About this Site

The birth of this website comes from my heart in appreciation for all of the courage, suffering and sacrifices our Armed Forces and their families give daily.  I am honoring Veterans by providing upcoming events where civilians, like myself, can easily participate.  My vision is to encourage private citizens to show their support and gratitude by volunteering their time and/or resources.  I  created this blog to gather inspiring testimonials/stories/information to demonstrate how caring folks are leading the way.

The name of this blog, StarSpangledBoomerang, is a reminder that for every action there is a reaction.  Let’s stand up for the brave men and woman who are backing us.  No matter what our political beliefs are, we all know there are courageous service members who are putting their lives on the line so we can be free.  Freedom is not free.  Please show your support by getting involved.

God Bless America.

Please feel free to leave a comment on any site page which will be approved before publishing.  Your email address will not be displayed unless you specify that request.  This site was created not for political reasons but for positive  interaction between our Armed Forces, Veterans, Volunteers, Civilians, and our families.

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25 thoughts on “About this Site”

  1. Dear StarSpangled Boomerang,
    I love all that you have done and continue to do for the men and women of this wonderful country. You are a gift to USA and we need more people like you who honor and put in so much work into all branches of service. The soldiers, the families and communities need you. Thank you for stepping up and keeping what is important at the top. Keep up the great work and know that your efforts are deeply appreciated. God Bless America!!!

  2. This is my first visit to this powerfully-intentioned website, and I am truly uplifted by the beautiful and loving intentions that clearly guided you to create this tribute to all those (and their families) who are serving or have served our country and especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

    I thank you, for creating this resource, this “platform” for all of us to acknowledge those who have given and done so much to protect our freedom.

  3. I’m the very proud granddaughter, daughter, niece and sister-in-law of a family that have risked their lives to protect me, my country and freedom of those world wide. I thank you and your families for your service. May God continue to protect those service men and women who leave their families to keep our world safe. Please do not forget the USO that provide services around the world for our service families.

  4. I wanted to remind the Veterans who read your blog that there are many companies that offer discounts to our Veterans as a way to say thank you for their service. Often I find that many men and women are unaware of these advantages.
    http://www.military.com/discounts is a great site to find these companies that participate. Not only on Veterans Day but all year long. I am sure there are more local companies that offer discounts wherever you live. In our area Boscov’s Department store offers 15% off everytime you show your Veteran’s ID. Bob got his ID at our County Office, most counties offer this service. People might suggest to their local businesses that they start offering and advertising discounts in their own area.

  5. What a wonderful site honoring our veterans past and present. I can feel the respect from each and every post. I am a veteran of the USAF and worked hydraulic systems on C130’s. My father left his job as a machinist in December of 51 to enlist in the USMC during the Korean War. He trained as a radio operator and spent 7 months on foreign soil. He was honorably discharged in 54 and returned to his previous job. He never talked about his time as a Marine and I respected that. He was a jack-of-all-trades and forced me as a kid to stand at his side repairing whatever needed to be fixed. It was usually a vehicle or home maintenance. It was the most horrible thing for me, but I thank him on a daily basis now. He passed away on Memorial Day in 92 after a long battle with Parkinson disease. I miss him dearly and think of him daily. He was the epitome of what a father should be.

    1. Randy Grant, loving Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend went up to “The Spirit in the Sky” on April 30, 2015. We love you. We miss you. We hope you and Dad will have front row seats for all the Blues hockey games! We will be here, keeping the faith.

  6. I think this website is very much needed! We as free Americans do not realize how much has been sacrificed for the very privileges we enjoy today. My father was in WWII as a Marine. I felt as a young person that something was not quite right about my father. I realized many years later he was very much affected by his service days, more than I could even fathom! I think he was very proud of his military service. He loved his country. Both my brothers served as well, one in the Air Force as a Sergeant, the other in the Reserves. Both of them learned many things during their service. They have a sense of honor which was instilled in them. My grandfather also served his country in WWI on a mounted horse. What brave men they all are, and I am proud of them!!! I was too young to understand or even ask them what their experiences were like, but after reviewing some of these comments, I realize we all are effected by war, even if we never stepped on a battle field. Thank you God for this great country You have given us stewardship to keep safe. May God Bless us all! Gennette

  7. I’ve been reading some of the comments that have been entered on your site and I’m extremely impressed. Having a place for vets to tell their stories, and the stories of their family and friends, is so very valuable. Not being a vet myself makes me appreciate even more the sacrifices that the men and woman in our services have made and make every day still. These sacrifices have given me and my family, and all the people of this wonderful country of ours, past and present, the freedoms we all enjoy, and so often take for granted. So thank you so much for making this site alive with the stories and sentiments of our vets and their families.
    Richard

  8. Hello,

    I’m Rich’s friend Allen. As a Gulf War I veteran, I think your blog is wonderful! It is important to do all we can to assist all of our veterans. I’m involved with my daughter’s school’s veteran day program. It is important that our children realize the sacrifices our veterans make for all of us. Thanks again for your endeavor to help vets.

    Best Regards,
    Allen Vigil

    1. Great hearing from you Allen. You are right! We ALL need to help our children understand the sacrifices these brave men and woman volunteer for! As you did! Thank you for sharing your thoughts…. and thank YOU for YOUR SERVICE! Would love to hear from more service members and veterans! Your voice and thoughts matter…

  9. Most Americans in more recent times think of today’s Veterans as volunteers fighting for their country. This may be true and I am proud of those men and women putting their lives at stake to defend our way of life here and abroad. I have given those Vets a handshake and a thank you on many occasions. This is now, what about then? How can we thank those from wars long past?

    I would like to take a moment to reflect about the other Veterans. The Veterans of wars long past. These are the volunteers and draftees that were pulled out of there domestic lifestyles, trained and sent overseas to countries they only knew by looking in a newspaper, magazine or book. These Vets had families, friends, jobs and homes. Some of them knew nothing about foreign affairs or political uprisings. During their time there was no internet or television to keep them up to date about world affairs. These are the Vets I most respect.

    One of these Veterans from wars past was my father. His name was Richard Bueckendorf. He grew up in simple, humble surroundings on the north side of St. Louis, Missouri. He never really had much, but he did have his family and friends that loved him dearly. He was the oldest of 6 siblings.
    After dropping out of school at age 12, he helped support his family by working for his uncle doing various jobs on tenements. He never really made much money, but in 1944 every little bit helped.

    My father became a man the hard way. The work was hard and there were no entitlements from the government. Although his journey to manhood proved to be difficult, this helped him to understand the hardships he encountered in his later years.

    One hardship was being drafted into the Korean Conflict. Like most draftees, they were plucked from their present lifestyles and thrust into a war they really knew nothing about. Before my fathers death, I asked him how he felt about going to war in an unknown country. He told me he went because his country apparently needed him. That is why he was drafted. He said he went without questioning their reasons.

    He dropped everything for his family when he was 12 and dropped everything for his country when he was 20. To me this is a rare quality anyway you look at it.

    Even though most of these men and women are gone now, these Veterans of wars long past deserve our special thanks. Remember their hardships when you are having a bad day. I do.

    To my Dad. My hero. I love you still.
    Richard R. Bueckendorf PFC 64th Field Artillery Battalion APO 25

    1. Thank you and your family for your Dad’s service, and your thoughtful comment. One organization that honors the “Greatest Generation” of men and woman in the Armed Services in WWII and the Korean Conflict is, The Honor Flight Network. They take Veterans to the World War II and other memorials in Washington DC for 2 days of remembrance, honor and celebration of their service and sacrifice. Although most of our senior Veterans population are now gone, 23 trips have been made since July 2008. Their funding comes from private donations only.

  10. To all of those who have served this great country that we live in, I say “Thank You.”
    You not only protect our country but our Freedom as well. You do this for your own reasons and ask for nothing in return. You all deserve Respect and Thanks!!!

    1. Great comment especially on Veterans Day! As an update on restaurants who offered complimentary meals here in Colorado to Vets, Applebee’s had a community table available for seating if they were interested. According to wait staff employee, Meggan, the community table was a big hit. Once conversation started to flow, some service members discovered they had served on the same ship. All in all, the day was a busy one despite record breaking cold temperatures.

  11. Renee, my grandfather also was a Navy WWII vet who couldn’t swim. AT ALL. He grew up on the dry Eastern Colorado plains and must have thought, why not! He made it through the war without swimming 🙂

    1. How funny! I remember when I learned to swim, I wanted to surprise my Dad and I jumped in the deep end of the pool and when I came up, I thought he’d had a heart attack, he yelled at me for not telling him I could swim and he definitely told my mother a few things. Lol

  12. I believe this is a wonderful venue you have created! My father was in WWII and the Korean Conflict and I am a member of the Womens Auxillery VFW Post 3944 in St. Louis, MO. My dad was never one to dwell on the bad things regarding war and always had a joke to tell, like, he was drafted and had two weeks of basic training and couldn’t swim a stroke but went into the Navy. He said that if his ship was hit he would either be so scared that he would run on top of the water or sink to the bottom and walk home. I had a shadow box made up for him with the medals he earned, a couple of stripes, his picture, and a picture of one of the ships he was on, etc. I plan on re-doing the box with the flag he received at his funeral. I feel that I honor my dad and other veterans when I go up to the post to volunteer or have a beer there.

    1. What a great sense of humor your dad had!! Thank you for sharing and also volunteering your time. I have heard several families honoring their service member with stories this week. Veterans day encourages us to take the time to say, “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.”

  13. Thank you for your inspiring words. I am motivated to honor our service men and woman by participating in The Veterans Day Luncheon. All those who live in Brevard County Florida have the opportunity to buy a lunch for an active duty or reserve service member, while listening to guest speakers to be held at The Doubletree Hotel in Cocoa Beach at 11:30 on Nov.11th.
    Thank you to all the men and woman in uniform, I honor you as I do my late father, Master Sergeant Wilfredo Perez who was a proud member of the 65th Infantry and a decorated veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict.

    1. What a wonderful way to be with your community and give recognition to those who are so deserving!
      As the daughter of a Veteran, you are an important reminder for us to acknowledge not just those who presently wear the uniform, or have in the past, but all of the loved ones left behind who also made sacrifices. Thank you and your family for enduring the challenging times of separation! Enjoy the lunch.

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