Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Prayer

We stand for them.......The young and the brave......Now that day is done.

We stand for them with honor, with pride, with broken hearts and empty arms......
Memorial Day.

Our heroes have gone on before us - too young to go - but too brave to stay. Our hearts were set on our lives together, an eternity of days, a future of tomorrows...... yet, day is done.

We draw together in prayer.

May we give thanks to the Almighty that we have such a land of blessing and hope to live in. A land provided and sustained by the brave of our nation. Those who have stepped forth to right wrongs and secure liberties. Those, our heroes, who have gone before us.

May we remember and pray for their families ~ seeking their comfort, their healing, their strength. May we beseech God that they may live in peace, the peace brought forth to our nation by the sacrifice of their hero.

And may we pray for one another. May we never forget what our heroes have given. May we hold our standards high and bringing their honor forth.

Those, too young to go - but too brave to stay......

Now day is done.....
WE STAND FOR THEM!

Peace and Prayers,

May your Memorial Day be One of Blessing, Safety, and Honor,

Rev. Lin McGee
Former National Chaplain
Star Mothers of America, Inc.


Friday, May 20, 2016

NH Freedom Ride Key Note Speaker ~ June 16, 2016

Our speaker will be Richard Downes, Executive Director of the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs. The Coalition promotes the fullest possible accounting for American servicemen who remain missing in action. Richard's father is MIA/Korea.

Missing-in-Action
Soldiers sent into battle face dire realities. One of these ends is the possibility that, like disappearing into a Stephen King fog, he or she will simply never be heard from again.

This kind of enigmatic loss ripples through generations of the man or woman’s family. There is no ending to their story. There is no grieving to begin healing. There is only uncertainty, longing, and an ever-present hope that he or she will return one day.

​It is a wound that never heals.

No matter how much one tries to accept this kind of loss, a place in the heart simply needs to know what happened to someone that important in our lives. It is an essence of who we are as human beings. In a tragic way, all the missing soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines remain alive, simply because it’s not known how, or even if, they died.

​No matter how much one tries to accept this kind of loss, a place in the heart simply needs to know what happened to someone that important in our lives. It is an essence of who we are as human beings. In a tragic way, all the missing soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines remain alive, simply because it’s not known how, or even if, they died.This leaves generations of family members, who when asked what happened to such an important person in their life, can only answer, “We don’t know”. More than 8000 families from the Korean and Cold Wars live this life. They are still searching for answers. And they face a clock that keeps ticking. Too many have already passed without finding closure.

As a nation, we promised that their loved ones would never be left behind. They were. The same promise is made to the families of today’s soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines. If this promise is to hold credibility for present day servicemen and women, it must be honored to the finish for those who have gone before. There is much to do. Much that can still be done.
Thank you for joining with us.

Rick Downes, President
(Lt. Hal Downes, father, MIA North Korea 1/13/1952)

Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs coalitionoffamilies@gmail.com

http://www.coalitionoffamilies.org

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

National Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day ceremony

Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day ceremony
Date: April 9, 2016
Time: 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Location: 
New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Dept of NH, the NH Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, and the NH VFW Ladies-Auxiliary cordially invite you and your family and friends to the annual Former Prisons of War Recognition Day ceremony.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Number of Americans Still Missing and Unaccounted-for by State as of March 22, 2016

Number of Americans Still Missing and Unaccounted-for by State
as of March 22, 2016

Alabama 31 Nevada 6
Alaska 2 New Hampshire 6
Arizona 15 New Jersey 42
Arkansas 15 New Mexico 12
California 166 New York 106
Colorado 24 North Carolina 39
Connecticut 25 North Dakota 8
Delaware 4 Ohio 75
District of Columbia 8 Oklahoma 32
Florida 57 Oregon 35
Georgia 29 Pennsylvania 90
Hawaii 7 Rhode Island 7
Idaho 8 South Carolina 27
Illinois 66 South Dakota 7
Indiana 51 Tennessee 27
Iowa 25 Texas 104
Kansas 25 Utah 14
Kentucky 14 Vermont 5
Louisiana 24 Virginia 45
Maine 11 Washington 38
Maryland 23 West Virginia 17
Massachusetts 39 Wisconsin 26
Michigan 49 Wyoming 5
Minnesota 33 Canada 2
Mississippi 12 Panama 1
Missouri 36 Philippines 4
Montana 17 Puerto Rico 1
Nebraska 17 Civilians* 7
TOTAL MISSING AND UNACCOUNTED FOR
1,621
*These 7 civilians do not have a listed home of record
For a listing of the Missing and Unaccounted-for by name, please visit the DPAA website: http://www.dpaa.mil/

Message from Bob Jones, Director of the Northeast POW/MIA Network

POW/MIA Vigil..Freedom Ride..'Together Always'

Thursday June 16th, Freedom Ride line up at Lowe's Gilford by 5:00 pm, bikes leaving for Meredith for 7 pm.

23rd Anniversary of the Freedom Ride. 28th Anniversary of the Vigil . As has been stated for the many years. Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability are still important.

Over the years people from the area, state and country have gathered in support of those POW's who have returned, their family, as well as those who did not and those MIA's and the abundance of evidence that shows were left behind. The theme, "When one American life is not worth the effort, we as Americans have lost" is still a fact and today with American soldiers, men and women, serving in harm's way, is even more important. We as American must stay vigilant on their behalf in support of their families.

Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability…Facts outweigh Opinions..The Vigil Continues.

Bob Jones
Meredith

NH Freedom Ride ~ 2016




NH Freedom Ride ~ June 16, 2016
23rd Anniversary of the Freedom Ride
28th Anniversary of the Vigil 

Hesky Park "The Rock" Meredith, NH 

”Ride to the Rock”

Have YOU contacted your legislative leaders concerning the terminology?

Have YOU asked them to account for our POW/MIAs?

Information can be found on the website: www.northeastpowmianetwork.org

Rolling Thunder NH1 will be assisting with the lineup at Lowe’s

Anyone riding should plan on being at Lowe's, 1407 Lake Shore Road [formerly K-Mart Plaza] in Gilford. Plan on being there by *6:00pm ~ lineup is at 6:00pm and we will be leaving the parking lot by 6:15pm with a state trooper escort down route 3 to “The Rock” Hesky Park. We need to arrive at Hesky Park and be prepared for the start of the vigil at 7:00pm.

The New Hampshire Army National Guard will be joining us in support of the Northeast POW/MIA Network Freedom Ride. The National Guard Hummer will be the last vehicle in the ride following the parade of bikes to Meredith, NH.

* If you are riding with a group we ask that you arrive with the group and fall into the line up ~ we will not allow bumping in the line for safety reasons.

*No vehicles other than the hummer will be allowed to be in with the motorcycles.

Numbers and Voices are important! 
This issue belongs to EVERYONE! 

Rolling Thunder NH1 will be assisting with the lineup at Lowe’s

Anyone riding should plan on being at Lowe's, 1407 Lake Shore Road [formerly K-Mart Plaza] in Gilford. Plan on being there by *6:00pm ~ lineup is at 6:00pm and we will be
leaving the parking lot by 6:15pm with a state trooper escort down route 3 to
“The Rock” Hesky Park. We need to arrive at Hesky Park and be prepared for the
 start of the vigil at 7:00pm.
The New Hampshire Army National Guard will be joining us in support of the Northeast
POW/MIA Network Freedom Ride.  The National Guard Hummer will be the last vehicle
in the ride following the parade of bikes to Meredith, NH.

* If you are riding with a group we ask that you arrive with the group and fall into the
 line up ~ we will not allow bumping in the line for safety reasons.

*No vehicles other than the hummer will be allowed to be in with the motorcycles.

Monday, July 27, 2015

70th Anniversary of the end of WWII Pacific ceremony at the NH State Veterans Cemetery

The ceremony will be hosted jointly by MOPH Dept of Northern New England and Purple Heart Riders National Association.
When: Friday, August 14 
Time: 6:30PM – about 30 minutes long
Wreath: provided by Purple Heart Riders National Association
Guest Speaker: One of the Cmdrs of the hosting organizations (plans still being developed).
Plan to end at 7PM and have Taps sounding done by 100 Nights of Remembrance.
V/r,
Mike
Michael W. Horne
Director, NH State Veterans Cemetery
110 Daniel Webster Highway
Boscawen , NH 03303
Phone: 603-796-2026 ext 100
Cell phone: 603-568-8709
Email: mhorne@nhsvc.com
Web: www.nhsvc.com