All Gave Some -- Some Gave All

Welcome

The Long Beach Hometown Heroes Project is a joint effort between the City of Long Beach (Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske) and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation. This Project provides friends and families of Long Beach men and women who are serving or have served in the United States military the opportunity to have a banner displayed in their honor along Clark Avenue in east side Long Beach. Clark Avenue (between Carson Avenue and Spring Street) is a heavily traveled corridor and passes by Veterans Stadium and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center. Banners will be hung on the light poles for up to one year and then presented to the families who sponsored them.

To launch this program, The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation is placing banners of the 14 men who have given their lives in service to our City and our country while serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Their photographs and biographies are included in this website. You can download the form for sponsoring a banner by clicking here.

For more information on The Long Beach Hometown Heroes Project, please contact the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562 570-6932 or e-Mail: district5@longbeach.gov.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Honoring Sgt. Thomas MacPherson

Today we dedicated the Long Beach Hometown Hero banner in honor of Sgt. Thomas MacPherson. The banner hangs at the entrance to Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dec 15th Special Ceremony Honoring LB Home Town Heroes

Please join us Saturday, December 15th at 9 am at Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center as we place Christmas wreaths so those who served in the military at our "All Gave Some -- Some Gave All" military memorial.

We will also be honoring the 15 Long Beach residents who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan with a reading of their names by members of the US military. Our newest "home town hero" Sgt. Thomas MacPherson will be honored with the display of his memorial banner in Rosie the Riveter Park.

The public is invited for this brief, moving ceremony.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Proudly riding with VA Nurses at Long Beach Veterans Parade

I was proud to invite and to ride with several Registered Nurses from the Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital in the Saturday North Long Beach Veterans Day Parade. The group received a warm welcome from the crowd -- and they should. These dedicated people take care of the men and women who have sacrificed their health by serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thank you!


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Brochure on How to Honor a Veteran Available

New Brochure Offers Guide On Ways to Celebrate the Sacrifice of Long Beach Veterans

Long Beach, CA., November 6, 2012 – Looking for a special way to honor the sacrifice of our Long Beach veterans? Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske created a brochure that lists places to go, ways to volunteer, events, and activities which honors our local Long Beach Veterans. Some of the places listed include the Lone Sailor Memorial, US Navy Memorial Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Grey Ghost Wall of Heroes, Immortal Chaplains Memorial Chapel, and the Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center. Live events include this weekend’s Long Beach Veterans Day Parade and the December 15th commemoration of Wreaths Across America.

A direct way to honor those who gave all, is the Long Beach Hometown Heroes, a project sponsored by the Rosie the Riveter Foundation is included. The project was begun as a way to honor our armed forces members who gave their lives in service to our country. Today, family members can honor active duty service members by displaying a banner with their name, branch of service, and high school listed on it. The new brochure details how to participate.
Organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans Administration Medical Center, and others that welcome volunteering or offer resources to veterans are listed in the three fold printed piece.
The brochures will be available at the 5th District Neighborhood Office and at the starting point of the upcoming Veterans Day Parade on November 10th. For more information, contact the office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562-570-6932 or email district5@longbeach.gov.

You can download the brochure below.
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Schipske Honors VA Nurses at Vets Parade

Six nurses from the Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital will accompany Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske in the 16th annual Veterans Day Parade on November 10th     

"The Veterans Administration Hospital here in Long Beach is one of the best facilities for spinal cord and traumatic injury patients. We often forget to recognize the commitment, dedication, and sacrifice of nurses who tend to our wounded veterans. I'm proud to be accompanied by these unsung heroes who work every day to make sure our veterans get the best care in the country," stated Councilwoman Schipske.
     

The Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital officials were asked to recommend six outstanding nurses to ride in the parade with the Councilwoman. They are:
     

Yvonne Ginez-Gonzales
, MSN, RN, PHN, CHPN, Management of Information and Outcomes (MIO) Coordinator and Nursing Supervisor - Ginez-Gonzales works in the Spinal Cord Injury Healthcare Group, has served for 13 years in the Army and Army Reserves.    

Robert Kotecki
, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, Clinical Nurse Leader, L1 in Acute Psychiatry - served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman, finishing his duty in Yokosuka, Japan. Kotecki became a Clinical Nurse Leader so he can continue his service to our country by taking care of our soldiers.   

Kang Kim
, RN, Surgical Health Care Group -enlisted as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman and worked as a licensed vocational nurse after his enlistment. Kim currently works as a staff R.N. in the recovery room or post anesthesia care unit and also works in the same day surgery unit at the VA Long Beach Hospital.         

Lisa Lobdell
, RN, MSN, Care/Case Management - works with Pulmonary, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Hematology, Oncology, and Endocrinology. Lobdell works with patients suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, and combat veterans from all of the world wars, Afghanistan, and Iraq. She worked as an Air Force Trauma Nurse and became a travel nurse before suffering a foot injury.     

Ruth Lenke Likout
, RN, BSN, Blind Rehabilitation, Blind Center Care - served as a Navy Corpsman for ten years, and has worked in Obstetrics, Labor and Delivery, Newborn Nursery, and Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation. Likout worked for the Department of Air Force (Civil Service) for 10 years in women's health and then moved to the VA in Tucson, AZ and worked in Hospice and Blind Rehabilitation. She moved to Long Beach last October to assist with the opening of the new Blind Center.    

Sung S. Hong
, RN, Critical Care Unit - served as combat medic for five years, deployed to Iraq twice in 2004 and 2010 as a Civil Affair Officer and Environmental Science Officer. Hong continues to serve as a drilling reservist in 75 Training Division in Garden Grove in addition to his duties in the Critical Care unit.   

Councilwoman Schipske and her six honored guests will ride in a 1958 Mack Fire Truck in the parade on November 10
th. A short program will begin at Houghton Park (Harding and Atlantic Ave.) at 9:20. The parade starts at 10:00 am and travels along Atlantic Ave from Harding to 56th Street. You are welcome to come personally thank these individuals for their service.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Schipske Honors VA Nurses During Upcoming Vets Parade




Schipske Honors Veterans Administration Nurses in Veterans Day Parade

Long Beach, CA  -- October 29, 2012 – Six nurses from the Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital will accompany Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske in the 16th annual Veterans Day Parade on November 10th.

“The Veterans Administration Hospital here in Long Beach is one of the best facilities for spinal cord and traumatic injury patients. We often forget to recognize the commitment, dedication, and sacrifice of nurses who tend to our wounded veterans. I’m proud to be accompanied by these unsung heroes who work every day to make sure our veterans get the best care in the country,” stated Councilwoman Schipske.


The Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital officials were asked to recommend six outstanding nurses to ride in the parade with the Councilwoman. They are:


Yvonne Ginez-Gonzales
, MSN, RN, PHN, CHPN, Management of Information and Outcomes (MIO) Coordinator and Nursing Supervisor – Ginez-Gonzales works in the Spinal Cord Injury Healthcare Group, has served for 13 years in the Army and Army Reserves.

Robert Kotecki
, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, Clinical Nurse Leader, L1 in Acute Psychiatry – served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman, finishing his duty in Yokosuka, Japan. Kotecki became a Clinical Nurse Leader so he can continue his service to our country by taking care of our soldiers.

Kang Kim
, RN, Surgical Health Care Group –enlisted as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman and worked as a licensed vocational nurse after his enlistment. Kim currently works as a staff R.N. in the recovery room or post anesthesia care unit and also works in the same day surgery unit at the VA Long Beach Hospital.   

Lisa Lobdell
, RN, MSN, Care/Case Management – works with Pulmonary, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Hematology, Oncology, and Endocrinology. Lobdell works with patients suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, and combat veterans from all of the world wars, Afghanistan, and Iraq. She worked as an Air Force Trauma Nurse and became a travel nurse before suffering a foot injury.

Ruth Lenke Likout
, RN, BSN, Blind Rehabilitation, Blind Center Care – served as a Navy Corpsman for ten years, and has worked in Obstetrics, Labor and Delivery, Newborn Nursery, and Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation. Likout worked for the Department of Air Force (Civil Service) for 10 years in women’s health and then moved to the VA in Tucson, AZ and worked in Hospice and Blind Rehabilitation. She moved to Long Beach last October to assist with the opening of the new Blind Center.

Sung S. Hong
, RN, Critical Care Unit – served as combat medic for five years, deployed to Iraq twice in 2004 and 2010 as a Civil Affair Officer and Environmental Science Officer. Hong continues to serve as a drilling reservist in 75 Training Division in Garden Grove in addition to his duties in the Critical Care unit.

Councilwoman Schipske and her six honored guests will ride in a 1958 Mack Fire Truck in the parade on November 10
th. A short program will begin at Houghton Park (Harding and Atlantic Ave.) at 9:20. The parade starts at 10:00 am and travels along Atlantic Ave from Harding to 56th Street. You are welcome to come personally thank these individuals for their service.
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Another Long Beach Man Gives His Life for His Country

It is with sadness that we discover yet another Long Beach Home Town Hero has given his life in service of his country -- Army Sgt. Thomas R. MacPherson. Click here for full story carried in the Long Beach Press Telegram and www.lbreport.com.

He is from the 5th Council District.

This marks the 15th Long Beach man who has given his life in service of his country in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Long Beach Hometown Heroes project will have a memorial banner printed in his name and will display it in Rosie the Riveter Park.

The public will be invited for a brief ceremony in his honor.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

4th of July Freedom Fest and Concert -- Free to the Public


Come on by Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center at Clark Avenue and Conant Street to say "thank you" for those who have fought for our freedom. On 4th of July we will salute them followed by a music concert. See the schedule below. Food trucks will be available.


CEREMONY
5:00 pm - Welcome - Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske
5:05 pm - Presentation of Colors - Millikan Jr. ROTC Color Guard
5:10 pm - National Anthem - Erma Vernado
5:12 pm - Invocation - Bruce MacRae, Public Affairs Manager, UPS
5:15 pm - Pipe Major Scott MacDonald, LBPD - performing Amazing Grace
5:20 pm - Bruce MacRae - Introduction of Speakers and special guests
5:25 pm - Captain Roger LaFerriere, U.S. Coast Guard
Speaker Topic: Pioneering service of African American and minority service members who serve in the Armed Forces
5:40 pm - Introduction to Congressional Gold Medal honorees: Montford Point Marines, First Sergeant William McDowell, and First Sergeant Mitchell Key, and Navy Corpsmen, Robert S. Hammond
5:45 pm - Reading of names of 14 Long Beach Hometown Heroes who died in Iraq or Afghanistan
- Lt. Col. Angel Ortiz, U.S. Army National Guard
5:55 pm - Taps performed by Lee Seltzer, Rock for Vets
6:00 pm - Speaker: U.S. Naval Commander Stephen M. Ruggiero
Speaker Topic:
6:15 pm - Concluding Remarks - Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske
6:25 pm - God Bless America - Erma Vernado

CELEBRATION
6:30 pm Live Concert by The Emperors (Popular group of Long Beach)
8:30 pm Event ends

Friday, May 11, 2012

Brochure Outlines How to Thank a Veteran in Long Beach

Getting Ready for Armed Services and Memorial Day
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Provides a Guide on How To Remember A Veteran and Those in Military Service

(LONG BEACH, CA; May 9, 2012) – With Armed Services and Memorial Day around the corner, Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske has created a guide containing specific information on how residents can honor our “Hometown Heroes” who are serving or have served in the military.

 “The guide details a number of activities residents can do to remember the men and women who have served in uniform,” says Schipske, noting that the brochure contains both local and national volunteer contact information, Long Beach sites to visit, and several local programs that focus on those who are serving in, or who have died while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Volunteer opportunities are available at the Veterans Administration Medical Hospital, U.S Vets, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post 8615, and the American Gold Star Manor – all in Long Beach,” Schipske points out. “Volunteering contributes in a variety of ways by assisting veterans in their daily routines.”

The monthly “Home Front Theater” is being launched on May 18 at the El Dorado Senior Center with the showing of the WWII movie “Since You Went Away.” A 1930s – 1950s movie will be shown each month with light refreshments provided. The guide describes Long Beach memorial sites that make for a special visit, such as the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center – only one of two places in the United States that honors the contributions made by six million women who worked on the home front during World War II.

The park includes a walking path with historical timeline, interpretive signs, a cell phone guided tour and a military memorial. Other places to visit in Long Beach include: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, United States Navy Memorial Monument, Lone Sailor Memorial, Long Beach Municipal Cemetery and the Grey Ghost Wall of Heroes & The Immortal Chaplains Memorial Chapel and Sanctuary.

Details on the Long Beach Hometown Heroes Project is also included in the guide. As of 2012, fourteen men who had called Long Beach home, died while serving in the military in both Iraq and Afghanistan. To honor these men for their sacrifice, The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation and Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske established the Long Beach Hometown Heroes Banner Project (www.lbhometownheroes.com) and placed 14memorial banners in the Rosie the Riveter Park & Interpretive Center.

This project has been expanded to provide an opportunity for Long Beach residents to sponsor a banner, in order to honor and recognize their own family members currently serving in the military. Banners may be sponsored by individuals or organizations, and will be displayed for a minimum of six months before being given to the hero, or the hero’s family.

“ We are also encouraging residents to join us again in sending messages to our troops through A Million Thanks. org,” says Schipske, who coordinated an effort last year. “We invite individuals, schools, churches, businesses, and other organizations to write cards, letters, emails, and prayer messages to members of the military. Postcards can be picked up and dropped off at my neighborhood office.”

On the 4th of July, the public is invited to attend the First Annual Freedom Fest and Concert at Rosie the Riveter Park. A salute to the military and our veterans will begin at 5pm followed by a musical concert by The Emperors. How to Thank A Veteran Guide will soon be available for download at www.lbhometownheroes.com, or picked up at 5th District libraries or by visiting Councilwoman Schipske's neighborhood office at 2760 Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90808.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Come Enjoy A Classic WWII Film -- Schipske Kicks Off Home Front Theater

Cover of "Since You Went Away"
Cover of Since You Went Away
Armed Services Day Kicks Off With Classic World War II Motion Picture
 Home Front Theater Movie Series Open to Public

(LONG BEACH, CA; May 10, 2012) – Residents are invited to celebrate Armed Services Day on Friday, May 18th  and attend the showing of the 1940s award winning World War II movie, “Since You Went Away," as Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and the Long Beach Rosie The Riveter Foundation launch the first of seven films and news reels for this year’s “Home Front Theater” motion picture series at the El Dorado Community Center, located at 2800 Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA. The film and 1940s news reels will show at 1 pm.

Home Front Theater is an annual event that shows a collection of classic films from the World War II era.
 The movie series is launched in May to commemorate Armed Services Day, with a showing of one movie each month until the end of December.

“There is a deep history of Long Beach’s participation in World War II,” says Councilwoman Schipske.  “Our city contributed much to the war effort.  We have generations of family members who hold dear memories of loved ones who fought to defend this country and who served on the home front making airplanes and ships. These movies and news reels from that era are a fun way to remind us of what it was like here in Long Beach during World War II.”

The very emotional 1944 film, Since You Went Away, depicts the life of a mother (played by Claudette Colbert) and her two daughters (played by Jennifer Jones and Shirley Temple) on the home front while their father is away at work.  In their struggle to make ends meet, they take in a colonel.  However, the inconveniences and rationing cannot hinder the love affair between one of the daughters and the grandson of the colonel.  The movie won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Music, and was nominated in eight other categories including Best Picture. 

Since You went Away  and the other movies and news reels will be played at 1 pm in the Bridge Room of the El Dorado Senior Center. Future films include: From Here To Eternity on June 15th, Yankee Doodle Dandy on July 20th, Air Force on August 17th, So Proudly We Hail on September 21st, Mrs. Miniver on October 19th, The Philadelphia Story on November 16th, and White Christmas on December 14th. The movies are open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

For more information on the Home Front Theater movie series, please call the Offices of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562-570-6932.
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Friday, December 9, 2011

14 Banners to Hang in Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center

14 banners honoring 14 Long Beach men who have given their lives in the service of our country while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan will hang from light poles in the Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center located at Clark Avenue and Conant Street in east Long Beach.

The banners will be dedicated on Saturday, December 10 at 9am in a ceremony of remembrance.

The public is encouraged to attend and to thank the families of these men for their dedication and service.

Monday, November 21, 2011

All Gave Some --- Some Gave All: Honoring 14 Fallen LB Heroes

The City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation proudly honor the men and women who serve our country through military service and specifically those who claim Long Beach as their hometown.

Banners sponsored by their families commemorating their service will be displayed on light poles along Clark Avenue.

Those who have given their lives in the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts will be honored with banners flown in Rosie the Riveter Park.

Banners honoring 14 men who claimed Long Beach as their hometown and gave their lives in service to our country in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts will begin flying on December 10, 2011.

We present their names in the order that they died:



23 year old Marine Private 1st Class George D. Torres died April 11, 2004 in Anbar province, Iraq. He was born September 21, 1980 and attended Millikan High School and graduated the Long Beach High School for Adults. Torres wanted to be a policeman when he finished military service and told his family that if anything happened to him, he wanted them to use his benefits to buy a house.










21 year old Army Private 1st Class Lyndon A. Marcus, Jr. died May 3rd, 2004 near Khalis, Iraq. He was born March 8, 1983, and graduated from Jordan High School. Marcus’ tenor voice won him parts in several school plays. He planned on pursuing his dream to become a recording star when he finished his military service.








20 year old Army Private 1st Class Stephen Castellano died January 28, 2005 in Mosul, Iraq. Castellano was born February 1, 1984. An avid reader, he hoped to attend college when he returned stateside. Security needs in Iraq had resulted in his tour of duty being extended one month.He died 4 days before his 21st birthday.







22 year old Army Sergeant Anthony J. Davis, Jr. died April 23, 2005 in Mosul, Iraq. Davis was born February 9, 1983 and graduated from Jordan High School. His mother says she couldn’t have asked for a better son. He left behind a wife and two daughters – the youngest was born two weeks after he deployed to Iraq and he never got to meet her.




36 year old Army Sergeant Randy D. Collins died May 24, 2005 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland from injuries suffered 20 days earlier in Mosul, Iraq. Collins was born October 7, 1968 and graduated from Millikan High School where he enrolled in the JROTC. Randy had a daughter and a son.



 






20 year old Marine Lance Corporal Veashna Muy died June 23, 2005 in Fallouja, Iraq. Muy was born on October 9, 1984 and graduated from Jordan High School. The son of Cambodian refugees, he hoped to make the military his career.





20 year old Army Private Ernesto R. Guerra died July 29, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq. He was born August 14, 1985 and graduated from Cabrillo High School where he enrolled in the JROTC.  Guerra’s death cleared the pathway for his mother to become a US citizen.




21 year old Army Specialist Roberto L. Martinez Salazar died February 4, 2006 in Mosul, Iraq. He was born October 26, 1984 and graduated from Millikan High School.  Salazar was on his second tour of duty in Iraq and planned to get married when after he returned and make the military his career. He was granted US citizenship post-humously.
19 year old Army Private First Class David T. Toomalatai died January 27, 2007 in Taji, Iraq. He claimed Long Beach as his hometown. Serving as a medic he hoped to go to college after the military. He left behind his sweetheart and a 10 month old baby boy.






20 year old Army Specialist Astor A. Sunsin-Pineda died May 2, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. Sunsin-Pineda was born March 7, 1987 and graduated from Wilson High School and entered the Army so he later could become a police officer. He was featured in a Spanish-language recruiting video shown nationwide.





23 year old Army Staff Sergeant Joshua R. Whitaker died May 15, 2007 in Qalat, Afghanistan. Whitaker was born March 10, 1984 and graduated from Millikan High School. Whitaker died a hero. When Taliban fighters ambushed his convoy, he fired a 50-caliber turret gun, killing five Taliban and saving nine of his comrades.








24 year old Army Sergeant Israel Garcia died July 13, 2008 in Wanat, Afghanistan. Garcia was born January 19, 1984 and graduated from Polytechnic High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Lesly. Garcia was killed when his outpost was attacked by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. He had hoped to become a Long Beach Police Department investigator.






60 year old Army Major Steven Hutchison died May 10, 2009 in Basra, Iraq -- the oldest member of the U.S. military to die of combat-related wounds in Iraq or Afghanistan. Hutchison was born June 5, 1948, graduated from Wilson High School, served two tours of duty in Vietnam, receiving a Bronze Star. He held a doctorate in organizational psychology and rejoined the Army under its retiree recall program.


26 year old Air Force Staff Sergeant Andrew W. Harvell died August 6, 2011 in Wardak province, Afghanistan. Harvell was born September 26, 1984 and graduated from Millikan High School. He was among 30 U.S. military personnel killed when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by a rocket propelled grenade in Wardak province Afghanistan. He left behind a wife and two children.