On October 13th, 2010, Marine Lance Corporal Phillip Vinnedge gave his life defending our freedom.
He will be missed by all that knew him, but never forgotten.
Dream Riders is our way of continuing Phillip's legacy of service to others.
The objectives of the Marine's Toys for Tots Foundation are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
Missouri Military Memorial Foundation, A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, consists of a group of dedicated volunteers (family & friends of fallen military personnel) raising money to build a memorial for our fallen heroes of Missouri. Join us in creating something beautiful to remember our fallen soldiers, of Missouri, who were Killed in Action or a casualty of War during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or the Desert Storm/Desert Shield Wars.
In the 1920's the Gold Star Mothers created a memorial to honor the fallen soldiers from WWI. A bronze disc was cast for each fallen soldier and placed along Kingshighway in St. Louis, MO. In the 1980's due to the widening of the highway the memorial was destroyed. Members of Rollo-Calcaterra American Legion Post 15 rallied and saved many of the memorial plaques from destruction. Of the original 1,185 plaques, 752 were rescued. A new site for the plaques has been approved at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Construction of the new memorial will begin once sufficient funds have been raised.
UPDATE: We are pleased to announce that the memorial was completed and dedicated on September 30th, 2012 (Gold Star Mothers Day). If you are in the St. Louis area I would highly recommend a visit to the memorial.
The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security.
Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:
Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.
We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.
To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.
Caring for the families of the fallen...
TAPS provides ongoing emotional help, hope, and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of relationship to the deceased, geography, or circumstance of the death. TAPS meets its mission by providing peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma resources.
Snowball Express started in early 2006 with a simple idea: Provide hope and new memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11.
America should honor and pay tribute to the children of those military fallen heroes who have died while honorably serving since 9/11. In December of 2006, nearly 900 family members from all across America and the world gathered in Southern California for an unforgettable holiday gathering. Kids and widows discovered they weren't alone. And they found they weren't forgotten.
The Joshua Chamberlain Society ("JCS") is a grass roots, St. Louis-based, 501(c)(3) federally tax exempt charity that was formed with the mission of providing long term support to veterans from the greater St. Louis area that sustained permanent combat injuries fighting the long war on terror for our nation. It also provides long term support to the children of local veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in our service. The unique mission of JCS is that it adopts, in the truest meaning of that word, these veterans or the family of these deceased veterans, and commits to provide support for the long term - 5, 10, 20 years after the serviceman or woman has suffered grievous and permanent injuries, the veteran or his family will know that the citizens of St. Louis still honor and recognize their enormous sacrifice for our freedoms. As their injuries or death is permanent, so is the support that JCS provides. This support is multi-faceted and comes in the form of gifts, tuition assistance, monetary donations, and the like--anything that JCS identifies as something that will improve the quality of life for these heroic Americans.
The American Fallen Soldiers Project was formed to help provide comfort and healing to the grieving families of our fallen military. Our 501c3 non-profit organization makes available at no cost to the family an original portrait of their fallen loved one that fully captures their appearance and personality. With the desire to make a profound and lasting impact through our service to the families, we work diligently to restore a sense of life and presence of their fallen hero on canvas in hopes to provide a place where they can spend time with their loved one when they need them most. Our goal and the heart of The American Fallen Soldiers Project is to serve, comfort and encourage the Gold Star families unconditionally and impartially to the best of our ability. It is this commitment to excellence that defines our portraits, our staff and our organization.
The Semper Fi Society of St. Louis nurtures and sustains a Marine culture within the greater St. Louis community in order to support all Marines and their families, acting as a liaison for all Marine organizations in the community, and supporting the charitable needs of greater St. Louis.