Additional details at https://wreaths.fastport.com/viewLocation.html?page=15539&relate=22107

So please consider sponsoring one or more wreaths to support ourU.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division and, if you are available, we would love to see you out for the event.

Christmas gifts for history buffs!

From the Legion Magazine.


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those who served and continue to serve.

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This week in Front lines

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Military suicide rate shows increase

Military suicide rate shows increase

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

A report released by the Department of National Defence on Nov. 29 says overall
military suicide rates did not increase significantly after Canada joined the war in
Afghanistan in 2001, nor did they vary greatly from the general population.

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This week in history
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December 6, 1917

French cargo ship SS Mont Blanc collides with Norwegian vessel SS Imo, setting off an
explosion that destroys much of Halifax and results in some 2,000 deaths and 9,000 injuries.

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Royal Canadian Legion – Wreaths Across America

Comrades,

As many of you are aware, the Royal Canadian Legion US Zone, Branch #25 representing the San Francisco Bay area is a sponsor of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division.  Each year, the cadets seek sponsors to purchase wreaths as a part of the Wreaths Across America event.  A wreath can be sponsored for $15 and a portion of each sponsorship goes to our cadets.

I ask that you visit https://donate.wreathsacrossamerica.org/?pageId=22107&relatedIds=15539&productId=114 and contribute to their number of local wreaths that will be placed at the National Cemetery at the Presidio here in San Francisco.

Additionally, if you are available on Saturday, 16 December at 11:00am I would encourage you to join the cadets – along with members of the Royal Canadian Legion – as volunteers to place the wreaths (regardless if you are able to sponsor any wreaths yourself).  The event is described as:

Ceremony and Volunteer Information

We are happy that you are willing to help with our Wreath Across America ceremony at San Francisco National Cemetery at Presidio (CAPNSF). Please do not forget to register on the San Francisco National Cemetery at Presidio (CAPNSF)!  That way you will get all updates about the cemetery itself.

Here are some things to remember about the ceremony:

  • Everyone of all ages and backgrounds is welcome.
  • Ceremonies around the world will be starting at the same moment, so please be on time.
  • Please help ensure that all participants get the opportunity to place a wreath.
  • Please follow the location coordinators instructions on where to place wreaths, as well as “how” they should be placed.
  • We especially appreciate volunteers willing to help clean-up. Please check in with the location coordinator if you are interested in helping with the clean-up.

The most important thing to remember is to have a wonderful experience participating in the ceremony and thank you so much for help Wreaths achieve our mission to remember, honor and teach.

Additional details at https://wreaths.fastport.com/viewLocation.html?page=15539&relate=22107

So please consider sponsoring one or more wreaths to support ourU.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division and, if you are available, we would love to see you out for the event.

Great Gifts!

From the Royal Canadian Legion’s “Poppy Store.”


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Thank You for Sponsoring Wreaths for San Francisco National Cemetery at Presidio in 2016

We received this earlier.  Please note that this is an annual fundraiser for our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division.  You can purchase a wreath that will also contribute to our cadets at:

https://donate.wreathsacrossamerica.org/?pageId=22107&relatedIds=15539&productId=114


Dear Michael and Lisa Barbour:

I am writing to personally thank you for supporting San Francisco National Cemetery at Presidio and United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps in 2016 and to provide this year’s Ceremony Information and Wreath Sponsorship Options.

This holiday season, National Wreaths Across America Day is on 12/16/2017, and if you would like to attend the wreath-laying ceremony at the location you supported, here are the details:

San Francisco National Cemetery at Presidio (CAPNSF)
1 Lincoln Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94129

Veteran Graves: 27,000
Coverage Goal: 5,000
Wreaths So Far: 244
Registered Volunteers: 121

Ceremony On: 12/16/17
Ceremony At: 11:00 am

Click Here For More Info

Or, Click Here for Other Locations Near You

Last year, your generous sponsorship of 1 Remembrance Wreath helped to make National Wreaths Across America Day possible. To provide your support again this year, please click “Make a Similar Gift This Year” or click “New Ways to Honor and Remember” below for great new ways to honor and remember our veterans:

Make a Similar Gift This Year

New Ways to Honor and Remember

In conclusion, I cannot thank you enough for supporting the families that will have an empty seat at their table this holiday season because they have a loved-one currently serving or one who has made the ultimate sacrifice. This time of year is hardest for those families and, by remembering and honoring their loved-one, you will make it a little easier. Thank you so much for remembering America’s finest.

My very best wishes for the happiest and healthiest holiday season,

Karen Worcester
Executive Director
wreathsacrossamerica.org


P.S. One of the most fascinating ways to see the impact of your Remembrance Wreath sponsorship is to watch our new video. Click What Is Wreaths Across America? | 4:00 Minute Story to see how the wreaths you sponsor profoundly impact so many Americans.

[eNewsletter #162] Always The Biggest Challenge…

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


Always The Biggest Challenge

With less than two weeks to go, folks are hard at work all over the country making preparations for the wreath-laying events. Trucks are being loaded as I write and will be dispatched to over 1300+ locations on the east coast, west coast and everywhere in between.
But the biggest challenge – and this is somewhat surprising – is that it always takes a big, final push to cover Arlington.
This year, well over a million wreaths will be placed in total. But we are still accepting sponsored wreaths for Arlington National Cemetery and folks are watching the counter closely.
If you are feeling the call of the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach… now is the time. And we thank you for your support.
~ Karen Worcester | Executive Director
and the Wreaths Across America Team
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Click to Sponsor Wreaths For Arlington

WAA News This Week:

100 Reasons Why We Remember, Honor, and Teach. Annual Wreath Escort Co-Grand Marshals Join Us Again to Pay Tribute

Annual Wreath Escort Co-Grand Marshals Join Us Again to Pay Tribute

Grand Marshals – Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient, Colonel Roger Donlon, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired) and his wife, Norma, a Vietnam-era Gold Star wife – will lead the caravan as it…
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Wreaths Across Americas "Trucking Tributes" Present Dart Transit Company

Wreaths Across America’s “Trucking Tributes” Present Dart Transit Company

Driver Pat Wortham is an independent contractor for Dart Transit and a member of the Wreaths Across America honor fleet. He also has a rich history of military service in his family.
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WAAs "Military Musicians Showcase" Presents Music for the Holidays

WAA’s “Military Musicians Showcase” Presents Music for the Holidays

Happy Holidays from Wreaths Across America Radio. We wish you and yours a peaceful holiday season and we appreciate your sacrifices in service to our nation.
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Honoring Our Fallen Heroes 

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes 

The following story comes to us from Volunteer Location Coordinator, Ralph Terreault, of Jacksonville National Cemetery.
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Stories For and About Our Veterans

Remembrance Tree Program

This is the Only Seabee to Receive the Medal of Honor

In their 75 years building, fighting and serving on every continent – even Antarctica – only one Navy Seabee has been bestowed with the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor.
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20 Amazing Vintage Photographs of American Troops During World War I

It was 100 years ago this year that the United States officially entered World War I, when Congress voted to declare war on Germany on April 6, 1917.
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How the Air Force Raises its Remarkable Working Dogs

Lackland Air Force Base is the home of the Military Working Dog Program. Dogs begin training at 18 months and it takes 120 days of hard work to graduate.
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Luna’s Life of Tolerance, Understanding, and Peace; A Gift to Us All-Part II

Thurman served in the U.S. Army assigned to 7th Army, 20th Armored Division and they liberated four camps including Dachau.

Dates To Remember This Week:

NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY - December 7

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu.
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WAA Webinars

Updates On The Annual Wreath Escort To Arlington

Updates On The Annual Wreath Escort To Arlington

Interview with Lil from HQ In Preparation For The Annual Wreath Escort To Arlington.
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Circle Cemetery Is One Of WAAs Most Unique Locations

Circle Cemetery Is One Of WAA’s Most Unique Locations

Interview with Selena Fox of Circle Cemetery.
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This Week In Social Media:

Buy Your Wreaths Across America Merchandise

Buy Your Wreaths Across America Merchandise

Looking for a sweatshirt to wear, or a gift to give this Christmas? Check out the Wreaths Across America Store and order today.
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Korean War POW Earns Medal of Honor for Saving His Unit

Everything You Need to Know as a Volunteer

Wreaths Across America is forever grateful for the thousands of volunteers who place veterans’ remembrance wreaths on the headstones of our fallen as they say their names aloud.
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New WAA Car Stickers Are Available – $3.00

Now you can show your family’s support wherever you drive with new Wreaths Across America Car Stickers, available in the WAA Online Store.
Order Stickers While Available!

We’ve extended our deadline to accept sponsorships for Arlington! Please follow the link to sponsor. Thanks so much for your support.
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We would love to hear from you on any of these channels:

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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 2018)!
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“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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This Week’s Newsletter Is Sponsored By:

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Watch this emotional video from last year’s Army-Navy game as Chevrolet honors Wreaths Across America, along with Scott and Lorna Harris, Gold Star parents who exemplify the many families who give up so much, for the freedoms we enjoy.
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