"Virtual Parade for Heroes" in Honor of Veterans Day
Virtual Parade for Heroes Part 3 (In Honor of Veterans Day)
Virtual Parade for Heroes Part 1
Virtual Parade for Heroes Part 2a
Virtual Parade for Heroes Part 2b
Virtual Parade for Heroes Part 2c
Virtual Parade for Heroes Part 2d
Virtual Parade for Heroes Part 2e
Join us in paying tribute to veterans, current servicemen and women, and especially our fallen heroes. Since so many parades have been cancelled due COVID-19 we're having a virtual parade to honor our heroes.
We emphasize honoring fallen heroes and Gold Star families on Memorial Day while then transitioning to honoring all veterans throughout other holidays like Independence Day, Veterans Day, etc.
We thank God so much that our Fox News interview and story are featured on the front page of Fox News.com! We hope and pray that our nation's heroes receive much honor through our latest project. They more than deserve it! Please pray for us as we share God's love and extend tribute where tribute is due. And join us!
Send us your hero's photo and we will post it on our web site and on Unite the USA's social media to honor him or her. E-mail us their information and photo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
By Teny Sahakian
Sisters Carrie and Stacie Stoelting are lifelong Iowans who have dedicated their lives to spreading patriotism.
In 2008, they started an organization “Unite the USA” as a platform to educate and inspire Americans to come together and show appreciation for their country and those who serve it.
The sisters spoke to Fox News about how Memorial Day is an opportunity for Americans to refocus on honoring heroes who may have been forgotten amid the health crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Ever since we started Unite the USA, we have had an emphasis on teaching kids and families to get on out there, learn things about our country, talk to our veterans, thank them, do things to thank them,” Carrie Stoelting told Fox News.
In April, Carrie and Stacie started an online initiative called "Mission Impossible: Operation Honor Heroes 2020." They encourage anyone with a loved one who has served, or is serving, in the military to send them a picture to post on their website in an “online parade of pictures,” in lieu of real parades this year.
“We want to offer, through our mission, ways to honor the fallen this Memorial Day in particular. We also want to remember our veterans and our military families and those currently serving. And so by doing so, you can send pictures of your loved ones who have served past and present. We're going to have an online parade to honor our servicemen and women,” said Carrie.
The sisters believe that, over time, many have forgotten what a blessing it is to live in the United States. They hope the extreme government intervention that is taking place to fight the spread of COVID-19, which many would argue is a violation of citizens’ rights, will serve as a reminder of what is most important: freedom.
“Memorial Day weekend is a big wake up call for us as a country to remember that our fallen heroes who did just that, they laid down their lives for us, for our freedoms. And, you know, we've all had things totally changed and we suddenly understand the value of freedom. This is a time to thank veterans for the freedoms that we were accidentally taking for granted before the COVID-19 response,” said Stacie Stoelting.