Sunday, October 8, 2017

HEROES 4 HEROES



Zack (left) from Alameda waited for his buddy at the rest stop...
he was slowed by a flat out on Mines Road.
They were among the 25 doing the 115 mile ride. 

Well over 200 incredible human beings showed up on the back roads of Livermore on October 7, 2017 to cycle their butts off for a good cause. Cycling 4 Vets (C4V) held its Annual Event to support the military yesterday in the Livermore Valley Hill country. Riders chose from 30, 55 and 115 miles to log with the goal to support military veterans and current in-service personnel. All fundraising benefits veteran and active military organizations including: the Las Positas College Veterans First Program, Sentinels of Freedom, Student Veterans Organization (SVO), Blue Star Moms – Danville Chapter, and Pleasanton Military Families (PMF).




This rider came in overheated, vowing to finish the 115 miles when his
longest ride to date had only been 60 miles. He said, anything less than the 115
didn't seem good enough for the military. He rode off with a buddy who would make sure he arrived home safely.
Sounds like the military.
Pleasanton Military Families hosted 2 rest stops for cyclists to refuel and get much needed water...It was hot out there with little shade and 5,000 foot elevation gains, making every ride much more challenging. But you know, every rider came in with a smile on their faces and a story to tell. Pumped and happy to support our military! Don't you love it?

Our Rest Stop by the side of the road







Many female cyclists sweated out the 115 miler!
Sorry I didn't get her face in, but
the jersey tells the story.

Silicon Valley Cyclist Club was awesome yesterday!

A Marine Mom 115 miler...on a mountain bike!!!
I don't know how much money was raised for vets and active military yesterday, but I'll post when I find out. What I do know, is that there are a pack of proud and grateful Americans who consider it a privilege to pound out hard, hot, uphill miles on a bike to say "Thank You!!" to every service man/woman out there who has considered America a country worth fighting for. 
Thank you and God bless you all!

Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11/2017: Memorials and The Survivor Tree

It is 9/11/2017. Because it is so easy to forget, I wanted to revisit what happened on 9/11/2001 and what has happened since to memorialize the lives lost on that most horrible day. I learned a Memorial has been established in Pennsylvania where United Flight 93 was taken over by terrorist hijackers and crashed into a field where all passengers including 3 children under the age of 5 and all crew members died. This was the 4th plane to have crashed, but not without a fight from heroic passengers.

United Flight 93 Crash site near Shanksville PA on 9/11/2001 killing 40


As the site looks today
Gate leading to the crash site memorial


A Memorial Wall holds the names of the 40 victims who were killed on 9/11/2001

Locally, the Fire Departments in both Pleasanton and Livermore held a moment of silence and lowered the flag to honor those who died, so that we might never forget. A small group gathered at the flag pole of Station 1 in Pleasanton at 6:59 am. 





On the 9/11 Ground Zero Memorial website, there is a beautiful story of the Survivor Tree...a pear tree that was buried in the Trade Towers rubble, nursed back to health and survives today as a testament to life on the memorial grounds. Click the link and watch the wonderful video they have created to tell the story.


May God continue to be a source of strength and comfort to those who carry on, whose lives have been changed forever.



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A MUST READ story from 2011

Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who lost son to war, says U.S. largely unaware of sacrifice.


I found an article yesterday posted on the drudge report in conjunction with the appointment of Lt. General John Kelly to White House Chief of Staff. Although it was written in 2011, the words ring true, loud and clear in 2017. It is a long article, very well written and worth the 5 or 10 minutes it will take to read. Please click the link below to "hear" his powerful message about supporting our military.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/01/AR2011030106355.html?sid=ST2011030106452



Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly, nominated to the powerful position of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's senior military assistant, knows firsthand the pain and loss of many military families caused by war. On Nov. 9, 2010, his son 2nd Lt. Robert Kelly stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan and was killed.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Prayer Request from Military Mom

This email came from Pleasanton Military Families…Mom had met our Pat Frizzel at the farmers market and then followed up with the info about her sons…I with held full names


My middle son, S deployed today.  The 27th Aero Squadron will be based in Dubai, and flying F-22's into Syria for three months.  Simultaneously, he and his fiancĂ©, "C", are planning their Wedding for November..   "C" is an Air Force Flight Nurse and is already one month into her three month deployment in Germany.
"S's" older brother is training to bea ParaJumper/ParaRescue.   And, my youngest son is in the Army training in Armor- tanks.  He will be transferring from Fort Benning, GA to Ft Hood, Tx this month.
Please keep them all in your prayers along with all of our military?
Our country is so blessed to have such fine young people…"

We do pray. For this mother's three sons in harm's way. Lord, keep these young men safe and sound. Surround them with support and strengthen them from within. Let them know they are loved and honored by those of us at home for whom they risk their lives. Thank you for telling each son, "I know you and I love you." 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day 2017


"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."
 
The Declaration of Independence
July 4, 1776


"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery"
Galatians 5:1




"For you, brothers, were called to freedom; but do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh. Rather, serve one another in love.
Galatians 5:13


"Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, 
may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and 
preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"
Francis Scott Key 1814


We owe so much to the brave men and women who have served brothers and sisters in love..so that we may enjoy freedom and continue the call to serve. 
Happy Independence Day America!


 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

The key note speaker at the Pleasanton Ca. Memorial Day Ceremony was Colonel Windsor S. "Shane" Buzza, Chief of Staff, Pacific Division, 75th Training Command. 

He encouraged the audience to find a way to support the families of the Fallen 
in any way we can, 
because that is what they would want us to do.