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The Wall that Heals

Posted by [email protected] on May 7, 2017 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall celebrates its 35th Anniversary this year. Many say it’s “The Wall that Heals”.

To date, there are now 58,315 names of our service members inscribed in honor of their sacrifice for our freedom. If you have the opportunity to visit during this Memorial holiday, The Wall is located at 5 Henry Bacon Drive NW in Washington, D.C. It is open 24 hours per day.

Freedom Warriors and Celestial Voices send out a plea across the USA for prayers of peace. God bless all of our veterans! http://TheWall-USA.com

Any way we can love, pray, hope and honor, each and every one of us is the Key!



“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” . . . Five-Star General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)




In the Chapel

Posted by [email protected] on November 14, 2016 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

For several years, I have traveled across the Midwestern United States presenting my program Duty, Honor and Country to honor our military veterans. Providing songs and stories from the American Revolution to this current era in Afghanistan, audiences have numbered in the hundreds or as intimate as 15.


This month had already been full of amazing opportunities to present the program and meet unforgettable heroes, like the Coast Guard veterans in Lake County, Ohio and a veteran name Paul in Franklin County who shared his memorabilia with our audience. There he stood proudly in front of the B17 he flew in the war in an enlarged photograph. His pal Alex and other resident veterans shared stories of how their families of five or more brothers all went to war and a vet who said his name was John. He didn’t think he’d make it back from Vietnam, but here he was with us.


On November 12th, I was invited to present Duty, Honor and Country in a retirement community in another location in Columbus, Ohio. Their activity director had scheduled three other events and ceremonies that day with my program as the finale. When I arrived to set up and sound check, I overheard a resident say that she had had enough veteran’s ceremonies and wanted to play bingo instead. They decided that the activity room would not be available for my program due to bingo and college football on television. My event location was changed to the chapel on the third floor. To date, it would be one of the most solemn and unique presentations I would have the privilege of providing.


An announcement was made over the loud speaker that Duty, Honor and Country would begin at 2pm and bingo at the same time. No one came to introduce me and no more announcements were made.. For my opening, the room was empty. Suddenly, one man entered the chapel and sat down in the front row close to me. He said his name was John and that he served in World War II. He told me that he fought in France, Germany and Czechoslovakia. “I was one of the lucky ones,” he said, “I made it home safe and sound.”


I shared my story about Irving Berlin and the moment when his mother first saw the Statue of Liberty and John sang along to God Bless America. We talked about the Civil War. Alone in the chapel with streaks of sunshine glistening through the stained glass, John and I sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a medley of the U.S. Armed Forces themes and Amazing Grace. Then, he had to go and reached out to shake my hand.


“Thank you so much,” he said with tears in his eyes, “this was lovely, what a tribute.”

“It was truly my honor today, John,” I replied. “Thank you for your service and dedication to our country.”

“God bless you,” he smiled.


 

Honor and Dignity

Posted by [email protected] on May 27, 2016 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Honoring Our Beloved Veterans

Every Memorial Day, there is a flag planted at the foot of my father’s grave. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Korea in the mid-1940s.


I recently discovered an article written by a veteran who had also served in Korea, sharing his experience of returning home to the states. He wrote about the initial part of the journey home, crossing the Pacific in fifteen days. Some readers might say that he really didn’t have to share the grim details that he did, yet it was important to note what our men and women in service endure, far from the battlefield and beyond boot camp. The author of the article emphasized how emotional it was for everyone on board their military transport ship, the SS General Gordon, when they first caught site of the California coast and the Golden Gate Bridge.


My father was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in Seattle. The day was the 20th of November, 1947. I never asked him the name of the military transport ship that carried him home or recall him mentioning it. It was surely one that participated in Operation Magic Carpet, bringing home allied troops from overseas. How sad when we realize the countless questions we could have asked our parents when they were alive.


I wonder what my father caught site of first as they reached the American side of the pacific waters. In the late 1940s, the view coming into the Seattle harbour and Pier 36 wasn’t like the glitter and glamour of the Emerald City today. When my father returned home, he wouldn’t have seen the Space Needle, as it was erected in 1962.


Along with his comrades, my dad was processed through the Army base there. Then, they boarded a plane, final destination- Columbus, Ohio. His tenure serving our country wasn’t over by a long shot, as the plane crash-landed somewhere in Montana. I believe the story goes that those who survived the crash were transported by train to their final stop-Home. He made it.


Like the graves of all of the veterans in our cemetery, my father’s final resting place is decorated with a humble, little American flag on an oak dowel. The breeze catches its honorable stars and stripes now and then. It will only be there for a few short days. The flags will disappear and make their return on the Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day.


Thank you to our local veteran’s groups who care for and maintain the memories of our loved ones who have served for our freedom. They take a considerable amount of time to locate each veteran’s grave and gently place every American flag.


Blessings and peace to all this Memorial Day.

 

WWII Veteran Reunites with Holocaust Survivor

Posted by [email protected] on May 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

A Freedom Warrior

On May 10, 2016, a World War II U.S. Army veteran reunited with a Holocaust survivor whom he freed from a Nazi death camp 71 years ago.


Sid Shafner, 94, was honored at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony for his hand in liberating over 30,000 prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp in southern Germany in 1945.


CBS News reported that one of those prisoners, a now 90-year-old Marcel Levy, was just 17 years old when Shafner and his troop helped him escape from Dachau death camp in Germany.


"Everything I have today, all of my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, is due to you." Marcel Levy, Holocaust survivor, told Shafner.


During their moving reunion, Levy presented Shafner with a plaque that read, "You came like a warrior angel ... and carried me into the light."

 

WE REMEMBER!

Posted by [email protected] on November 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)


For Immediate Release:

“WE REMEMBER”

LICKING COUNTY CELEBRATES OUR LOCAL VETERANS

 

Newark, Ohio- On Saturday, November 7, 2015, the Licking County Veterans Memorial and

Education Center will open its doors from 10:00am to 3:00pm for

“WE REMEMBER”, A Celebration of Our Veterans in Honor of Veteran’s Day 2015.

You’ll discover the history of the brave men and women from Licking County

who served and of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for America’s freedom.

Sections of the Education Center are still under development where memorabilia and military artifacts are on display from many of our major conflicts. Those who visit will be proud of our progress, as well as gain information on how they can donate their own veteran’s memories.

Inside the center you’ll have an opportunity to meet officials from The American Legion Post #85 and Post #85 Auxiliary; Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 55; Heath Moundbuilders Kiwanis; the Licking County Library; and Hospice of Central Ohio.

Join us for the opening ceremonies at 10:00am, as Boy Scout Troop 2, Newark Elks Lodge 391 will post the colors, (Scout Master-Sam White). Conducted by Director Chris Urbiel, the St. Francis de Sales Student Choir will sing our National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”. Invocation will be presented by Pastor Marie Allen-Shackleford of the Newark Assembly of the Columbus Family Worship Center and Sisters of the Kingdom International. The Legend Elementary Eagles Choir will perform, “Where the Eagles Fly!”; Newark Mayor, Jeff Hall will make a special presentation and we will honor the late Charles D. Cameron , USAF as our 2015 Licking County Veteran. (read Chuck's story in his own words here on the Freedom Warriors site-click on "Ohio Vets").

Licking County Veterans Memorial Director, Ken Blaney, states that local schools will be able to visit the Education Center for historical field trips in the foreseeable future, with the hope that the youth of our community will one day carry on the legacy of honoring and remembering our veterans from Licking County.

But that’s not all!

The 4th annual Classic Car Show will be there in honor of our veterans. Throughout the day, there will be food and refreshments.

We thank all of our wonderful sponsors and supporters!

WSYX-TV, ABC6; The Newark Advocate Media;

WHTH AM-WNKO FM Radio; WCLT AM-T10 FM Radio; The City of Newark;

Henderson-VanAtta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Services; Wilson’s Garden Center;

Licking County Veterans’ Services; Newark Elks Lodge 391;

Hospice of Central Ohio;

The Sparta Restaurant & Coffee Shop; Minuteman Press;

DKG Web Development; and the Newark Downtown Association.

For more information, contact Ken Blaney at 740.258.2760 or Gary Wimer at 740.670.2206.


 

Where the Eagles Fly!

Posted by [email protected] on October 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

October 10, 2015

For Immediate Release:

Celestial Voices and O is for Ohio

Celeste Reichert Friedman

[email protected]

“Where the Eagles Fly!”

LEGEND ELEMENTARY HONORS VETERAN’S DAY

Newark, Ohio- On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Legend Elementary School welcomes back Grammy nominee and singer-songwriter Celeste Reichert Friedman for a concert to honor Veteran’s Day 2015. Celeste is also a native of Newark, Ohio.

Festivities begin at 9:00 am. Mrs. Ellen Cooper, Principal will welcome guests. Our Honorable Mayor Jeff Hall of Newark will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance”. Legend students will sing the “National Anthem” and a local color guard unit will post the colors. Licking County veterans will also be honored during the opening ceremonies.

The concert begins at 9:15am with Celeste, featuring patriotic songs and including her originals, “The Son of A Soldier” and “There’s A Knock on the Door”. The Legend Elementary Eagles Choir will also join Celeste to sing their new official school song, “Where the Eagles Fly!”, written and produced by Friedman. Check out Celeste & the Legend Eagles Choir:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xadu2I5Lylc

Following the choir’s performance, a flag folding ceremony will be conducted and the American flag will be presented to Licking County Veteran, Charles D. Cameron, who served in Vietnam in the U. S. Air Force.

On display in the Legend school lobby will be a small table covered with a white cloth, honoring a soldier’s pure heart when he answers his country’s call to duty. An empty chair will be placed at the table for the missing soldiers no longer with us. More about “America’s White Table” at:

http://www.veteranscaucus.org/index.php/events/memorial-day/america-s-white-table

For more information, contact Principal Ellen Cooper of Legend Elementary at 740.670.7100 or Celeste Reichert Friedman at 740.364.1223 (or) email: [email protected]

 

WE REMEMBER

Posted by [email protected] on October 20, 2015 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)


October 20, 2015

For Immediate Release:

Licking County Veterans Memorial and Education Center

39 North First Street

Newark, Ohio 43055

[email protected]


“WE REMEMBER”

LICKING COUNTY CELEBRATES OUR LOCAL VETERANS

 

Newark, Ohio- On Saturday, November 7, 2015, the Licking County Veterans Memorial and

Education Center will open its doors from 10:00am to 3:00pm for

“WE REMEMBER”, A Celebration of Our Veterans in Honor of Veteran’s Day 2015.

You’ll discover the history of the brave men and women from Licking County

who served and of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for America’s freedom.

Sections of the Education Center are still under development where memorabilia and military artifacts are on display from many of our major conflicts. Those who visit will be proud of our progress, as well as gain information on how they can donate their own veteran’s memories.

Inside the center you’ll have an opportunity to meet officials from The American Legion Post #85 and Post #85 Auxiliary; Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 55; Heath Moundbuilders Kiwanis; the Licking County Library; and Hospice of Central Ohio.

Read More . . .

 

Join us for the opening ceremonies at 10:00am, as Boy Scout Troop 2, Newark Elks Lodge 391 will post the colors, (Scout Master-Sam White). Conducted by Director Chris Urbiel, the St. Francis de Sales Student Choir will sing, “The National Anthem”. Invocation will be presented by Pastor Marie Allen-Shackleford of the Newark Assembly of the Columbus Family Worship Center and Sisters of the Kingdom International. The Legend Elementary Eagles Choir will perform, “Where the Eagles Fly!” and Newark Mayor, Jeff Hall will make a special presentation.

Licking County Veterans Memorial Director, Ken Blaney, states that local schools will be able to visit the Education Center for historical field trips in the foreseeable future, with the hope that the youth of our community will one day carry on the legacy of honoring and remembering our veterans from Licking County.

But that’s not all!

The 4th annual Classic Car Show will be there in honor of our veterans. Throughout the day, there will be food and refreshments.

We thank all of our wonderful sponsors and supporters!

WSYX-TV, ABC6; The Newark Advocate Media;

WHTH AM-WNKO FM Radio; WCLT AM-T10 FM Radio; The City of Newark;

Henderson-VanAtta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Services;

Licking County Veterans’ Services; Newark Elks Lodge 391;

Hospice of Central Ohio;

The Sparta Restaurant & Coffee Shop; Minuteman Press;

DKG Internet Services; and the Newark Downtown Association.

For more information, contact Ken Blaney at 740.258.2760 or Gary Wimer at 740.670.2206.

 

 

Prayers for Our U. S. Military

Posted by [email protected] on December 23, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Please keep our military on active duty in your prayers this Christmas.

 

From Licking County, Ohio we salute and pray for:


 

Col. Dr. Philip Belmont Jr.

 

Lt. Paul J. Billy

 

Sgt. Sean Kelly

 

A1C David Puterbaugh

 

Sgt. Benjamin Mitchell

 

Sgt. Brian Castle

 

Matt Seaburn, US Marine Corp.

 

LCpl William Selby Patrick

 

LCpl JT Marron

 

LTJG Robert Williams

 

SSgt. Daniel T. Blowers, Jr.

 

 

Please add to this list in our comments section if you'd like to salute a veteran or someone currently serving in the US military. Thank you. Wishing you peace and good will.

Keep Our US Marines in Our Prayers

Posted by [email protected] on October 20, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - OCTOBER 09: A U.S. Marine deplanes after arriving on an MV-22 Osprey to take part in Operation United Assistance on October 9, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Some 90 Marines arrived on KC-130 transport planes and the Ospreys to support the American effort to contain the Ebola epidemic. The four Ospreys, which can land vertically like helicopters, will transport U.S. troops and supplies as they build 17 Ebola treatment centers around Liberia. U.S. President Barack Obama has committed up to 4,000 troops in West Africa to combat the disease. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

 

Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/US-Marines-Operation-United-Assistance-Liberia-Ebola-278710601.html#ixzz3GbtfMh00

 

2015 Ohio Governor's Award

Posted by [email protected] on October 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2014

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Columbus, Ohio- Songs for Charlie Music and The Freedom Warriors Network is proud to announce that Celeste Reichert Friedman has been nominated for the 2015 Ohio Governor's Award for the Arts.

Ms. Friedman is also a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, an award-winning composer and the recipient of the 2005 Ohioana Library Association's Citation Award in Music and Education.

This recent nomination supports her writing, production and presentations across the State of Ohio for her projects such as O is for Ohio and Freedom Warriors. Celeste is a true ambassador of the Buckeye State, dedicated to keeping Ohio's history alive.

Friedman says, "The Governor's Award nomination honors not just my efforts, but what inspires my mission to share the importance of where I come from. It is about the beauty of our land, our history and the courage and strength of Ohio's people from our beginnings along The Great Hopewell Road to our present lives."

For more information, please visit: http://www.oac.state.oh.us/events/GovAwards/


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