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Honor365 Events Gallery

Welcome!  Stay current with all of the upcoming Honor365 events we are doing to support veterans, first responders, and their families.  We invite you to attend our events, support our efforts to raise funds for our vision, and visit our website often to learn more on how you can help.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact us.  Thank you for your continued support!

Past Honor365 Events

Ohio State Strive Connect & Honor

Ohio State Strive Connect & Honor

September 11, 2021

Ohio National Veterans Memorial & Museum Connect & Honor

Ohio National Veterans Memorial & Museum Connect & Honor

September 11, 2021

Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial Connect & Honor

Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial Connect & Honor

September 11, 2021

Ohio First Responders Park Connect & Honor

Ohio First Responders Park Connect & Honor

September 11, 2021

Ohio Motts Military Museum

Ohio Motts Military Museum

September 11, 2021

Ohio Engine House No. 16 Museum

Ohio Engine House No. 16 Museum

September 11, 2021

FDNY Marine 1-  9/11 Boatlift 20th Anniversary Tribute

FDNY Marine 1- 9/11 Boatlift 20th Anniversary Tribute

September 10, 2021

O’Hara’s Connect & Honor

O’Hara’s Connect & Honor

September 9, 2021

FDNY Engine 10 / Ladder Co. 10 Connect & Honor

FDNY Engine 10 / Ladder Co. 10 Connect & Honor

September 9, 2021

National September 11 Memorial Museum Connect & Honor

National September 11 Memorial Museum Connect & Honor

September 9, 2021

Ground Zero Connect & Honor

Ground Zero Connect & Honor

September 9, 2021

NYPD/ Time Square Connect & Honor

NYPD/ Time Square Connect & Honor

September 9, 2021

NYPD 60 pct Station 2951 Connect & Honor

NYPD 60 pct Station 2951 Connect & Honor

September 8, 2021

FDNY 43 Battalion/ Engine 245 / Ladder 161 Connect & Honor

FDNY 43 Battalion/ Engine 245 / Ladder 161 Connect & Honor

September 8, 2021

Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance Connect & Honor

Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance Connect & Honor

September 8, 2021

Staten Island Memorial Connect & Honor

Staten Island Memorial Connect & Honor

September 8, 2021

FDNY Engine 4 / Ladder 15 Connect & Honor

FDNY Engine 4 / Ladder 15 Connect & Honor

September 8, 2021

FDNY Engine 28 / Ladder 11 Connect & Honor

FDNY Engine 28 / Ladder 11 Connect & Honor

September 8, 2021

FDNY Engine 54 / Ladder 4 Connect & Honor

FDNY Engine 54 / Ladder 4 Connect & Honor

September 8, 2021

FDNY Marine 1 Connect & Honor

FDNY Marine 1 Connect & Honor

September 8, 2021

FDNY Engine 23 & HVMC Racing Connect & Honor

FDNY Engine 23 & HVMC Racing Connect & Honor

September 7, 2021

FDNY Rescue 4 & Engine 292 Connect & Honor

FDNY Rescue 4 & Engine 292 Connect & Honor

September 7, 2021

Washington DC/ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Connect & Honor

Washington DC/ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Connect & Honor

September 5, 2021

Arlington National Cemetery/ The Pentagon Connect & Honor

Arlington National Cemetery/ The Pentagon Connect & Honor

September 5, 2021

Flight 93 Memorial Connect & Honor

Flight 93 Memorial Connect & Honor

September 4, 2021

Memorial Gardens Pennsylvania Connect & Honor

Memorial Gardens Pennsylvania Connect & Honor

September 4, 2021

Hall of Flame- FDNY Rescue 4 Dedication Ceremony, Phoenix, AZ

Hall of Flame- FDNY Rescue 4 Dedication Ceremony, Phoenix, AZ

Aug 14, 2021

Ohio National Veterans Memorial & Museum Honor Walk

Ohio National Veterans Memorial & Museum Honor Walk

Aug 6, 2021

Hendersonville, Tennessee Honor Walk

Hendersonville, Tennessee Honor Walk

July 30, 2021

Smyrna, Georgia Honor Walk

Smyrna, Georgia Honor Walk

July 28, 2021

Monroe, Louisiana Honor Walk

Monroe, Louisiana Honor Walk

July 26, 2021

Galveston, State of Texas First Responders  Connect & Honor

Galveston, State of Texas First Responders Connect & Honor

June 21, 2021

Buffalo Solider National Museum Connect & Honor

Buffalo Solider National Museum Connect & Honor

June 20, 2021

Fort Worth Museum Houston, TX Honor Walk

Fort Worth Museum Houston, TX Honor Walk

June 18, 2021

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Honor Walk

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Honor Walk

June 14, 2021

Rolling Car Cruise/Poker Run

Rolling Car Cruise/Poker Run

June 12, 2021

Kansas Firefighter Museum Wichita, KS Honor Walk

Kansas Firefighter Museum Wichita, KS Honor Walk

May 29, 2021

The Veterans Memorial Garden Lincoln, NE Honor Walk

The Veterans Memorial Garden Lincoln, NE Honor Walk

May 12, 2021

Colorado Springs, CO Connect & Honor

Colorado Springs, CO Connect & Honor

May 7, 2021

New Mexico Veterans Memorial Albuquerque, NM Honor Walk

New Mexico Veterans Memorial Albuquerque, NM Honor Walk

May 6, 2021

Marine Corps League Leatherneck Club Connect & Honor

Marine Corps League Leatherneck Club Connect & Honor

May 5, 2021

Hall of Flame Phoenix, AZ Honor Walk

Hall of Flame Phoenix, AZ Honor Walk

May 2, 2021

Wellington Fire Department Connect and Honor

Wellington Fire Department Connect and Honor

April 27, 2021

Nevada State Veteran Memorial Las Vegas ,NV Honor Walk

Nevada State Veteran Memorial Las Vegas ,NV Honor Walk

March 23, 2021

Granger High School West Valley City, UT Honor Walk

Granger High School West Valley City, UT Honor Walk

March 19, 2021

Layton City Vietnam Wall Memorial Replica Ogden, UT Honor Walk

Layton City Vietnam Wall Memorial Replica Ogden, UT Honor Walk

Feb 20, 2021

Orem City Cemetery Orem, UT Honor Walk

Orem City Cemetery Orem, UT Honor Walk

Jan 22, 2021

9/11 Exhibit Tour- The 20th Anniversary Exhibit Tour

9/11 Exhibit Tour- The 20th Anniversary Exhibit Tour

Jan 22, 2021 to September 2, 2021

Video Gallery

Check out our video gallery to experience our events that support our veterans, first responders, and their families.

We have lots to celebrate as Firefighter/Engineer Shawn Lamb was presented with his pin signifying his 25 years of service with West Pierce Fire and Rescue.⁠
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We honor you, Shawn Lamb.⁠
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#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/westpierce/posts/4846588222060108⁠
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#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #firstresponder #firefighter

We have lots to celebrate as Firefighter/Engineer Shawn Lamb was presented with his pin signifying his 25 years of service with West Pierce Fire and Rescue.⁠

We honor you, Shawn Lamb.⁠

#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/westpierce/posts/4846588222060108⁠

#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #firstresponder #firefighter
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After more than 21 years with the West Valley City Fire Department, Matt Butterfield is retiring. ⁠
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Matt came to WVCFD as an experienced medic after spending time as a paramedic in Davis County and helped boost our medic numbers as we started our paramedic service back in 2000/2001. ⁠
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Matt was a great engineer, a valuable member of the Hazmat team back in the days working at station 73 and was part of the arson investigation unit for many years. ⁠
We would like to thank him for his years of service and the entertainment he provided by messing with others. ⁠
We hope you enjoy the warmer weather down south and wish you the best of luck in your next adventure!⁠
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We honor you, Matt Butterfield.⁠
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#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/WestValleyCityFire/posts/5035361859849293 ⁠
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#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #firstresponder #firefighter

After more than 21 years with the West Valley City Fire Department, Matt Butterfield is retiring. ⁠

Matt came to WVCFD as an experienced medic after spending time as a paramedic in Davis County and helped boost our medic numbers as we started our paramedic service back in 2000/2001. ⁠

Matt was a great engineer, a valuable member of the Hazmat team back in the days working at station 73 and was part of the arson investigation unit for many years. ⁠
We would like to thank him for his years of service and the entertainment he provided by messing with others. ⁠
We hope you enjoy the warmer weather down south and wish you the best of luck in your next adventure!⁠

We honor you, Matt Butterfield.⁠

#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/WestValleyCityFire/posts/5035361859849293 ⁠

#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #firstresponder #firefighter
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Master Sergeant Melanie A. Sparr is the Middle East & Africa (MEA) Flight Chief at the 169th Intelligence Squadron, Roland R Wright Air Nation Guard Base, Salt Lake City, Utah. She is responsible for MEA flight personnel readiness, organizational management, operator training, and mission operation execution. She holds current qualifications on the Distributed Common Ground System weapons system as Mission Supervisor, Instructor/Evaluator, Entity Operator/Instructor, and Cryptologic Operator. Her administrative and operational efforts ensure the highest quality of intelligence support is provided to theater combatant commanders and the 480th ISR Wing.⁠
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MSgt Sparr enlisted in the 169 IS in June 2006 as an Airborne Chinese Cryptologic Linguist, and maintained qualifications as a Cryptologic Operator and Quick Reaction Capabilities Operator on the SENIOR SCOUT weapons system. Since joining the 169 IS, MSgt Sparr has deployed four times in varying capacities to include Tactical Systems Operator in support of Joint Special Operations Task Forces, and as a Quick Reaction Capability Operator and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge in support of Counter-Narcotics Operations an Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. She has more than 600 flight hours and 2500 ground based weapons system hours. Before transitioning to the 169 IS, MSgt Sparr served as an Aerospace Medical Services Technician with the 466th Fighter Squadron at Hill AFB. She deployed with the 466th Fighter Squadron in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and with the 419th Medical Squadron in support of Operations ALASKAN ROAD, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to assuming her current position, MSgt Sparr was the Deputy Flight Chief for Asia Flight, 169th Intelligence Squadron, Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Salt Lake City, Utah.⁠
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We honor you, Melanie Sparr.⁠
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#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #veteran #airforce #nationalguard

Master Sergeant Melanie A. Sparr is the Middle East & Africa (MEA) Flight Chief at the 169th Intelligence Squadron, Roland R Wright Air Nation Guard Base, Salt Lake City, Utah. She is responsible for MEA flight personnel readiness, organizational management, operator training, and mission operation execution. She holds current qualifications on the Distributed Common Ground System weapons system as Mission Supervisor, Instructor/Evaluator, Entity Operator/Instructor, and Cryptologic Operator. Her administrative and operational efforts ensure the highest quality of intelligence support is provided to theater combatant commanders and the 480th ISR Wing.⁠

MSgt Sparr enlisted in the 169 IS in June 2006 as an Airborne Chinese Cryptologic Linguist, and maintained qualifications as a Cryptologic Operator and Quick Reaction Capabilities Operator on the SENIOR SCOUT weapons system. Since joining the 169 IS, MSgt Sparr has deployed four times in varying capacities to include Tactical Systems Operator in support of Joint Special Operations Task Forces, and as a Quick Reaction Capability Operator and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge in support of Counter-Narcotics Operations an Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. She has more than 600 flight hours and 2500 ground based weapons system hours. Before transitioning to the 169 IS, MSgt Sparr served as an Aerospace Medical Services Technician with the 466th Fighter Squadron at Hill AFB. She deployed with the 466th Fighter Squadron in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and with the 419th Medical Squadron in support of Operations ALASKAN ROAD, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to assuming her current position, MSgt Sparr was the Deputy Flight Chief for Asia Flight, 169th Intelligence Squadron, Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Salt Lake City, Utah.⁠

We honor you, Melanie Sparr.⁠

#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #veteran #airforce #nationalguard
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A recent study by the University of Maryland’s “Do Good Institute” showed that volunteerism is on the decline in America. If true, that makes Bobby Apodaca a Traditional Icon. Apodaca, current Chief of Pinal Rural Fire District, has been a part of the volunteer fire service all his life. It’s been a point of family pride.⁠
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The Winkelman native’s father, a bricklayer in the furnace at an ASARCO mine, was also the Chief of the Winkelman Volunteer Fire Department. Bobby likewise served with the Winkelman department for a total of 21 years. 13 of those years he was chief himself. His uncle, his brother and both of his sisters were also members of the department. In addition to his frontline service to the Winkelman VFD, Bobby Apodaca became increasingly active in service to volunteer firefighting on a statewide, even national level.⁠
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Apodaca’s father was a big supporter of the Associated Firefighters of Arizona.” Founded in 1964, this organization goal is “support, coordinate, develop, promote and implement fire departments through Arizona.” This later became the Volunteer Fire Fighters of Arizona (VFFA) in 2005, and Apodaca, at one point, served as its president.⁠
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Other firefighting-related organizations with which Apodaca has been active over the years in one capacity or another, include the Arizona Fire Service Institute Executive Board and the volunteer sector of the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association.⁠
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In 2015 he joined Pinal Rural Fire and Medical District as a Deputy Chief. Since 2017 he’s been the Fire Chief.⁠
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Operating near the edge of the town of Mammoth, Pinal Rural Fire and Medical District is professionally staffed with volunteers. They serve the residents and guests of the beautiful and copper corridor of Arizona State Route 77 stretching from Oracle to Winkelman, with a few other sparsely populated desert areas outside of Mammoth proper.⁠
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The staff are volunteers, some from the community while others aspiring professional firefighters looking for precious experience and training. Apodaca, of course, has plenty of experience to share.⁠
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We honor you, Bobby Apodaca.⁠
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#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #firstresponder #firefighter⁠

A recent study by the University of Maryland’s “Do Good Institute” showed that volunteerism is on the decline in America. If true, that makes Bobby Apodaca a Traditional Icon. Apodaca, current Chief of Pinal Rural Fire District, has been a part of the volunteer fire service all his life. It’s been a point of family pride.⁠

The Winkelman native’s father, a bricklayer in the furnace at an ASARCO mine, was also the Chief of the Winkelman Volunteer Fire Department. Bobby likewise served with the Winkelman department for a total of 21 years. 13 of those years he was chief himself. His uncle, his brother and both of his sisters were also members of the department. In addition to his frontline service to the Winkelman VFD, Bobby Apodaca became increasingly active in service to volunteer firefighting on a statewide, even national level.⁠

Apodaca’s father was a big supporter of the Associated Firefighters of Arizona.” Founded in 1964, this organization goal is “support, coordinate, develop, promote and implement fire departments through Arizona.” This later became the Volunteer Fire Fighters of Arizona (VFFA) in 2005, and Apodaca, at one point, served as its president.⁠

Other firefighting-related organizations with which Apodaca has been active over the years in one capacity or another, include the Arizona Fire Service Institute Executive Board and the volunteer sector of the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association.⁠

In 2015 he joined Pinal Rural Fire and Medical District as a Deputy Chief. Since 2017 he’s been the Fire Chief.⁠

Operating near the edge of the town of Mammoth, Pinal Rural Fire and Medical District is professionally staffed with volunteers. They serve the residents and guests of the beautiful and copper corridor of Arizona State Route 77 stretching from Oracle to Winkelman, with a few other sparsely populated desert areas outside of Mammoth proper.⁠

The staff are volunteers, some from the community while others aspiring professional firefighters looking for precious experience and training. Apodaca, of course, has plenty of experience to share.⁠

We honor you, Bobby Apodaca.⁠

#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #firstresponder #firefighter⁠
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Becki Knepper, the daughter of Lloyd and Lucile Ainge, grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah. She graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1972. Becki is married to Segeant Major (Ret.) Monte Knepper. She is the mother of Heather Lyman, Gretchen Ainge, Corrina Troth, Sarah Fury and Robin Knepper. Monte and Becki have nine grandchildren. Becki attended Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University and Columbia College where she graduated an associates degree in Liberal Arts.⁠
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She enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 1974. She entered on active duty with the Active Guard and Reserve program in 1979. She was stationed in Provo, Los Alamitos, California, Oakland Army Base, California and Oakdale, Pennsylvannia. In 1995 she was selected to be an assistant inspector General and served the last six years of her military career as an Assistance and Investigation Assistant Inspector General. She retired on March 31, 2001 in the rank of Sergeant First Class.⁠
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She has served as the Second Vice Commander and Historian of the American Legion Post 68. In 2020 she was elected Commander of Post 68, the first female elected to that office. She continues to serve as commander. She was appointed an Ambassador for the State of Utah for the Military Women's Memorial. She has served in several chapters of the Association of the United States Army to include secretary of Non-commissioned Office and Enlisted Affairs. She has served as an election judge in Saint Louis, Missouri, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota and Spanish Fork, Utah. ⁠
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Becki was instrumental in the design, securing the funding, and the dedication of the Military Women's Memorial at the Spanish Fork Cemetery. She has given numerous lectures on the role women have played in the United States Armed Forces. ⁠
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We honor you, Becki Knepper.⁠
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#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #veteran #army

Becki Knepper, the daughter of Lloyd and Lucile Ainge, grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah. She graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1972. Becki is married to Segeant Major (Ret.) Monte Knepper. She is the mother of Heather Lyman, Gretchen Ainge, Corrina Troth, Sarah Fury and Robin Knepper. Monte and Becki have nine grandchildren. Becki attended Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University and Columbia College where she graduated an associates degree in Liberal Arts.⁠

She enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 1974. She entered on active duty with the Active Guard and Reserve program in 1979. She was stationed in Provo, Los Alamitos, California, Oakland Army Base, California and Oakdale, Pennsylvannia. In 1995 she was selected to be an assistant inspector General and served the last six years of her military career as an Assistance and Investigation Assistant Inspector General. She retired on March 31, 2001 in the rank of Sergeant First Class.⁠

She has served as the Second Vice Commander and Historian of the American Legion Post 68. In 2020 she was elected Commander of Post 68, the first female elected to that office. She continues to serve as commander. She was appointed an Ambassador for the State of Utah for the Military Women's Memorial. She has served in several chapters of the Association of the United States Army to include secretary of Non-commissioned Office and Enlisted Affairs. She has served as an election judge in Saint Louis, Missouri, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota and Spanish Fork, Utah. ⁠

Becki was instrumental in the design, securing the funding, and the dedication of the Military Women's Memorial at the Spanish Fork Cemetery. She has given numerous lectures on the role women have played in the United States Armed Forces. ⁠

We honor you, Becki Knepper.⁠

#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #veteran #army
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On September 26, 2017 Officer Reynaldo Serrano responded to a call of a suspicious person walking in traffic at the San Francisco International Airport. Officer Serrano made contact with the suspect but the suspect refused to answer any questions. The suspect then pushed a luggage cart into the officer. The suspect walked away from Serrano once again. The suspect turned around suddenly, yelling “You’re going to die!” The suspect then attacked and stabbed Serrano with a dagger. For his heroic actions and the injuries sustained, Officer Serrano is being awarded the Gold Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart.⁠
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We honor you, Reynaldo Serrano.⁠
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#Repost @https://www.sanfranciscopolice.org/news/san-francisco-police-medal-valor-awards-ceremony-18-147 Photo @https://www.facebook.com/sfpdbuildingtrust/photos/sfpd-officer-reynaldo-serrano-covenant-security-services-vincent-del-rosario-and/1982670062056680/⁠
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#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #firstresponder #LEO #medalofvalor #purpleheart

On September 26, 2017 Officer Reynaldo Serrano responded to a call of a suspicious person walking in traffic at the San Francisco International Airport. Officer Serrano made contact with the suspect but the suspect refused to answer any questions. The suspect then pushed a luggage cart into the officer. The suspect walked away from Serrano once again. The suspect turned around suddenly, yelling “You’re going to die!” The suspect then attacked and stabbed Serrano with a dagger. For his heroic actions and the injuries sustained, Officer Serrano is being awarded the Gold Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart.⁠

We honor you, Reynaldo Serrano.⁠

#Repost @https://www.sanfranciscopolice.org/news/san-francisco-police-medal-valor-awards-ceremony-18-147 Photo @https://www.facebook.com/sfpdbuildingtrust/photos/sfpd-officer-reynaldo-serrano-covenant-security-services-vincent-del-rosario-and/1982670062056680/⁠

#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #firstresponder #LEO #medalofvalor #purpleheart
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Kenneth Toone is originally from Croydon, Utah. He served in the Marine Corps from 2000-2005. He deployed to Iraq in 2003. After the Marines, he spent a few years as a civilian aircraft mechanic at Hill AFB. ⁠
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He married the love of his life in 2014 and they have gone on many adventures together. The biggest adventure so far, is a move from Utah to Oklahoma earlier this year. Since moving to Oklahoma, Kenny has focused much of his time on his physical health. He started walking, then running, for the first time since the military. He's lost almost 200 lbs and has competed in many races. He is an inspiration to many.⁠
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We honor you, Kenneth Toone.⁠
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#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #veteran #USMC

Kenneth Toone is originally from Croydon, Utah. He served in the Marine Corps from 2000-2005. He deployed to Iraq in 2003. After the Marines, he spent a few years as a civilian aircraft mechanic at Hill AFB. ⁠

He married the love of his life in 2014 and they have gone on many adventures together. The biggest adventure so far, is a move from Utah to Oklahoma earlier this year. Since moving to Oklahoma, Kenny has focused much of his time on his physical health. He started walking, then running, for the first time since the military. He's lost almost 200 lbs and has competed in many races. He is an inspiration to many.⁠

We honor you, Kenneth Toone.⁠

#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #veteran #USMC
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At the age of 13, Tibor Rubin was one of millions of European Jews forced into a Nazi concentration camp. He survived 14 months of the Holocaust while his family perished in another camp, and was finally liberated at the end of WWII. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1948, joined the Army, and eventually deployed to Korea.⁠
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Rubin again endured extreme anti-semitism at the hands of his Sergeant while in country. Rubin’s peers offered sworn statements through the years, documenting how Rubin was continually “volunteered” for the most dangerous missions. During one of these in July 1950, he was assigned to stay behind and defend the route of withdraw for his unit toward the Pusan Perimeter. He somehow survived, single-handedly holding off waves of North Koreans for 24 hours while his unit successfully pulled back. For his actions, officers began the process to submit him for the Medal of Honor, but the paperwork never left his unit.⁠
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Several months later at Unsan, Rubin again found himself manning a machine gun as his unit withdrew to safety in the face of an overwhelming Chinese attack. His ammo ran out and he was wounded, then captured by Chinese soldiers.⁠
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Over the next 30 months as a POW, Rubin did everything could to help his fellow prisoners. He regularly snuck out of camp to steal food and return it to the ailing captives. He refused offers from the Chinese to return him to his childhood home in Hungary, instead remaining held prisoner. Other survivors from the POW camp later credited Rubin with saving at least 40 other POWs.⁠
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Rubin was eventually freed and returned to the states. In 2005, 55 years later, he was finally awarded the Medal of Honor. He passed away in 2015 at the age of 86.⁠
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We honor you, Tibor Rubin.⁠
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#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/bzohistory/posts/441659543984293⁠
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#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #veteran #army #Koreanwar #POW #MedalofHonor ⁠

At the age of 13, Tibor Rubin was one of millions of European Jews forced into a Nazi concentration camp. He survived 14 months of the Holocaust while his family perished in another camp, and was finally liberated at the end of WWII. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1948, joined the Army, and eventually deployed to Korea.⁠
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Rubin again endured extreme anti-semitism at the hands of his Sergeant while in country. Rubin’s peers offered sworn statements through the years, documenting how Rubin was continually “volunteered” for the most dangerous missions. During one of these in July 1950, he was assigned to stay behind and defend the route of withdraw for his unit toward the Pusan Perimeter. He somehow survived, single-handedly holding off waves of North Koreans for 24 hours while his unit successfully pulled back. For his actions, officers began the process to submit him for the Medal of Honor, but the paperwork never left his unit.⁠
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Several months later at Unsan, Rubin again found himself manning a machine gun as his unit withdrew to safety in the face of an overwhelming Chinese attack. His ammo ran out and he was wounded, then captured by Chinese soldiers.⁠
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Over the next 30 months as a POW, Rubin did everything could to help his fellow prisoners. He regularly snuck out of camp to steal food and return it to the ailing captives. He refused offers from the Chinese to return him to his childhood home in Hungary, instead remaining held prisoner. Other survivors from the POW camp later credited Rubin with saving at least 40 other POWs.⁠
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Rubin was eventually freed and returned to the states. In 2005, 55 years later, he was finally awarded the Medal of Honor. He passed away in 2015 at the age of 86.⁠

We honor you, Tibor Rubin.⁠

#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/bzohistory/posts/441659543984293⁠

#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #veteran #army #Koreanwar #POW #MedalofHonor ⁠
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In September 1942, Frederick Payne, Jr., flew F4F Wildcats over the skies of Guadalcanal. He shot down 6 enemy aircraft over a two week period, earning his status as an Ace, and the Navy Cross for his heroism in aerial combat. Despite the intense dogfighting, Payne recounted that his closest brush with death came from a battle with malaria. While flying over Guadalcanal on one mission, stricken with the disease, Payne threw up in his oxygen mask, occluding the flow of oxygen and causing him to pass out. The Wildcat plummeted thousands of feet before Payne finally came to and was able to regain control of the aircraft.⁠
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During his time in the Pacific, Payne earned a Legion of Merit with "V" and a Distinguished Flying Cross, in addition to his Navy Cross. He retired in 1958 as a Brigadier General. In May of 2015, Payne was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service and in recognition of his status as an American Ace. He died in August that same year at the age of 104.⁠
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"...serving as a Pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED TWELVE (VMF-212), Marine Air Group TWENTY-THREE (MAG-23), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces over Guadalcanal, in the Solomons Islands Area during September and October 1942. Throughout that strenuous period when the island airfield was under constant bombardment and our precarious ground positions were menaced by the desperate counter thrusts of a fanatical foe, Major Payne repeatedly patrolled hostile territory and intercepted enemy bombing flights. With bold determination and courageous disregard of personal safety, he pressed home numerous attacks against heavily escorted waves of invading bombers and, in five vigorous fights against tremendous odds, shot down a total of six Japanese planes."⁠
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We honor you, Frederick Payne Jr.⁠
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#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/bzohistory/posts/476549150495332⁠
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#honor365 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #veteran #USMC #WWII #legionofmerit #distinguishedflyingcross #ACE

In September 1942, Frederick Payne, Jr., flew F4F Wildcats over the skies of Guadalcanal. He shot down 6 enemy aircraft over a two week period, earning his status as an Ace, and the Navy Cross for his heroism in aerial combat. Despite the intense dogfighting, Payne recounted that his closest brush with death came from a battle with malaria. While flying over Guadalcanal on one mission, stricken with the disease, Payne threw up in his oxygen mask, occluding the flow of oxygen and causing him to pass out. The Wildcat plummeted thousands of feet before Payne finally came to and was able to regain control of the aircraft.⁠
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During his time in the Pacific, Payne earned a Legion of Merit with "V" and a Distinguished Flying Cross, in addition to his Navy Cross. He retired in 1958 as a Brigadier General. In May of 2015, Payne was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service and in recognition of his status as an American Ace. He died in August that same year at the age of 104.⁠
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"...serving as a Pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED TWELVE (VMF-212), Marine Air Group TWENTY-THREE (MAG-23), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces over Guadalcanal, in the Solomons Islands Area during September and October 1942. Throughout that strenuous period when the island airfield was under constant bombardment and our precarious ground positions were menaced by the desperate counter thrusts of a fanatical foe, Major Payne repeatedly patrolled hostile territory and intercepted enemy bombing flights. With bold determination and courageous disregard of personal safety, he pressed home numerous attacks against heavily escorted waves of invading bombers and, in five vigorous fights against tremendous odds, shot down a total of six Japanese planes."⁠

We honor you, Frederick Payne Jr.⁠

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