According to archival information, the tower of Memorial Union on MU’s campus was officially dedicated in 1926 as a memorial to MU Alumni and students who lost their lives in World War I. The Latin phrase “In Sapientia Ambulate, Tempus Rediments”, translated, “Walk in wisdom, redeeming the time” was engraved on the tower. The tower now stands as a memorial to all MU Alumni and students who have lost their lives in U.S. conflicts since then.
This afternoon at 1:30 p.m. the city of Columbia held “1,000 Strong for Peace- End THIS War!”. Hundreds of people gathered to mark the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq. People gathered to listen to speakers, march through downtown, and end at Peace Park for a small concert.
While marching is an honorable way to raise awareness to various issues and to allow for a mass public opinion, how are people really supporting the troops serving this country overseas? A person can walk through any public parking lot and spot a (insert chosen color here) “Support Our Troops” magnetic ribbon, but is that their only method of support?
There are currently thousands of students and friends, men and women, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers; serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas overseas. While many people stop their support at a magnet, others choose to go a step further. There are so many ways to help the men and women serving this country, and those that organize them are always happy to gain another volunteer. No matter what branch of military, there is a way to help.
Below one site (as there are so many) is listed for each branch of the military. Most existing sites were created by military families and provide a place for those with family members overseas to talk and share memories and photos with. Many of them establish their own support projects within these groups and are always happy to gain another volunteer.
- For the Army: goarmyparents.com
- For the Navy: navy-parents.com
- For the Air Force: afas.org
- For the Marines: marineparents.com (This site also provides a link to “The Care Package Project” which anyone can be a part of. It gives a detailed list of the most requested items of Marines serving overseas.)
- For anyone: militarymoms.net
If you know of a great cause to support the U.S. military please leave a comment below and I will gladly add it to the list.