Commander Larry Emery at the Induction
ceremony the Ohio Military Hall of Fame
For Valor. May 5, 2017
Her hair was up in a pony tail,
Her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy’s Day at school,
And she couldn’t wait to go.
But her mommy tried to tell her,
That she probably should stay home;
Why the kids might not understand,
If she went to school alone.
But she was not afraid;
She knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
Of why he wasn’t there today.
But still her mother worried,
For her to face this day alone.
And that was why, once again,
She tried to keep her daughter home.
But the little girl went to school,
Eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees, a dad
Who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in
Back, for everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
Anxious in their seat.
One by one the teacher called
On a student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
As seconds slowly passed.
At last the teacher called her name,
Every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching,
A man who wasn’t there.
“Where’s her daddy at?”
She heard a boy call out.
“She probably doesn’t have one,”
Another student dared to shout.
And from somewhere near the back,
She heard a daddy say,
“Looks like another deadbeat dad,
Too busy to waste his day.”
The words did not offend her,
As she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher, who
Told her to go on..
And with hands behind her back,
Slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
Came words incredibly unique.
“My Daddy couldn’t be here,
Because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be,
Since this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know
All about my daddy,
And how much he loves me so.
He loved to tell me stories,
He taught me to ride my bike;
He surprised me with pink roses,
And taught me to fly a kite.
We used to share fudge sundaes,
And ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him.
I’m not standing here alone.
‘Cause my daddy’s always with me,
Even though we are apart;
I know because he told me,
He’ll forever be in my heart”
With that, her little hand reached up,
And lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,
Beneath her favorite dress.
And from somewhere there in the crowd of dads,
Her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
Who was wise beyond her years.
For she stood up for the love
Of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
Doing what was a right.
And when she dropped her hand back
Down, staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
But its message clear and loud.
“I love my daddy very much,
he’s my shining star.
And if he could, he’d be here,
But heaven’s just too far.
You see he is an American Soldier
And he died just this past year,,
When a roadside bomb hit his convoy
And taught Americans to fear.
But sometimes when I close my eyes,
it’s like he never went away.”
And then she closed her eyes,
And saw him there that day.
And to her mother’s amazement,
She witnessed with surprise,
A room full of daddies and children,
All starting to close their eyes.
Who knows what they saw before them;
Who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
They saw him at her side.
“I know you’re with me Daddy,”
to the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers,
of those once filled with doubt.
Not one in that room could explain it,
for each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.
And a child was blessed, if only for
a moment, by the love of her shining star.
And given the gift of believing,
that heaven is never too far.
Take the time….to live and love.
There must be many children in the same boat as this little girl, thanks to our servicemen and their families for the sacrifice they are making to keep our country free.
The ULTIMATE sacrifice is being left behind. Don’t forget them.PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS!!!
We need the names of anyone that is a member of this Chapter, That are sick or shut-in so we can call, send a card or visit them. Please call this information to either the Commander (330-605-1794) or to Chaplain Edmond Fast phone nbr 330-472-9068 Thank You…
Heads up on the opportunities at Amazon. They reached out because they are really interested in hiring veterans. Fantastic news.
Amazon seeks to hire thousands for new Etna facility!!!!!
Wages range from $8.10 per hour to $79,976.00 per year, so if you need a job or know another Veteran that might be looking, Please give me a call for more information. Larry Emery 330-494-1914
Anyone looking for jobs, in the Canton, Akron or Columbus area, PLEASE contact Commander Larry Emery PH# 330-605-1794 for details….
December 18, 2015
A great christmas poem to Share…ENJOY
Christmas is a time for homecoming, For being with loved ones at home, But being a soldier means putting yourCountry before yourself So, as you spend Christmas away from us, We want you to know, You are always in our thoughts !!!!!
November 6, 2015
Today I just want to honor our service members, members of chapter #699 Military Order of The Purple Heart, and to remember the sacrifices they have made and the courage it takes to defend honor, duty, and country.
The writer Michel de Montaigne once said, “Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”
Today I want to honor all of our heroes, and by that I mean ALL THOSE who have served our great Nation, to remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication, and to say thank you for their sacrifices. Thinking of the heroes who make up Chapter #699 M.O.P.H. and those who are among us only in spirit, a person can’t help but feel awed by the enormity of what we encounter. Thank you for answering the call to duty. You have made our armed forces the most respected in the world.
My thanks also goes out to all the wives and children of the men in the Chapter and I know that some have lived through difficult times and often taken the heavy load to keep the home fires burning. Thank you for sharing your husband or loved one with us as we attend meetings and Chapter functions to try to help our fellow Veterans that are less fortunate. Thank all of you for making our homes a place where we feel safe and secure. Thank you for all you’ve done and for what you continue to do for us..
The members of our Chapter and the members of our Armed Services today came from all walks of life, but they shared several fundamental qualities. They possessed courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity – all the qualities needed to serve a cause larger than one’s self.
Many of them didn’t ask to leave their homes to fight on distant battlefields. Many didn’t even volunteer. They didn’t go to war because they loved fighting. They were called to be part of something bigger than themselves. They were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways in extreme times. They rose to the nation’s call because they wanted to protect a nation which has given them, and us, so much.
Since the first shots at Lexington and Concord were fired and our Revolutionary War began, American men and women have been answering the nation’s call to duty.
Millions of Americans have fought and died on battlefields here and abroad to defend our freedoms and way of life. Today our troops continue to make the ultimate sacrifices, and even as we lose troops, more Americans step forward to say, I’m ready to serve. They follow in the footsteps of generations of fine Americans.
Veteran’s day, originally called Armistice Day, was originally designated as a day to celebrate the end of World War I. The first World War ended November 11, 1918 and the legislation that created Veteran’s Day was, and I quote, “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.”
As time went on and we engaged in further conflicts during World War II and Korea, veterans’ groups lobbied for a change. Rather than honoring the armistice and only those who served in World War I, the holiday would now honor all veterans from every war and conflict the United States had encountered. We’ve honored our troops and their service and sacrifice ever since.
We have awarded medals to many soldiers, we have added their names to monuments plaques and benches and named buildings for them, to honor them for their bravery. But nothing can ever replace the void left behind by a fallen service member, and no number of medals and ribbons can comfort the ones left behind or fill that void.
Today, and for the next week or so, people throughout the country will gather together to remember, to honor, and to pay gratitude to those who have served our country. Our gathering is just one small spark in the flame of pride that burns across the nation today and every day. It’s not a lot, but it’s one small way we can honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in freedom.
So as we gather together and as we mingle with others all across America, it is a tribute to those lost troops and to their Families. It is a way to say we remember. From the Soldiers who shivered and starved through the winter at Valley Forge to the doughboys crouched in the muddy trenches of France to the platoon who patrolled the hazy jungles of Vietnam and the young man or woman patrolling the mountains of Afghanistan, we remember and honor them all.
Thank you for all you have done and for your future service. God bless you and your families, God bless our troops and God bless America.
Military Order of The Purple Heart
This is about the Purple Heart Stamp. One of the
Postmasters said that the stamp was no longer going to be printed and available. I checked with Carl Price and he sent me the followinginformation:
The Purple Heart forever stamp is being reprinted (no redesigned) now.
The newly printed stamps are available now. They
have them in stock at the local post office. The Purple Heart Stamp will continue to be a forever stamp and is one of their most popular stamps.
Hopefully, everyone will remember to ask for the Purple Heart Stamps and keep this in the forfront.
CLEVELAND VA REGIONAL OFFICE * QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER * OCTOBER 2015 EDITION
What a year it has been! As I recently celebrated my first anniversary as Di-rector of the Cleveland VA Regional Office (RO), I am pleased with the pro-gress our office has made! Together our employees, with the help of our stakeholders, have served more Veter-ans, their families, and Survivors in more meaningful ways this year.
In fiscal year 2015, we completed over 38,900 rating related disability claims, a record-breaking achievement. Overall, the Cleveland RO also reduced the av-erage days pending for Ohio Veterans’ claims, and we have maintained rating related claims accuracy during this fis-cal year. All of these accomplishments were focused on improving our service to Veterans.
But, accomplishments in our claims are-na are just one facet of our success. In our Regional Loan Center (RLC), we pro-cessed the RO’s very first Native Ameri-can Direct Loan to a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in New York State, increasing access to VA benefits and making homeownership a reality for
more Americans. Also, our RLC’s Fore-closure Avoidance Program, whereby disability claims are expedited for those Veterans facing financial hardship and foreclosure on a VA guaranteed home loan, has helped 33 Veterans stay in their homes.
Our Vocational Rehabilitation and Em-ployment Division also exceeded its goal by rehabilitating 146 Veterans this year. And our National Call Center has hired 27 new call agents, enabling it to increase monthly calls answered by 51.7 percent in a three-month window.
And, all of this could not be possible without the “behind the scenes” efforts of our Support Services and Human Resources Management Divisions, who keep our operations running and meet the needs of one of the most diverse and excellent workforces in all of gov-ernment!
I am grateful to our stakeholders for also helping us to achieve such mile-stones. Meeting with you, whether at Congressional Roundtables throughout
the state or at quarterly National Ser-vice Officer breakfasts, has helped me “learn the ropes” of directing one of the largest ROs in the nation.
As we enter a new fiscal year, we have challenges ahead. But, together we will address them and ensure that our Vet-erans, their family members, and Survi-vors receive world class customer ser-vice from the Cleveland RO. They de-serve nothing less!
from Tony Milons, Cleveland Regional Office Director
(An article of interest from the newsletter)