…on this Veterans Day Weekend!
I just want to say thank you to all the veterans and current service people both here in the USA and around the world. Thank you for all your service to this great country and for providing us with the freedoms we take for granted everyday. All of you men and women that serve, and have served, we thank you and love you and honor you! God bless you all. – Ben
They protect us from the skies…
“I fly the AH-64D Longbow Apache Attack helicopter. The Terrible Towel went with me on every mission I flew during my 12-month tour. This was taken in Afghanistan in July 2011. I still take the Towel with me on every flight, even here in the States. It has accumulated over 450 combat flight hours and about 700 total flight hours.” — CW2 Jeffrey Jones
And on land…
“Supporting the Steelers all the way across the globe at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. I am currently a Major serving with Marine Corps Logistics Command (Forward) and have been in the country since June and will return in January, 2013. I have been able to watch the Steelers play on AFN and a dedicated Steelers fan I am, waking up at zero dark thirty is well worth it!!
“The United States Marine Corps will be celebrating another birthday on 10 November…Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps and Happy Veteran’s Day to all who have served before me and continue to serve.
“God Bless the Steelers, United States Marine Corps and our beloved Country!! Thank you Ben!” — Semper Fidelis, Sarah Lukes, Major, United States Marine Corps MCLC (FWD)
You can see more of our military Steelers fans – serving in Asia, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, and closer to home from Quantico Marine Base in Virginia to Fort Benning, Georgia – all right here (pages 1 & 2).
Thank you to every one of you that submitted photos to us this week so that we could honor you, our true heroes!
Judging from the photos sent this week…
Steeler Nation is everywhere!
Now you can send our active military and wounded veterans a plethora of Terrible Towels to wave on game days and any other day they might feel so inclined through Towels for Troops!
From Sarah Mashino and Ty Wooley, founders of Towels for Troops:
“Towels for Troops is simply a call to Steeler Nation to let our wounded and active troops know that someone cares and appreciates their sacrifice. Join us to “Let Them Know We Care” by sending a terrible towel with a personalized note attached and we’ll distribute through military hospitals and bases worldwide! They will be shipped to Kandahar Afghanistan, IRAQ, and to our Wounded Warriors in hospitals world wide! – Thanks for making a difference in the lives of our soldiers and Go STEELERS!”
You can get more information by checking out their Facebook page, or by contacting them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and Threerivers78@gmail.com!
“All gave some, some gave all…”
Take a moment this weekend to watch this beautiful tribute to our soldiers –
If you are unable to view the video above, you can view it here.
Play Santa for our troops this holiday season!
Shop the USO Wishbook!
The gifts you purchase from the USO Wishbook allow you to recognize a special occasion while directly benefiting troops and their families. You can send everything from a “comfort food” package to a good book to comfortable chairs!
You can learn more here.
And let us not forget…
Donations are currently being accepted for the 2012 Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony.
From their website:
“Our mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. We also organize a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and a week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia where we stop along the way to spread our message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.
“This week of events is made possible by thousands of volunteers who organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponsor wreaths, and participate in the events. We receive no government funding. The cost of our programs is paid by individual wreaths sponsors, corporate donors and volunteer truckers.”
If you would like to sponsor wreaths to be placed on the veterans’ graves this December, now is the time!
You can also participate in the Wreaths Across America Day which is scheduled for December 15th!
To donate and to learn how you can take part in this wonderful organization, click here.