March 2011

Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation


"I saw the flag of my country waving over a city--the strength and pride of my native State--a city devoted to plunder and desolation by its assailants.  I witnessed the preparations for its assaults.   I saw the array of its enemies as they advanced to the attack.  I heard the sound of battle; the noise of conflict fell upon my listening ear, and told me that 'the brave and the free' had met the invaders."


-Francis Scott Key


Meet the Board
MOPHSF Board of Directors
Jim Blaylock, President
Bill Wroolie, Treasurer
Louie Spinelli, 1st Vice President
Al Silvano, Secretary
James Durkin, Vice President
Frank Athanason, Board Member
Robert Gaylord, Board Member
John Hammel, Board Member
Joseph Hems, Board Member
Michael McNelly, Board Member
James Randles, Board Member
Jeffery Roy, Board Member
Fred Taylor, Board Member
Louis Tebbe
, Board Member


In This Issue
Fundraising, Sponsorships & Events
Featured Program
Honoring Our Veterans
The Star Spangled Banner - A National Anthem
Mark Your Calendars!




For every bracelet purchased on $2 is donated to the military organization of your choice!

Click the link above to order your Purple Heart Hero Bracelet today!

Purple Heart Hero Bracelet


Veteran Events Calendar

Click the link below to get a full-sized version of the March Event Calendar 

 Click here to get a full-sized printable version of this months calendar.  



Veteran Friendly Career Fairs

Dallas, TX

 March 3rd - 11AM to 3PM

Irving Convention Center

@ Las Colinas

500 W. Las Coinas Boulevard

Dallas, TX  75039


Raleigh, NC

March 10th - 11AM to 3PM

Carter-Finley Stadium

Vaughn Towers

4600 Trinity Road

Raleigh, NC  27607


Washington, D.C.

March 17th - 11AM to 3PM

Renassance Hotel

999 Ninth Street NW

Washington, D.C.  20001


Miami, FL

March 24th - 11AM to 3PM

Sun Life Stadium

2269 Dan Marino Boulevard

Miami, FL  33056


Philadelphia, PA

March 31st - 11AM to 3PM

Lincoln Financial Field

One Novacare Way

Philadelphia, PA  19145



Make a Donation

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation is a not-for-profit Veterans organization.  Our mission is to raise funds in support of wounded, disabled and/or handicapped Veterans, their widows, orphans or survivors.

If you would like to donate to the Purple Heart please click here.


Purple Heart Asks You!

Only THREE soldiers received the original Badge of Military Merit in 1783.  Which of the names below does not belong to one of the recipients of this award?


A. Sgt. William Brown


B. Sgt. John Dutton


C. Sgt. Elijah Churchill


D. Sgt. Daniel Bissell




          Badge of Military Merit 1782 




Tears of a Warrior


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Volume 2, Number 01

Greetings From The Board


Along with March comes the beginning of Spring.  Snow will begin to melt and the days will get warmer.  Spring cleaning will take over and while you start to de-clutter don't forget that one man's give-a-ways can help make a difference in another's life.  Purple Heart has several programs that can benefit from your donations.  Help our returning wounded warriors and veterans start spring anew, with job training and support provided by Purple Heart.  March is also National Women's History Month, as officially proclaimed by President Obama.  Women have served a very important role in our military history.  They've served as nurses, and now brave the front lines, sacrificing time, compassion, and their lives.  Purple Heart salutes the women who served in the past and the women who serve our country today.




Fundraising, Sponsorships & Events

Learn More About Today's Purple Heart on Communicating Today

On February 16th, 18th and 20th MOPH National Director of Public Relations, John Bircher; Board Member and 2000 Past National Commander, Frederick Taylor; and Frank Van Hoy, National Service Director joined together on Channel 10's 'Communicating Today' to discuss the Purple Heart Organization.


If you missed the show, or don't live in the VA or Metro DC Area click the link below to view the 30 minute show and learn more about today's Purple Heart in your community!


                        John Bircher, Frederick Taylor & Frank Van Hoy appear on Communicating Today 


Channel 10 is Fairfax County's Public Access flagship channel which airs local programming indicative of the diverse life-styles and interests of the Washington Metropolitan area.  Channel 10 airs various local programs 24 hours a day, programming produced by and for the people of our region.


Purple Heart Sponsors 1st Annual Muskie Classic
Purple Heart is proud to announce is sponsorship of the 1st Annual WWIA Summer Muskie Classic in Northern Wisconsin, June 23rd to June 26th.
          WWIA Summer Muskie Classic  
  For a full-sized version of this flyer click here.


Sir Beatle - Beatles Sing Along Show - Proceeds to Benefit Purple Heart
May 11th, 2011 

On May 11th, 2011 at 6:00 PM, Entertainment International will be hosting a Sir Beatle - Beatles Sing Along Show with proceeds from ticket sales to go to Purple Heart Service Foundation. 

This event will be held at Nardi's Tavern located at 118th Street and Boulevard, in Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  Show features a cast member from the "Beatlemania Again" cast.  
Tickets are on sale for $6.00 and drink specials will be available from 6 - 8 PM.  Tickets will be available until date of event or until Sold Out.  For tickets call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

June 4th, 2011 

NJ Patriots and Beatles fans mark your calendars!  On June 4th, 2011 at 7:00 PM, Entertainment International will be hosting a Sir Beatle - Beatles Sing Along Show with proceeds from ticket sales to go to Purple Heart Service Foundation. 

This event will be held at Charlies Bar and Restaurant at 800 Shore Road, in Somers Point, New Jersey.  Show features a cast member from the "Beatlemania Again" cast and starts at 7:30 PM.  
Tickets are on sale for $20.00 and includes light appetizers and show.  A cash bar will also be available.  Tickets will be available until date of event or until Sold Out.  For tickets call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.



Featured Program 

Spring Cleaning?  Support Purple Heart!
It's that time of year again.  Days are getting longer and over the long winter months your house has somehow become more cluttered.  Don't worry!  Purple Heart Pickup Service can help.  We offer convenient curbside pickup services for all your unwanted and gently used clothing and small household items. 
The purpose of the Purple Heart Pickup Service is to collect usable clothing and small household items from donors just like you.  Through the sale of these tax deductible contributions, funds are raised which help support the various programs sponsored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, thus aiding all veterans and their families.  
Help support the many programs sponsored by the MOPHSF, by donating usable clothing and household items. Visit our Request a Pickup Page  for more detailed information, such as items accepted for donation, click on your states link or call the number listed below.
Alabama                                                Delaware                                       
(256) 851-9191                                       (877) 851-811
Detroit                                                   Houston
(734) 728-4560                                        (713) 685-5400
Maryland                                               New Jersey    
(410) 789-7692                                        (800) 338-1448
Cleveland                                               Pennsylvania                    
(216) 731-1924                                        (800) 338-1448
Virginia                                                  Chicago/N. Illinois
(301) 277-0063                                        (708) 396-8995
(800) 924-0188  



Honoring Our Veterans

 Buckles, Last WWI Doughboy, Dies at 110 in W. VA

Frank Buckles in 1917 (age 16)He didn't seek the spotlight, but when Frank Buckles outlived every other American who'd served in World War I, he became what his biographer called "the humble patriot" and final torch bearer for the memory of that fading conflict.


Buckles enlisted in World War I at 16 after lying about his age.  He died Sunday on his farm in Charles Town, nearly a month Frank Buckles Meeting with President G. W. Bush in Oval Office - March 2008after his 110th birthday.  He had devoted the last years of his life to campaigning for greater recognition for his former comrades, prodding politicians to support a national memorial in Washington and working with friend and family spokesman David DeJonge on a biography.


"We were always asking ourselves;  How can we represent this story to the world?"  DeJonge said Monday.  "How can we make sure World War I isn't forgotten."


To read more of this article, as seen in the Associated Press, click here.



The Star Spangled Banner - A National Anthem 

Star-Spangled Banner

*Click Here for a Full-Sized Version

It's played at military and school events, it's sung at baseball and football games - The Star Spangled Banner.  Every time it's heard, with pride we all stand, with our hands over our hearts as the familiar notes remind us of our unity and patriotism.  Many of us know the lyrics, but do we truly understand the meaning and sacrifice behind them?


As Commander of Fort McHenry, Major George Armistead wanted a flag that was easily identifiable and whose size would be visible to enemy forces.  A committee of the Fort's high-ranking officers commissioned Baltimore widow, Mary Young Pickersgill to create their garrison flag.  After several weeks of cutting and sewing, and with the help of her 13 year old daughter Caroline, the completed flag was presented to Major George Armistead in August of 1813.


The lyrics for our National Anthem are taken from the poem 'The Defiance of Fort McHenry', written by Francis Scott Key as he witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry, while detained aboard a flag-of-truce sloop 8 miles downstream from the Fort.  Key observed that throughout the bombardment, the Fort's smaller "storm" flag never wavered or fell, and as dawn approached the larger garrison flag had been raised, marking an American victory. 


On March 3rd, 1931 the Star Spangled Banner was officially adopted as our National Anthem - 80 years later, the story and sacrifice told, continues to bring Americans together.           



Mark Your Calendars!

Hand in Hand Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients Returns  

It's a new year and Branson's annual Hand in Hand event honoring recipients of the Purple Heart returns.  Join one of America's most Veteran-Friendly communities April 28th to April 30th as they honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our Purple Heart Recipients.
This year's tentative schedule of events includes fishing at Lake Taneycomo, food and wine festival and Motorcycle run.  Admission is free for all attending Purple Heart Recipients.  For more information, event updates, or to register online click the link below or call 1-800-785-1550.
                                   Click Here for More Info on the Hand in Hand Branson Event


Purple Heart Attends the ATA Convention & Expo

American Teleservices AssociationPurple Heart Services is proud to announce its recent participation in the 2011 ATA (American Teleservices Association) Convention & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona.  This year's convention will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge from March 13th to March 16th. 


Events this year included the ATA Golf Open, Tennis Tournament, The After Glow Party, Call Centers CARE, and Awards Gala.  A surprise guest speaker will be announced soon.  Other keynote speakers include a presentation from CEO of KBM Group, Gary S. Laben on Optimizing Customer Engagement in a Time of Dynamic Change.


For more information about events, sponsorships and exhibits visit 



PH Forever StampRelease of the Purple Heart Forever Stamp  
Please join us as we celebrate the release of the first ever Purple Heart Forever Stamp.  The forever stamp keeps its value at the price purchased whenever used.  No more worrying about stamp prices going up or having enough postage to mail a letter.  The Purple Heart Forever Stamp will be available for purchase May 2nd, 2011.