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Veterans Day Team

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Location: Birmingham, Hoover, Shelby County Alabama
Members: 21
Latest Activity: Aug 28

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Comment by Dawn Ray on August 28, 2014 at 4:14pm

Please mark your calendar for Nov 11, 2014 & plan to join the RDP as we participate in the B'ham Veterans' Day Parade for our 7th year.  Details will be sent out closer to the event.  Freedom isn't free.  The link below is awesome!


Comment by Rainy Day Patriots on May 20, 2014 at 4:29pm

Join the Rainy Day Patriots Veterans Day Team at the 6th Annual Memorial Day Event. 

Monday, May 26th, Veterans Park Valleydale Road in at 8:30 am

Please Mark your calendar for this short solemn event with song, poem and prayer. 

Needed: A larger garden bouquet for the large memorial and a smaller garden bouquet to lay at the memorial paver for Lcpl Rivers, a local young hero, whom we have been honoring for 6 yrs. (email your floral donation offer to zan@rainydaypatriots.org )

Comment by Dawn Ray on December 20, 2013 at 5:06pm

During the 3-1/2 years of World War 2 that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the Surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer escorts, 203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers, 24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces, 105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 military trucks.

We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services,  invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and ultimately conquered Japan and Germany.

We have a history of exceptionalism!

Comment by Dawn Ray on November 10, 2013 at 4:44pm

Tomorrow is the day!  The roads are blocked off at 10. I & other decorators will be there at 9:30. It would be good if vehicles were there at that time to decorate. Steve's assembling banner cart & bringing lg zip ties. Gene will be bringing 4 bales of hay that will be used on pickup to hold service, Old Glory, & the AL State flag poles. We have 4 vehicles - (2) honorees, Guy's jeep & trailer (solid bottom so no need for additional 12 bales of hay), Terry's pickup, & Ed's vehicle as a backup. I'll bring a few portable chairs & some of you may want to consider doing so. 4-6 riders will fit on the trailer & in any of the vehicles for non-walkers. The temperature should be 70, but bring at least a light jacket for shade & wear RDP shirts, if you have them. Besides chairs, consider bringing lunch & drinks, sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, small flags, decorating items.  Banners, signs, balloons, & vet personnel signs for vehicle doors will be provided. Make sure to have my & others' cell #s in your phone.  See the message that I just sent out.

Comment by Rainy Day Patriots on November 7, 2013 at 8:40am

Thank you each and every one! Enjoy! 

Comment by Dawn Ray on November 6, 2013 at 11:56pm

Delighted, Mary that you'll be with us!  Here's a site from Family Research Council that mentions Veterans' Day (among others).  Permalink

REMEMBER - the roads are blocked at 10 am. All need to be at mustering site VFW - 1801 11th Ave N 35234 (across st from Oak Hill Cemetery) before then.  My truck load will be arriving at 9:30. All hands on deck for decorating, assembling the rolling banner cart, possible trailer setup & flag assembly or passout. The parade begins at 1:30 & we are toward the end (usually) so we won't enter as soon as those from the parade front.  Still working on confirming trailer. WE NEED AROUND A DOZEN BALES OF HAY for the folks to sit on on the trailer.  These will be returned. We are at 21 committed to participate & others could just show up (& that is fine!)

Bring lunch & beverages with you unless you want to purchase a basic lunch from the VFW.  Bring any decorating supplies. Overdressing better than alternative. You can always shed layers. Dress comfortably with hats-sunglasses-sunscreen-poratable chairs (b4 event). RR facilities available at VFW.

Comment by Mary Richmond on November 6, 2013 at 6:04pm

Dawn...I think you know that Terry is coming and I will be there also and will do whatever is needed. Mary



Comment by Dawn Ray on November 6, 2013 at 4:40pm

The roads will be blocked off at 10:00.  All participants need to have arrived at the VFW before that time.  I & my truckload of folks are aiming for 9:30 as arrival time.  The parade is supposed to begin at 1:30.  We ususally are toward the end, so it will be sometime later than that that we begin rolling.

Comment by Dawn Ray on November 6, 2013 at 12:08am

Many contacts today!  We are now up to 20 participants committed with 4 additional who are maybes.  We may have a truck w/ trailer.  Waiting to hear back from G.  We also have a Jeep Pickup.  Our honorees will be driving their own vehicles.  Our entry form has been sent in with 4 vehicles indicated.  We are hoping to have some youth (not included in count above) to push the banner cart but are awaiting to hear back from S.  We've been promised 4 bales of hay.  We could use more hay - perhaps 12 bales - enough to line both sides of a 5X10 trailer. We had a truck bed full of hay last year & used it all.  Hay will be returned to owners.  Will probably have a truck load of carpoolers riding with me to the event. Learned today that the roads will be closed around 10am, so you need to arrive before then.  I'm planning to arrive at 9:30 am.  VFW's address is 1801 11th Ave N 35234 (located between 18th St N & 19th St N across from Oak Hill Cemetery.

Comment by Dawn Ray on November 5, 2013 at 5:32pm

Seyborn, thank for your offer of 4 bales of hay!  We certainly can use them.  Have now had an offer of 2 trailers (of which we only need one) that I have to follow up on.  We could probably use more hay if anyone else is in a position to loan such.  The hay will be used to place the service flag poles into (behind a truck cab) &/or to sit on on the trailer.


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