Through educational scholarships, Folds of Honor stands with the spouses and children of fallen and disabled American military heroes. These scholarships resoundingly declare ‘thank you’ for the sacrifices of our nation’s military and their families. Freedom is not free!
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16 Flags, 15 States & DC, 16 Heroes
Our debt to those killed or wounded preserving American freedom can never be repaid. But we can honor their sacrifice.
One way we intend to honor them is to raise awareness and provide the public with opportunities to participate in various acts of gratitude. 16 US Flags, representing 15 Folds of Honor recipient families, from the 15 states we will visit, will make the 2500 mile journey with us. These flags will be flown on numerous flag poles along the Atlantic coast in honor of our fallen heroes. In addition, these flags will be ceremonially folded, over and over, by American citizens, dignitaries, groups, and organizations along the way. Each flag’s journey will be chronicled here and in a photo album that will be presented to each family, along with their flag at end of the journey.
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Gary 'Gumby' West is a retired USAF Colonel. A Combat Veteran, Gary has flown over 130 combat missions in the F-15 and F-16 over the skies of Iraq and Bosnia. Gary currently serves as the Operations Pastor for Chapel Springs Church, based out of Bristow, VA. In addition, Gary serves as the campus pastor to their Stafford, VA satellite congregation.
Gary's military service includes flight, staff, and command assignments around the world. Gary commanded at the squadron and group level during combat operations. He was appointed the executive officer to the Director of Combat Operations, the Joint Staff, Pentagon, DC. Gary was at the Pentagon on 911, 2001 when terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the west end of the building. Gary's education includes a Bachelors of Arts from Colorado State University and a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College at Ft. McNair, DC.