The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial


Our National Park Service has the distinction and honor of overseeing and preserving the many battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that honor and commemorate the service of our American veterans. Well, on October 5, 2014, its newest site, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, was dedicated in Washington, D.C. to honor the courage and sacrifice of all disabled veterans who served and will serve in our country’s military forces.

It’s a magnificent edifice, as pictured here. And the 59 Veterans Project looks forward with enthusiasm and honor to working with the National Park Service as we launch our program to help military veterans. it too is going to be magnificent! And we welcome your support and participation as well as your comments, questions, likes and shares here on Facebook and our other social networks.

To learn more about the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, you can visit here: And to learn all about our 59 Veterans project, visit our main website here:, and on Google+ here:

Someday soon we hope to meet everyone along the trail…and at the top of the summit!




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This is Memorial Day, the holiday to commemorate and give thanks to all those Americans who have worn the uniform, walked the wall, and fought and/or served in our U.S. military or are doing so now.  This is their day, past, present and future.  And I salute every single one of them and you who wear the uniform.  They and you are why we are free and live in this greatest country in the history of the human race.  You are the best!

Semper Fi,

Patrick The Ex-Jarhead Poet

MemorialDay At Arlington National Cemetery: 26 May 2008



F-16sWe should sometimes be very careful of the complaints we make in this life!
Patrick The Poet


This is soooooooo outstanding!…  
Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded
by civilization that complains about the noise from the base
and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before
they were.  A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB
deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who
lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper
complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day
at the mall.
When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB
officer, it must have stung quite a bit.

The complaint:

Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:
Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday,
at precisely 9:11 A.M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets
made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over
Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good
fortune!  Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this
wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at
Mervyns early-bird special?  Any response would be appreciated.

The response:
Regarding A wake-up call from Luke’s jets:
On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship
fly-by of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air
Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt
Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously
stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on
May 30, Memorial Day.
At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at
Sunland Memorial Parkin Sun City to mourn the loss of a
husband, son and friend. Based on the letter writer’s
recount of the fly-by, and because of the jet noise, I’m
sure you didn’t hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of
taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt.
Fresques as I gave them their son’s flag on behalf of the
President of the United States and all those veterans and
servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they
have endured.
A four-ship fly-by is a display of respect the Air Force
gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We
are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and
on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four
officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.
The letter writer asks, “Whom do we thank for the
morning airshow?” The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call
for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of
Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their
honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of
their lives.
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for
you: Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Best wishes,
Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.
United States Air Force


I’ve always felt that the film “Saving Private Ryan” should be seen by all Americans.  Especially for reverent occasions like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and July 4th.  And I always suggest to friends and people I know to go visit a national cemetery on one of these days, then you will fully appreciate what needs to be fully appreciated.  Well, here is a queue of reverent, poignant cartoons.  I wish these could be seen by all Americans, too.  For those who visit my blog and follow me here, I hope at least you will take a moment to see them.

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