Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Scotsman Brian Foster Launches World's Biggest War Memorial on Internet

Heather Greenaway writes in the Daily

 "From the lost soldiers of Vietnam to US troops who died in Afghanistan, the online roll of honour created by Scots engineer Brian Foster has been opened for the first time for the public to see.

The dad-of-three, who now lives in Los Angeles, said: “We launched the roll of honour to remember the fallen in all the wars. We wanted to create a virtual memorial that brings the past into the present.

“It’s free to use and anyone around the world can log on and find out America’s heroes who are gone but not forgotten. It also gives the friends and families who have lost loved ones the chance to share their memories.

The site, which can only be accessed by members of the military, has brought together veterans of campaigns including World War II, Vietnam, Korea, the Gulf and ­Afghanistan. The pioneering website has become one of the world’s largest military archives, with 1.3million servicemen posting more than 2.5million photos and detailed accounts of some of history’s biggest battles."

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Veterans Exhibit at Niles Historical Society

The Niles Historical Society is located at 8970 N.  Milwaukee Avenue in Niles, just south of  Ballard on the west side of the street in a handsome building, formerly a Cook County Sheriff's building. The museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Programs are usually held on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2-4pm. The society can be reached at 847-390-0160 and
The impressive display was organized and mounted by President Walter Beusse, LaVerne and Jim Kozak, and Doris Gottschalk. The display case in the center spotlights some of the museum's most notable military artifacts and include a gun powder flask from 1860, a U.S Flag that was flown onboard the LST 710 during the WWII invasion of Luzon and Manila, and a nurse's uniform.   

Monday, June 11, 2012

Lowe's offers everyday discount for military personnel

Illinois Amvets March issue carried this noteworthy item on page 7:

 Lowe's established the 10% Military Discount to support the men and women who are currently serving our country in the Armed Services 1 and to honor Retired Veterans and VA Recipients.2 This 10% discount is also extended to the immediate family3 of those who are currently serving, Retired Veterans, or VA Recipients.

To qualify for the Everyday 10% Military Discount, you must:

Be currently serving in, or retired from, a qualifying branch of the Armed Services, or be the immediate family member of someone who is and have a valid military ID Card.
Be a veteran who receives VA benefits and have a valid Veteran Identification Card (VIC).

We honor all Veterans on three specific holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day. During these three holiday weekends, we extend the discount to all veterans who served honorably and who present a valid Form DD214 or other proof of service. The Lowe’s Military Discount is extended to the Veteran community on these three holidays only.

The Military Discount must be used on personal purchases only and cannot be used for purchases, previous sales, or the purchase of gift cards or services including product installations. It cannot be combined with the Lowe’s Price Guarantee, or promotions such as "Spend and Get," "New Mover," "Project Starter," "Your Choice," or discounts such as Quote Support Program (QSP) quotes.

1 Armed Services — US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard, or the National Guard and who are in active, reserve, or retired status.

2 Retired Veterans and VA Recipients — Veterans who have retired after 20 years of service and/or those who receive VA Benefits

3 Immediate Family — Spouses and/or dependent children (up to 18 years old.)