Posts Tagged ‘veterans’

A Final Salute

This Saturday on NBC4 we are airing a special show dedicated to our Veterans. I will be reporting a story that is truly inspirational. Please join us as we witness a final salute. I’ll introduce you to an amazing group that is helping America’s bravest feel pride and peace during the end of their lives. Here’s a preview:

Remembering the Fallen

Wishing everyone a safe holiday weekend. Hope you can take time out to remember our fallen heroes. Sometimes we forget there is a war still going on and lives continue to be lost.

Thinking this weekend and Monday about all those who gave their lives.. and their families who now bravely live on without them.

If you get a chance.. I would recommend watching a movie that will get you thinking, move you to tears and show you another side of war. It’s called “Taking Chance” and stars Kevin Bacon.

I stand before you

I Stand Before You
by Roger J. Robicheau

I Stand Before You

I stand before you all today
But not one eye can see my way

My time arrived, to leave this earth
A fact so planned, to every birth

It happened where I had to go
My torch for life was so aglow

I transferred while in uniform
Protecting freedom, through a storm

Should I resent I died for you
Not on my life, red white and blue

Please help my family through each day
Tell all my friends, try not to stray

And of the country I did love
Do think of me, through God above

Your memories, brought forth this day
Send love to us, who could not stay

As part of a family of many veterans I want to say thank you to all those who sacrificed their lives for our Country. A heartfelt thanks to their families who continue to give so much.

Surf ‘n’ Turf tribute to wounded warriors

Fort Belvoir was rockin’ with the help of some great bands and country star Ayla Brown. Her name may ring a bell.. remember election night when Scott Brown won the Senate seat in Massachusetts and decided to tell the world his daughter was available. Yep that’s her. Oh and speaking of him…. the Senator was on hand too to share some words of inspiration for the troops. Citizens Helping Heroes hosted the Heroes Silver Star Day to celebrate our wounded warriors in the area. I helped emcee the bbq that was a mix of some great surf and turf thanks to Chef David Ivey-Soto. Little background for ya.. the US Senate recently passed a resolution to make May 1st Silver Star Service Banner day… a national day of observance for injured service members. Citizens Helping Heroes believes everyday should be a silver star day which is why it hosts the events for military men and women and their families throughout the year.

Senator Scott Brown

Ayla Brown with Dad and CHH’s Chris Thompson

Cupcakes for Courage

Here’s a sweet way to salute our military.

DC cupcakery.. Hello Cupcake hosted Cupcakes for Courage.

Held for service members at their new North East location in Barracks Row… families got to decorate cupcakes and eat for free. Some of the sales went to Camp Desert Kids– a program that helps children deal with their parent’s deployment.

Yoni Lee contributed to this report.


Fun tribute to military

Kings Dominion paid tribute to American soldiers,  in a blood-rushing, adrenaline pumping, explosive way. Military service members spent the day at the amusement park for FREE, riding the infamous coasters and enjoying the fireworks with their family.

WATCH: Coverage on WUSA9

MORE: Plan a visit to Kings Dominion

This was Kings Dominion’s 2nd annual military tribute, honoring those who serve. There was a special fireworks show and evena moment of silence in the park to remember those lives lost at war.

Video by L.I.A.M. Productions, LLC

Luke’s Wings Casino Royale 2011

Military charity Luke’s Wings hosted its second annual Casino Night. Wounded soldiers were the honorary guests for a night. Money raised goes to buying plane tickets for families to visit hospitals where soldiers are staying.

PHOTOS: Casino Royale 2011

Watch Casino Royale on WUSA9 Below


Pia joins patriots in DC

Patriots and Pia Toscano from American Idol gathered at National Memorial Day concert on the National Mall Sunday. Gary Sinise from CSI along with Joe Mantegna hosted the annual show!  Other stars that came out to salute our military include Forest Whitaker, Gen. Colin Powell an AI past winner Kris Allen who sang ‘God Bless America.’

Pia Toscano and Kris Allen (AP Photo by Bill Fitzpatrick)


Local video selected for Youtube feature film

Remember when acclaimed producer Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald called on the youtube community to submit their “Life in a Day” video from July 24, 2010? Since then the team has cut down more than 80,000 submissions into a 90 minute documentary that will premiere at Sundance.

I’m happy to report that the submission from Milinda Jefferson and Jerome Bourgeois from DC was one of the clips chosen! Milinda told me their July 24th was spent at the Weekend of Remembrance. It’s a weekend set aside to honor families of fallen military members. Milinda spent the day promoting the Honor and Remember flag which you’ll see often in the raw footage I’ve posted below. How much of their clips will make it to the big screen..we’ll have to wait and see. Congrats and thank you for always keeping our brave men and women and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

McChrystal, Schieffer attend Yellow Ribbon Fund Gala

 “The Yellow Ribbon Fund is a symbol of America helping each other because America is a family. So each of us reach out to people who we may not be directly related to, but we are as Americans. I think it brings out the best in us.”  – General Stanley McChrystal

Below watch Angie’s Report on the Gala on WUSA9 

Nearly 400 guests gathered at a private location in Chevy Chase, MD for the 2nd Annual Yellow Ribbon Fund ‘Rockin for the Troops’ gala.  Bob Schieffer – anchor and moderator of CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ – was the emcee of the gala. General Stanley McChrystal was a special guest.  YRF  began in 2005 to assist our injured service members and their families while they recuperate at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center  By Rachel DeMita, Special to OMG


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