Memorial Day 2022

Memorial Day 2022

Memorial Day 2022

In honor of America’s fallen service members and Gold Star families, on Memorial Day President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden invited a small group to join them in planting a Magnolia Tree on the White House grounds.

SDIT and the National League of POW/MIA Families were honored to be invited and proud to be represented by Denise Reed (pink jacket; daughter of Harold B. Reed; Army KIA 1966) and Jill Hubbs (red jacket; daughter of Donald R. Hubbs, Navy MIA 1968).

Memorial Day 2022
40th Anniversary of the Groundbreaking of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

40th Anniversary of the Groundbreaking of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

 From the eUpdate Newsletter

40th Anniversary of the Groundbreaking of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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National Vietnam War Veterans Day

March 26-29, 2022

“With conviction, our Nation pledges our enduring respect, our continuing care, and our everlasting commitment to all Vietnam veterans.”

This year marks the fifth anniversary of March 29 being designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Across the nation, take time to thank and honor those who answered the call, confronted the enemy, supported the effort, returned home, and cemented their places as great American entrepreneurs.

Capitalizing on a “Can Do” spirt, they seized the initiative and made every corner of America a better place. They raised families, started businesses, and held elective office. They built the iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial, formed Vietnam Veterans of America, befriended the Gold Star Families of their fallen battle buddies, and continue fighting for causes benefitting all veterans!

The members of Sons and Daughters In Touch extend to all Vietnam veterans a most sincere, “Thank You” and “Welcome Home!”

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SDIT e-Update, March 2022

 
SDIT Impact Report

SDIT Impact Report

Sons and Daughters In Touch are proud to share this Impact Report capturing both recent and historic accomplishments of the organization. Since its inception in 1989, SDIT has pursued its mission: “…to locate, unite and support the children of American servicemen who were killed or remain missing in the Vietnam War.” For more than 30 years, our grassroots efforts worked towards fulfilling that mission. Along the way, SDIT has impacted tens of thousands from America’s Gold Star families of the Vietnam War, other older and younger Gold Star families who help comprise `the Long Gold Line,” and our nation’s veterans too.
 
As you read this report, we invite you to celebrate the accomplishments and be part of the future of
Sons and Daughters In Touch! 
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Commemoration

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Commemoration

On November 11, 1921, Arlington National Cemetery welcomed America’s unknown soldier from World War l and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated.

Now, a century later our nation will observe this centennial commemoration over Veterans Day, November 9-11, 2021.

The tomb is meaningful and symbolic to Sons and Daughters In Touch as a constant reminder of the nation’s commitment to obtaining the fullest possible accounting of each American service member who has yet to return home. In 1959, unknown soldiers from World War ll and the Korean War were enshrined alongside the “World War l unknown”. An empty crypt symbolically represents those unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

For the first time ever, the public is being invited to step onto the plaza and place a flower tribute at the tomb. To learn more about this ceremony and other events during the Centennial Commemoration, visit the following links:

Tomb Guards: https://tombguard.org/centennial
Arlington National Cemetery: https://arlingtoncemetery.mil/Tomb100

Gold Star Families Remembrance Week – September 19-25, 2021

Gold Star Families Remembrance Week – September 19-25, 2021

 
On September 15, United States Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS) and Raphael Warnock (GA) co-sponsored a resolution declaring September 19-25 as National Gold Star Families Remembrance Week.
 
Sons and Daughters In Touch are deeply grateful for this acknowledgment of ‘The Long Gold Line’ of America’s Gold Star Families: from those lost in World War l – initiating the Gold Star Tradition – to the 13 lost at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 29.
 
 
With the significant majority of America’s Gold Star Families originating from World War l, World War ll the Korean War, and Vietnam War, it is critical to acknowledge the heritage and history of this precious American tradition bestowed on the families whose loved ones were lost defending the nation against her enemies.
Gold Star Children’s Day – August 1, 2021!

Gold Star Children’s Day – August 1, 2021!

United States Senators Roger Wicker (MS) and Joe Manchin (WV) co-sponsored a resolution designating August 1 as National Gold Star Children’s Day!

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To better understand the meaning and significance of the Gold Star tradition, view the video the Department of Defense video at this link:

https://www.defense.gov/News/Feature-Stories/Story/Article/2246026/understanding-the-significance-of-the-gold-star/

More than 7,000 American service members have been killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq alone since Sept. 11, 2001. More than 16,000 have died of other causes in that time. Gold Star families have borne the losses, and Defense Department officials want Americans – especially those serving in the department – to understand what the Gold Star lapel pin and Next of Kin lapel pins mean.

The pins were created ”to recognize the sacrifices of so many,” said Deborah Skillman, the program director at the Military Community and Family Policy Office in the Pentagon. Skillman’s office has created and posted an ”eTutorial” on Military OneSource to educate people about the program. 

Service members know what the Gold Star represents, and, unfortunately, in a time of conflict, many service members have lost friends. Still, the force has a large turnover of personnel, Skillman noted, and there may be some who do not understand the Gold Star program and what it represents. The eTutorial is for them, she said.

The education effort is in response to input from family members who, because of a general lack of knowledge, sometimes get ”unintentionally insensitive questions about the Gold Star lapel button and Next of Kin lapel button,” Skillman said. 

The Gold Star symbol began during World War I. At the start of the American involvement in 1917, families hung banners with blue stars representing family members in the services. If the service member died in combat, the family changed the blue star to gold. 

After the war, Gold Star mothers banded together. The group was incorporated in 1928. This year’s Gold Star Mothers Day is Sept. 27.

There are still Gold Star families from World War I, and many thousands from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

For more information, go to https://millifelearning.militaryonesource.mil/