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May 29
2011

Memorial Day Fundraiser

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Michele Johnson

In order to commerate our military personnel, I have created a special piece of writing. For each piece that I sell this weekend, I donate half of my earnings to any military organization in the United States. 

Contact Cindy for more information:

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May 07
2011

BIG DOGS & Support Our Troops.Org

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Michele Johnson

COPY & PASTE LINK BELOW!!

$10 will be donated to SOT for each T-Shirt purchased

(go to web page below for details!)

http://www.bigdogs.com/partnerpage.aspx?PID=MTE=&OID=U09ULUZC

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Apr 15
2011

SOT Event!! Upper Marlboro, Maryland MAY 2011 !!

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Michele Johnson

For Full details, please follow link:

http://www.supportourtroops.org/index.php?view=details&id=8:DC+Running+Club+To+Host+Charity+Run+To+Benefit+SUPPORT+OUR+TROOPS.ORG&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=588

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Oct 22
2010

A Prayer For Our Troops

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Michele Johnson

'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they
protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform
for us in our time of need. Amen.'

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Oct 22
2010

The Sack Lunches

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Michele Johnson

The Sack Lunches
        I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.
        Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation.
         'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and
then we're being deployed to  Afghanistan
        After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack
lunches were available for five dollars.. It would be several hours before
we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the
time...
        As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if
he planned to buy lunch.  'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a
sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks.  I'll wait till we get to
base.'
        His friend agreed.
        I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I
walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty
dollar bill.  'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and
squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a
soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'
        Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers
were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best -
beef or chicken?'
    'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went
to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from
first class.         'This is your thanks..'
        After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading
for the rest room.   A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it.  Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.
        Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming
down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was
not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my
side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his
hand and said, 'I want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my seatbelt, I stood and took the Captain's hand.. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot..
        Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never
forgot..' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the
passengers.
        Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs.
A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.
        When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane.
Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put
something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word.   Another twenty-five dollars!
        Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their
trip to the base.     I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will
take you some time to reach the base... It will be about time for a
sandwich .     God Bless You.'
        Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their
fellow travelers.         As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe
return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only
give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little...
        A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank
check made payable to 'The United States of
        America   ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'
        That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who
no longer understand it.'

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Oct 22
2010

'MEET ME IN THE STAIRWELL'

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Michele Johnson

'MEET ME IN THE STAIRWELL' 

You say you will never forget where you were 

when you heard the news On September 11, 2001 . 
Neither will I. 


I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room 
with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.' 

I  held his fingers steady as he dialed. 
I gave him the  peace to say, 
'Honey, I am not going to make it, 
but it  is OK..I am ready to go.' 

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast 

to their children. I held her up as she tried to 
understand his words and as she realized 
he wasn't coming home that night. 

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor 

when a woman cried out to Me for help. 
'I have been knocking on the door 
 of your heart for 50 years!' I said. 
'Of course I will show you the way home - 

only believe in Me now.' 

I was at the base of the building with the Priest 
ministering to the injured and devastated souls. 
I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. 

He heard my voice and answered. 

I was on all four of those planes, 

in every seat, with every prayer. 
I was with the crew as they were overtaken. 
I was in the very hearts of the believers there, 
comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them. 

I was in Texas , Virginia , California , Michigan , Afghanistan 
I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. 
Did you sense Me? 

I want you to know that I saw every face. 

I knew every name - though not all know Me. 
Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor. 

Some sought Me with their last breath. 
Some couldn't hear Me calling to them 

through the smoke and flames; 
'Come to Me.. this way... take my hand.' 
Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. 
But, I was there. 

I did not place You in the Tower that day. 

You may not know why, but I do. 
However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, 
would you have reached for Me? 

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. 

But someday your journey will end. 
And I will be there for you as well. 
Seek Me now while I may be found. 
Then, at any moment, you know you are 
'ready to go.' 

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments. 

  

 God

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Oct 22
2010

Help Needed

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Michele Johnson

Subject: Help Needed
Message: The reason for this email is to ask for support for Mrs. P, the author of the blog: A Little Pink in a World of Camo, who on Sunday March 14th received the news that her husband died while on operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. To add to the devastating news Mrs. P, 23, is now left to take care of their one month old daughter alone.
While I myself am not a military wife I met Mrs. P as an intern to a parenting site and she was immediately kind and welcoming to my email. What I have learned by being an intern who contacts parenting bloggers is that it is a community but with bloggers of service people they are a family. They understand what each other is going through so when this happened to Mrs. P this happened to her entire community, and because of my internship I too feel like I need to do something, anything.
This is the reason for reaching out to you, asking if you can help Mrs. P in anyway whether it be coupons or diapers, because what better way to show our thanks then being there especially now.
Here is a link to her blog: http://alittlepinkinaworldofcamo.blogspot.com/
Here is a link to the drive she started to support the troops:
http://alittlepinkinaworldofcamo.blogspot.com/p/semper-feet-operation-dry-socks.html
P.S. So you don’t think I’m being shady I’m planning on contacting other companies in hopes that Mrs. P and her daughter will be taken care of.
Sincerely,
Someone who is thankful for our troops and their spouses.

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Oct 20
2010

Will you pray with me? If you read this poem you will have prayed for our Troops!

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Michele Johnson

Will you pray with me? If you read this poem you will have prayed for our Troops! "Keepers Of Our Fate" (A prayer for our Troops) Oh Keepers of our country's fate, Staunch heroes brave and true, I pray that God will keep you safe, In everything you do, I pray that he will see you through, Each battle large or small, For you, The Kepepers of our fate, Keep our country standing tall, Oh Keepers of our country's fate, Making sure we never fall, Your country needed heroes, You bravely answered the call, You will never be forgotten, You'll live forever in our heart, Oh Keepers of our country's fate, Our heroes from the start, So once againb I say to you, Staunch heroes brave and true, I pray that God will keep you safe, In everything you do, May all of your tomorrows, Give your life a brand new start, Nevermore to know such sorrow, Bringing peace into your heart, AMEN! By: William E. Kenyon, USAF 1952-1956,

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Oct 04
2010

Utah National Guard Video called "By The River"

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Michele Johnson

To whom it may concern,
I have just finished production of an inspirational music video in conjunction with members of the Utah National Guard called "By The River", in an effort to support our troops and their families and serve as a reminder that freedom is not free.
Many men and women who watch it are moved to tears.
I have given away many copies to veterans and military families, but the reach of my arms is short.
If you or a member of your staff would take the time to watch it, and if after doing so, feel that you would like to help spread my message and help support our troops in this great country we live in, I would be humbly grateful.
You can view the video or find out more about me at www.nancydemello.com or click on the following youtube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uq5uaR1HeI

In addition, I have made a complimentary video of our National Anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" which can be viewed at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVgH2Woaflk

With humble gratitude,
Nancy DeMello

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Oct 04
2010

Music to honor Wounded Warriors

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Michele Johnson

STATE: Virginia
Subject: Music to honor Wounded Warriors
Message: Let me first say how much I believe in the critical work y'all are doing for our troops.
I'm writing to share with y'all a personal project to honor the sacrifices of our service men and women and their families. As a government civilian, I work with many uniformed personnel and retired veterans, and one of my colleagues lost her son to the effects of PTSD. That's why this project is dedicated to the memory of SGT Sean Webster, USMC.
Working with my friends in my band sheep2LOUD and some very generous recording professionals, I wrote and recorded a song called "Invisibly Wounded" and made a music video for it. You can watch the video on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnyuGP2bpUc

We're making the mp3 available for sale at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sheep2LOUD Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
I hope y'all will share the song and video and lots of folks will be blessed by it. I'd love to have my music be part of the healing process.
Thank you very much for all you've done for our service men and women over the years.
Cheers, R. Gordon

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