“We feel it’s important to make sure the memories of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms should never be forgotten,” said Leianne Graves, stepmother of U.S. Army Spc. Joseph A. Graves, who was killed in action in Baghdad, Iraq on July 25, 2006. “Gold Star Families (families whose loved ones have been killed in action) are the hidden causalities of these ongoing conflicts.”
Kevin Graves, founder of the Some Gave All nonprofit organization sponsoring the banner display, created the organization as a way to honor his son Joey. “Our primary mission is to support Gold Star Families,” said Kevin. “We do this by working with other Bay Area organizations to provide venues for healing and by providing opportunities for our fallen heroes to be honored.”
The Some Gave All foundation finances programs such as Gold Star Family License plates as well as local events, and is sustained through donations and fundraising events. The fifth annual Joey Graves Memorial Golf Tournament, held this year on Sept. 19 at the Discovery Bay Country Club, is one of the group’s largest fundraisers.
For information on golf and/or sponsor opportunities or to make a contribution to the foundation, e-mail Kevin Graves at email@example.com or visit www.somegaveall.us.
A legacy of freedom Contributed by Mike Shipley
Water flows past to the sea and beyond, while also providing nourishment for life and crops sustaining our state. Nestled in the outskirts of the Bay Area, this community of Discovery Bay pays tribute to American heroes.
The community holds timeless serenity and majestic beauty. A passing family, parents and child enjoy an evening walk. The young child notices memorial banners attached to individual light standards. Each tells the story of an American hero who gave all. Near the entrance to the country club, the young child looks up intently. The green foliage and blue sky surrounding the banner creates such a beautiful tapestry; heaven seems so close; the sky appears in harmony with the earth.
Words surrounding the picture of Army Spc. Joseph A. Graves: American Hero, Age 21, Gave His Life on July 25, 2006.
Why here, mother and father? What is the meaning? My child, it is the legacy of all United States service members. The purpose has remained pure as this land for greater than 200 years, built on ground so strong it will extend into eternity.
Although this soldier never knew you, the message is intended for you specifically and all collectively. His job is done, the line has held and he rests in peace. You are his legacy of freedom and all around is his gift.
Everything we have, everything you are, and everything you shall achieve is possible because United States soldiers and others have served and often fought to provide your freedom.