Thank you for visiting The Islander Newspaper Online.

We are currently updating our website to provide you better service and function.
If you would like to access the new site, please, click here: The Islander Newspaper

Sorry for any inconvenience. Our new site and service will resume shortly.

Web Master

The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992

"The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992"

Friday, Aug, 29, 2014
Florida Press Assn. Award-Winning Web Site
Home Latest News Weather Sports Real Estate Classifieds Island Guide Islander Store

 SECTIONS

 • 

Main News

 • 

Classifieds

 • 

Opinions

 • 

Streetlife

 • 

Calendar

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Sports

 • 

Real Estate

 • 

Obituaries

 • 

Weather

 Features

 • 

Cortez Cook Off: The Results

 • 

Anna Maria Island Bridge FDOT replacement bridge

 • 

National Hurricane Center (Atlantic)

 • 

Advanced Search

 • 

I love AMI

 • 

Mystery Story

 • 

Fishing Laws

 Classifieds

 • 

Classifieds Page

 • 

Place An AD

 • 

Items for Sale

 • 

Garage Sale

 • 

Estate Sale

 • 

Announcments

 • 

Lost & Found

 • 

Pets

 • 

Transportation

 • 

Boats & Boating

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Kids 4 Hire

 • 

Help Wanted

 • 

Health Care

 • 

Services

 • 

Lawn & Garden

 • 

Landscaping

 • 

Home Improvement

 • 

Business Opportunities

 • 

Rentals

 • 

Real Estate

 Weather

 • 

Today's Forecast

 • 

10 Day Forecast

 • 

Today's Tides

 • 

Emergency e-mail

 • 

Storm Watch

 Archive

 • 

News Archive

 • 

2009 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2008 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2007 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2006 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2005 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2004 Top Notch Gallery

 Useful Links

 • 

Island Links

 • 

i.wed

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

About this Site

 Contact Us

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

Subscribe

 • 

About Us

 • 

e-mail us

Story Tools

Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

AME raises American soldier's flag from Afghanistan

Raising the American flag over Anna Maria Elementary School at the start of the school day was a special honor Tuesday, May 11.

Students gathered around the flagpole in front of the school administration building with special guests Nancy Ambrose, the Rev. Bill Grossman and Ed Callan of Harvey Memorial Community Church and the honor guard from Kirby Stewart American Legion Post No. 24 in Bradenton to raise an American flag given to the school by Army Maj. Rick Ely.

Ely served at Bagram Air Base, 40 miles north of Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, where he was executive officer of a helicopter maintenance battalion. Ely and his crew were the recipients of care packages sent by Harvey Church through its "Project Soldier's Heart," a vision of Navy veteran Ed Callan.

Within the care packages were letters written by students from Island Middle School and AME. Ely not only took the time to write a personal response to each student's letter, but he sent them the American flag that flew over his base on Humanitarian Aid Day, a day when service personnel volunteered at nearby schools and hospitals.

AME also received a certificate of authenticity stating that this flag was "flown in the face of the enemy, and bears witness to the destruction, capture, detention and interrogation of terrorist forces threatening the freedom of the United State of America and the World."

Ambrose received a letter from Ely to read at the flag-raising ceremony. Here is his message:

Dear Islanders, I want to tell all the people of Anna Maria Island thank you for your support and patriotism. All of your thoughts, prayers and concerns touched my heart during my time away from my family.

Now I know the time I spent away from my family is a small price to pay for the freedom we enjoy. Many of you probably did not realize what impact you could have.

It's because of caring people, like yourselves, that I will not hesitate to do my job when called upon. You are what makes a soldier a soldier. You give us the patriotism to do our job. Without it, you would not have the soldier to protect the freedom of the United States.

The flag presented to you flew over Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Humanitarian Aid Day, March 25, 2004.

It represents a small token of my appreciation for all that you have done. It is meant to thank each of you for your support and dedication to our great nation in its fight against terrorism.

Your thoughtfulness and patriotism for our country is truly appreciated by all soldiers and has touched more people than you can ever imagine. You all have made a big difference.

Please tell the children from Anna Maria Island Elementary School and Island Middle School that their efforts do make a difference and have brought some love and warmth to a soldier on the other side of the world.

God Bless each and everyone of you.

Major Rick Ely, XO, Task Force Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom IV, Afghanistan

Have your say:

No comments for this page. Feel free to be the first

Username:

Contact:

(email or url)

Subject:

Your View:

Please enter the security code below:

security  

Get breaking news

Follow the Islander on TwitterBecome a fan of The Islander on Facebook

Sign up to receive breaking news alerts via e-mail. We'll send you a notice when the news and classifieds appear online every week, before the print edition hits the streets.

Click here for Gulf oil spill updates related to Anna Maria Island.

Historic Anna Maria City Pier Plank Walk

Put your name, your message, your memorial on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration! And join the fun!

CLICK HERE for Stoltzfus e-mails and related court documents.


FREE Island
Vacation Guide:
get it here

Cortez Cookoff

Click here for 2010 Cortez Cookoff Winner and recipes

To advertise here, please
visit our rates page
or contact us at:
sales@islander.org
Phone: (941) 778-7978
Fax: (941) 778-9392

Back to top of Page

Home | Weather | Real Estate | Classifieds | Archives | Contact | Island Links
Islander Store | Subscribe About this site | Classifieds Page | Place an Ad
For Sale | Garage Sales | Announcements | Lost & Found | Pets | Transportation
Boats & Boating | Fishing | Kids for Hire | Help Wanted | Health Care | Services
Lawn & Garden | Landscaping | Home Improvement | Business Opportunities | Rentals | Real Estate

Our Privacy and Copyright Statements © 1992 - 2009, The Islander