HELEN CROCHETING LAPGHANS FOR PATRIOTIC COMFORT AT 106
Operation Red White Blue & You is a outreach program to honor the memory of its creator Helen F. Cunningham. Circle 4 Oneness chose to continue Helen's work as another level of creating Oneness around the United States. We believe the true heart of this gesture is the healing the maker receives as well as the gift of caring that the veteran receives...true oneness.
WE HAVE OPENED THIS IDEA UP AS A NATIONAL RECOGNITION PROJECT
It's simple, you choose to kint or crochet a red, white and blue striped lapghan (small lap size afgan) for any vet you choose to honor. Our goal is 1,000 created and delivered by Dec. 2017.
HERE IS WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR:
AND POST IT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO BE COUNTED IN THE 1000
Spiritual leader Karen Lee has stepped forward and set up the social networking to support this movement. A beautiful logo was created and a store to purchase the T-shirt will be posted on our site. This adds extra support and a powerful visual to help us further this non-profit concept.
Private Herschal L. Sanders Story
From his daughter Karen Lee, National Coordinator for this Project
My father served in WWII as part of the renowned 34th Division. He told me he was proud that he enlisted in the Iowa National Guard and was not drafted. They were among the first to depart for Europe and trained in England, Scotland and Ireland.
My dad was a medic, often near the front lines helping the wounded, carrying them in stretchers and riding in ambulances taking them back to field or station hospitals. He disdained the identifying armbands saying he didn't think they made much difference to the Germans. He went to North Africa first. Difficult as the War was, he also was interested in the geography where he was stationed. He once said, the African sunsets were the most beautiful he had ever seen.
From there the 34th Division went to Salerno Italy and participated in the drive to take Rome. Since it was the “toe of the boot” it represented a counter strategy to travel from the south. He was wounded in the battle for Cassino on Mt. Trocchio, a German stronghold commanding the route to the Rapido River.
He was tired and fell behind the patrol. They were mistaken for a supply group and mortar shells rained down. One person was killed and though wounded painfully he made it back to camp. He came back to the US and while having surgeries to repair the damage he worked in a munitions factory.
He was combat wounded and gave his Purple Heart to his parents. He also had other decorations: a ribbon for pre-Pearl Harbor service, the Asiatic and Eastern Defense Bar and the Bar for
The African and Italian campaign with 2 Stars.
My dad was a true patriot and gave his all through “plenty rough” fighting. Speaking about those who complained about rationing back home he summed it up “ They still don’t seem to realize that we're the luckiest and richest country in the world.”
"I have chosen to take on this legacy lapghan project to honor his courageous legacy and also reach out to our modern heroes." Karen Lee
PLEASE JOIN ME IN CREATING A LAPGHAN FOR YOUR HERO
Fill out the form below to pledge to make your Lapghan for Patriotic Comfort count.
A pdf of the directions will be sent to you.
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