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Project Valour-IT: We need your help; A birthday present for the Marines; Happy Veterans’ Day

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 9, 2007 09:41 AM

Update 11/11 9:00pm Eastern. The Project Valour-IT fundraiser has been extended for one more day. Please help.

Update 11/11 825pm Eastern. Milblogger Jonn L. has video of the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington.

Update 11/11. Happy Veterans Day to all who have served our great nation.

Learn about the heroism of First Lt. Walter B. Jackson, the seventh Soldier since the Vietnam War ended in 1975 to receive the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action

Remembrance at Mudville Gazette.

Update 11/10: Today is the Marines birthday–a great day to contribute to Project Valour-IT on behalf of the Marines team. Donate here.

Here’s General Lejeune’s message to the Marines:

On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thousand men have borne the name Marine. In memory of them, it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

The record of our Corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. During 90 of the 146 years of it’s existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the nations foes. From the battle of Trenton to the Argonne. Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our Corps Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term Marine has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the Corps. With it we also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our Corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of the Sea” since the founding of the Corps.

Herschel Smith at Captain’s Journal pays tribute.

And a tribute video on YouTube:

The commandant’s message:

SINCE THE BIRTH OF OUR NATION, OUR LIBERTY HAS BEEN PURCHASED BY VALIANT MEN AND WOMEN OF DEEP CONVICTION, GREAT COURAGE, AND BOLD ACTION; THE COST HAS OFTEN BEEN IN BLOOD AND TREMENDOUS SACRIFICE. AS AMERICAS SENTINELS OF FREEDOM, UNITED STATES MARINES ARE COUNTED AMONG THE FINEST LEGIONS IN THE CHRONICLES OF WAR. SINCE 1775, MARINES HAVE MARCHED BOLDLY TO THE SOUNDS OF THE GUNS AND HAVE FOUGHT FIERCELY AND HONORABLY TO DEFEAT THE SCOURGE OF TYRANNY AND TERROR. WE ARE MARINES – THAT IS WHAT WE DO.

2. IN THE WORDS OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY: “IN THE LONG HISTORY OF THE WORLD, ONLY A FEW GENERATIONS HAVE BEEN GRANTED THE ROLE OF DEFENDING FREEDOM IN ITS HOUR OF MAXIMUM DANGER.” MAGNIFICENT HEROES FOUGHT IN THE WHEAT FIELDS OF BELLEAU WOOD, IN THE SNOWS OF THE CHOSIN, AND ON THE STREETS OF HUE CITY. YOUR GENERATION BEARS THIS OBLIGATION NOW, AND IT IS BORNE ON MIGHTY AND CAPABLE SHOULDERS. JUST LIKE THE MARINES AT BELLEAU WOOD – WE ARE ONCE AGAIN ENGAGED IN SUSTAINED OPERATIONS ASHORE. JUST LIKE AT BELLEAU WOOD – THE MARINES HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE TOUGHEST SECTOR AND HAVE PREVAILED OVER A RESILIENT AND DETERMINED ENEMY – WHO HAS MADE US PAY FOR OUR GAINS. ONCE AGAIN, AS IN ANY STRUGGLE, THE ROAD AHEAD IS FAR FROM CERTAIN, BUT AS MARINES, WE ARE NOT DISSUADED BY THE CHALLENGES OF WAR OR THE TOUGH CONDITIONS OF A WARRIOR’S LIFE. INDEED, WE DON’T JUST ACCEPT OUR DESTINY – WE SHAPE IT.

3. ON OUR 232ND BIRTHDAY, TO EVERY MARINE – THOSE STILL IN UNIFORM AND THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED HONORABLY IN THE PAST – BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO. KNOW THAT YOUR CITIZENSHIP DUES HAVE BEEN PAID IN FULL; YOU ARE PART OF THIS NATION’S ELITE WARRIOR CLASS. CHERISH OUR FAMILIES WHO OFFER MARVELOUS SUPPORT, ABIDING RESOLVE, AND STEADFAST PATIENCE. REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED AND THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN – THEIR NAMES ARE CHISELED ON THE ROLL CALL OF AMERICA’S HEROES. THOSE WHO HAVE CARRIED THE BATTLE COLORS OF OUR CORPS HAVE FORGED OUR HERITAGE, AND TODAY’S GENERATION OF LEATHERNECKS CHART OUR FUTURE. CARRY THE COLORS WITH PRIDE; CARRY THEM WITH HONOR.

4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARINES! SEMPER FIDELIS, JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS//

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On Oct. 29, Oct. 30, and Nov. 3, I asked for your help with Project Valour-IT, the annual fund-raiser to provide voice-activated laptops to disabled troops. The organizers at Soldiers’ Angels tell me that six liberal blogs have risen to the challenge and joined the effort and/or chipped in. As promised, I’ll chip in $50 to match each of those blogs in addition to my regular donation.

The good news is that our Marine team is in second place, having raised more than $14,500 so far. But each of the individual team goals is $60,000. We still have a lot of work to do.

I don’t ask a lot of readers. But please dig deep as we head into Veterans Day weekend. Do your part. Put your money where your mouths and hearts are. The fund-raiser ends Sunday.

Donate here.

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Related: A message from the NRSC to veterans…

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Congrats to Soldiers’ Angels founder Patti Patton-Bader, great-niece of General George Patton, who just won a Microsoft Above and Beyond Effort Award for her nonprofit work for the troops:

When Patti’s son Brandon was deployed to Iraq, she began sending daily care packages to him.

Soon she was recruiting friends and family to send packages to the troops, which eventually led to her start a nonprofit, “Soldier Angels,” (www.soldiersangels.org) in 2003. Since then, the group’s 100,000 members have sent tens of thousands of care packages and hundreds of thousands of letters to make sure no soldier is forgotten while serving.

The great-niece of General George Patton, Patti’s commitment to supporting the troops runs deep. Volunteers who adopt a soldier through her program must commit to sending one card or letter each week and at least one or two care packages a month. Soldiers Angels not only helps the deployed, but also assists their families, veteran’s hospitals and nursing homes. The web site enables “Angels” to post and respond to specific requests (i.e., a service member needs help covering funeral expenses for her father, or help with medical bills). The group has spun off a number of programs. Among them is Operation Outreach, which provides moral and material support for military families, including providing gifts for birthdays and the holidays, support for wives expecting babies, and connecting local military families for peer support groups or as “e-pals.”

Another group, the Sewing Team, sews “Blankets of Hope,” scarves, mittens and booties for wounded soldiers. And Project Valour-IT provides voice-controlled software and laptop computers to wounded troops recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations at military hospitals. Patti’s leadership makes this all possible. She not only oversees this sprawling operation, she drives it forward with her passion, her gratitude and encouragement.

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