The objectives of the Marine's Toys for Tots Foundation are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
Missouri Military Memorial Foundation, A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, consists of a group of dedicated volunteers (family & friends of fallen military personnel) raising money to build a memorial for our fallen heroes of Missouri. This will be in downtown St. Louis, Missouri in front of Soldiers Memorial (location has been approved). Join us in creating something beautiful to remember our fallen soldiers, of Missouri, who were Killed in Action or a casualty of War during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or the Desert Storm/Desert Shield Wars.
In the 1920's the Gold Star Mothers created a memorial to honor the fallen soldiers from WWI. A bronze disc was cast for each fallen soldier and placed along Kingshighway in St. Louis, MO. In the 1980's due to the widening of the highway the memorial was destroyed. Members of Rollo-Calcaterra American Legion Post 15 rallied and saved many of the memorial plaques from destruction. Of the original 1,185 plaques, 752 were rescued. A new site for the plaques has been approved at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Construction of the new memorial will begin once sufficient funds have been raised.
UPDATE: We are pleased to announce that the memorial was completed and dedicated on September 30th, 2012 (Gold Star Mothers Day). If you are in the St. Louis area I would highly recommend a visit to the memorial.
The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security.
Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:
Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.
We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.
To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.
Caring for the families of the fallen...
TAPS provides ongoing emotional help, hope, and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of relationship to the deceased, geography, or circumstance of the death. TAPS meets its mission by providing peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma resources.
Snowball Express started in early 2006 with a simple idea: Provide hope and new memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11.
America should honor and pay tribute to the children of those military fallen heroes who have died while honorably serving since 9/11. In December of 2006, nearly 900 family members from all across America and the world gathered in Southern California for an unforgettable holiday gathering. Kids and widows discovered they weren't alone. And they found they weren't forgotten.