May is National Military Appreciation Month. Please join me in honoring current and former members of the United States Armed Forces, especially those who died while defending our freedom.
Tonight, the Blue Star Neighbors Celebration recognized military supporters from across the country and celebrated the 10th anniversary of Blue Star Families at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C.
The Blue Star Neighbors Celebration is an annual celebration of the spirit of America – the kindness of military supporters across the country and their impact on the military family community.
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, was awarded the Constance J. Milstein Philanthropic Award. Craig recently provided a gift of $1,000,000 to help fund the Craig Newmark Greater New York Chapter of Blue Star Families. He also contributes as a member of the Blue Star Families Board of Directors.
Recognition was also given to The Walt Disney Company with the Corporate Neighbor Award. Susan Masser was awarded the 2019 Blue Star Neighbor Award.
Several military leaders were in attendance including Secretary of the Army Mark Esper who participated in the award presentations.
Following is an excerpt from a letter I wrote on behalf of the French-American Cultural Foundation to the French Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Gérard Araud, to express the Foundation’s comradeship, sympathy and support for the French people after the fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France, on April 15, 2019. The letter also pledged support for the fundraising efforts currently underway to help rebuild the cathedral.
“The tragic scenes of Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed by flames deeply moved and touched many Americans. Irrespective of location and religious belief, Notre Dame’s historical significance to humanity means this beautiful building and its many important artifacts belong to all of us, not only the people of Paris and citizens of France. We would also give thanks for the many brave Parisian firefighters that battled so valiantly to bring the fire under control and limit the damage.”
Learn More: French-American Cultural Foundation Chairman sends letter of sympathy to French Ambassador over the destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral and pledges support from Americans to help with funding rebuild
Several of America’s military heroes were honored at the 26th Annual White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Jean Case presented the WHC Garden Brunch “Be Fearless” Award in recognition of a veteran’s fearless leadership to Lt. General Gwendolyn Bingham who has broken barriers and served the country with distinction throughout her more than 30 years in the U.S. Army.
Jay Leno also presented a Purple Heart recipient, U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Angela Morales-Biggs of Manassas, Virginia, with the WHC Garden Brunch “Champions of Freedom” Award and the keys to a brand new, payment-free Nissan Pathfinder. The presentation was sponsored by Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation.
Blue Star Families, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, also brought several military members and their spouses as guests to the Garden Brunch. The Blue Star Neighbors Celebration on May 14 in Washington, D.C. will celebrate the spirit of America – the kindness of military supporters across the country and their impact on the military family community.
Compass Coffee and Dog Tag Bakery also provided support and food for the event.
Watch video highlights from the 26th Annual White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch.