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Support America’s Best This Christmas!

November 20, 2017

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The Vital Community relationships that Yellow Ribbon America 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 Campaign for America’s Military & their Families and Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families was created!

The BEST Support is Local Community Based Support!

Merry Christmas!

Breaking Op Christmas News!

November 16, 2017

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ORANGE COUNTY, CA: Op Christmas Elves Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a non-partisan Christmas holiday effort to give community based support to America’s deployed and at home Military Units and their families.

With your help we sponsor our Military and their families with their Unit Christmas Holiday Parties and help pay for their Food and Beverage Costs and when possible provide Toys and Gift Cards for their Children, Teenagers and Single Military personnel.

The effort, which supports the National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty deployed and at home military Units and their families, 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 the families who are left behind.

The Local Community relationships that we help 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 Campaign for America’s Military & their Families and Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families was created!

Contact Santa’s Elves at www.YellowRibbonAmerica.org to learn how YOU Can Help Support Your Local Military Units And Their families!

Merry Christmas!

 

November 15, 2017

Help America’s #1 Cause This Christmas!

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.

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Merry Christmas!

Wartime President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation 1863

November 14, 2017

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The History Of Thanksgiving In America

November 14, 2017

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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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2017 Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Marks 13th Year Anniversary!

November 13, 2017

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Irvine CA. In it’s 13th year Yellow Ribbon America, Santa Claus, Santa’s Elves, Volunteers, Troops and their families prepare for the upcoming 2017 “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”.

Many military families will be separated from their loved serving away from home this Christmas, but the Yellow Ribbon America Campaign for America’s Military and their families will once again help make their holidays a little brighter. To help ease the holiday blues, Yellow Ribbon America is encouraging all fellow American’s to donate items and support their local Military Unit’s Christmas Parties and help their local military Units and their families. 

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families began in Orange County and Sacramento, California in 2004 by Yellow Ribbon America and with the help of the California State Capital to provide community based support to the Nation’s deployed and at-home service men and women.

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 that 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 Mission is to mobilize the much needed local community based help and support for our Nation’s Military and especially their families through the Christmas Holiday Season. 

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 in so that all of together can help support our local Military Units and their families. 

Santa 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.

November 13, 2017

The Christmas Season Is Here!

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YRA Breaking Op Christmas News!

November 10, 2017

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You too can be ones of Santa’s Christmas Elves and Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” to help bring Vital Local Community Based Support for America’s Best and their Families for 2017 Christmas!

The Local Community relationships that we help 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 Campaign for America’s Military & their Families and Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families was created!

Thank you to all our GREAT fellow Americans for helping to make this happen!! The BEST 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!

Merry Christmas!

Happy 242 Birthday to our U.S. Marines!

November 10, 2017

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Yellow Ribbon America News Desk:

Today is the U.S. Marine Corps 242nd birthday. Below are some important figures and dates for the military branch, which counts tens of thousands of service members among its ranks.

1798: This is when the Marine Corps Band was established by a congressional act, the Marines website says. “Its mission is unique—to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps,” it explains.

183,477: The total number of active duty service members as of August 2017, according to the Defense Manpower Defense Center (DMDC).

15,384: The number of active duty women in the Marine Corps as of August, the DMDC says.

39,106: The amount of people in the Marine Corps Reserve as of August.

1883: The year “Semper Fidelis” became the official Marine Corps motto. The term means “always faithful” in Latin.

Nov. 21, 1942: This is when then-commandant of the Marine Corps Thomas Holcomb approved a line in “The Marines’ Hymn” be changed from “On the land as on the sea” to “In the air, on land, on sea,” the Marines Corps says.

3: The number of core Marine Corps values. They are honor, courage and commitment.

1: The current commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller. 

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2017 Christmas Drive Preparations Are Now Underway!

November 6, 2017

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Preparations Are Now Underway for the 13th Annual “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”.

Our Annual Christmas Holiday effort to give community based support for America’s deployed and at home military members and their families. The primary goal of Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families is to uplift the morale of America’s military and their families during the Thanksgiving & Christmas Holidays through local community based help and support.

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Over the last 13 years many of our fellow American’s have helped us collect toys, bicycles, gift cards, DVD’s, clothes, calling cards, Christmas cards, food and care packages for America’s military Unit’s and their families, their loved ones deployed overseas and food for various Unit Christmas Parties.

Now this year you too have the opportunity to help and support your local Military Units and their families this 2017 Christmas Season!

Merry Christmas!

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