Laptops for Flat Tops essay contest

Laptops for Flat Tops essay contest
Fayette Observer
The essay contest is sponsored by AllAmericanDirect.com. The company will award families every other month through 2009. Each family will receive a laptop with embedded Web cam for the home and a second Web cam for their deployed family member. Families must submit a 400-word essay that explains why they deserve to win and how a laptop can improve their lives and communication with their loved one serving oversees. Families must be able to verify the military enlistment. To submit an entry, go to allamericandirect.com /military Submissions must be received by e-mail by Friday. Winners will be notified by May 18. Families who don’t win the first contest may submit a new essay for each bimonthly contest through the year’s end. In Step

FAMILY EVENTS & NEWS

“United We Stand” art exhibit: Through May 22 at AIT, 421 Maiden Lane. The exhibit is a collaboration with The Fayetteville Art Guild, Pope Air Force Base and Fort Bragg, to include Wounded Warriors. Call 868-9533 or go to http://www.theartscouncil.com.

31 Days of Glory: Special events around Cumberland County are planned for each day in May to honor military members and showcase the region’s military history. For specific events and times, go to http://www.31daysofglory.com

Field of Honor: Hundreds of American flags will go up on the Airborne & Special Operations Museum parade grounds from Saturday to May 25. The 3-by-5-foot flags may be purchased for $25 in honor or memory of someone. For more information: 580-2904 or clubine2@yahoo.com.

4th annual Expo/Safety Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Coast Guard Station Oak Island. The American Red Cross, recruiters, law enforcement agencies and other organizations will be in attendance. There also will be helicopter and other equipment on display. Admission is free, but non-perishable food items to the food bank are appreciated. (910) 278-1133, Matt.J.Margelot@uscg.mil, http//safetyday.synthasite.com.

Pet Day: Saturday from 8 a.m to noon at the Fort Bragg Vet Clinic on Reilly

Road. The day includes a pet photo contest, vaccinations, microchipping, military

working dog demo and adoptions to help celebrate National Pet Week. 396-9120.

Confederate Memorial Day: Saturday starting at 10 a.m. with a raising of the Confederate flag at the Columbus County Courthouse. The program will continue at 11 a.m. at the Whiteville Memorial Cemetery and will include Confederate re-enactors and Civil War era weapons. An invocation will be offered by NCSCV CAMP Chaplin the Rev. Russel Long. Todd Collins, of the N.C. 20th re-enactors, will read the names of the Confederate veterans buried in the cemetery and the audience will be asked to call out names of their Confederate ancestors for recognition and honor. Lt. Cmdr. Bill Ghent, of NCSCV Camp 794, will speak in honor of the Confederate veterans. “The Mourning Ladies” will be in attendance, in period dress, and they will place flowers on the graves of the Confederate veterans. A number of dignitaries from the United Daughters of the Confederacy will make brief remarks in honor of the Confederate veterans. The ceremony will end with a Musket Salute, “Taps” will be heard from a distance as the soldiers bow and kneel, and Camp 794’s Chaplin, the Rev. Russell Long, will close the event with the benediction. The event is free to the public due to sponsorship by the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 794 of Columbus County. Nearly every family that’s native to the county has a Confederate ancestor in the cemetery.

All American Week: The 82nd Airborne Division will hold scaled-down activities May 18-21 year due to deployments and training demands. There will be no Division Review, which traditionally included a parade. There will be a Division Run on May 18 at 6:30 a.m. at Longstreet Road and Ardennes Street. Regimental events will be May 19 and 20, but details have not been decided. The division and 82nd Airborne Division Association are holding a picnic on Pike Field on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for paratroopers and veterans and their families.

All American Week events at the the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum: The museum will be open May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and May 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On May 19, the museum will host the division’s memorial service at 2 p.m. The museum is on Ardennes Street near the intersection of Grave Street. The museum is free to the public, but donations are welcome. 432-3443.

Living History event: The 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum will host a living history event May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and May 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors will be able to see people dress in World War I, World War II and other uniforms demonstrating how the soldiers lived and worked. The event will be in front of the museum. The museum is on Fort Bragg on Ardennes Street. 432-3443.

Free child developmental screenings for birth to 5: May 20 at the Casablanca Neighborhood Center and May 21 at the Hammond Hills Neighborhood Center. By appointment only, the screenings help parents determine if a child’s growth and development are appropriate for his or her age. Held by Educational and Developmental Intervention Services and the Fort Bragg Schools. For an appointment, call 907-7048 or 907-3347.

Laptops for Flat Tops essay contest: The essay contest is sponsored by AllAmericanDirect.com. The company will award families every other month through 2009. Each family will receive a laptop with embedded Web cam for the home and a second Web cam for their deployed family member. Families must submit a 400-word essay that explains why they deserve to win and how a laptop can improve their lives and communication with their loved one serving oversees. Families must be able to verify the military enlistment. To submit an entry, go to allamericandirect.com /military Submissions must be received by e-mail by Friday. Winners will be notified by May 18. Families who don’t win the first contest may submit a new essay for each bimonthly contest through the year’s end.

Dragon Lanes closing for renovations: Dragon Lanes will be closed for renovations until about October or November. It will receive a complete facelift, new layout and new restaurant. Airborne Lanes will extend operating hours during the renovation. 432-6899.

SPECIAL EVENTS & NEWS
4th Wing Fighter Wing speech: Dr. Roy W. Heidicker will speak about the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base during World War II today at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Wayne County Museum, 116 N. William St., Goldsboro. (919) 734-5723.

“Oldest Living Confederate Widow: Her Confession”: The play will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. by actress Jane Holding on the grounds of the historic Shaw House in Southern Pines. Character Lucille Marsden tells the truth about her long marriage to a war-haunted veteran. Cost is $20 and tickets may be purchased by calling 692-2051. Live music from the Civil War era will start at 6 p.m.

Veterans, record your history: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Raleigh Elks Lodge 735, 5538 Lead Mine Road. The “Veterans History Day Celebration” is co-sponsored with the National Veterans History Archival Institute, offering each veteran an opportunity to record military histories from all the wars of our country. Both active and reserve duty veterans are encouraged to attend during Veterans Open Houses. Veterans’ families are encouraged to witness the recording sessions, hosted by trained Elk interviewers. A copy of the DVD will be forwarded to the families at no cost. A copy of the completed DVD is also forwarded to the Library of Congress and the NVHAI for permanent retention. Veterans who have maintained copies and complementary awards and citations, such as letters, diaries, maps. photographs, and home movies of the experiences are also welcome. To sign up for an interview time, e-mail dmilidonis@aol. com or call (919) 449-5440.

VA center hosts Asian Pacific Islander observance: The Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host the event May 16 at noon at in the Geriatrics Park of the center, at 2300 Ramsey St. The event includes martial arts exhibitions, a fire dance troupe and food samplings from the Asian Pacific culture. Minh Courtney is the mistress of ceremony. For information, call 822-7923.

65th anniversary of D-Day gathering: The National D-Day Memorial is inviting all D-Day veterans to gather at the memorial in Bedford, Va. in June. Admission to the memorial is free on June 6, but reservations by veterans are requested. A commemoration ceremony will start at 11 a.m., featuring wreath-laying, recognition of D-Day veterans, USO shows, displays, book-signings by D-Day authors and a nighttime illumination of the memorial with thousands of luminaries. Contact the foundation at (800) 351-3329 or e-mail dday@dday.org. For full details, go to http://www.dday.org.

Sports, tickets & recreation

Home run derby: Friday at 6 p.m. at Pike Field.

Boss golf tournament: Friday at 9 a.m. at Stryker Golf Course.

Fitness Fest: Friday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Tolson. The Fort Bragg Fitness Department has new offerings related to health, fitness and wellness. The Fitness Fest is free and open to all valid ID card holders and includes prizes and giveaways. 432-6493.

Ongoing
Insurance settlement: Members of the military may be entitled to compensation stemming from a 2006 multi-state settlement agreement over improper life insurance sales practices targeting servicemen and women. Investigation officials involved claim that companies targeted young recruits and misled them into believing they were buying an investment product, when in fact they were buying a term life policy coupled with a side fund. State Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin suggests any servicemember who purchased a Horizon Life insurance policy from 2000 to 2006 should go online to see if he or she is due money from the settlement. To see who qualifies, go to http://www.ncdoi.com under the Consumer Services Division or call (800) 546-5664.

Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center needs donors: All blood types are needed and used for military locally and around the world. The center is in Bldg. 8-2809 on Knox Street. Walk-ins are welcome from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 396-9925, 396-9895, http://www.militaryblood.dod.com.

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