Month: July 2016

Six U.S. Marines Were Honored Upon the Completion of Exercise Saber Strike 16

Upon the completion of Exercise Saber Strike 16, a total of six U.S. Marines were honored by Brig. Gen. Ainars Ozolins, the Latvian Exercise Director for the Saber Strike 16. He distributed challenge coins to service members in honor of their outstanding work ethic, during the closing ceremony at Adazi Military Base, Latvia, June 21, 2016. … “The challenge coin represents hard work and a job well done,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ian Russell, a Hospital Corpsman with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, and a recipient of the challenge coin. “Working with our NATO Allies’ medical personnel was organized....

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Ever Seen a Gravestone Covered in Coins? Here’s What It Means …

According to legend, the coins belong on the gravestones of U.S. military veterans. Visitors who wish to show their respect leave coins on the headstones in different amounts. Leaving a penny simply means you visited and want to thank the veteran for their service. A nickel means you trained at boot camp with the deceased, while a dime suggests you served with him or her. Finally, a quarter signifies you were with the soldier when they passed away. The origin of the tradition, like the meaning behind it, is still up for debate. But many people believe it started...

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Challenge Coins Wanted For The Children Of Fallen Officer

Officer Michael Katherman was on his police motorcycle when a minivan turned in front of him last week. The 34-year-old crashed into it and later died at the hospital. He was the 13th San Jose (CA) police officer to die in the line of duty. He had lifelong aspirations to work in law enforcement and was 11 years into his career. Susan Moody, the wife of fallen officer Brad Moody and the President of Nor Cal COPS, said that Mike’s two son’s, 8 and 10,  love challenge coins and she has asked everyone to send them coins. Please send your challenge coins...

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Salute to the Troops Picnic and Concert

The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Commission and the Manhattan Beach City Council hosts the second annual Salute to the Troops Picnic and Concert Sunday. This year, Rothans said he’d personally like to pay special tribute to one of the founders of the event from the Parks and Rec Commission, Tom Allard. “He was a Vietnam vet. He passed away two months ago. Mr. Allard was a great American, a Vietnam veteran who was really humble about his service. He didn’t want the event to be about him,” Rothans said. “He wanted it to be about all...

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