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Service Members -
The Blue Star Banner
Since WW I, families with family members serving in the armed forces
have hung this flag in their windows.
To all our service members who serve here and abroad and
their allied partners
You Have Our Highest Regards and
We Will Always Be Here For You
Begun February 14, 2003.
Armed Forces Day
Flag Day/ Father's Day
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Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance
In honor of Flag Day.
This is a sound clip from Red Skelton's TV show, sometime in the 40s. He talks about
how they said the Pledge when he was in school, and how one of his teachers took the time
to really explain it to the students. It's as timeless now as it was then.
Five daughters in the military
In Natchez, Tennessee, Sammy Lee Rice has all 7 of his daughters at home - for a change. Four of the daughters are in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The fifth recently left the service to get married.
One daughter, Ceressa, was nominated for Airman of the Year, and another, Samina, is a member of the White House Color Guard. Two were born in Turkey while he was on duty there.
Volunteers make gaiters for U.S. troops abroad
About 60 members of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Orange, California, got together one Sunday afternoon to turn out about 650 gaiters - in this case, fleece tubes for soldiers to wear around their neck, mouth and nose, to protect from desert wind and dust.
Troops greeted in Maine
Kay Lebowitz doesn't just support the troops - she hugs them
as they return. 90-year-old Kay, and a few dozen other greeters, many of them veterans,
come to the airport to greet troops, both returning and departing.
Scholarships for Vets
Seven hundred veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan received scholarships of $5,000 each from the
Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship program.
The program is administered by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, founded in 1947.
A local Orage County serviceman, Casey Wayland, is one of this year's recipients. He served a year in Iraq, and is now attending Chapman University.
Royal treatment for military daughters
Nineteen daughters of servicemen were treated to a royal reception at Disney Holiday On Ice.
The event is one of several organized each year by the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, California.
Marines help out in Philippines
More than 5000 Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are
helping relief efforts in the Philippines, recently hit by a massive mudslide.