Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Today our country honors all of the veterans who have put their lives on the line and all of those who continue to fight daily for our great country. We are forever indebted to our veterans which is why we try to make every day “Veterans Day” here at Renewal Coalition. These brave men and women put their lives on the line and have to leave their families behind to defend the American people. These selfless men and women exemplify the meaning of a true hero. Their battle does not end on the battlefield as many of them must come home and face the battles of mental and physical illnesses that hinder them from the normal lives that many people take for granted. Today we want to honor all of our veterans and say THANK YOU for all you have done for us, our families, and our country. May your sacrifice never go unnoticed. “The land of the free, because of the brave”- May God bless you and keep you...
September 2016 VA Luncheon

September 2016 VA Luncheon

On September 21, 2016, Renewal Coalition in partnership with Veterans Adaptive Sports held our 5th VA luncheon since 2014. We hosted approximately 55 disabled veterans from the Community Living Center (CTC), Blind Rehab Center (BRC) and Outpatient Mental Health Programs (PRRC & MHICM) of the Palm Beach VA Medical Center. This is an event that we look forward to hosting several times each year, when the veterans assemble at the Renewal Coalition property for lunch, games and relaxation. We would like to extend a special thank you to Peter Moore from the Navy Seals Museum who gave special hats complete with the Seals Trident logo to each veteran. Everyone had a wonderful time by the river and we look forward to the next VA lunch retreat, which will be held on December 7,...
Renewal Coalition’s 3rd Quarter 2016 Newsletter

Renewal Coalition’s 3rd Quarter 2016 Newsletter

We are pleased to announce that our third quarter newsletter for 2016 has been released. Please enjoy reading through it to see what exciting events have taken place this summer and to view dates for our upcoming fall events. Included are pictures and details from our June and September Retreats, information about the upcoming Battle of the Bartenders Salute to the Troops and Tequesta’s 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off and more. As you will see on Page 4, we had a volunteer come up with the fabulous idea to include “welcome to Florida” items in our gift bags that the guests receive when they arrive. Possible items may include Tervis Tumblers, coconut patties, Florida Salt Scrubs or any other items that you think of when you think “Florida!” If you would like to contribute any items to these gift bags, please contact us. We welcome you to download a copy of our Newsletter by clicking on the link below. Download – Renewal Coalition Newsletter- 3rd Quarter...
Purple Heart Day August 7th

Purple Heart Day August 7th

Today we observe Purple Heart Day, a day that encourages people to pay their respects to fallen soldiers, to listen to the stories of soldiers and veterans, and to thank them for their service to the nation. Purple Heart Day Purple Heart Day on August 7 commemorates the day in 1782 when General George Washington created the Purple Heart Medal – a military decoration that is awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces. From the Revolutionary War to WW I The Purple Heart was first created on August 7, 1782 by the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington. Then known as the Badge of Military Merit, it was awarded to 3 Revolutionary soldiers in 1783. After the end of the American War of Independence, no medals were awarded until 1932, when the medal was revived on the bicentennial anniversary of George Washington’s birth. According to a circular dated February 22, 1932, Purple Heart Medals were to be awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces as a result of enemy action on or after April 5, 1917. The United States officially joined the First World War on April 6, 1917. 1.8 Million Awarded At current estimates about 1.8 million Purple Hearts have been awarded since then. Today, in addition to being awarded to those who fight wars overseas, the Purple Heart is also given to military personnel who display bravery and valor as prisoners of war and while fighting certain types of domestic terrorists. A Symbol of Bravery The Purple Heart is a heart...

July 4, 1776, First Independence Day: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Each year, we celebrate Independence Day on the fourth of July. While most people mistakenly believe the day represents the start of the American Revolution, or when Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration, it actually was when the Continental Congress approved the official wording of the statement. But was it always an important holiday? And why did we want to declare our independence from Great Britain in the first place? Read on to find out. 1. The Declaration of Independence Freed the US From Great Britain and Its King The Declaration of Independence declared that the thirteen American colonies would remove themselves from British rule. Richard Henry Lee first announced the country’s resolution to separate itself from England in June of 1776, and after Congress agreed to sever all political ties between the two countries, they drafted what today is known as the Declaration of Independence. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and on July 4, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Thomas Jefferson was chosen to draft the Declaration with four other members (Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams), and it was signed by 56 delegates in Philadelphia. The statement argued that a group of people have the right to change governments “if that government becomes oppressive (unfair and controlling.)” Jefferson justified this by saying that a government would fail if its people didn’t consent to those that governed, and “…Since Parliament clearly lacked the consent of the American colonists to govern them, it was no longer legitimate.” 2. The Declaration Came 442 Days After the...

7 Memorial Day Facts

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Today and every day, Renewal Coalition remembers the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Here are 7 facts about Memorial Day: 1. It was originally called Decoration Day To honor the deceased, soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths. Hence Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1967. 2. It wasn’t always celebrated the last Monday of May After the Civil War, General John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, called for a holiday commemorating fallen soldiers to be observed every May 30. But due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which took effect in 1971, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday of May to ensure long weekends. Some groups, like the veterans’ organization American Legion, have been working to restore the original date to set the day apart and pay proper tribute to the servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives defending the nation. 3. It’s legally required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance In December 2000, Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen. But this doesn’t appear to be common knowledge, or if it is, by 3 p.m. most people seem to be too deep into a hot dog-induced food coma to officially observe...