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Chris Hauff Jul 02, 2020

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Happy July and happy birthday, America! July is one of my favorite months for many red, white and blue reasons. As a teacher, I’ve often been asked, “How do you teach Patriotism?” To which I always reply, “you don’t teach patriotism, you SHOW patriotism.”

So, with that said, I have suggestions for things you can do to show off your patriotism.  The Lowcountry loves our veterans and we are truly blessed with many opportunities to show that love locally or statewide.

We here at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum proudly honor our military’s history in times of peace and war. When you visit us, be sure and see our three naval vessels, our Vietnam Experience Exhibit, and the Medal of Honor Museum.

USS Yorktown Foundation

If you are looking for a way to honor veterans, and educate the community about the sacrifices they’ve made for our country, check out our official foundation, USS Yorktown Foundation.  The Yorktown Foundation provides scholarships so that underserved students all throughout South Carolina can participate in one of our education programs.  They have also financially supported many of our new exhibits!  Click Here For More Info!

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath­-laying ceremonies at more than 1,600 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad. From the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts, our veterans are devoted sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers.

December 19, 2020, is National Wreaths Across America Day this year. To get involved, go to https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ and locate the cemetery nearest you.   You can also honor heroes by purchasing wreaths that will go to the National Cemetery of your choice for $15.  If you cannot travel, someone else will place the wreath for you.

This special ceremony shows how to remember, honor and teach.

Each year, since my Dad’s passing, I’ve been honored to place a wreath on his grave and that of Mrs. Lamb’s dad.  He was like a “Grandpa” to me.  Then through the years, other friends of mine who cannot travel have given me the honor of placing a wreath on their loved one’s markers. Last year, we placed ten wreaths on the markers of heroes I’ve known. My former student Sharon and her husband Clay and their three girls went with me. This picture is of them with one of our special heroes, Larry Simensen’s marker with the wreath they had placed.

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Fisher House

The Fisher House is a beautiful home away from home for the families of Veterans receiving care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. The Fisher House provides temporary lodging in a comfortable and relaxed setting, only a few blocks away from the medical facility.

The Fisher House in Charleston.

Guests can stay at the Fisher House at no cost for as long as their loved one is hospitalized. (Must live 50 miles or more away from the medical facility.) Though things are a little different right now, when they are open volunteers are always needed.  Groups also provide meals and bring various needed everyday supplies too.

Their contact number is 843-805-8200.

Patriotic Tune

Just this morning I heard a somewhat new version of one of my favorite Patriotic TUNES by Lee Greenwood that he just released for the 4th of July Weekend. It is “God Bless the USA” with the Singing Sergeants and a group called Home Free.  Click here to listen. 

In Lee Greenwood’s own words:

“I recorded the American Patriot album [in 1992] — that album was a way to embrace “God Bless the USA” with all other American songs, including “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful,” the National Anthem … even the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The American Patriot album really was the one that solidified “God Bless the USA” in a time capsule, if you will, for all time.”

So, in the words of Lee Greenwood, “I’m Proud to be an American.”



History Education Program Coordinator Cindy Clark (Miss Clark) comes out of the brig aboard the USS Yorktown.

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. Today, I am honored to be part of the Education Department aboard the USS Yorktown at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, and boy is my classroom much BIGGER!!!

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