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Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony set for Dec. 5


55e883ab95977.imageTo remember the thousands of Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, and Civilians that died AND survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, the Texas Commandery of the Naval Order of the U.S. will hold its 30th annual commemoration ceremony on the deck of the Battleship USS Texas (BB-35) berthed at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site at 11:00 AM, December 5, 2015. The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

The ceremony is open to the public and access to the USS Texas is free for the ceremony. The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site is located at 3523 Independence Parkway South, La Porte, 77571.

The keynote speaker will be Jill Allen. On December 7, 1941, Jill was 3 years old, and her father, Army Captain Loyd Jost, was a dentist at Tripler Hospital on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Captain Jost and other doctors, dentists, and nurses cared for hundreds of wounded men from the attack damaged ships at Pearl Harbor. Fortunately, none of her family was injured during the attack.

In addition to Texas Commandery Companions, other ceremony participants will be representatives from the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors who will read the names of survivors who have passed in the last two years and will assist in throwing a lei into the water as a memorial to the survivors and those who lost their lives; the Naval Sea Cadets; Sea Scouts; Civil Air Patrol Cadets; the South East Texas Patriot Guard Riders; the Invincible Eagle Band of Liberty, Texas; a Commemorative Air Force flyby (weather permitting); and, a U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard for a gun salute.

The Naval Order of the United States is the oldest American hereditary exclusively naval society. The mission of the Naval Order is to preserve, promote, celebrate, and enjoy our Nation’s sea service history and heritage through commemorating important historical events, supporting the study of naval history, and the preservation of sea service historical artifacts, documents, and monuments.

The early Sunday morning surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy served as the catalyst for the United States entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. Over 2,300 Americans were killed, and more than 1,200 were wounded when over 350 Japanese planes struck U.S. soil. A quote that is often attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, but never verified that he either said it or wrote it down, encapsulated the feelings and mood of the American people following the attack: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

This ceremony pays tribute to both those who perished and those who survived the horrendous attack on Pearl Harbor 74 years ago on December 7, 1941.

Roger Clemens, Willie Robertson, Jennie Finch, Taylor Kitsch and more join Marcus Luttrell at PX3 Patriots Celebrity Softball National Series game


PX3PatriotsHOUSTON Celebrities from across the country come together for the PX3 Patriots Celebrity Softball National Series Game on October 21 at Rice University in Houston.

Willie and Korie Robertson from A&E’s hit TV series “Duck Dynasty” are scheduled to join the Lone Survivor Foundation Warriors, a team of celebrities, and play against the PX3 Patriots, a team of military veterans, including US Navy Seals, US Green Berets, honor recipients, amputee veterans, and wounded warriors.

Willie and Korie will be joining softball Olympic medalist Jennie Finch and seven time Cy Young Award winner, baseball icon Roger Clemens. Lauren Sesselmann, professional soccer player for the Houston Dash and co-producer and host of Fitness Program ‘Fit As A Pro’ will also be playing.

Taylor Kitsch, Lone Survivor actor and costar in Friday Night Lights, will also be on the field, playing alongside Mark “Oz” Geist and John “Tig” Tiegen, co-authors of 13 hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, the book that inspired the upcoming Paramount Pictures film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

Founder and Chairman of the Lone Survivor Foundation, Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL (Ret.) and Navy Cross recipient, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

The event will kick off with a homerun derby at 7:00 p.m. followed by the celebrity softball game at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are available for $10 and reserved field seats are available for $15-30. Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.com.

This will be the inaugural game of a national celebrity softball series hosted by the PX3 Research Foundation to raise funds and awareness of its mission and other military-focused non-profits. Additional event information, including the full team rosters, can be found on the PX3 Patriots webpage, www.px3patriots.org.

For information about the PX3 Foundation, visit www.px3foundation.org.

To learn more about The Lone Survivor Foundation, visit www.lonesurvivorfoundation.org.

Astros Host On-Field Official Army Deployment Ceremony Saturday, July 18

astros-300x250This Saturday, July 18, the Houston Astros and the Astros Foundation are hosting over 300 military members and their families, as they conduct an on-field official deployment ceremony for Texas National Guard 136th Expeditionary Signal Battalion prior to the 6:10 p.m. contest vs. the Texas Rangers.  This marks the first deployment ceremony in Texas to ever take place at a major sporting event.

This deployment will be the first for the 136th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. The soldiers will depart for Fort Hood for another round of training, and then on to Kuwait and six other countries. The Houston-based signal battalion’s mission will be to provide communications capabilities to other deployed units across seven countries, including Kuwait, Jordan, The United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

In addition to the Casing of the Colors on-field ceremony, the soldiers will take part in a mobilization ceremony in Union Station Lobby beginning at 3:00 p.m. The soldiers and their families will also receive tickets to that night’s Astros vs. Rangers game free of charge. This night will mark the last one these soldiers will have with their families before they are deployed for approximately nine months.

Both the Astros vs. Rangers pregame ceremony and 6:10 p.m. contest will be broadcast overseas for our troops on the Armed Forces Network (AFN) with support from ROOT SPORTS and MLB. Fans will not only enjoy another great matchup in the chase for the Silver Boot, but will also be a part of creating a special memory for these soldiers and their families.  For ticket information, please visit astros.com/tickets or call 1-877-9ASTROS.

Saturday’s deployment ceremony is part of the Astros continuing effort to support and honor our nation’s military.

Pet Hub Animal Rescue Collecting Books for Troops

During the month of January, Pet Hub Animal Rescue is collecting gently used paperback books and is sending them to American troops deployed overseas, to military families and veterans’ hospitals located within the United States, as well as USO centers at US Airport transit points. Last year, over 2,000 books were collected for our troops.

Bestsellers, action and spy-novels, murder mysteries, westerns, fantasy and science fiction are the most popular genres requested by our service men and women. Also high on the list are requests for business and investing books, classics, history (especially military history), and current event-oriented non-fiction. The VA hospitals are looking for all kinds of puzzle books. Their favorites are word find and crossword puzzles. Pornography or sexually explicit materials are not accepted and will not be sent to the troops.

Don’t have any books?  We have options for how you can still support our troops.

If you would like to purchase books from Amazon and have the books shipped directly to the troops, you can send an e-mail to nancy@pet-hub-rescue.org . An Amazon wish list will be sent to you. Or if you would like to participate in our project by collecting books, send an e-mail to nancy@pet-hub-rescue.org  for more information

If you would like to “Sponsor A Box,” Pet Hub is also accepting donations to help pay for the postage. It costs approximately $9 to ship a box (15 – 20 books) to our troops overseas. You can write a check to Pet Hub Animal Rescue and in the memo line put Operation Paperback. Mail the check to: Pet Hub Animal Rescue 2800 E Broadway, Suite C PMB 422 Pearland, TX, 77581. All donations are fully tax deductible.

Our service members make sacrifices every day for our country. It takes so little to let them know that we appreciate what they are doing for us.

Pearland Business Collection Sites:

  • Claws and Paws – 2556 Broadway St, Pearland
  • Pearland Animal Hospital – 1601 N. Main St, Pearland
  • Pearland Pet Health Center – 10525 Hughes Ranch Rd, Pearland
  • PETCO – 3265 E. Broadway, Pearland
  • Westside Veterinary Hospital – 6034 Broadway, Pearland
  • Silverlake Animal Hospital – 10015 Broadway, Suite G, Pearland
  • Shadow Creek Veterinary Clinic – 11041 Shadow Creek Parkway Suite 101, Pearland

Bay Area Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony Set for 5/25/13


The Bay Area Veterans Memorial at 1106 2nd Street has been completed in Seabrook. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 25th at 1:00 PM and the public is invited. All branches of our armed services will be honored.

Three Keynote Speakers include: Natalie Bomke, Fox 26 Morning News Anchor; Birney “Chick” Havey, World War II Army hero; and Retired Army Major General Jerry Icenhower. Rick Clapp of Bay Area Houston Magazine will MC.

Veterans’ related organizations like “Help our Military Endure” (HOME), “Wounded Warriors Project” and the “Patriot Guard” will be present. There will also be bagpipes and music by Pee Wee Bowen and Bay Elementary Students. Never to miss a worthwhile cause, the Rotary Club of Seabrook will be there, too, with its cooking team to provide free food and refreshments.

Although the City of Seabrook is donating chairs for the event, a large turnout is expected, so it is suggested to bring your lawn chairs if possible. Golf carts will also be available to transport any handicapped individuals.

Please mark your calendars and bring the whole family! It promises to be a moving tribute.

Special thanks to Bruce and Jenny Arunyon for making this possible.

Thanks to neighbor Nancy K. for the information!

FREE Veterans’ Personal Development Series Offered at Menninger


The Menninger Clinic is offering a free Veterans Personal Development Series, which is based on “The Roadmap to Piece of Mind,” a personal leadership development course designed to meet the unique needs of veterans and their spouses and significant others.

Developed by Michael Cofield Ph.D., ABPP, and Mary Ann Zimmerman, MC, LPC, LISAC, the program is designed to help veterans of the military, reserves and National Guard transition to civilian life following military service.

The series will be available at various times throughout the year:

  • February 13, 20 and 27
  • March 13, 20 and 27
  • April 10, 17 and 24
  • May 8, 15 and 22
  • June 5, 12 and 19

The Series is presented by The Menninger Clinic, with support from MHA HoustonLone Star Veterans AssociationWorklife Institute and the Texas Alliance of Military Women. For more information about the series, click –>HERE<–.

Thanks to MHA Houston for the information