Monday, November 12, 2007

Veterans Day

As if I don’t have enough on my plate, I am praying about adding another HUGE undertaking. Last week while driving to school, I heard a radio interview with a man, named Carroll Moore, who is attempting to take as many WWII Veterans in my county as possible to see their Memorial in Washington, DC. I immediately knew it was something I wanted to help with, and I pray the Lord allows it. As a Veteran, this is near and dear to my heart.

I called him today to discuss his needs and hung up both excited and overwhelmed. His list of needs is many, but that is where I think you as my blogging friends can help. First I’ll give you the facts, then I’ll list the needs and ways you can support this worthy cause. There needs to be a sense of urgency in moving forward because:

  • Approximately 16 million Americans answered the call to arms in WWII.
  • 400,000 made the ultimate sacrifice
  • An estimated 3 million are alive today, BUT they are dying at an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 PER DAY!

The youngest of these Veterans are in their late 70s, but most are much older. These men and women deserve to see their Memorial, but because of health, financial, family, or other limitations, they would never be able to do so. There are many other cities and counties within the US that have successfully done this very undertaking, and the man I hope to work with has modeled his program after theirs. Locally in SC it has not been done, but in Henderson County, NC it has (visit HonorAir.com for more information). Mr. Moore is using their suggestions and guidance to rally local support here from the community and others.

If anyone locally wants to help, please contact me and I will give more specific details and instructions. Currently he is looking for anyone who supports this cause and will use whatever skills/knowledge you have. Specifically, Mr. Moore needs people who are willing to solicit monetary donations from the community, people to act as guardians and make the 1-day trip with the veterans, a photographer to document the trip and its planning stages, a media coordinator to contact local news outlets, etc. There are too many needs to list them all!

There are so many ways one can help honor our Veterans. Not everyone answers the call to serve, but you can help these heroes realize this dream before they die. Please help this cause by volunteering your time and skills. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!