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    Happy Memorial Day

    Hello !

    Happy Memorial Day !!!

    "Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service."

    I saw this Story on TV/CNN.....did a google.....

    Soldier gives his Purple Heart to N.Y. teen

    "SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A soldier said he gave his Purple Heart to a 13-year-old student who won a contest for writing letters to American troops out of gratitude.
    "It's important what these children do for us in sending these letters," Staff Sgt. Phillip Trackey said after giving away the medal he received for injuries in Iraq. "The letters mean so much to us. So I thought this was a big way of giving something back to them."

    Trackey and a group of fellow Fort Drum soldiers attended a ceremony Thursday at West Genesee Middle School in honor of seventh-grader Fatima Faisal, who was a regional winner in the Letters to the Front contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

    After Faisal received her prizes, Trackey stood and held up his Purple Heart for everyone to see. Then, he pinned it on the girl's blouse.

    Fatima said she didn't know what to say or do.

    "I'm touched. I'm speechless," Fatima said. "This is the sweetest thing ever."

    Her letter was chosen the best out of more than 300 letters written in the age 12-18 category in the central New York region. Faisal wrote, "I give you great respect because you had a choice to join the military and because of your bravery and courage you decided to join."

    She won a T-shirt, a certificate and a $50 savings bond.

    But the Purple Heart was the top prize, Faisal said, adding she hoped to mount it in a frame to hang in her room.

    "When he gave it to her, I was getting chills," said Nadia Faisal, Fatima's mother. "I told her 'Oh my gosh, Fatima. You should treasure it forever.'"

    Trackey, of Glens Falls, said he received the medal for shoulder and head wounds he suffered when a bomb went off near him in Baghdad in January 2005. Trackey said his Purple Heart was just collecting dust at home."


    When I saw the Report on TV.....I got a little choked up ...........

    ***to pay the ultimate sacrifice, fighting for Freedom***

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    Happy Memorial Day!

    The 60 Minutes show last night on amputee US vets from Iraq was both saddening and uplifting. I'm against this war, and it was so sad to see our young people become so tragically affected for the rest of their lives for this.

    Yet, kudos to them, for they made the best out of their fate, doing more physical activity than non-amputees!

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    The Purple Heart Medal

    "The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in, or with, the U.S. military after April 5, 1917.

    The Purple Heart is a heart shaped medal within a Gold border, 1 3/8 inches wide, containing a profile of General George Washington. Above the heart appears a shield of the Washington Coat of Arms (a White shield with two Red bars and three Red stars in chief) between sprays of Green leaves. The reverse (which is shown to the right) consists of a raised Bronze heart with the words "FOR MILITARY MERIT" below the coat of arms and leaves. The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes: 1/8 inch White 67101; 1 1/8 inches Purple 67115; and 1/8 inch White 67101."

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