INDEPENDENCE DAY 2012

“….the (fourth) day of July 1776 will be the most memborable Epocha in the history of America.  I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great Anniversary Festival.  It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and  parade with shews, games, sports, guns, bells,  bonfires, and illuminations from end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more. 

 

“You will think me transported with enthusiasm but I am not.  I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.  Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory.  I can see that the end is more than worth all the means.  And that posterity will triumph in that days transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.” 

 

-         letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams dated July 3, 1776.  Abigail Adams died on October 28, 1818.  John Adams joined his wife on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the American independence they had labored so long together - and apart - to create. 

 

God Bless America….celebrate Independence Day as our forefathers would want us to….and never forget the price of freedom. 

 


 

Hello!!!

 

I wanted to let everyone know how we did on the 2nd annual ‘Cookies for Camouflage’ caign held at American Legion Post 80 on Sunday 11/27 (thank you Post 80 for the use of the hall and your generous hospitality!!):  17 recipients, including Corporal Greg Caron of Ellington whose boxes were mailed to Walter Reed, 52 boxes of cookies, tons of volunteers, and 551 pounds of cookies!!!  Thank you everyone!!! 

 

Wreaths Across America (www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org) is coming to Enfield twice this month, allowing everyone le access to this wonderful program. 


First, on Tuesday December 6th at 9AM, one of the trucks carrying +/-4500 wreaths bound for Arlington National Cemetery will make its way through Enfield (what an honor!!) in one of only four stops in the entire state of Connecticut.  They will come thru town with Enfield Police and Enfield Fire escort, and I will post the route below.  Several schools along the route are sending their students and staff roadside to cheer them on as they go by, and I would encourage anyone and everyone possible to go out along the route and be a part of this great program.  The truck and its escort will stop at Parkman Elementary School for a special assembly that the kids have worked very hard on, and then they will be back on the road within the hour to head to their next location.  I’ll send and post photos as they become available; E-TV will be covering the event so watch your televisions and computers to catch this amazing day. 

 

Second, on Saturday 12/10 at noon, Enfield will host its fourth Wreaths Across America ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 5 (across from Namco).  Several speakers are lined up and we are expecting a good number of wreaths that were sponsored, so please join us for this very moving ceremony as we honor and thank our veterans for their service to our country.  

 

Thank you everyone for your generosity that you show every day to our veterans and active duty military…Enfield is a truly amazing town!!!

 

Lori

 

 

The WAA truck on 12/6 will take the following route: 

 

Route 5 south beginning at 9AM at x49

Left onto Post Office Road

Right onto Simon Road

Right onto Weymouth Road to Parkman Elementary School for a 915am assembly

 

At the conclusion of the school program, they will head up Weymouth Road to pick up x46 onto I91 South off of Enfield Street

 

 

 


 

Veteran’s Day 2011

 

It warms my heart so much to pop online to the various sites and see all the tributes to Veterans that have been posted in the 48 hours leading to today; there were some surprises - folks there we perhaps didn’t know about, and others we happily speak to on a daily basis.  It reminds me that there are so, so many Veterans who go unrecognized, unnoticed, either by their choice or society’s…and I am grateful for days such as today that remind us to stop and say ‘thank you’ for all they have done. 

 

I usually try to find something online, a quote, a phrase, to share in these  emails on certain important holidays…and this one is no different, though in some ways it is.  In my snooping online I came across something that carries a message with it that, while intended to be private and personal, can stop us for a moment and make us reflect on our own lives, even if we are strangers.   There’s a back story to what I’m going to post below, and while it is reflective of our current war, the comments are timeless, and I can imagine that these same sentiments have been put to paper before; perhaps with different words, but always with the same heart and intent, as it represents what we as individuals have felt with any loss, at any time in history, in any war.  What you are about to read was written by a woman named Sandra Bixler.  Sandra is the twin sister of Corporal Stephen Bixler, who was killed in Iraq on the 4th of May, 2006, at the age of twenty.  Sandra has graciously granted me permission to re-print her personal note here; I believe that there is a message in it that transcends time, and reminds all of us of what Veterans Day is all about.

 

You all know that I am not really a touchy-feely sort of person, but let me say this once and then we can all go back to letting me watch Die Hard and trying to liberate Kit Kat bars from the vending machine in Building A. Life has been tough these past couple of years without my brother here. I never in a million years expected my life would turn out like this. But I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by special, loving, kind people. You are all the reason I can do this. You are my support network, when life seems too much to handle. So thank you from the bottom of my heart:

For my parents, who never let me sit around and feel sorry for myself, who have taught me to be strong and self-sufficient, and who do everything in their power to make sure the memory of my brother and all of our lost heroes never die.

For my family, who have stuck together for good or bad, for better or worse, no matter what happens and who are my cheerleading squad, no matter what crazy idea I decide to do next.

For our town, who put away all their differences and came together as a united front, so we wouldn't have to stand alone. No matter where I go in life, no town will ever measure up to you.

For my UConn crew, who no matter where we've all ended up, across all the miles, still make sure I know how much they care

For the pancake breakfast crew and my brother's friends, who have become like brothers and who are a testament to the fact that my brother always chose to surround himself with only the best people

For my USUHS clan, who have become my family away from home and who put a smile on my face and keep me sane each and every day

For my USMC family, who continue to embrace us as their own and remind us what the meaning of brotherhood and sacrifice are

And most of all, thank you to my brother, who taught me how to always do the right thing, no matter how tough it is, that anyone can accomplish anything they set their mind to, and that some things in life are worth giving up everything for. I am so proud of you. You and I will see each other again one day, and it will be like nothing ever changed.


…indeed, some things in life are worth giving up everything for…and for hundreds of years, many have done just that.  Today is the day that we thank and acknowledge those who have fought to preserve our freedoms and our liberties, and pay our respects to those who have given their lives doing so.

 

Thank you, Veterans.

 

-Lori


 

October 2011

Hello everyone! 

That time of year is here- the crazy busy time (at least in my house).  

A few things are coming up, so I’ll try to put them into chronological order here: 

 

Sunday October 23, 2011 from 10am to 2pm Enfield Hooah will be sitting outside Shoprite in Enfield, raising awareness, getting cards signed for our deployed service members, and collecting donations.  If you happen to be out and about, please stop by and say hello!!  

Tuesday October 25, 2011 is your last day to register to vote by mail; the last day to register in person is November 1st at Enfield Town Hall.  Absentee ballots can be received by mail at the Town Clerk’s office until Election Day, November 8th.  No excuses- go to the link below to get further details and be an active voice in our community:

http://enfield-ct.gov/content/91/112/default.aspx

 

Enfield Hooah’s 2nd annual “Cookies for Camouflage” will take place on Sunday November 27th from 11am to 3pm at the American Legion (Post 80) Hall, 566 Enfield Street.  Last year we had the hall for two hours and collected 346 pounds of baked goods for our troops; this year we have four hours.  Let’s see what we can do with that amount of time!!  If someone you know with ties to Enfield is deployed during this holiday season, please consider adding them to the cookie drive (or the care package program in general).  If you have questions, please email me, or refer family and friends to the www.EnfieldHooah.org site where they can learn more about the care package support program. 

 

On December 10, 2011 at noon Enfield will host it’s fourth annual “Wreaths Across America” (www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org) ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 5 (across from Namco).  This is the 20th anniversary of the WAA’s mission to say thanks to each and every veteran, and for the first time they have been given permission to lay wreaths on all 220,000 veteran graves in Arlington, and the theme for 2011 is “Giving Them The Christmas They Never Had”.  Several local non-profit organizations have registered with the WAA for the fundraising program, where using the group’s code not only gets your purchased wreath to our cemetery, but also sends $5 from every wreath back into the community.  The list of group ID#s is below (please remember to utilize the cemetery code of CTSPCE for the wreath to go to Enfield’s cemetery:

Parkman Elementary School :   CTEHPPTO430

CT DAR CTDAR007

Enfield Street School:   CTESSPTO01

Enfield Food ShelfCTEFS1111

Hazardville Memorial SchoolCTHMSPTO01

American Legion Post 80CTAMLEG80

 

….more exciting news regarding Wreaths Across America:  if you have ever been on Youtube and seen the videos of the convoy that heads from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery each year, you know it’s a big deal to the towns that they stop in.  Well…..Enfield has been chosen as one of two towns in the entire state of Connecticut as a stopping point for one of these trucks, carrying 4500 wreaths bound for Arlington.  Parkman Elementary School has graciously agreed to host these amazing  people who bring gifts of thanks to the hallowed grounds of Arlington; more details on the date, time, and route they will take will be coming in the next few weeks.  This is truly an honor for our town and I hope that we can show our gratitude by lining the streets in support of their mission.  Here are two videos showing stops previously made by the WAA for reference:  http://youtu.be/fwcyKSvXYL8  http://youtu.be/0D3hXttdigU

 

 

 


 

September 2011

Hello everyone!!! 

So much for getting the September edition of “Hooah Happenings” out on the first of the month….like every other parent of back-to-school kids, I’m running around like crazy.  Forgive my delay. 

September has many exciting things happening here in Enfield, so I’ll start with the timeline of events: 

 On September 11th, the Town of Enfield will hold its annual memorial ceremony at the Weymouth Road Fire Station, beginning with a parade at 9AM (the parade begins at the Golden Gavel Auction and proceeds to Steele Road, ending at the firehouse on Weymouth Road).  This year is not only the tenth anniversary of that tragic day, but Enfield is the honored recipient (through the diligence of many) of two steel beams from the World Trade Center, which will be dedicated as part of the ceremony that morning.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Also on September 11th, Cornerstone Church (Greg Stokes, Pastor, East Windsor) will be closing their 10:30am service with a special offering for the benefit of Enfield Hooah so that we can continue to support more deployed soldiers with ties to Enfield as well as veterans here at home.  Thank you, Greg, and the members of Cornerstone Church for this wonderfully generous support.

 On Saturday September 17th, American Legion Post 80 (566 Enfield Street, Enfield) will host “the Patriot Brass Band” in a Concert of Thanks for Veterans and Gold Star Families.  This event is open to the public; please reserve your seats and find out more about this amazing organization by visiting the band’s website at www.PatriotBrass.org or by contacting Bill Fillicetti at the American Legion Post.

If you wish to have all your eggs placed in the bottom of your grocery bag (OK, I’m only speaking for myself here), please visit ShopRite of Enfield on Wednesday, September 21st between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, when several “Enfield celebrities” will be bagging groceries as part of ShopRite’s “Help Bag Hunger” event.  I’m honored to have been asked back (despite the egg issue) for this year. 

On a personal note…

 I find it interesting that when I reflect on the events of September 11th  I find myself not simply mourning the horrific losses of that day, but also celebrating the spirit of the American people that was brought by that same tragedy.  Americans sat and stared in horror, then came out onto our front porches and lit candles and supported each other.  Whether you knew someone personally who was directly impacted by that day or not, it changed all of us.  It changed our perspectives, and in some ways, perhaps it changed what we consider ‘valuable’ in our lives.  It is a moment that no one will ever forget – and I’m not sure I would want to.  It woke me up.  It reminded me of all that I have (not tangible items, mind you), all that I have been given…and all that continues to be sacrificed for me.  Most of all,  it reminded me that life is fragile and that we simply cannot afford to waste one second of it; my life and my freedom comes with a price, and I owe many more ‘thank yous’ to those who have continued to provide that for me.

 

Until next time…

with much respect,

Lori

 

 

 

“Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend–even a friend whose name it never knew. “
- President George W. Bush, at “Ground Zero”

A few links for YouTube videos made in honor of September 11th:

http://youtu.be/jcLGLbYyeHQ  

http://youtu.be/Q-DInYrms6Q  

and Wikipedia’s information on the attacks:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_September_11_attacks

 

 

 

 


 

Independence Day 2011:

Amidst the hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad and cold beer, raise a toast to your friends and remember the hard work that got our Country to where it is today.  Take a moment to reflect on those that came before us and those who inspire us to continue in their footsteps.

 The best way to pay tribute to the sacrifices of those before us is to be the best we can be today.

 

 


Welcome to the “Hooah Happenings” Memorial Day edition- don’t say I didn’t warn you; there’s a lot going on!  

First off, the town of Enfield’s Beautification Committee could use some help.  They are responsible for the display of American Flags that are put out along Enfield Street in time for our Memorial Day Parade each year, and again for Veterans Day.  As you can imagine, the cost adds up, and this is where you (or perhaps the company that you work for) comes in:  you can sponsor a flag for $45 to help with the costs (and it’s tax deductible to boot!).  go to:  http://www.enfield-ct.gov/filestorage/91/151/SponsorFlag_Form.pdf for a downloadable form and instructions on how you can make a difference in our town.

Now for Memorial Day.  Before I start listing events and whatnot below, I want to take a moment to say thank you to each and every one of you who has served our country.  I think it goes without saying that we would not be enjoying the life we do today without your sacrifices.  Thank you. 

The ceremony marking the rededication of the Mark Twain Complex on South Road for our Veterans, as well as the ceremony for the naming of the two baseball fields for Gunnery Sergeant Phillip Jordan and Lance Corporal Philip Johnson, who were killed in Iraq, will be held on Saturday May 28, 2011 at 8AM.  The ceremony will begin in the front parking lot where the new “Veterans Memorial Athletic Complex” sign will be unveiled by members of the Enfield Veterans Council, and will continue at the flagpole between the two baseball fields for the dedication in honor of our two fallen Marines.  American Legion Posts 154 and 80 Honor Guards, as well as the Enfield Police Honor Guard and Enrico Fermi High School Marching Band will be participating as well.  This is open to the public.

Enfield’s Memorial Day Parade kicks off from the Old Town Hall on Enfield Street on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 1pm and ends at the Town Green for a Memorial Day ceremony.  The newly formed Monument Committee fulfilled its short term goal of adding the names of the killed in action in the Global War on Terror to the KIA memorial configuration in front of Town Hall in time for the Memorial Day holiday. 

Also on Sunday May 29 from 12noon to 5:00pm, the annual Corporal Stephen Bixler Memorial Picnic will take place at the Suffield Sportsman’s Club, 2900 Phelps Rd, West Suffield, CT 06093.  This is a day set aside to celebrate the life of Suffield's Hometown Hero, CPL Stephen Bixler, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.  Funds are raised for Stephen's Memorial Fund through which many projects in town benefit from.   "With the state of our economy and the many budget cuts being made throughout the state,  a multitude of projects have been helped by donations from CPL Bixler's Memorial Fund.  There is great food, beverage, music and an awesome feeling of community on this special day dedicated to Steve. This is a wonderful way to Honor CPL Stephen R. Bixler for ultimate sacrifice he has made for our freedoms that we as a nation so enjoy."  Suffield Sportsmen's Club on Phelps Road, West Suffield, CT.  Tickets are $15.00.  Available @ all offices of the First National Bank of Suffield, Suffield Hardware, Suffield Pizza or by calling Anne@ 860-668-7592; tickets can be purchased and donations made also by mailing to: Anne Rossi, 377 Prospect Street, Suffield, CT 06078.  Please remember to indicate if this is a donation or ticket purchase, and include a self addressed sted envelope if you are purchasing tickets.   

 Antoine Chamberland, a member of the Hooah site and father to PO3 Samuel Chamberland (currently deployed) is a contributor to Youtube with videos memorializing and saluting our military.  A sling of his work can be found via this link:  http://youtu.be/-qzXCVOM4pI , a video tribute he made to the fallen soldiers of the state of Connecticut as of last (2010) Memorial Day’s date.  Thank you, Mr. Chamberland, for putting many of our thoughts expertly to beautiful music.

A list of discounts for Memorial Day 2011:

http://militaryperks.blogspot.com/p/national-deals.html ,  I cannot vouch for these as this is a website that collects data on discounts, but it will lead you to the sites of each of the vendors for further information. 

Shoprite of Enfield will be offering a 5% military discount on Sunday May 29, 2011.  Please bring a form of military identification with you and let Shoprite say thank you by saving you some money this Memorial Day weekend!

Uno Chicago Grill is hosting a Military Appreciation Week from May 16 through May 19, 2011.  Show your military or veteran ID and receive 15% off your check on dine-in meals (alcohol excluded).  https://www.facebook.com/UnoChicagoGrill?sk=app_210944652261037

...Happy Memorial Day, and thank you to all our military members, past, present, and future.  

-Lori


 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  

My kids have been coming home from school this week with take home books and stories about the Thanksgiving holiday.  Some are humorous (such as “Run Turkey Run”) and some are more fact-filled,  teaching about the “first Thanksgiving”.  I did a little research and found information that I found interesting:

 

In 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.

In 1817,
New York became the first of several states to officially adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday; each celebrated it on a different day, however, and the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition. In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a caign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians. Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request in 1863, at the height of the Civil War, in a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, and it was celebrated on that day every year until 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as Franksgiving, was met with passionate opposition, and in 1941 the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

So… was this news to me?  No.  But I have to admit, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of buying and preparing the traditional Thanksgiving feast and forget about the real meaning of the holiday.  It reminds me that those five minutes we spend prior to diving into a huge meal giving thanks for all we have is what the real meaning is behind Thanksgiving.  We really do have so much to be thankful for, and so many people to be thankful to; after all, above all else, we have our freedom due to their sacrifices.

Thank you to everyone- those I have had the pleasure of knowing, and the scores that I have not- for making this great country (and keeping it) what it is today.

On a special note, I am beyond excited to share with you the recent welcome home of four of our “hooah soldiers” who received care packages while deployed for the last several months:

SPC Sean King

SFC Christopher Mike

SSG Michael MacDonald

SGT Brandon Shenas

Thanksgiving will no doubt be special for their families this year.  Welcome home!!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone,

Lori

 

“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.”
(Chinese Proverb)

 


 

 

 

 

Remembering all veterans today and always…

from the founding Fathers of our Country

to those who will enlist today;

for those who returned to tell their stories

and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice,

 

Thank you.

 

Veterans Day, 2010

 

 

 

 

 


 

November 2010

“HOOAH Happenings”

Hello everyone,

Veterans Day is upon us!!!  Enfield’s annual Veteran’s Day Parade will step off on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 1:00PM in front of the old Town Hall (South Road and Enfield Street intersection) and proceed north to the WWII Monument on the Town Green for the Veterans Day Ceremonies.  In the event of inclement weather (and by inclement weather the Parade Marshall means basically a hurricane), the ceremonies will take place at the Enfield High School auditorium at 12:30PM.  Hope to see everyone there as we honor those who have done so much for all of us.

 Some Veterans Day benefits that have been advertised:

 

http://www.hugosalutes.com/About-the-Program.asp     (free canes for veterans)

 

http://www.goldencorral.com/military/     (Golden Corral restaurants, free dinner buffet meal and beverage on 11/15/10)

 

http://www.unos.com/vet1.html     (Pizzeria Uno/Chicago Sam’s restaurants, free entrée or individual pizza)

 

http://www.bridesacrossamerica.com/        (free wedding dresses at participating locations)

 

http://www.applebees.com/#/vetsDay   (Applebee’s restaurant; free entrée)

 

http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm    (free admission to all state parks)

 

http://www.outback.com/pressroom/pr_101018.aspx    (Outback Steakhouse, free “Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage)

 

I’m also told that Magic Minit car wash at 570 Enfield Street will be offering free car washes.  Their phone number is 860-741-3707.  Also, Lowe’s and Home Depot offer discounts to military personnel year round.

 

 As they do every Memorial Day and Veterans Day, our Veteran Service Organizations will be out and about placing flags on the graves of our military members in the various cemeteries across Enfield…and the folks that are in charge of this at the Enfield Street Cemetery (across from Spier Avenue on Route 5, just south of the 190 bridge) could use some extra help.  So, if anyone wants to pitch in and place a few flags on our veterans’ graves (flags are provided), please arrive by 10AM and ask for Rick Gorman or Tony Torres.  I’m told the help they received in May was much appreciated, and it is certainly a rewarding experience. 

 

 As I close this edition of Hooah Happenings, I just want to thank all those who have served our country.  I’m always amazed at how humble our veterans are and how many say “oh, I only served stateside”, or “oh, I only did ____, it’s not a big deal”.  Yes, it is.  You did a job that I know I haven’t done, you gave up time with your loved ones to do it, and you had your hand in the history of our world.  It’s a huge deal…and I thank you.

 Until next time….

- Lori

 

 

 

 


 

Hello everyone!

A few 'Hooah Happenings' coming up soon: 

- a proposal to the Town Council regarding renaming two baseball fields after Enfield's fallen from the Global War on Terror (meeting date 10/4/10).  Please feel free to send me your thoughts on this subject, either via message on this site or to my email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- still in the development stages, "Cookies for Camouflage":  a holiday baked goods/cookie drive to be sent to our soldiers.  More details to follow shortly, but the date and place have been secured:  Sunday November 28th from 1-3PM at the American Legion Post 80 on Enfield Street (thank you Post 80 friends!)

...will keep you posted...

 

 


 

 

Hello everyone!!! 

 

I hope that everyone is well and getting their fall clothing out….we seem to have missed the summer to fall transition and went directly into fall around here, not that I’m complaining, mind you! 

 A few things I wanted to update you about.  

 The best one- please join me in welcoming home SSG David Magee, who returned from the Middle East two weeks ago.  SSG Magee was our ‘first Hooah soldier’ to be adopted, and through all of your kind donations he received six care packages while deployed.  Thank you, David, for all you have done for all of us, and enjoy your reunion time with your family.

 Now….onto other things.  On Sunday September 19, 2010 there will an “Enfield Hooah” booth at the Town Green for Enfield’s annual Family Day event.  We’ll be taking biographies from veterans, getting information out about the care package program, selling Hooah bracelets (for postage funds), and just getting to meet people and raise awareness.  If you are attending, please stop by and say hello.  The Hooah booth will be located adjacent to the dunk tank (hosted by Enfield Street School), which will have the Mayor and BOE Chairman as victims!  Follow the expected long line and water droplets and you’ll find us!!!! 

 On Wednesday September 22, ShopRite is hosting a “Help Bag Hunger” event at their store in Enfield.  During the hours of 4-6PM various folks from Enfield will be bagging your groceries….including me!!!  Please stop by to help contribute to ending hunger (and please don’t buy anything that I can’t figure out how to bag easily, unless you don’t mind scrambled eggs). 

 As always….if you know any veterans whose biographies are not on the site, please let them know about it and encourage them to submit one.  It is so important that we remember and recognize all  those who have sacrificed so that we may live free.  If you know someone who’s deployed and would like to receive care packages, let me know and I’ll add them to the site.  And any suggestions, comments, concerns….send them in, too.  This site is only as good as the information we put on there. 

Until next time-

Lori

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www.EnfieldHooah.org

 


 

Hello!

 

It’s been awhile since I sent a “HOOAH Happenings” email, and of course, there’s a lot to cover.  So….without further waiting:

First, I want to thank everyone who has contributed links to the website, added soldiers for ‘adoption’ and biographies, donated to our postage fund, made bows and signs, came out in the rain to cheer us on in the parade (!), and supported the Hooah site.  None of this could be done without you, and ‘thank you’ doesn’t really cover it sufficiently. 

 A big WELCOME HOME to the 1-169th, who returned safely after a year’s deployment on Friday August 6, 2010.  We’re proud of you and happy to have you home.  And WELCOME HOME as well to PO3 Erin Bowles, whose ship returned to port on July 28, 2010 upon completion of their deployment in the Global War on Terror.

 

 

A few upcoming events: 

 

Saturday August 14, 2010 – the Memorial Motorcycle Run in memory of LCpl Philip A. Johnson takes place.  Please visit their website to learn more details (www.pjrun.org)

 

 

 

LCpl Johnson was killed in action on September 3, 2006 at the age of nineteen and this run benefits both the Westover Young Marines, which he was a member of, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

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On Saturday August 21, 2010 , the American Legion on Enfield St will be hosting a concert to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The event is from 12pm-3pm. The band is Title 10, which one of our local firemen is the drummer for. Tickets are $10.00 each and ALL proceeds are donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. This event is being held throughout the country.

For tickets, see Pat Gallo at SPFD 860-749-8552.

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A heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to Christopher Bergendahl, who was recently promoted to Sergeant while serving overseas….

HOOAH!  

 

And so, as always, thank you to each and every one of you who supports our men and women in uniform, past and present…politics aside, we’re all in this together, and we can’t let those who are deployed, retired, serving, or lost to be forgotten in any way. 

 

 We welcome submissions of biographies and new soldiers to adopt.  We will have an information and fundraising booth at ShopRite one Sunday per month, and for August that will be Sunday 8/29/10; also, there will be a “hooah” booth on the town green at the Family Day event on Sunday September 19th , so if you’re out and about, please stop by and say hello.  And, as always, you can reach me on the www.EnfieldHooah.org site, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Until next time….

-         Lori

 

 

 


 

“…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

Anyone who has studied basic American history recognizes these words spoken so many years ago by our forefathers.  And today those words remind us of the struggle and strife that still remains throughout our world while we in the United States celebrate our Independence.  Many of our soldiers and sailors, whether they be in Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait, Germany, Haiti, or Afghanistan, will feel in their hearts the celebrations of our nation many miles away from where they are stationed while they continue the pursuit of these Rights for others less fortunate in foreign lands.

 God Bless the United States of America, and God Bless her troops who stand tall and brave in the face of all enemies so that others may live free.

Happy 4th of July everyone!

 


 

Greetings!!!

 

I am beyond pleased to report that the joint venture between Enfield Hooah and the Enfield Little League was a success.  The coaches, parents, and players really embraced the spirit of community support and collected (and are still collecting, as of this writing) on average twenty to twenty five pounds of care package items per team per game for our deployed people from Enfield!  I am so proud to put these parcels together and include notes and drawings and signed game balls…thank you, everyone, for your enthusiasm and support of our troops. 

On that note, if you, your child, your grandchild, plays on some type of team or has a civic group that might be interested in doing something similar, please let me know. 

 

Some of our soldiers are rotating out of the care package program because they are finally returning home (yay!!!)…if you know someone who is headed out for their deployment, please let them know about the Hooah site and the soldier adoption program.  The more the merrier.

 

When I look at my calendar, I can’t believe how the time flies.  Memorial Day is upon us already (although I suspect that if you ask Ted Plamondon about how it ‘snuck up on us’ he’d have a different story, since he spends so many months planning our wonderful parade and ceremony).  Enfield’s Memorial Day parade promises to be the best and largest ever, and will step off on Enfield Street on Sunday, May 30th at 1:00PM.  I know that the folks that are reading this message don’t need me to say this, but it sure doesn’t hurt to remind everyone that if possible, please stand as our past and present military members walk by.  It is because of them that we are able to enjoy such celebrations as parades in the first place, and they deserve our respect and gratitude.

 

As you fire up the barbecue Memorial Day weekend amongst family, friends, and fun, please take a moment between the hot dogs and hamburgers to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. 

 

I’m going to close this message with a poem by Archibald MacLeish, written in 1892.  His younger brother Kenneth died during WWI when his plane was shot down over Belgium by a German fighter during a dog fight less than a month before the armistice.  I think his words reach somewhere inside every American, and his message is as true today as it was over one hundred years ago: 

 

The Young Dead Soldiers Do Not Speak

 

The young dead soldiers do not speak.

Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses;  who has not heard them?

They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts.

They say “We were young.  We have died.  Remember us.”

They say “We have done what we could but until it is finished, it is not done”.

They say “We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave”.

They say “Our deaths are not ours:  they are yours.  They will mean what you make them”.

They say “Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say:  it is you who must say this”.

They say “We leave you our deaths:  give them their meaning.  Give them an end to the war and a true peace;  give them a victory that ends the war and a peace afterwards.  Give them their meaning”.

“We were young” they say.  “We have died.  Remember us”.

 

Thank you for your service.  Thank you for your sacrifice.  Thank you….for my freedom. 

 -Lori

 


 

PLAY BALL!!!!

The Enfield Little League Minors and Majors teams have generously decided to host "HOOAH Games" throughout their spring season (I have posted the schedule in the Community Calendar with locations and times).  At each of these games, team members will donate and collect care package items and postage funds for one of our adopted soldiers, and then sign a game ball to be included in the package.  We will then send that package, sponsored by their team, to our deployed soldiers from Enfield.  I'm so excited by this endeavor...what better way to show your patriotism than by playing a baseball game in honor of our brave men and women overseas? 

Thank you to the players, coaches, umpires, parents, and game patrons who have taken this project on!  (for more information on the Enfield Little League, go to www.EnfieldLittleLeague.org ).

 

Also.....

we are slowly 'adopting' more soldiers from town (as of this writing, we have five, and I know of at least one more that is pending...and I know there are more out there, so spread the word!).  This means that more packages are going out and we are collecting more donated goods and could use more postage funds.  If your kids are looking for a reason to hold a lemonade stand, please let me know. 

 

I want to give a big thank you to our friends at Able Care Pharmacy on Palomba Drive.  Darlene, Rose, and the rest of her staff have been nothing short of amazing, marking care package items on their shelfs for easy selection, donating items for care packages, and even setting up a donation bin so that I can pick up items weekly from their store.  We could sure use more drop off sites, so if you know of some place in town that wants to offer, well, you know where to find me .  And if you're shopping for a pharmacy that truly cares about every single person in this commmunity, well, go see the great people at Able Care (www.AbleCarePharmacy.com) .

Another great story: Remember Alivia, who had her 7th birthday party and raised care package items for our soldiers?  Well, SPC Peacock wrote to me and asked that we do something for the kids to thank them for their generosity.  I called Smyth's Ice Cream Stand to inquire about gift cards, and when Charlie and his staff heard the story, they donated twenty gift cards for each of the kids to have an ice cream cone, courtesy of SPC Peacock.  Thank you, Charlie and the staff at Smyth's, for all you have done for our community.

So, what's new on Hooah?  Well, as you know, it changes daily sometimes and then other times it's slower.  I can tell you that we have new topics in our message boards and new photos in the Hooah Gallery, sent from our soldiers.  There are a couple of new biographies (keep 'em coming, please!) and a few new links.  Check them out and let me know what's missing!  

Until next time,

Lori

 


 

Messages From Lori

 

3/19/2010

Greetings!

Wow, it has been a busy couple of weeks with a lot going on with Hooah.  Two weeks ago I taped a segment for Rep. Karen Jarmoc for her public access TV program "Karen's Korner"; she was kind enough to ask me to come on and explain the website and get the word out.  The Enfield Press has been wonderful in running our 'adopt a soldier' program invitation, and I am proud to announce that we now have FOUR service members 'adopted' for the site!  More information on our wonderful men and women in uniform can be found in the 'adopt a soldier program' link on the left; suffice it to say we have one in Afghanistan, one in Iraq, one in Kuwait, and one on an aircraft carrier- can't get more diverse than that!

In the message boards you can read about Alivia Longley's birthday gift to our troops; she sacrificed her own presents for her seventh birthday to collect care package items and send them to our soldiers, and she did an amazing job.  I am very proud to know her.

I am trying to get as many veterans as possible registered in our biographies section; if you know someone who might be interested in registering, please let them know about the site.  Furthermore, if the veteran is unable to register themselves, either due to age, infirmity, or lack of computer skills, I have paper forms that I can mail out to the individual and would be happy to help them get their information out, just send me a message on the site and we'll work something out.

We're in talks right now about possibly marching in the Enfield parades; the thought is to join up with the Boy Scouts and collect care package items and food shelf items along the parade route with a theme of "scouts and hooah for community, home and away".  If anyone has any thoughts or ideas on this, let me know!

We will also have a booth at the 4th of July celebration craft fair, handing out information, (hopefully) taking down some biography information, and selling our fundraiser bracelets. And, there are new photos in the "hooah gallery" sent back from overseas.

In closing this note, I want to thank all of you for your support of our military men and women.  Today is the day that we began the conflict in Iraq seven years ago, and the 23rd of March (Tuesday) will be the seventh anniversary of the passing of one of Enfield's heroes, Phillip Jordan.  We must never forget the sacrifices, small and monumental, that our brave soldiers make every single day on our behalf.  Our world is a better place because of who they are and what they do.

Until next time....

-Lori

 

 

HOOAH Bracelets have arrived!

In an effort to help defray the costs of shipping for the Hooah care packages in conjunction with spreading the word about the hooah website, we now have HOOAH bracelets available for purchase.  Similar to "Livestrong" bracelets, these are red, white, and blue swirled silicone bracelets embossed with the words "HOOAH! (EnfieldHooah.org)  It's an Enfield thing" (see photo below).

The plan is to sell these bracelets at lemonade stands and other like situations during the spring and summer; if you are interested in purchasing one, please send me a message and I'll arrange to get one to you.  They will be offered at $3.00 each or 2/$5.00. 

Thanks for your support!

- Lori


 

HOOAH sent out the first care package today!!  

I'm so excited!  Yes, the first care package from the hooah website hit the road today (2/2/10), weighing a whopping twenty seven pounds (and costing $21.25!), filled with the love and support of the great people of Enfield.  That huge box contained, among other items, oatmeal, soup, vienna sausages, drink mix, pop tarts, crackers, raisins, granola bars, candy, mints, gum, DVDs, envelopes, paper, pens and pencils, magazines, wipes, foot powder, socks, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes...the list goes on and on!  I included a couple of copies of the Enfield Press (nothing like news from home) as well as a note explaining that all the items in the care package came from the people of Enfield who just wanted to remind our soldiers that their hometown has not forgotten them. 

What a wonderful thing to be a part of.

I can't tell you how amazing it is to see our community pull together and to see individuals be able to take part in a larger project by simply contributing one small item to the care packages.  I am certain that SSG Magee will be thrilled with every single thing we sent; I know he has mentioned how overwhelmed he is by the kindness of people he's never personally met, as am I.  I am so proud of the town that we live in...thank you, everyone, for your help and support.  

More later,   Lori

  


    

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!

This is a temporary note to all of you; we are working on the Hooah care package program, and we have more exciting and interesting things coming up within this month for me to tell you about, but I'll address those events once they're up and running.  For now...

One of my goals for this site is to get all of our veterans registered in the biographies section of Hooah.  I know some of you are hesitant to post information because of a myriad of reasons, but hear me out.

We've all heard stories (unfortunately) of tragic events that changed lives in a mere instant.  Circumstances and events that altered the course of someone's life- the split second that someone took their eyes off the road and swerved into oncoming traffic, a missed train because of a flat tire...sometimes those instances are a mere blip on the screen of life, and sometimes they have unforseen outcomes.  The car that goes into oncoming traffic kills someone, the missed train derails and someone's life is spared simply because they were late.  Perhaps the largest current day reminder of the fragility-and reslience-of life is the September 11th attacks.  Those who perished in their 'one meeting a month' at the World Trade Center, and those who'd called out sick from work or missed their plane.  Fate? Providence? Luck of the draw? I don't know.  What I do know is that history was changed in an instant.  Lives were changed in mere seconds; some were extinguished, and some were re-born.   

In one morning, a few people changed the lives of the rest of the country. 

My point is this:  history is altered, constantly, by the actions we take or do not take.  The decisions we make today- servicing the car, taking inventory, living our lives-effects the lives of others.  So, to our service members and veterans:  no matter how small you may think your contribution may have been while you were/are serving, they are a part of your history.  My history.  Our history.  If you "only packed ammunition"...what if someone else did your job half as good?  What if the guy with the gun whose ammo you were in charge of didn't fire that weapon and stop the enemy?  What you did changed the course of history and shaped our world.  Tell us your stories.  Help us to learn and understand...and please, let us say "thank you".

If you have any problems with submitting a biography, drop me a line and let me know and I'd be happy to put it together for you.  This is such an important part of our country's history; please consider publishing your biographical information. 

I'll write another message when we get things up and running with the care package program; thank you to everyone who has signed on...and as always, please continue to send us information and links so we can make this site better. 

-Lori

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