Death of New Jersey Army National Guardsman🇺🇸 From COVID-19

March 30, 2020

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

Our American Family has lost one of its Soldiers from the Wuhan-Coronavirus. May God comfort and bless their family, friends and fellow Soldiers.

U.S. Army Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok was a drilling Guardsman and physician assistant originally from Jackson, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday in a news conference. Though Hickok was a member of the New Jersey National Guard, the father of two resided in Pennsylvania and died at a hospital in that state,

DoD Immediate Release:

Death of New Jersey Army National Guardsman From COVID-19

March 30, 2020

A New Jersey Army National Guardsman Passed Away on Saturday. The Soldier had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been hospitalized since March 21. “Today is a sad day for the Department of Defense as we have lost our First American Service Member – Active, Reserve or Guard – to Coronavirus,” said Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. “This is a stinging loss for our Military community, and our condolences go out to his family, friends, civilian co-workers and the entire National Guard community. The news of this loss strengthens our resolve to work ever more closely with our interagency partners to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Starting in January the Department of Defense has adopted dramatic mitigation measures to protect service members, civilian employees, contractors and their families from Coronavirus. These include mandating social distancing, termination of certain work and training activities and providing testing and care for our community members.

For more information how you can help and do your part you can email us at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org.

God’s good blessings to All and Keep Calm “Pray” And Carry On America!

~Chief Elf Brad

“On A Mission Helping To Keep America’s Freedom Alive…” Copyright © 2020 Yellow Ribbon America All Rights Reserved.

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported 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.

Put Me In The Game Coach…” I Want To Help America’s Military & First Responders!🇺🇸

March 27, 2020

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

“Put Me In The Game Coach…”  I Want To Help America’s Military & First Responders!

Story & Photos: Chief Elf Brad

ORANGE COUNTY, California, 3/27/2020: While the United States of America and the World is fighting on all fronts the Coronavirus,  Many American’s are sitting at home wanting to help. It’s like an Athlete wanting to badly get into the Game and say “Put Me In The Game Coach..!” Yes there are ways to Help your Country and your Local Community.

Here I am on today’s Red Friday Mission visiting my local Military at the Joint Forces Base in Los Alamitos California. I dropped off my first delivery of 250 rubber gloves to the California Army National Guard’s MP’s who are guarding and checking ID’s at Bases Main Gate. The rubber gloves will help protect them from any “Cuties” as they check ID’s and inspect vehicles coming on the Post. AND we are doing our part practicing Social Distancing too!

Many Military Unit’s on the Base are conducting Medical, Supply and Logistical support to help our fellow American’s that are being affected by the Coronavirus. Along with Wartime Missions, Training Missions and Humanitarian Missions throughout the Globe. Also since it’s a National Guard, Reserve and staging area for various government agencies many of them are also fulltime First Responders and are in the Medical field as well.

“The Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military & Their Families was founded in March 2003 in Orange County California as a Non-partisan, Grassroots Effort to Educate & Unite all Americans on how to help our Nation’s Military and their families in their Local Community. Our approach is Simple – Locals Helping Locals – Local Businesses, Residents, Churches and Community Groups focus their Resources on Helping Their local Military Units and Their Families in their Individual Communities…”

For more information how you can help and do your part you can visit the www.YellowRibbonAmerica.org or email us at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org.

God’s good blessings to All and Keep Calm “Pray” And Carry On America!

~Chief Elf Brad

“On A Mission Helping To Keep America’s Freedom Alive…” Copyright © 2020 Yellow Ribbon America All Rights Reserved.

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported 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.

 

🎅Sponsorships Now Available For 2020 Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families!

February 25, 2020

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

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Our final 2019 Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Christmas Drive Gift & Toy pick up for our wonderful U.S. Military Unit’s and their families and TV Press Event for our 15 Year Anniversary!

A Special Christmas Thank You to Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill, Newport Beach City Councilmen Kevin Muldoon, City of Newport Beach Deputy City Manager Tara Finnigan, Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, Newport Beach Fire Marshal Kevin Bass, Newport Beach Tyler Easton, Newport Beach Roman Pagano and longtime great Christmas Elves Newport Beach City Clerk Leilani I. Brown, Newport Beach Assistant City Clerk Jennifer Mulvey and their wonderful staff and all the 31 City Departments including the Newport Beach Life Guards, the Police Department, City Libraries and wonderful Senior Centers and Citizens of Newport Beach California!

Pictures of the last Monday pickup of Christmas Toys and Gifts for by Local Military Units and their families being delivered by the Wonderful Newport Beach Fire Department, City and Local Community…

What an amazing outpouring of love and support from the City and people of Newport Beach California was felt by Local Military Unit’s and their families this Christmas! Thank You to every who helped make this heartfelt Christmas Holiday Cheer Happen!

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families now in its 15th Year Anniversary is a nonpartisan Christmas holiday effort to that helps bring local community support to America’s deployed and at home Military Unit’s and their families of all branches of service. 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. Photos by Chief Elf Brad of Monday December 23, 2019 Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Christmas Drive, Newport Beach California Press Event.

🎅🎄To Sponsor Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families This Christmas!
Email Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org🎄

Merry 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. 

We Move Forward In 2020 Thankful For The Many Blessings And People Who Support America And Our Heartfelt Cause!🇺🇸

February 24, 2020

Today is the 75th Anniversary of Battle of Iwo Jima: “Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue…”

February 19, 2020

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The Battle for Iwo Jima 75th Anniversary:

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WASHINGTON, February 2020 – Seventy five years after the Battle for Iwo Jima, the Defense Department Remembers and Honors the Courage and Sacrifice of the American Service Members who Fought on the Pacific island, and Those Who Gave Their Lives There so the World would be Free…

Learn more in the Defense.gov Special Report: The Battle for Iwo Jima – 75th Anniversary. https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/Story/Article/2051094/marines-landed-on-iwo-jima-75-years-ago/source/GovDelivery/ #KnowYourMil

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Happy Presidents Day From Your Fellow American’s @ Yellow Ribbon America!🇺🇸

February 17, 2020

Happy Presidents Day to America’s Beloved President George Washington!🇺🇸

February 17, 2020

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Why is George Washington the Role Model of Presidents?

By Foundation for American Christian Education, Saturday, February 18, 2017

Many people today find their role models in the media culture. According to The Barna Group, two thirds of Americans say pro athletes have more influence on our society than faith leaders. However, American Christians, in addition to their pastors and teachers, have traditionally looked to the elected leadership for role models. Can you find a hero there today?

George Washington, our first president, understood that as an elected leader he had a duty to be the very model that all other presidents would follow. He discerned that his entire life would be carefully examined, not by some prying journalist, but by God, to whom Washington knew he would be fully accountable. So he set his heart and mind to be the President that would set the standard for all others to follow and began to build a foundation for a young nation to shine the light of liberty to the entire world.

Washington was also humbly conscious of the tremendous responsibilities of the new office of president of the United States. He knew that the whole world would measure America by the character of the man who occupied that office. And indeed, most nations identified Washington as “America” long before they were acquainted with the nation.

This prayer, found in his writings, indicates how closely Washington associated the success of the American nation with the spirit and practice of the Christian religion:

“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the Characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.”

George Washington “Circular Letter to the States” 1783

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS

OF APRIL 30, 1789

Fellow Citizens of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Among the vicissitudes incident to life, no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the fourteenth day of the present month. On the one hand, I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love, from a retreat which I had chosen with the fondest predilection, and, in my flattering hopes, with an immutable decision, as the asylum of my declining years: a retreat which was rendered every day more necessary as well as more dear to me, by the addition of habit to inclination, and of frequent interruptions in my health to the gradual waste committed on it by time. On the other hand, the magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my Country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens, a distrustful scrutiny into his qualifications, could not but overwhelm with despondence, one, who, inheriting inferior endowments from nature and unpracticed in the duties of civil administration, ought to be peculiarly conscious of his own deficiencies. In this conflict of emotions, all I dare aver, is, that it has been my faithful study to collect my duty from a just appreciation of every circumstance, by which it might be affected. All I dare hope, is, that, if in executing this task I have been too much swayed by a grateful remembrance of former instances, or by an affectionate sensibility to this transcendent proof, of the confidence of my fellow-citizens; and have thence too little consulted my incapacity as well as disinclination for the weighty and untried cares before me; my error will be palliated by the motives which misled me, and its consequences be judged by my Country, with some share of the partiality in which they originated.

Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station; it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own; nor those of my fellow-citizens at large, less than either. No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency. And in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their United Government, the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities, from which the event has resulted, cannot be compared with the means by which most Governments have been established, without some return of pious gratitude along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed. You will join with me I trust in thinking, that there are none under the influence of which, the proceedings of a new and free Government can more auspiciously commence.

By the article establishing the Executive Department, it is made the duty of the President “to recommend to your consideration, such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The circumstances under which I now meet you, will acquit me from entering into that subject, farther than to refer to the Great Constitutional Charter under which you are assembled; and which, in defining your powers, designates the objects to which your attention is to be given. It will be more consistent with those circumstances and far more congenial with the feelings which actuate me, to substitute, in place of a recommendation of particular measures, the tribute that is due to the talents, the rectitude, and the patriotism which adorn the characters selected to devise and adopt them. In these honorable qualifications, I behold the surest pledges, that as on one side, no local prejudices, or attachments; no separate views, nor party animosities, will misdirect the comprehensive and equal eye which ought to watch over this great assemblage of communities and interests: so, on another, that the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; and the pre-eminence of a free Government, be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its Citizens, and command the respect of the world.

I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country can inspire: since there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

Besides the ordinary objects submitted to your care, it will remain with your judgment to decide, how far an exercise of the occasional power delegated by the Fifth article of the Constitution is rendered expedient at the present juncture by the nature of objections which have been urged against the System, or by the degree of inquietude which has given birth to them. Instead of undertaking particular recommendations on this subject, in which I could be guided by no lights derived from official opportunities, I shall again give way to my entire confidence in your discernment and pursuit of the public good: For I assure myself that whilst you carefully avoid every alteration which might endanger the benefits of an United and effective Government, or which ought to await the future lessons of experience; a reverence for the characteristic rights of freemen, and a regard for the public harmony, will sufficiently influence your deliberations on the question how far the former can be more impregnably fortified, or the latter be safely and advantageously promoted.

To the proceeding observations I have one to add, which will be most properly addressed to the House of Representatives. It concerns myself, and will therefore be as brief as possible. When I was first honored with a call into the Service of my Country, then on the eve of an arduous struggle for its liberties, the light in which I contemplated my duty required that I should renounce every pecuniary compensation. From this resolution I have in no instance departed. And being still under the impressions which produced it, I must decline as inapplicable to myself, any share in the personal emoluments, which may be indispensably included in a permanent provision for the Executive Department; and must accordingly pray that the pecuniary estimates for the Station in which I am placed, may, during my continuance in it, be limited to such actual expenditures as the public good may be thought to require.

Having thus imported to you my sentiments, as they have been awakened by the occasion which brings us together, I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign parent of the human race, in humble supplication that since he has been pleased to favor the American people, with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquility, and dispositions for deciding with unparalleled unanimity on a form of Government, for the security of their Union, and the advancement of their happiness; so his divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.”

This transcription was taken from the original document in the Records of the U.S. Senate, Record Group 46, in the National Archives. https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/american_originals/inaugtxt.html

 

Happy Birthday President Abraham Lincoln!🇺🇸

February 12, 2020

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Abraham Lincoln became the United States’ 16th President in 1861, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy in 1863.

Lincoln warned the South in his Inaugural Address: “In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you…. You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.”

Lincoln thought secession illegal, and was willing to use force to defend Federal law and the Union. When Confederate batteries fired on Fort Sumter and forced its surrender, he called on the states for 75,000 volunteers. Four more slave states joined the Confederacy but four remained within the Union. The Civil War had begun.

The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning. Five months before receiving his party’s nomination for President, he sketched his life:

“I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families–second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks…. My father … removed from Kentucky to … Indiana, in my eighth year…. It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up…. Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher … but that was all.”

Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and rode the circuit of courts for many years. His law partner said of him, “His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest.”

He married Mary Todd, and they had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity. In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator. He lost the election, but in debating with Douglas he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860.

As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.

Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Lincoln won re-election in 1864, as Union military triumphs heralded an end to the war. In his planning for peace, the President was flexible and generous, encouraging Southerners to lay down their arms and join speedily in reunion.

The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds…. “

On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South. The opposite was the result, for with Lincoln’s death, the possibility of peace with magnanimity died.

The Presidential biographies on WhiteHouse.gov are from “The Presidents of the United States of America,” by Frank Freidel  and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2006 by the White House Historical Association.Website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/abrahamlincoln

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!🎅🎄🇺🇸

January 4, 2020

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

NORTH POLE/NORTH AMERICA: Santa and Dasher my Lead Reindeer here, having got through the 2019 Thanksgiving and the Christmas Season without getting the latest Cold & Flu bugs going around. On December 26 some of our Christmas Elf’s started feeling the not so fun symptoms of nasal headache, congestion, scratchy sore throat, body aches very little energy etc.… But thanks to God, bedrest, Mucinex dm 1200, lots of fluids, vitamins, soap and My Favorite Pillow they are finally feeling better and ready to get back in The Good Fight for 2020!

I pray that God brings healing and pain relief for those of you that are not feeling well and dealing with Health issues right now. Use your time of feeling sick to get your bearings strait and renewed with Gods will and mission for you.

Stay tuned for our update for our blessed 2019 Christmas Drive and our 15 year anniversary of Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Christmas Drive. Help Support Us for This Year’s 2020 Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Christmas Drive!🎅🎄

Godspeed and God’s Blessings for a Great, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Help Support Us for This Years 2020 Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Christmas Drive! To Donate to Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families go to the Donate Page to Support Today!🎅🎄

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families is a sponsored community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported 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.

More Toys & Gifts Received from Newport Beach Lifeguards and Fire Department For Local Military!🎅🎄🎁

December 28, 2019

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

On Friday December 27, 2019 Local US Military Unit’s received more Toys & Gifts from the wonderful Newport Beach Lifeguards and Fire Department for the 2019 Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Christmas Drive! With the additional great support from the City, Fire Department and citizens of Newport Beach we are able to provide lots of great Toys & Gifts for Military Units families that were not able to have Unit Christmas Parties this year. Photo by Chief Elf Brad.🎅🎄🎁 

🎄Donate to Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families This Christmas!🎄🎄🎄
Go to www.YellowRibbonAmerica.org to Support Today!

Merry 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.