A Month of Giving – Truly Historic BlogChris Hauff Nov 29, 2020
Miss Clark’s Truly Historic Blog | December, 2020
Did you know that TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 is celebrated worldwide as a day to share with others? It’s called:
Kindness is something that we should give every day, but on Giving Tuesday, we share out of our abundance, no matter how little, to others. Money may be the first thought that comes to your mind, but time and talents are needed equally across our communities. Most of us have causes that we hold dear, and this is a day to truly show how much they mean. There are so many organizations such as the USS Yorktown Foundation, The Fisher House, the American Red Cross, and one special to my heart, Wreaths Across America.
I’m going to share a little bit about each one of these great groups. Perhaps these suggestions may be helpful as you decide where to give Tuesday or even in the days ahead. There are so many more places and people that need our gracious giving, so please spend a bit of time researching the ones you want to support. Let’s make December A MONTH OF GIVING!
It should be obvious that the USS Yorktown and Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s official foundation are near to my heart. The Yorktown Foundation’s (YF) mission is to inspire our children, visitors, community, and the world by promoting America’s long-standing traditions of service, leadership, duty, and sacrifice through education, exhibits, programming, and community outreach. There are so many great exhibits funded through YF. A special anonymous donor recently supplied new tires for nearly all of the historic aircraft at the museum. If supporting our museum is your mission, the USS Yorktown Foundation could use your help! Here is a link: https://www.ussyorktownfoundation.org/
Next on the list is the Charleston Fisher House. It’s located near the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston. Their kind staff provides food and housing for families of veterans who live at least 50 miles away so that they have a place to stay during medical trips. It is similar to the Ronald McDonald House, but for veterans. They are always in need of volunteers and groups to help around the house and cook. Here’s a link if you are interested in learning more: https://friendsoffisherhousecharleston.org/
Here’s another good idea for Giving Tuesday, the American Red Cross. There are so many convenient locations, and they are always urgently in need of blood and or platelets. There is no cost involved other than a willingness to give a piece of yourself! https://www.redcross.org/
Finally, Wreaths Across America, the organization was started in 2008. Five years later, on December 13, 2013, Congress created Wreaths Across America Day. My involvement began with my Dad’s death in 2014. He only had one request before his passing. That was to be buried among the sacred grounds of a Military Cemetery. My choice was the Beaufort National Cemetery. So, each year on the designated Saturday in December, family and friends gather at various locations to place wreaths on the graves of our military heroes. It is such a special day; few words are spoken except to say the names on the markers as we lay the wreaths. Last year we placed more than 28,000 of them.
It’s always humbling and somber, but something I will always do as long as I can. If you cannot go but know where your loved one is buried, someone will do it for you and then send you a picture upon request. The wreaths are part of our promise to never forget what our heroes sacrificed to keep us free. The cost is $15 per wreath, and you can designate where it goes. Here’s a link: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/
The teacher in me loves to share school stories, and history always seems to connect. Don’t you agree? Do you know that two Kentucky teachers created a song called “Good Morning to All” that eventually became “Happy Birthday to you?”
It’s true! With that said, I’m going to share a few December birthdays to note this month.
December 1– Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) Birthday—The agency served as the official volunteer civilian auxiliary of the Air Force. Formed during World War Two
December 13 – National Guard Birthday— The National Guard includes the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. These two components have a mission to equip, train, and deploy when needed in emergencies for contingencies worldwide.
December 14 —WWII General James Doolittle, Leader of Doolittle Raiders and MOH Recipient (Come visit our Restored B-25 and see it inside and out.)
December 15, 1920—-Mrs. Bee Haydu, one of the original Women Air Force Service Pilots (She visited the Yorktown and was our guest on one of our Symposiums. She will be 100. Look for her Facebook page and wish her a happy 100th!
December 25 —American nurse and philanthropist Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
P.S. Do you know what the “red” in RED SHIRT FRIDAYS stands for? The “red” in Red Shirt Friday is an acronym, which stands for Remember Everyone Deployed. Red Shirt Friday, also simply known as RED, is an informal, optional, and very popular campaign that involves participants simply choosing to wear a red shirt on any given Friday to show support for all deployed troops. An informal motto for this observance goes, “Just wear red and tell your friends why!”
Getting To Know Miss Clark:
My name is Cindy Clark, but most of my life as a teacher I’ve been known as Miss Clark. For more than 24 years, I was blessed to teach in a traditional classroom full of students who often taught me more than I taught them. Then, I left the classroom and boarded a truly historic ship – the USS Yorktown. I spent more than 10 years educating students from across the country about history, honor, and patriotism as part of the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s education department. As of August 14, 2020, I officially retired, and looking back, I feel so blessed to have had an impact on so many young lives!
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