The National Constitution Center announced Thursday it will award its 30th annual Liberty Medal to President George W. Bush and former first lady Mrs. Laura Bush for their commitment to veterans. The Liberty Medal will be awarded to President and Mrs. Bush at 5 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, in Philadelphia. The Liberty Medal, established in 1988 and hosted by the National Constitution Center since 2006, recognizes individuals who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe, a press release says. Recent recipients include U.S. Senator John McCain, U.S. Representative John Lewis, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, and Malala Yousafzai. With this honor, a prize of $100,000 is awarded. President and Mrs. Bush will donate their prize money to "A Charge to Keep," the campaign to endow the work of the George W. Bush Institute and its Military Service Initiative. "Our democracy depends upon the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility, and there's … [Read more...] about George W., Laura Bush to receive Liberty Medal on Veterans Day in Philly
Their Views Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 12:05 a.m. Share this story In Texas, there is no shortage of love for military veterans, but last year the state decided to take a step back and designate June 12 as a special day to pay tribute to a group of veterans too often overlooked: Women. It should be no secret that women play an integral role in our nation’s armed forces. So we are delighted at the opportunity to honor them, and we are mindful of the fact that to do so we must also understand the unique challenges they face. ADVERTISING As in seemingly everything else, the population of women veterans is bigger in Texas than anywhere else. Of the 2 million women veterans in the country, approximately 180,000 live in the state. For the honor of volunteering to serve, women have faced down many obstacles. In years past, they were locked out of serving in combat roles. But they became drill instructors and started flying combat planes as early as 1993. The … [Read more...] about On Women Veterans Day, we honor their service and seek to understand the challenges they face
Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who have died in service to their country. The day traces it roots to the period after the Civil War when groups began honoring Confederate and Union soldiers who died in the war. Southern veterans groups, particularly women's organizations, had began the practice of decorating soldiers' graves, recognizing both Union and Confederate troops. In May 1968, Gen. John Logan, commander of a Union veterans group, decreed that May 30 should be a nationwide day of commemoration for those who died in the war. Logan referred to the time as "Decoration Day," and people began laying flowers and wreaths on the graves of the deceased. The idea of decorating the graves of Civil War soldiers spread across the country. It was later expanded to include honoring those who died in all U.S. wars and "Decoration Day" became "Memorial Day." It was declared an official holiday in 1967 and, a year later, was moved to Monday as part of the Union Monday Holiday Act. … [Read more...] about Memorial Day 2018: Holiday history; what’s difference in Memorial Day, Veterans Day?
By Jill Vejnoska If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, apparently you’re not alone. No less an authority than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says people frequently confuse the two holidays. Make no mistake about it: Both are incredibly important holidays, with their common focus on Americans who’ve served in the military. The key distinction: Memorial Day “is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle,” the VA says. >>MORE: The ultimate Memorial Day weekend guide While Veterans Day also honors the dead, it is “the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.”Here’s a guide to each holiday: MEMORIAL DAY When it is: The last Monday in May. This … [Read more...] about Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day: When is each, why is it celebrated?
The USS Yorktown Foundation announces a donation of $10,000 from the SunTrust Foundation to cover the cost of admission to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum for all veterans on Veterans Day Weekend 2018.SunTrust Foundation has given more than $40,000 in support of veterans at Patriots Point since 2015. In March, the foundation covered the cost for more than 300 Vietnam veterans to attend the museum’s Vietnam Veterans Day offerings.“It’s a privilege to support Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and their mission of preserving the history of our bravest men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said SunTrust Bank’s Charleston Region President Mark Lattanzio. “The SunTrust Foundation is proud to make it possible for all veterans and their families to be admitted to Patriots Point free of charge. On behalf of all of my teammates at SunTrust Bank, we thank them for their service.”Patriots Point Naval & Maritime … [Read more...] about SunTrust Foundation to cover price of admission for all Veterans on Veterans Day 2018