I can almost guarantee you that at this very second my mother saw the title of this post and it brought tears to her eyes. She is trying to hold them back right now as she continues to read. The reason is that very statement “No Doubt in My Military Mind” was a phrase utter over and over again by my late step-father (Rick). The two became synonymous with each other. So much so that on his memorial pamphlet and the jacket we created for a memorial CD of photos that very phrase was printed. “No Doubt in My Military Mind”.
This my friends is “The Colonel“. I’m not exactly sure how he got that name, he wasn’t a Colonel in the ranking sense. I’m going to go out on a limb and surmise it was due to his leadership qualities and his no bones about barking out orders. Just do it his way and the world was right. Of course that would be a teenage girls view of her father telling her what to do like it or not. Rick
was is well loved and remembered my many and still missed dearly to this day over six years later. I still smile and laugh when I think of him, his off the wall comments, his wacky faces, and his sometimes tough but undying love for his friends and family.
Why today am I posting about my Rick? Do you see a theme in his memorial photo above and his infamous saying? That would be “military“, and how appropriate today on Veterans day to talk of a military man. Rick was in the military long before I knew him, however it was something that he was extremely proud off. This was something my mother was aware of when we carefully chose items at his memorial to represent the man that had left us way too soon. My mother made a shadow box for both my sister and I one year for Christmas.
On the left is one of Rick’s dog tags and a casing from the gun salute that was preformed at his memorial. On the right a patch and pin from his uniform. In the middle a photo of Rick with of course above him that infamous saying.
During late 1943, the Division’s shoulder patch, a lightning bolt superimposed on a taro leaf, was formally adopted. The taro leaf shape of the shoulder patch reflects the birth of the 25th from elements of the famous Hawaiian Division and is suggestive of the Pacific region where the Division was established, and where it had fought. The bolt of lightning symbolizes speed and aggressive spirit – a trait the Division proved in its battles for the Pacific. The colors of red and gold were those of the late Hawaiian monarchy.
I’m excited to tell you today of all days about an awesome campaign by General Mills “sendCheer“. This campaign is like nothing I’ve seen before and is thoughtful, fun, and being apart of it is important. Supporting our military men and women is important all year round. These individuals are risking their lives and leaving their families to fight for our very own freedom each and every day.
So this fall, Cheerios® and the USO are partnering to send “Cheer” to military families to thank and encourage them for their commitment to our country. Specially marked boxes of Cheerios cereal will feature “Cheer” postcards, which can be cut out and mailed to military families through a partnership with the USO. Even more, for each postcard received, Cheerios will donate $1 to the USO to help support programs for military families. Cheerios has already donated $150,000 and will donate up to an additional $100,000 based upon the number of postcards received by November 30, 2012.
Cheerios invites you to show your appreciation by sending a simple “thank you” using the “Cheer” postcard found on the front of specially marked boxes of Cheerios in stores through mid-November.
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