White House Down for Active Military and Veterans

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I recently received an email saying that on IndependenceDay July 2, 2013, to thank America’s troops for their sacrifice and service, active military personnel and veterans will be admitted with one guest to see Columbia Pictures’ White House Down for free at any Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theaters, Cine-mark Theaters, or Car-mike Cinemas theater by showing proper military identification. The special invitation to America’s military personnel and veterans is valid only on the 4th of July and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis at each participating location.

Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “We think White House Down is the summer’s best action movie, so on July 4th, we’re inviting all active duty and veteran military personnel to bring a guest and see it for free. It’s a great way to celebrate the holiday and to honor and thank the troops for their service to our country.”

OK OMG one word CHANNING TATUM! I saw him in person at the premier of Dear John at FORT BRAGG! WOW! I totally wish I would have been invited to the premiere here in DC, b/c I was in the area!

In White House Down, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Memorial Day a day of remembrance

I have to let you all know May until July has to be my most favorite months. I love the Red, White and Blue! I love Americana memorabilia, Flags and anything Patriotic. 

Now we just had Armed Forces Day, which I really never realized or celebrated. This year as Memorial Day approaches, I have really been thinking about it and not necessarily like picnics and trips to the beach. I am considering the TRUE meaning of Memorial Day. This is the blog post I wrote for the Army Blog. As Memorial Day 2011 approaches, it is time to stop for a moment and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Studies from the Department of Veterans Affairs show that most Americans confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day? Why? Well both holidays commemorate our veterans service, but with one important difference. So what’s the difference you ask? Well Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries sustained during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military.


On this Memorial Day we should honor the many soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to their country. From soldiers who fought during the American Revolution to the soldiers of today’s Armed Forces. We also need to remember that the war lives on in soldiers, even after they depart the battlefield, and war lives on in the lives of those families who survive. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we remember our loved ones and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice. 

This Memorial Day I am going to do something a little different than years before. My husband, children and I are going to buy American flags and visit a few of the nearby cemeteries and walk through and find the soldiers who do not have a flag. I’ll leave one and say a prayer for the family of that person, who for some reason could not bring their soldier flowers or a flag. I am also going to visit my grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s grave who fought in WWI and WWII. I also ask you this Memorial Day to fly your American Flag at half staff and let it remind us of the sacrifices being paid by our men and women in uniforms. Our flag is truly a symbol of the freedoms that we are fighting to protect.

I’ll pray for the families who paid the ultimate price, whose loved ones died, or were imprisoned and never returned. I’ll pray for anyone who may still be missing in action or a prisoner of war. I will not forget I will not let my children forget, rest assure that your commitment to the United States and the US Army will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service to our country.


Pictures are from Wikipedia and Speaking of Phoenix Real Estate. Thank you

Memorial Day Some Flag Tips for you

I have researched some tips from people, and libraries. Here are some tips to make sure your Memorial Day tribute is a respectful one: Display the flag only between sunrise and sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs. The flag may be displayed for twenty-four hours if illuminated in darkness.

  • – Do not display the flag in bad weather.
  • – Whether displaying the flag vertically or horizontally, make sure the canton of stars is visible on the upper left-hand side.
  • – Do not let the flag touch the ground.
  • – The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • – Before flying a flag at half-staff, hoist to its peak for an instant before lowering it.
  • – When displayed against a wall with another flag, their staffs crossed, the American flag should be on the right of the other flag (on the viewer’s left), with its staff on top of that of the other flag.
  • – When flags of states, cities, or localities are flown on the same halyard with the United States flag, the national flag should always be at the top. No other flag should be placed above, or if on the same level, to the flag’s right.
  • – When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they should be flown from separate staffs of equal height. The flags should be of approximately equal size.
  • – When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle, the canton should be placed at the peak of the staff.
  • – An unusable flag that is damaged and worn and can no longer be displayed should be destroyed in a dignified way by burning.
  • – When not on display, the flag should be respectfully folded into a triangle, symbolizing the tri-corn hats worn by colonial soldiers in the Revolutionary War.