USVMC OH partnered with local pro hockey team; Dayton Demonz to remember our Fallen Heroes. In an effort to ensure we continually recognize those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice are never forgotten, we provided the teams jersey's for the night and auctioned off the jerseys for the Jesse Snow Fallen Hero Scholarship fund. Great hockey with some great brawls were on the ice that night as the defending cup Champions of the Federal Hockey League brought home victory in more ways than one! Not only was it a victory on the ice, but the greatest victory came in the hearts of those attending that ensure we never forget the freedoms we hold so dearly. The greatest victory was presenting Jesse's father; John Snow his own jersey with the number 101 representing the 101st Airborne Jesse served in.
USVMC weathered the elements, bowed our heads and saluted at the Dayton National Cemetary to honor our fallen Veterans in the national Wreathes Across America (WAA) event. We have a Veterans Day in the fall, a Memorial Day in the spring and this is a way that our grateful nation extends Veteran recognition into the winter months for our fallen comrades that secured the freedom we relish every day. This is the slightest deed we can do to ensure our indebtedness is solidified. We know that in many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country. We feel there is no healthier time to direct our gratefulness for our fallen Veterans than during the tough paced time of the holiday season.
USVMC OH visits the Dayton VA Hospital to carry out Operation STAT. This is a national program that has a mission of making sure no Veteran is left behind during the holidays. The holidays remain one of the most dangerous times for Veterans dealing with isolation. While Christmas and Thanksgiving are meant to be cheerful, the demands to be social and joyous can be stressful for Veterans struggling to deal with their emotions. In an effort to combat this isolation, USVMC OH distributes stockings to all Dayton VA inpatient Veterans. USVMC OH thanks all Veterans for their service and hopefully brings some holiday cheer to our Veterans!