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July 2018

Archive | July, 2018

The Dog Days of Summer

By | In the News

Dear Friends,

 

With the 4th of July behind us, each day becomes a little shorter, each night a little cooler and each passing week is a reminder that summer is almost gone. We don’t always equate August with Patriotisim as we’re more focused on back to school shopping or finishing that great summer reading list that we never started, but August holds two very important dates in our nation’s history.

 

On August 4th, the U.S. Coast Guard will celebrate its’ 228th birthday.  Here in Maine, the U.S. Coast Guard has been safeguarding our maritime interests and protecting our mariniers since 1790. The smallest of the five military branches, since its inception the USCG has aided in major military operations including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Coast Guard is truly unique in its mission. It is a critical component that is not only dedicated to the safety of life here at home, but also to the success of our national security strategy. Next time you see that cutter out on Casco Bay remember to give’em a wave and thank them for their service.

 

On August 7th, the nation will commemorate the creation of the Purple Heart Medal. Created by General Washington in 1782, it was initially called the Badge of Military Merit. Only a handful of these were awarded, and following the American Revolution. In 1932, to honor the bicentennial of General Washington’s birth, the Purple Heart was created and bestowed upon soldiers who had been wounded during the first World War.

 

My Great-Grandfather, Ralph, was one of the original recipients of the Purple Heart after he was wounded twice during his service in the First World War. His name is engraved on the back of the award and it sits prominently on my desk at home. One story from our family lore is when one of Ralph’s children asked him about the large scar on his shoulder, he responded, “I zigged when I should have zagged.”  This was typical of the dry wit and humility that many of our Veterans embrace.

 

While the summer is winding down, I hope that you find time to pause in recognition of the service and sacrifice of our Veterans. Please go to www.vetscount.org/maine to learn how you can help us Easterseals provide critical support to Veterans in our community.

 

Joe Reagan

Senior Director of Development

Easterseals Maine

Independence Day Letter

By | In the News

Dear Friends,

Happy Independence Day! This July 4th, as we celebrate our great country and all that makes us proud to be Americans it is important to reflect on our nation’s history and those who have been called upon to preserve our independence.

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress unanimously adopted a declaration announcing that the 13 colonies would regard themselves as sovereign states. John Adams said of the occasion that “it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more”. And so for the last 241 years we have honored Adams’ vision and have come together on the anniversary of our independence to celebrate the American dream.

Near the conclusion of the Civil War during his second inaugural address, President Lincoln affirmed our moral obligation as a nation to ensure that those who served us in uniform. His words, “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan” became the motto for the Veterans Administration and they should be a call to action for all of us.

Maine has one of the highest per-capita populations of Veterans in the country – so each of us has a deeply personal connection to the men and women who serve our country. Our service members and Veterans defended our freedom. When they return home, it is our duty as grateful citizens to care for them. With help from our generous donors, Easterseals Maine and Veterans Count have provided care to almost 1,500 Veterans across the state of Maine.

Please visit www.vetscount.org/maine to learn how you can help support a Veteran in need. Happy Independence Day!

Joe Reagan
Senior Director of Development
Easterseals Maine

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