Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thank You Thursday-LAND of The FREE Because of The BRAVE

(I'm going to sell these charms this summer)
This one is my favorite! 

This is why.........

Largest National Guard deployment since WWII

January 5, 2010
St. Augustine’s Major General Douglas Burnett was joined at ceremonies in Ft. Lauderdale by Florida Governor Charlie Crist and United States Representative Ron Klein in hailing the courage and sacrifice of the Florida National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team during today’s deployment ceremony.
St. Johns County Commissioner Mark Miner, who is an Infantry Non-Commissioned Officer on military leave from his elected position and has previously served one tour of duty in Iraq, is part of the 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, being deployed this month in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Today’s ceremony honors the Florida National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, and is the first in a series of company-level and battalion-level deployment ceremonies taking place this week throughout the state.
This morning’s event honored 600 of the nearly 2,500 members of the Florida National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team who are being deployed to Kuwait and Iraq, the largest single-unit deployment of Florida National Guard since World War II.
“Our state and country are safer because of the Florida National Guardsmen and women who proudly defend our freedom alongside the rest of our nation’s military at home and overseas,” said Governor Crist. “Their heroism and honor, as well as that of their families, are examples of the remarkable selflessness in Florida’s long and distinguished history of military service.”
In addition to Fort Lauderdale, deployment ceremonies for the Florida National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team are being held this week in Bartow, Bonifay, Cocoa, Eustis, Hollywood, Lake City, Lakeland, Leesburg, Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, Pinellas Park, Sanford, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach and Winter Haven.
The nearly 2,500 soldiers, many of whom already have combat experience, are deploying for a year-long mission in Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. They will be responsible for various security missions, including providing convoy security for coalition forces entering and departing Iraq. Prior to their deployment, the soldiers will receive additional training at Fort Hood, Texas.
The 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will join the nearly 1,000 Florida National Guard soldiers and airmen federally mobilized in the United States and overseas. Since September 2001, more than 11,000 members of the Florida National Guard have served on federal active duty in support of the ongoing war on terror. Most recently, 432 troops with the 146th Signal Battalion and nearly 70 members of the 256th Medical Company returned home, concluding year-long tours in Iraq.
During his remarks, the Governor expressed his profound gratitude and confidence in Florida’s servicemen and women deployed abroad and at home. He also applauded the families of Florida’s dedicated servicemembers for their selfless contributions to the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans.
The 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team is headquartered in Pinellas Park, with battalions located in Miami, Orlando and Panama City.

Mack is leaving his Dream Girl  for a Year
to serve our Country.  This will be his second deployment to Iraq.

Here is another article from the newspaper.

We are now proudly hanging one of these
in our window.

The tradition of the Blue Star Service Banner dates back to World War I. Mothers of young soldiers hand stitched red, white, and blue flags to hang in their windows as a sign that a loved one had gone to fight in the war. The flag design was simple, a white flag with a red border and a single blue star for each family member in Service. Each flag could hold up to six stars. If a family member unfortunately lost their life in the line of duty, the mother would stitch a gold star over one of the Blue stars to honor her fallen loved one. This tradition was later extended to the wives and families of service men serving during the war. This tradition encountered a huge resurgence in World War II and again during the Korean War. Even during Desert Storm some U.S. ships sent service flags to the families of everyone aboard.

Thanks Mack and Thanks Cheryl Joy!
I am thankful to you both


The Chrissy Herself said...

How big are those charms? I might have to get one :-)

And tell all the wonderful serviceman in your family Thank You. Us Oliverson's have a few of them as well.

Cheryl Joy said...

WE are thankful for YOU!

wendy said...

Oh wow ---such a commitment to our country and I am overwhelmed sometimes when I think of our service men and women and what they go through. I can only imagine. Prayers to your son and his cute little wife.

queensy said...

Thank you from me too. AND I hope you carry those cute charms!

Marci said...

Time for a new post mom :-)!

stblooms said...

AND a BIG thank you for the bottom of my heart!

monstermash said...

You must be so proud!