National WWII Museum Marks Memorial Day with Special Commemoration Honoring Fallen Service Members
– To commemorate the brave men and women who lost their lives ensuring our nation’s freedom, and stress to all Americans the importance of remembering these heroes, The National WWII Museum has planned a day of special events and ceremonies for Memorial Day, May 28, 2012. The events will begin at 10 a.m. with a patriotic band performance followed by a Memorial Day ceremony. The ceremony will include special tributes by relatives of service members who lost their lives during World War II.
Other scheduled events for the day include a performance by the Museum’s Victory Belles at 2:15 p.m., followed by the traditional observance of a moment of silence at 3 p.m. CDT.
For those unable to attend the ceremony in person, www.mymemorialday.org, a website created by the Museum, tells the stories of service men and women who died in defense of our nation’s freedom. The site features images and artifacts from the Museum’s collection and offers readers a number of ways they can honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Museum’s new US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, scheduled to open in January of 2013, will pay tribute to all of the branches of the US Armed Forces who were active in the war, including the Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. The pavilion will contain a spectacular collection of macro artifacts including a restored B-17 G Flying Fortress, as well as an interactive submarine experience based on the final mission of the USS Tang, and an exhibit featuring a wall of images of all 464 WWII Medal of Honor recipients with interactive kiosks detailing the military and personal history of each
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Joshua Ledet, currently a Top 4 contestant in FOX’s American Idol, is scheduled to come to Louisiana this Saturday, May 12 for a Homecoming Pep Rally if he continues as a Top 3 finalist. American Idol has confirmed today a basic schedule of events for Ledet’s homecoming.
On Saturday, May 12, at 2:30 p.m., Ledet will ride in a parade on Sampson Street in Westlake. The parade will be staged by American Idol and a local committee.
The community is invited to see the parade and cheer Ledet on as he rides through his hometown. Parade viewers are strongly encouraged to bring posters and signage to wish Joshua good luck and let him know how proud his hometown is of his accomplishments.
After the parade, the public is invited to the Burton Coliseum, located at 7001 Gulf Highway in Lake Charles, La., for Joshua Ledet’s Homecoming Pep Rally at 6 p.m. The pep rally will feature live entertainment and several songs by Ledet. Pep rally attendees are encouraged to bring posters and signage to support Joshua.
It is possible that Ledet will have a special appearance at the Contraband Days, Louisiana Pirate Festival, following the pep rally prior to the fireworks at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive.
The public is encouraged to vote for Ledet on Wednesday, May 9, after he performs to keep him in the running.
Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas in 2007. Since then it has grown from 2,700 kids to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada in 2011 – including ours!
The foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society – the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward thinking citizens of tomorrow.
Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some. Register your child here
Louisiana today received one of the nation’s highest honors with the issuance of a Forever stamp by the U.S. Postal Service to celebrate the state’s bicentennial. The stamp goes on sale today at Post Offices, online at usps.com/shop and by phone at 800-782-6724.
Affectionately known as the “Pelican State,” Louisiana became the 18th state in the Union on April 30, 1812.
“Today, the Postal Service is proud to add to its collection of stamps dedicated to this marvelous state — a stamp that celebrates the 200 years to this day since Louisiana became the 18th state in the Union,” said Anthony Vegliante, the Postal Service’s chief human resources officer and executive vice president, who served as the dedicating official.
Fifty years ago, the Postal Service issued a four-cent stamp honoring the 150th anniversary of Louisiana statehood. In 1976 — in conjunction with the American Bicentennial — the Postal Service issued a 13-cent stamp honoring the Louisiana state flag.
Six years later, the Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating the Brown Pelican as Louisiana’s state bird and the magnolia as the state flower.
Then in 2002, a stamp was issued featuring the iconic image of a pelican and a horse-drawn carriage along New Orleans Jackson Square when commemorating Louisiana in the Postal Service’s “Greetings from America” stamp series.
Art director Phil Jordan designed the stamp, which features a photograph of Flat Lake taken by C.C. Lockwood. Lockwood has lived in Louisiana for more than 40 years and is renowned for his wildlife and nature photography. In the stamp image, a setting sun casts the shadows of bald cypress trees hung with Spanish moss across the dark water. Flat Lake is located in the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest contiguous river swamp in the United States. Its bayous are home to alligators, crawfish, snakes, turtles, nutria, owls and eagles.
The Louisiana Statehood stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp in self-adhesive sheets of 20. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. At the time of issuance, the Louisiana Statehood stamps are being sold at a price of 45 cents each, or $9.00 per sheet.
Customers may view the Louisiana Statehood Forever Stamp, as well as this year’s other stamps, on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, through Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at beyondtheperf.com/stamp-releases/2012. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for background on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.