The press releases are piling up in my inbox because I’ve been too busy to pass the info along. Well, pile no more! Or something like that… here are some of the most interesting press releases I’ve received in the last week or so:
2nd Year for Blue Star Museums
NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the second annual launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.bluestarfam.org/bluestarmuseums.
This year, more than 1,324 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 500 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer.
Patriotic Discover Card design contest
As part of its ongoing support of military families, Discover is offering its fans the opportunity to design a new patriotic-themed Discover card starting Memorial Day, May 30. Fans will vote on submitted designs and ultimately decide the winning card design that will appear on Discover’s patriotic-themed card. To enter the contest, fans must use Discover’s digital drawing tool, “Graffiti” at Facebook.com/Discover and submit by June 12.
For every ten votes received on contest entries and for every submitted design, Discover pledges to make a $1 donation (up to $125,000), to Operation Homefront, an organization that provides assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors. Discover cardmembers and fans will also have the opportunity to donate to Operation Homefront if they choose.
The contest opens for design entry submissions via Facebook.com/Discover beginning Memorial Day (May 30) through June 12. Starting June 13 fans can vote for their favorite card design through June 24, leading up to the winning design announcement on the 4th of July.
Eddie Money donates all proceeds from new song to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
Eddie Money and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund have announced a partnership between the legendary rock star and the not-for-profit organization that supports the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families.
Eddie’s new single, “One More Soldier Coming Home” – which goes on sale on Tuesday, May 24 – is a tribute to our men and women in uniform who have lost their lives while serving the United States. It will be available beginning May 24 at www.eddiemoney.com and through all other major digital distributors, with 100% of the proceeds it generates going directly to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
National Memorial Day Parade
As America approaches the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE will devote a very special segment to remembering the heroes of that day. The parade will also include a tribute to the Special Operations tactical teams that are currently leading the fight in Afghanistan, a commemoration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation, and recognitions of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War II and the 20th anniversary of the Gulf War. Special guests will include musical performers, celebrity veterans and supporters of the military, including Pat Sajak, Gary Sinise, Buzz Aldrin, and Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan. Hosts Major Garrett, Leeann Tweeden and Alyse Zwick will call the action of THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE for Military Channel’s viewers. Additionally school marching bands from across the country and military bands will provide patriotic music throughout the parade as they march through the streets of our nation’s capital.
THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE will air live on Monday, May 30 from 2-4 PM ET on the Military Channel.
Collecting Veteran’s Stories
TogetherWeServed.com (TWS) is the largest military heritage website for U.S. service members to reconnect with lost comrades and record their service as a lasting legacy. While sites like Facebook make headlines, TWS, created by and for service members, is quietly making an invaluable impact. TWS includes profiles of more than 1.2 million veterans and active service members from the Air force, Army, Coastguard, Marines and Navy. With more than 2.5 million photos, the website has one of the largest collections of visual military memoirs in existence.
Veterans can create and share a visual history of their service from boot camp to retirement, including medal ribbons, badges, photos, and stories (see an example here). Families and loved ones can also create Remembrance Profiles of those who fell in combat in Vietnam, the War on Terror (OIF and OEF), or any other conflict. TWS is not only a military site connecting veterans across the United States – it is a living, breathing memorial to our nation’s service members.