The U.S. Army is made up of the most dedicated, most respected soldiers in the world. These soldiers protect America's Freedoms while serving at home and abroad, and they are always prepared to defend the nation in times of need.
We are soldiers of the sea, providing forces and detachments to naval ships and shore operations. We are global leaders, developing expeditionary doctrine and innovations that set the example, and leading other countries' forces and agencies in the multinational military operations. These unique capabilities make us "First to Fight", and our nations first line of defense.
America's Navy is a force as relevant today as it's been historically significan for the last 238 years. The times may change, the threats may become more obscure, the complex nature of 21st century life may make the demand for such presence less obvious. However, now more than ever, the Navy is something to be aware of Something to be thankful for. Something to be proud of.
Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: developing airmen, technology to war fighting and integrating operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible.
We protect the personal safety and security of our people; the marine transportation system and infrastructure; our natural and economic resources; and the territorial integrity of our nation-from both internal and external threats, natural and man-made.
VFW Post 6134 is located in Pullman Michigan and is dedicated to the VFW mission, "To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities.” Pullman is a rural community with approximately 4,100 residents yet its citizens have always answered the Nations call. After World War II, the residents erected a wall with a list of 134 veterans from Pullman and the local community. Over time the "Honor Roll” and wall deteriorated until it was eventually taken down. Now with the new Pullman town square we have an opportunity to restore the Honor Roll.
The plan is to create a new memorial and we have commissioned the artist Mr. Mike Kiefer to create the new Honor Roll. The wall will sit at the corner of 109th Avenue and 56th Street under the American flag. Perched atop the wall an American Bald Eagle keeps watch. Engraved into the wall the names of more than 400 men and women from Pullman who served their country, from the civil war to current active duty today, are memorialized. Finally, leading the way to the wall and surrounding it are bricks with the names of those individuals and organizations who contribute to the memorial. The purpose of the Honor Roll is to ensure that current residents of Pullman and future generations will not forget the sacrifice made by their fellow citizens.
Everyone visiting the town square (tourists and residents alike) will have the opportunity to see and admire a piece of art that connects on a deeper level with the ideals of patriotism, love of country, and self-sacrifice. The Pullman Honor Roll will engender a feeling of pride and esprit de corps in the local community. It will help to connect the children of Pullman (whether visiting on a school field trip from the local elementary school, enjoying the town square with their parents for a festival or farmers market, or just playing in the park after school) to those who served and sacrificed for the community making the stories they learned in history real and enhancing their educational experience.
Memorials such as this have become cultural icons and are found around the country from the Vietnam Wall in Washington to the World War I memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, to the USS Arizona still resting, with its entombed sailors and marines, on the floor of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. These memorials serve as a place for veterans their families and friends to come, remember, share stories, connect with loved ones, and ultimately heal.Finally, this project directly contributes to the VFW mission to serve our veterans and their communities.If you'd like to support this project use the link below to see how you can help.
...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.
WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. - William Shakespeare
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