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"Memorial Day - Remember Those Who Gave All"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 19 January 2018

Last Updated 19 January 2018



“A warrior is a precious commodity…”

Frank C. Jr. Lieutenant, USMC - Iraq


“What’s at the core is moral courage.
That’s what every warrior possesses…”

Gordon C. Lieutenant Colonel, US Army - Vietnam


“Duty, Honor, Country…”

Dr. John Lenozowaki, Institute of World Politics


 To hear more from “Warriors In Their Own Words,” click here



Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to the nation.  As we move into the Memorial Day Holiday, please take a moment to think about those who have served the nation and, in the process, paid the ultimate sacrifice.


I personally would like to remember all of my friends who have sacrificed and those who have given their lives serving the nation who include Matt August, Josh Byers, Doug Dicenzo, Christopher Johnson, Jaime Leonard, Mark Paine, Eric Paliwoda, Michael MacKinnon, Tommy Schoales, Ian Weikel, and Phil Esposito who the Freedom’s Light Charity Program is dedicated to.


Over the past few years, Memorial Day has changed for me from being overwhelmed with a feeling loss to an awakening of how heroes like those mentioned above remain forever present in our lives. Before launching into my training plan for the Westchester Toughman, I will be joining several friends from Stony Point Dental to compete in the May 31st Spartan Race. Personally, I am very excited about the challenge. It helps me honor those who have passed by recommitting myself to our shared values of being physically fit, mentally tough, and morally straight.


June 2nd begins the DESTINATION TOUGHMAN series of notes. This is when my letters to my daughters and training diary begin.


Lots of ground to cover…

God Bless, 


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Freedom's Light Family of Charities

The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. At Fisher House, no family pays to stay at their facilities. Why? Because a family's love is good medicine…

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Tuesday's Children is a family service organization that has made a long-term commitment to every individual who was directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. Their broad range of core programs and services are designed for those that lost a loved one on 9/11 as well as Rescue and Recovery Workers and Responders. Their successful international program, Project Common Bond, reaches out to young adults around the world and establishes a global community dedicated to working together to heal, collaborate, and educate.

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The mission of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in combat or training.  By providing college scholarships and long-term educational counseling to these children, we honor the lives of those who have sacrificed for our country by ensuring the success of those they loved.

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Hundreds of thousands of military personnel are serving in far-off places defending the liberties we hold so dear - away from their families, friends, and the comforts of home.  In 2003, the USO discovered the changing needs of those thousands of deploying troops.  Understanding the impact that the little things can have and difference they can make, the USO launched Operation USO Care Package providing comforts of home in the form of a care package.  For as little as $25.00 you can send a care package letting a service member know that you care.

To send a care package to the troops, click here

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) supports military members seriously injured in combat with the recovery and reintegration process. From Health and Wellness to their "Warriors to Work" programs, WWP is focused on strengthening individuals holistically and fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.

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