In Honor Of Our Military

Hosted by Maggie ^O^
Group active since Thu, May 29, 2014

I wanted to create a group where we can honor those who have and are serving our country.

It started as military but will be expanded to include our brave first responders also.

Some members of Just A Pinch are in countries other than the U.S.A.

Please feel free to join us with your stories about your military friends and family members.

This group is not for sharing recipes but rather for sharing the love and the stories of those we know who have served or are serving.

Treat this as a tribute group for the brave men and women who make our freedoms possible.

Maggie ^O^
May 29, 2014

My Story

I have many family members who served in our military. Most made it home but some did not.

Those who made it home came home physically in 1 piece but suffered many different issues as a result of war.

I have always been deeply affected by military people.

When VietNam happened I was horribly angry when we had POW and MIA people .. that just wasn't right.

I began campaigning to make people aware and to do my little part to bring our people home one way or another.

It was approximately 1997 when I came upon a website called Operation Just Cause.

This website was all about our POW and MIA people.

They had an "adoption" form there. I read it and signed up immediately.

What happened was very cool. I was given the name and history of a military person, from my state, who was MIA in VietNam.

At the time I had a website and decided to include a special area for military.

My adopted MIA is named RoberT Wayne Altus.

Captain Altus was an Air Force pilot. He and his weapons and systems operator 1st Lt. William
Phelps were shot down Nov. 23, 1971 over Laos.

Neither of them have ever been found.

I built a page on this person. When it was done I asked the organization to get in touch with his family so they could see what I had done.

His sister contacted me within 2 days via telephone. She told me that his mother had just passed away but his father was still alive. She had shown the page I created to his father and it moved him to tears knowing that a complete stranger cared enough about his son to try and keep the word out about our POW/MIA people.

As time went by I got to meet these 2 wonderful individuals. The sister was so much fun and very helpful and informative. It was almost as though we were sisters. His father was quite the character. He was such a sweet old man. He died in 2006 and the sister passed in 2008.

My time spent with them was very special and will forever be precious in my memory.

We went together to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Portland Oregon one afternoon. We found Robert's name and I have to tell you that it was such a powerful moment to see that name and to touch it.

We did a tracing of his name and spent a fair amount of time in silence holding hands and shedding a few tears.

Here is a link to his story (not my webpage)}&DE={E9FAB9EF-FBFD-4835-A9F9-25E678B7315A}

And here is a photo of my MIA ... RIP Robert Wayne Altus.

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Maggie ^O^
Tuesday, September 11 at 8:26 AM

Remeber Our Military ...

and their families for all that they have been called upon to do and sacrifice because of September 11.

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J. White Harris
Jun 6, 2018

74 Year Ago

On this day 74 years ago, allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France during largest seaborne invasion in history. Code-named "Operation Neptune" the landing marked the beginning of the liberation of the German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control.
Thousands of brave American and allied forced died on those sandy beaches for the freedom of not only the United States but the entire world. Now, over seven decades later, American flags still fly all over Normandy, France. During a time when the United States of America is villainized both home and abroad, the citizens of Normandy continue to stand strong in support of the Star Spangled Banner.

Unlike any other foreign region around the world, northwest France understands what it means to be an American soldier. With over 4,000 American heroes buried on their land, they understand the role America plays in securing peace and freedom around the world. Days before the anniversary of D-Day, Normandy is traditionally decked out in more American flags than one would see on 4th of July in America.

At a time when our own athletes do not respect our flag, we must never forget the sacrifices made almost a century ago to stop the Nazis from continuing their reign of terror. As Americans, we must always remain proud of the greatness of our country. We are the only nation throughout history that is willing to sacrifice the lives of it's brave men and women to protect the freedom of others.

Without patriots like you respecting our flag and spreading incredible stories of heroism like D-Day, our country's greatness will perish. So on this day of remembrance, I ask you to reflect on how you can take your support of local veterans and your patriotism to the next level.

Maggie ^O^
May 27, 2018

Missing Man Table

The table is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his or her suppressors.

The tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their Country’s call to arms.

The single rose in the vase signifies the blood they may have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep faith, while awaiting their return.

The red ribbon on the vase represents an unyielding determination for a proper accounting of our comrades who are not among us.

A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.

The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait.

The glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us at this time.

The chair is empty. They are NOT here.

The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope, which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.

The American flag reminds us that many of them may never return - and have paid the supreme sacrifice to insure our freedom.

Always remember - and never forget their sacrifice.

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Maggie ^O^
Mar 13, 2018

The Virtual Vietnam Memorial Wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC honors those who died in the Vietnam War.

Their relatives and friends leave letters, poems, and photographs at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and on this web site.

We bring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to your home to help remember the sacrifices of the fallen and their families.

You are able to search by name or state.

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