| Dear Fellow Patriot, |
You probably best know me as a football coach, most notably as Notre Dame’s football coach for eight years. In fact, I was the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games.
I am very proud of my career as a coach, but my military service is often overlooked. Like my father before me, I am proud to have had the wonderful opportunity to serve in our military. During WWII, my father was at Midway, Iwo Jima, and all the major battles in the Pacific.
My father didn’t like to talk about his service, and it was only later in life when I learned about his time at war, but that was his duty.
Duty was one reason why I served as an Army Field Artillery Officer. My time in the military provided me with many learning experiences and instilled lessons that I have passed on to my players during my 44 years as a coach.
I love getting the opportunity to meet our military service members. I do this because of the sacrifice THEY are making and its fun because they don’t keep score. You and I can live a free life and have freedom of choices and sleep safely and not worry about our families because of the sacrifices our armed services make.
I love this country. I love our way of life and I love our freedom. But we must have brave men and woman who are willing to defend it. We MUST honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.
This is one reason why I’m excited to help out the American Veterans Center’s National Memorial Day Parade. In fact, I’ve already made a gift to help support the parade this year, and I hope you will too.
It was a great honor for me to be asked to serve as a Marshal in this year’s Parade. I am looking forward to honoring the memory of those who have made the supreme sacrifice in the service of our country.
This is unlike any other parade you will ever see – it is the largest Memorial Day Parade in the country! More than 300,000 people line Constitution Ave. in Washington, D.C. to watch the Parade and it is televised to 100 million homes around the country.
However, the National Memorial Day Parade must pay nearly $100,000 in security and permit fees to Washington, D.C. and the federal governments. Total costs exceed half-million dollars.
Lack of funding and exorbitant fees are two of main reasons this will be likely be the last year for Rolling Thunder, the largest one-day event in the world.
It’s a tough hill to climb for the good folks at the National Memorial Day Parade. Jim Roberts and his VERY small staff are trying their best to ensure this important event continues.
I hope you might consider a gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more to ensure the Parade goes on.
There are 5,000 people marching in the Parade and nearly all of them are marching for a military service member they know or loved that they lost. Those loved ones are not ordinary and we as a nation must always remember them.
You can help make sure they have the opportunity to honor their friends and family who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation by sponsoring them today!
I hope you’ll help make sure the National Memorial Day Parade is a tradition that lives on in our nation’s capital, and they can make this year – the 15th annual parade – the best year ever!
P.S. No matter the size of your gift whether it’s $10, $100, or even $5,000 (the cost to sponsor a military vehicle in the parade), every dollar helps us. Please chip in $10 or more to help the National Memorial Day Parade!
The mission of the American Veterans Center and the World War II Veterans Committee is to preserve and promote the legacy and experiences of America’s veterans and active duty service personnel from World War II through today. A non-profit educational organization, the AVC and WWIIVC are funded solely through generous contributions from people like you. The AVC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.
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