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Remember when we had a Real American in the White House?

A president who loved America and commanded respect? Ronald Reagan reminds us in this stirring Memorial Day speech. (Note to Obama: this is what real soaring rhetoric sounds like. Listen up.)

On Memorial Day, Ronald Reagan spoke to Americans about patriotism, heroism, and freedom. Passionate and articulate, his speeches reminded Americans that freedom has a cost, and while the price tag is often high, we are willing to pay it because We Are Americans.

Reagan heaped praise on the families of military service members. Here are some Memorial Day quotes by Ronald Reagan. If you share his enthusiasm and spirit, share these quotes by Ronald Reagan with every patriotic American on Memorial Day. Continue reading

9/11 Never forget 10th anniversary tribute

Budweiser aired an updated spot of the Clydesdales’ commercial on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 — and in it the horses stop and bow on grass before a Manhattan skyline featuring the new skyscraper.

“We feel our 9/11 Clydesdales tribute ad is very special,” Paul Chibe, VP-marketing at Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement regarding the 2011 commercial. “We were proud to re-air the spot on Sunday, the 10th anniversary, as a way to help raise awareness of the fundraising campaign for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The subtle changes in the ad were intended to reflect the passing of time, and the most important point, that we should never forget those lost and affected by 9/11.”

Here’s the 2002 commercial that aired just one time:

Budweiser one time 9/11 tribute

Here is the famous commercial Budweiser produced after 9/11. They aired it only once, at the Super bowl in January of ’02, so as not to benefit financially from it — they just wanted to acknowledge the tragic event. This is so consistent with a company who always does things with a ton of class! Can you imagine what the cost was? I tip my hat to the guys at Anheuser Busch for having the amount of class they do. Continue reading

Have You Forgotten?

In December 2002, Darryl Worley performed for United States soldiers in Afghanistan and Kuwait. When he returned home in the last week of December, he and Nashville songwriter Wynn Varble penned “Have You Forgotten?”. Worley debuted the song at the Grand Ole Opry one month later, on January 10, 2003.

Regarding his motivation for writing the song, Worley says, “I didn’t really care if I made a bunch of money from it. I did want the people that it was written for—the men and women that died in the tragedy of 9/11 and their families, the men and women that wore the uniforms here in our country and then last but not least, our military troops that were in Afghanistan takin’ care of business—I just wanted to do something to honor them.” Continue reading

I Just Came Back From A War

A musical tribute by Darryl Worley honoring those who have come back from the fighting.

The song was inspired by a war veteran Worley met who was having a difficult time adjusting to life back home after being in a war zone for many months. Worley says, “It made me think about what it must be like for all the soldiers, who have served in conflicts past and present, to adjust to being back home. The strain of war must be incredible.” He adds, “This song is from the soldier’s perspective and the message is, ‘Hey man, cut me a little slack if I need a little time to re-adjust here. I’ll get there but be a little patient with me – I just came back from a war.” Continue reading

Thank You For Your Service – movie

A short film dealing with the effects of PTSD on soldiers returning from war.

A Special Forces soldier is severely wounded in Afghanistan, and returns home to find the woman he loves with another man.

Shot with the red camera in June 2012 in Los Angeles. Screened at the P.T. Shorts event for Wounded Warriors in September 2012.

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Thank You For Your Service (moment of truth)

The Vietnam War marked a time of social unrest that divided our nation like never before. Service members returning home with physical and emotional scars were greeted with an unprecedented level of disrespect and dishonor. The courage and sacrifice of our veterans cannot be overstated. When you encounter them, thank them for their service. You never know how powerful those words may be.

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In the name of God and Country

This site is put together to remember those who have served and the sacrifices that have been made to preserve the freedoms that so many of us seem to take for granted.

Those who may be too young to know or understand need to be taught and that responsibility falls upon each and every one of us. Continue reading