Archive for November 2018

We Are Uniting-America🇺🇸 To Help Support Our Troops & Their Families This Christmas!🌲🎅🦌🌲

November 28, 2018

Former California Democratic Party State Chairman, State Senator Art Torres (Ret) and Former California Republican Party State Chairman Duf Sundheim pose for a California State Capital picture in a “Macy’s & Gimbels” moment. To help launch at the California State Capital “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” Annual Statewide and National Christmas Drive.

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“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a sponsored community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

Merry Christmas!

🌲🎅🦌🌲Santa Clause Needs Your Help America!🌲🌲🌲🌲

November 27, 2018

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North Pole: USA HQ:🌲🌲🌲Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families!🌲🌲🌲

Santa Clause here, We Need your Help, Support and Prayers America to help assist thousands of Our Military with their Families this Christmas!

This is a partial listing of the US Army Reserve, CA, NV Army National Guard, US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard and US Air Force Units we are now helping to support with their Unit Christmas Party food, beverage, event venue costs and Toy support in 5 States: California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Texas at this time…  With your Great and Much Needed Help We will be supporting more of our Wonderful & Amazing Military Unit’s and their Families in the coming weeks!

1. The 358 Military Police Company, United States Army Reserve, Tustin, CA. – Event date is: Nov 3 -4, 2018.

2. The 11 Military Police Brigade, United States Army Reserve, Los Alamitos, CA – Event dates is: Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018.

3. The 11 Military Police Brigade, United States Army Reserve, Los Alamitos, CA – Event date is: January 12, 2019. This will be their Family Readiness Day/Resources event.

4. The 382 Military Police Detachment, United States Army Reserve, San Diego, CA – Event date is: December 2, 2018.

5. The US Army Military (Career Branch) Los Alamitos, CA – Event date is: December 2, 2018.

6. The 324 Military Police Battalion, United States Army Reserve, Fresno, CA – Event date is December 2, 2018.

7. The 313th Military Police Detachment, United States Army Reserve, Las Vegas, NV. – Event date is: Friday, November 30, 2018.

8. The 357 Military Police Company, United States Army Reserve, Fresno, CA – Event date is: December 2, 2018.

9. The 326 Finance BDE United States Army Reserve, Los Angeles, CA – Event date is: Dec 1st, 2018.

10. The 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), United States Army Reserve, Los Angeles, CA. –Event date is: Dec 8,, 2018.

11. The 163rd Ordnance Company, United States Army Reserve, Tustin, CA – Event date is December 9, 2018. Knott’s Merry Farm. “America’s Ultimate US Military Unit Christmas Party!!!”

12. The 304th Sustainment Brigade, United States Army Reserve, Riverside, CA – Event date is: December 8, 2018.

13. The 387th Quartermaster Company United States Army Reserve, Costa Mesa, CA – Event date is: December 8, 2018.

14. The 730th Transportation Company United States Army Reserve, Bell, CA. – Event date is Dec 8, 2018.

15. The 366 Military Police Detachment, United States Army Reserve, Huntsville, TX. – Event date is December 8, 2018.

16. 40th Infantry Division HHC, California Army National Guard, Los Alamitos, CA. Event date is: December 8, 2018.

17. 420th Military Police Company, United States Army Reserve, Salt Lake City, UT – Event date is: December 8, 2018.

18. 109th Medical Detachment (VS), United States Army Reserve, Garden Grove, CA – Event date is: December 8, 2018.

19 NMCB-3 Family Readiness Group, United States Navy Seabees, Port Hueneme, CA – Event date is: December, 2018.

20. NMCB-4 Family Readiness Group, United States Navy Seabees, Port Hueneme, CA – Event date is: December, 2018.

21. NMCB-5 Family Readiness Group, United States Navy Seabees, Port Hueneme, CA – Event date is: December, 2018.

22. 974th Transportation Detachment, United States Army Reserve, Buckeye, AZ – Event date is: December 16, 2018.

23. 4222 ESB Bravo Company, Nevada Army National Guard, Las Vegas, NV – Event date is: December 2, 2018.

24. 593rd Motor Transportation Company, Nevada Army National Guard, Las Vegas, NV – Event date is December 2, 2018.

25. A Company, 5th BN, 19th Special Forces Group (A), California Army National Guard
Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, CA– Event date is December 7, 2018.

26. 478th Transportation Company, United States Army Reserve, Camp Pendleton, CA– Event date is December 2, 2018.

27. The 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, United States Army Reserve, Tustin, CA – Event Date is December 2, 2018.

You too can be one of Santa’s Christmas Elves and Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”! Help bring local community based support for America’s Best and their Families this 2018 Christmas Season!

The Local Community relationships that we help bring together during the Christmas Holiday Season help to unite and bring much needed community support year round for America’s Military Unit’s & Their Families! This is the whole reason the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military & their Families and Our Nations Heroes Foundation’s Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families was created!

The BEST Military Support is Local Community Based Support!

Contact Santa’s Elves at www.YellowRibbonAmerica.org to learn how YOU can Help Support Your Local Military Units and their families this Christmas!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a sponsored community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

Merry Christmas!

🌲🎅🦌🌲Support Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families This Christmas!🌲🌲🌲🌲

November 23, 2018

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North Pole South / FOB Orange County, CA: Santa Claus, Santa’s Elves, Volunteers, Troops and their families are now mobilized for this years “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”.

Many military families will be separated from their loved serving away from home this Christmas, but Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Christmas Drive will once again help make their holidays a little brighter. To help ease the holiday blues, we are encouraging all our fellow American’s to donate toys and other gift items to help support their local Military Unit’s Christmas Parties with their families. 

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families began in Orange County and Sacramento, California in 2004 by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military and their families and with the wonderful non-partisan help of the California State Capital to provide local community based support to our Nation’s deployed and at-home Service men & women and their families.

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families is a national nonpartisan Christmas holiday effort to give crucial support to not only America’s deployed and at home military members but especially their families of all branches of service. Which began in November 2004 and has grown every year since. It is not just the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members that are affected when they are deployed and away from home but also their families who are left behind.

Our Heartfelt Mission is to mobilize much needed local community based help and support for our Nation’s Military and especially their families through the Christmas Holiday Season. And to  teach & encourage America’s local communities to support them year round. Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families is a great grassroots community event that was created as a blue print for the whole Country to participate so that all Americans together can help support our local Military Units and their families. 

Newport Beach CA; Santa (Mayor of Newport Beach, CA) heads out convoy to launch America’s #1 community based Christmas support effort for our Military Units and their families, Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families!

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Former California Democratic Party State Chairman, State Senator Art Torres (Ret) and Former California Republic Party State Chairman Duf Sundheim pose for a picture in a “Macy’s & Gimbels” moment. To help launch at the California State Capital “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” annual Statewide and National Christmas Drive by Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation.

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a sponsored community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

America’s History Of Thanksgiving, Our National Day Of Gratitude.🇺🇸

November 22, 2018

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By David Barton – November/2002

The tradition of Thanksgiving as a time to focus on God and His blessings dates back almost four centuries in America. While such celebrations occurred at Cape Henry Virginia as early as 1607, it is from the Pilgrims that we derive the current tradition of Thanksgiving.

The Pilgrims set sail for America on September 6, 1620, and for two months braved the harsh elements of a storm-tossed sea. After disembarking at Plymouth Rock, they had a prayer service and began building hasty shelters, but unprepared for a harsh New England winter, nearly half died before spring. Yet, persevering in prayer, and assisted by helpful Indians, they reaped a bountiful harvest the following summer. The grateful Pilgrims then declared a three-day feast in December 1621 to thank God and to celebrate with their Indian friends America’s first Thanksgiving Festival. This began an annual tradition in the New England Colonies that slowly spread into other Colonies.

The First National Thanksgiving occurred in 1789. According to the Congressional Record for September 25 of that year, immediately after approving the Bill of Rights: Mr. Elias Boudinot said he could not think of letting the congressional session pass without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining with one voice in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings He had poured down upon them. With this view, therefore, he would move the following resolution:

“Resolved, That a joint committee of both Houses be directed to wait upon the President of the United States to request that he would recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer..”

Mr. Roger Sherman justified the practice of thanksgiving, on any single event, not only as a laudable one in itself but also as warranted by a number of precedents in Holy Writ. . . . This example he thought worthy of a Christian imitation on the present occasion.

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The resolution was delivered to President George Washington, who heartily concurred with the congressional request, declaring:

“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor. . . . Now, therefore, I do appoint Thursday, the 26th day of November 1789 . . . that we may all unite to render unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection.”

National Thanksgiving Proclamations occurred sporadically following this one and most official Thanksgiving observances still occurred only at the State level. Much of the credit for the adoption of an annual national Thanksgiving may be attributed to Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale, the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book.

For over twenty years, she promoted the idea of a national Thanksgiving Day, contacting President after President until Abraham Lincoln responded in 1863 by setting aside the last Thursday of November, declaring:

“We are prone to forget the Source from which [the blessings of fruitful years and healthful skies come. . . . No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God. . . . I do, therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States . . . to observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father Who dwelleth in the heavens.”

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For the next seventy-five years, Presidents followed Lincoln is precedent, annually declaring a national Thanksgiving Day. Then, in 1941, Congress permanently established the fourth Thursday of each November as a national holiday.

As you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this year, remember to retain the original gratefulness to God that has always been the spirit of this, the oldest of all American holidays. Congress recommended a day of.

“. . . Thanksgiving and praise so that the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and join . . . their supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and . . .to enlarge His kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.” ~(Continental Congress, 1777 – Written by Signers of the Declaration Samuel Adams and Richard Henry Lee)

Appoint . . . a day of public Thanksgiving to Almighty God. . . to ask Him that He would . . . pour out His Holy Spirit on all ministers of the Gospel; that He would . . . spread the light of Christian knowledge through the remotest corners of the earth; . . . and that He would establish these United States upon the basis of religion and virtue. ” ~(Governor Thomas Jefferson, 1779)

Appoint . . . a day of public thanksgiving and praise . . . to render to God the tribute of praise for His unmerited goodness towards us . . . by giving to us . . . the Holy Scriptures which are able to enlighten and make us wise to eternal salvation. And [to] present our supplications…that He would forgive our manifold sins and . . . cause the benign religion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be known, understood, and practiced among all the inhabitants of the earth.” ~(Governor John Hancock, 1790)

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Have A Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving.🇺🇸

November 21, 2018

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America’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving

This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the “day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.” She explained, “You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.”

Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale’s request immediately, unlike several of his predecessors, who ignored her petitions altogether. In her letter to Lincoln she mentioned that she had been advocating a national thanksgiving date for 15 years as the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book. George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789, exactly 74 years before Lincoln’s.

The document below sets apart the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” According to an April 1, 1864, letter from John Nicolay, one of President Lincoln’s secretaries, this document was written by Secretary of State William Seward, and the original was in his handwriting. On October 3, 1863, fellow Cabinet member Gideon Welles recorded in his diary how he complimented Seward on his work. A year later the manuscript was sold to benefit Union troops.

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a Civil War of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.

Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Source: http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/thanks.htm and Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler et al.

 

November 19, 2018

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The Great State of Nevada, Recognizes, Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families!🎄🎅🎄🎄

November 16, 2018

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November, 2018 Carson City, Nevada: The Great State of Nevada, USA Recognizes Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families!

“In Honor of Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families. As Governor of the great State of Nevada, I commend your commitment to support those who are selflessly serving our nation and their families. Given under my hand and by the Seal of the Great State of Nevada on this 6th day of November, 2018. Brian Sandoval, Governor of the State of Nevada…”

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported and sponsored by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

 

🌲🎅🦌🌲City and Citizens of Newport Beach California presented US Flag Of Honor.🇺🇸

November 13, 2018

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On November 13, 2018 Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Elves presented a special Award to the City and Citizens of Newport Beach California on behalf of the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military and their families and Our Nations Heroes Foundation.

“We are here today to honor and pay tribute to the City and Citizens of Newport Beach California who every Christmas has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty as a citizens of the United States of America to help and honor America’s heroes and their families through our annual community Christmas Drive, Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families.” This beautiful Signed American Flag of Honor took a 2 year journey to complete we present to you today the 2nd US Flag of Honor. Presented at the November 13th City Council Meeting, 2018, Newport Beach, CA.”

🎅Support America’s Best this Christmas!🌲

November 13, 2018

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Make a Difference Today!

Join me and my amazing Elves with “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”and Help Support your Local Military Unit’s & Their Families this Christmas! 

The Vital Community relationships that Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign helps bring together during the Christmas Holiday Season help America’s Military Units and their families get Vital Community Support Year Round! This is the whole reason the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military & their Families, Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families and Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation was created! The BEST Support is Local Community Based Support! 

Thank you & Merry Christmas!

Thank You To All Of America’s Veteran’s!🇺🇸

November 11, 2018

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History of Veteran’s Day 

1918

World War I, then normally referred to simply as The Great War (no one could imagine any war being greater!), ended with the implementation of an armistice [temporary cessation of hostilities-in this case until the final peace treaty, the infamous Treaty of Versailles, was signed in 1919] between the Allies and Germany at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November, 1918.

1919

November 11: President Wilson proclaims the first Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” The original concept for the celebration was for the suspension of business for a two minute period beginning at 11 A.M., with the day also marked by parades and public meetings.

1920

On the second anniversary of the armistice, France and the United Kingdom hold ceremonies honoring their unknown dead from the war. In America, at the suggestion of church groups, President Wilson names the Sunday nearest Armistice Day Sunday, on which should be held services in the interest of international peace.

1921

Congress passes legislation approving the establishment of a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. November 11 is chosen for the date of the ceremony. According on October 20, Congress declares November 11, 1921 a legal Federal holiday to honor all those who participated in the war. The ceremony was conducted with great success.

1926

Congress adopts a resolution directing the President to issue an annual proclamation calling on the observance of Armistice Day. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, most states establish November 11 as a legal holiday and at the Federal level, an annual proclamation is issued by the President.

1938

Congress passes legislation on May 13 making November 11 a legal Federal holiday, Armistice Day. The United States has no ‘actual’ national holidays because the states retain the right to designate their own holidays. The Federal government can in fact only designate holidays for Federal employees and for the District of Columbia. But in practice the states almost always follow the Federal lead in designation of holidays.

1941- 1945
1950- 1953

World War II and the Korean War create millions of additional war veterans in addition to those of the First World War already honored by Armistice Day.

1954

On June 1, President Eisenhower signs legislation changing the name of the legal holiday from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day.

1968

Congress passes the Monday Holiday Law which established the fourth Monday in October as the new date for the observance of Veteran’s Day. The law is to take effect in 1971.

1971-1975

The Federal observance of Veterans Day is held on the fourth Monday of October. Initially all states follow suit except Mississippi and South Dakota. Other states changed their observances back to November 11 as follows: 1972- Louisiana and Wisconsin; 1974- Kentucky, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, South Carolina, West Virginia; 1975- California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming

1975

Legislation passed to return the Federal observance of Veteran’s Day to November 11, based on popular support throughout the nation. Since the change to the fourth Monday in October, 46 states had either continued to commemorate November 11 or had reverted back to the original date based on popular sentiment. The law was to take effect in 1978.

1978

Veteran’s Day observance reverts to November 11.