Memorial Day

Col. C.H. “Stretch” Dunn (USA Retired, 1943-2017) and Col. Bob Barefield (USA Retired) serving with the Blue Star Salute Foundation Display of Fallen Heroes from Alabama.

Life Leaders programs such as Patriotism in Action and Veterans Day Founding History and Education Character Traits inspire and guide our service at Memorial Day ceremonies and more. Use this excerpt on Memorial Day (PDF) from our Patriotism in Action book to keep your holiday meaningful. Handy guide to America’s patriotic holidays (PDF).


On Monday, May 29, 2017, Life Leaders participated in Memorial Day ceremonies at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama, directed by Col. Bob Barefield (USA Ret), trustee and chair of Patriotism in Action for Life Leaders. The wreath is at the tomb of C. Hilton “Stretch” Dunn, Jr., our friend in Life Leaders and Patriotism in Action for 25 years.

You can view the short video of Col. Barefield placing flag on Col. Dunn’s grave here. [Thanks to Dr. Jack Hawkins for sharing this video]


The American Village honored our Veterans Day Founding History Education started by our Patriotism in Action team with the Above and Beyond Award. You may download the full schedule (PDF) and Life Leaders handout (PDF) that teaches history and character traits related to the founding of Veterans Day in Alabama. Also honored were Raymond Weeks for starting Veterans Day; Col. Stretch Dunn (1943-2017), Patriotism in Action, for helping to tell the education story; Mark Ryan, for serving as president of National Veterans Day after Bill Voigt and Raymond Weeks.

President Reagan video message about heroes of Memorial Day–The Soldier’s Pledge

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