** THANK YOU!! **

We just wanted to thank all of the people that participated in our annual Coin Drop, Memorial Day Weekend.

Both, the people that manned the Coin Drop, but particularly the many, many people that generously donated.

These donations help us honor the many men and women who died while serving in our country's armed forces.

With these donations, we are able to purchase the numerous flags we use to mark the many graves of our deceased veterans. They also help us to maintain the Veterans Memorial Park on Heath Road

Additionally, they help us to maintain the various flags around the town and also with our various scholarships to deserving students.

** THANK YOU!! **

All Gave Some; Some Gave All

The other day, I was online and came across a short story entitled “Some Gave All”. Interesting title, fiction, I had to read it.

It was about a group of children (aged 11 to 14) that had run away from a hard life in an orphanage to live on the streets of South Boston.

I’ve excerpted the final paragraphs of it here:


Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9 AM Graveyard beside St. Agnes Catholic Church, South Boston.

I stood there watching, tears streaming down my cheeks, as the coffin was lowered into the waiting grave . Corporal Ellen Fitzhugh was standing a few feet away from me, also watching the coffin being lowered.

The funeral was for my long time friend, Private First Class Seamus (Jimmy) Padraig O'Flynn of the US Army.

I'd spent a fair bit of time with Corporal Fitzhugh over the last few days, learning about Jimmy during his time of service in Iraq.

He had enlisted the day after Remembrance day in 2011, and had been shipped off somewhere for basic training starting the following Monday. I hadn't seen him since his last brief visit in March of this year, and the buzz cut made him look even younger than his seventeen years.

I'm not even sure how he had managed to enlist at the age of sixteen, all I know is that he did, he honestly wanted to serve his country.

As people began to make their way out of the graveyard, I could hear the sound of a harmonica starting up, then whoever was playing it shifted into a tune that most definitely fit the circumstances that had brought all of us here today. He or she eventually reached the chorus.

By that point, several people were quietly singing along, I found myself joining them. What better tribute could we give?

"All Gave Some, Some Gave All
Some stood through for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some Gave All"

Once again, the tears were flowing as I walked through the gate and headed toward our little camp on the streets of South Boston.


Well, anyway, that piqued my curiosity. Somebody had to have been quoted for that, so I googled the phrase “origin of All gave some; some gave all?”, with some interesting results:

First, was a Billy Ray Cyrus Youtube video, which is where I excerpted the leading image for this article. Mr. Cyrus leads off with a short narration of how he came to write his song, before singing the complete song. There are also a lot of very appropriate images.

The next link that caught my eye was from www.reference.com

What is the origin of "All gave some; some gave all"?

The phrase "all gave some; some gave all" is widely attributed to the Korean War veteran and purple heart recipient Howard William Osterkamp from Dent, Ohio. Osterkamp served in the Army from 1951 to 1953, during which he experienced heavy combat in Korea with his unit, the C Company, 5th Regimental Combat Team.

Osterkamp was wounded in the leg by shrapnel while fighting near the 38th parallel, the boundary between North Korea and South Korea during the war. Upon being injured, Sergeant Osterkamp was taken to Army doctors who misdiagnosed his injury. Osterkamp was sent back to the front lines with his leg broken in two places and stayed there for approximately four months. He spent a total of nine months on the front line near the 38th parallel during the Korean war.

The Korean War pitted Soviet Union- and China-backed North Korea against United States-supported South Korea, and the war lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. It was responsible for enormous loss of life on both sides of the battle lines, with the United States suffering nearly 37,000 casualties and South Korea reporting nearly 512,000. The total amount of deaths during the war were near 1.2 million.

Apparently, I needed to find out more about Howard William Osterkamp. So, I Googled that, came up with some more interesting links. One of which was for Mr. Osterkamps service record from the Library of Congress > American Folklife Center > Veterans History Project

This image is of Mr. Osterkamp while in Korea. The record here has some details of his time in service and also contains a link to more images of Mr. Osterkamp and his time in Korea

 

 

 

Eventually, I found the link that I really wanted. At least I found an article that actually quoted Howard William Osterkamp. This is from the The Cincinnati Enquirer Newspaper Saturday, August 7, 2004

I've only quoted some small parts of the article here, the whole article can be read by clicking the above link. It's a very nice article.

'All gave some; some gave all'

From the Revolutionary War to Iraq, the Purple Heart story is a Cincinnati story
By Howard Wilkinson
Enquirer staff writer

The story of the Purple Heart is, in many ways, a Cincinnati story.

It reaches from the Revolutionary War patriot who rests beneath a 200-year-old headstone near the banks of the Ohio to a young Navy Corpsman from Delhi Township wounded in Iraq just weeks ago. ‑ ‑ ‑

"There's a long line of us. And, sadly, there will be more to come," said Frank Bates of Fairfield Township.

There were Vietnam veterans, Korean veterans, World War II veterans and even one young man who just returned from Iraq - Navy Corpsman Mark Perkins of Delhi Township, who was injured last month in Fallujah when he was hit by shrapnel from a grenade.

White-haired World War II veterans, some of them leaning on canes, gathered around Perkins on the Fountain Square stage, shaking his hand and patting his back.

"We have a motto that sums it all up - 'all gave some; some gave all,'" said Howard Osterkamp of Dent, commander of Chapter 3620 and a Korean War veteran.

The 24 World War II Purple Heart recipients who were on stage to receive awards from the U.S. Postal Service, along with their comrades from America's other wars, trace their lineage to a man who was buried 200 years ago under a simple headstone at Memorial Pioneer Cemetery, just across from Lunken Airport. ‑ ‑ ‑

So, there you have it. The quote, a very nice song, who said it, and finally, where and when he was quoted as having said it.

It has taken me much longer to format this little bit of information out, than it did to actually find the information itself.


The National World War II Memorial:
The Meaning of the Memorial

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A virtual tour of the National World War II Memorial led by Tom Hanks. Learn the meaning of the different elements of the Memorial and why it is important to remember the legacy of how a truly united America came together to defeat totalitarianism and preserve democratic traditions. Americans went in both directions around the globe to liberate and not to conquor.

click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-L0cdQLPnY to view the video on YouTube with numerous links at the side to many other interesting videos (opens in a new window)


depiction of an American flag being flown at half staff

Flag at Half-Staff
October 02, 2017

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF

IN HONOR OF VICTIMS OF
LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING

Effective:TODAY
October 02, 2017

Return to Full Staff:
Sunset October 06, 2017


A Representation of The American Flag Waving in the breeze

Lets get our Flags out there flying!

Along with everything else that everyone needs to do, we need to get our Flags out and flying.

Your Flag is likely soiled from the past year. Thats alright, just clean it! Most flags will not stand the rigors of a washing machine and dryer. Hand washing works very well. A little warm water in the sink, some detergent, a little elbow grease, rinse and hang it up to dry. There's nothing wrong with that. Just treat the Flag with the same respect you would normally. You could also send the Flag to the dry-cleaner, I've heard of some doing this for free!

Anyway, Lets get our Flags out there flying! Lets show our pride in our Country!