In Memoriam on Memorial Day 2015

In Memoriam on Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day: a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered. For those men who served unashamedly, Who braved cold nights and horrid weather. Who learnt to fly into the jaws of death, who swam in filth to meet their foe, who jumped into certain peril, who faced the crucible of war, who saved lives whilst under fire, who went to places unheard of, who carried the burdens, both physical and mental… We salute you, of all countries who continually volunteer for the good of others, so that peace may forever stand and freedom always ring… You Band of Brothers, who so dearly paid both in life and limb that victory may be achieved. Who were disgraced by those who did not know, but are loved by those who understand… That while...

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World War I soldier’s room untouched for almost 100 years

World War I soldier’s room untouched for almost 100 years

~photo from The Washington Post~ Dragoons officer Rochereau died at age 22 inside an English field ambulance after a battle in Belgium on April 26, 1918. According to the Guardian, the officer’s parents decided to keep his room exactly as he left it — even after selling the house under the poignant, if legally unenforceable condition the room should not be changed for 500 years. Click here for the full story on The Washington Post. (as originally reported by The...

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D-Day Veteran Returns For One Final Mission

  NORMANDY, France — This year marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day. For the remaining survivors, some now in their 90s, this has been a time for one final reunion.  In 1944, Leslie Cruise jumped with the 82nd Airborne Division behind enemy lines the night before D-Day. Seventy years later, he and Whiskey 7, the airplane he jumped from, are back in Normandy. They both have unfinished stories. “The next thing I know guys are plop, plop. Plop all around me,” Cruise said of the bloody invasion. Cruise has returned to the D-Day drop zones around Sainte-Mere-Eglise, where he landed 70 years ago. It has taken him this long to confront a ghost from his past. Richard Vargas, a fellow paratrooper, was killed by an artillery shell as they both...

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Fallen Officers Memorial Day Observed in Kokomo, Indiana May 16th

Fallen Officers Memorial Day Observed in Kokomo, Indiana May 16th

The Kokomo Police Department shall commemorate Fallen Officers Memorial Day with a ceremony to honor those who have given the supreme sacrifice as law enforcement officers. The ceremony shall be conducted on Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 1:00pm at the Kokomo City Hall’s Council Chambers. The Kokomo Police Department shall pay homage to all officers with particular attention to Officer George A. Berryman and Officer Thomas W. Lannon. Officer Berryman was killed in the line of duty on November 26th, 1953 in response to the investigation of a domestic incident. You can read more about Officer Berryman by clicking here.     Officer Thomas W. Lannon died in the line of duty on August 22nd, 1877 when shot in the back at the train station by an individual whom...

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Grand Opening for Jackson Street Commons Set for May 22

Grand Opening for Jackson Street Commons Set for May 22

In the 2013 Point in Time homeless count, veterans accounted for 114 people living without a shelter. In Howard County, temporary shelters are a short-term solution to this issue, but soon disabled servicemen and women will be able to call The Jackson Street Commons their home,” said Teri Rose, the veterans advocate for the Family Service Association of Howard County. “This is only the third of its kind in Indiana because it’s permanent housing, not only a temporary solution. The shelter will include: 27 individual apartments Common kitchen Laundry room Coffee bar Communal living areas Supportive service suites Food pantry Reception area Project managers area Library with computers and books Laundry room Elevator Outdoor social area Last year over 114...

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We Stand in Solidarity with Fort Hood

We Stand in Solidarity with Fort Hood

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragedy at Ft. Hood.

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