America Supports You: Celebs Rally for Calendar Poster
By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2006 More than 600,000 servicemembers, including Coast Guardsmen, are receiving a special gift this year from the White House Commission on Remembrance: a poster-sized 2006 calendar.
This poster-sized 2006 calendar is being sent to more than 600,000 deployed servicemembers and to ships at sea as a gift from the White House Commission on Remembrance. Photo courtesy of the White House Commission on Remembrance
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Featured on the calendar is a "Family Circus" cartoon by Bil Keane with one of the characters waving an American flag and a message to servicemembers offering "a hearty trail of love from every American family." The daily "Family Circus" comic panel appears in more than 1,500 newspapers around the world.
A host of celebrities supported the production of the calendar, including signatures from Ben Affleck, Hank Aaron, Lance Armstrong, Bill Cosby, Dear Abby, Michael Douglas and Michael Jordan.
"We've been doing this for the last couple of years," said Carmella LaSpada, executive director of the White House Commission on Remembrance. "I wanted to have something that is a daily reminder to children who have lost a loved one and to our troops reminding them throughout the year that they're remembered and appreciated." LaSpada said the calendar has been distributed to Navy ships and the Merchant Marine, and to servicemembers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Liberia, Germany, Italy, the Balkans, Japan, Korea, Sinai, Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Cuba, Honduras and other locations around the world.
"We're reaching more than 600,000 servicemembers to help ensure that they know that they're not forgotten," LaSpada noted.