Military Monument Unveiled in New Hampshire

The images of more than 60 members of the U.S. Army who served in World War 1, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan are engraved on the U. S. Army Monument which was unveiled  during a ceremony at the New Hampshire State Veterans Ceremony on Memorial Day. The monument was unveiled by Gov. John Lynch and retired Brig. Gen. Stephen Curry following a dedication ceremony.

Lynch paid tribute the members of the Gold Star Mothers attending the ceremony saying they have sacrificed so much by the loss of their children. He also paid tribute to those men and women who have served or are still serving in the Army.

Jonathan Halle of Warrenstreet Architects in Concord, NH was approached to design the monument, and he agreed to donate his time.  When asked, Halle said, “My dad’s retired Army, and you just can’t say no.”  New Hampshire corporations whose contributions helped fund the monument included Laconia Savings Bank, Public Service of New Hampshire, and Service Credit Union of Portsmouth. 

Click on the Military Monument video at the right to view a slide show of the construction and dedication of this moving tribute. 

Our thanks to DeeDee Rice, volunteer with the NH Army National Guard, for sharing the video!

(source – The Citizen of Laconia, May 31, 2011)

Military Mom Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck and Robin Boyd welcome Shelle Michaels National Communications Officer of Soldier’s Angels on February 21, 2011

Shelle Michaels, Soldiers Angeles, Sandra Beck, Robin Boyd, Rick Swanson, Toginet, Itunes, Military Mom Talk Radio, Motherhood Incorporated, University of North Dakota, Gallant Few, National Warfighter’s Symposium, United State Air Force, North Dakota Army National Guard, Lifetime Presidential Award, United States Army, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, VeteransShelle Michaels is Soldiers’ Angels’ volunteer National Communication Officer and has been with the organization since 2004. Soldiers’ Angels ( ) is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) non-profit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families. Along with her media leadership role (with special focus on social media), she is involved in many areas of the organization to include state director for North Dakota, and brought the Ladies of Liberty team to life within Soldiers’ Angels.

Michaels belongs to many state wide committees in North Dakota in regards to our heroes, such as the Interservice Family Assistance Committee, Employer Support for the Guard and Reserves (ESGR), North Dakota National Guard Service member and Family Support Advisory Council, and is the chairperson for the Bismarck Mandan Chamber of Commerce Military Task Force.

She was appointed as the first board member to Vet Tix Foundation based in Phoenix. Through The Veteran Tickets Foundation, now those who care about Veterans have a way to give back. Every day, in every city, there are events with empty seats that could be filled by those who served. More than that, many event tickets are simply unaffordable for average people. We believe the events that bring Americans together in the spirit of celebration, competition and camaraderie-those all-American moments are the times we need welcome and acknowledge our Veterans.
Michaels is newly appointed to the Gallant Few Board ( and a committee member for the National Warfighter’s Symposium (

While supporting the military, she has personally received the Points of Light award by former President George Bush Sr., the Dunkin’ Foundation Serving Heroes award, Soaring Eagle award, the Distinguished Center of Influence and the Outstanding Center of Influence (x2) awards from the North Dakota Army National Guard and the Lifetime Presidential Award being awarded through her work with the United States Air Force.

Michaels taught Public Relations at the University of North Dakota for 5 years and focused her graduate work on Utilizing Social Networking Sites to Advance Public Relations Campaigns. She now lives in Bismarck, ND and is employed by Rasmussen College in Bismarck, ND as the Military Education Manager.

Military Mom Talk Radio on airs on Mondays at 2pm PST, 5 pm EST on and can be downloaded directly from Military Mom Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck, Tina Gonzalez and Robin Boyd, produced by Rick Swanson, hosted by Toginet Radio and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.

“Price of Peace” – A Moving Tribute to Soldiers and their Families

The “Price of Peace” was written in early summer of 2008 by Alyssa Gaddis after a discussion she had with her father, CW5 Jim Gaddis of the Illinois National Guard. The discussion revolved around the large number of Soldiers that were deployed overseas while their families were left behind. Alyssa realized that it was probably as hard on the families as it was on the deployed Soldiers. Her dad gave her a pad of paper and told her to write down how she felt and the lyrics of The Price of Peace were born.

The family knew that the lyrics had merit so they enlisted the co-writing assistance of a Nashville writer, Hart Steen. Hart added the music and recorded a basic track to the lyrics. After a few discussions with some members of the IL Employee Support of the Guard and Reserves about the song, State Farm agreed to sponsor the recording. State Farm provided funding for the recording and production of the song.

The song will be distributed via the internet both in digital and cd formats. Profits from the song will be donated to Family Readiness Groups and local VFWs for families in need.

Military Mom Talk Radio on airs on Mondays at 2pm pst on Toginet and can be downloaded directly from . Military Mom Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck and Robin Boyd and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.

Military Mom Talk Radio Presents Dawn Gagnon, Volunteer NHANG, August 16th

Dawn Gagnon is a military spouse and has been a Statutory Volunteer with the NH Army National Guard Family Program since 2005 and a family program volunteer since 1997.  For their upcoming deployment, she is a “Phone Tree” volunteer for the 3643d Brigade Support Battalion (BSB) Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) Family Readiness Group (FRG).  During her husband’s prior deployment (2006-2007), she was a Co-Lead Volunteer for the 3643d SECFOR FRG.  Dawn and her team provided monthly activities and disseminated information to the 150+/- families of the deployed soldiers.  We hosted fundraising events within our military community to raise funds for a Welcome Home celebration for the soldiers and their families.

Dawn is a Special Ed Paraprofessional with the Hooksett, NH School District but due to her husband’s pending deployment, she has elected to take a leave of absence for the 2010-2011 school year.  She is the PTO Treasurer for the Webster Elementary School PTO, the Chair of the Publicity Committee and Co-Chair of the Children’s Ministry Committee at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. 

Dawn is married to Major Tony Gagnon, they have three children, Laura,a 17-year-old high school senior; Summer, an 11-year-old 6th grader; and Garrison, an 8-year-old third grader.  Their children are all active on multiple travel sports teams, Summer and Laura, soccer and Garrison hockey.