Yesterday was the official Welcome Home and Fundraiser for Sgt John Peck (formerly Cpl Peck, yes this two time Purple Heart RecipientÂ was promoted and the official ceremony will take place at Walter Reed upon his return there). Â More photos here.
If you missed this opportunity yesterday toÂ WelcomeÂ Sgt PeckÂ Home, you really missed out!!Â This Brave Warrior from Antioch, Illinois isÂ truly a man of courage who defines the word Hero!Â I have never met anyone like him and IÂ know I never will again.Â HEÂ IS THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!
Sgt Peck’s Mother is a Marine too andÂ this Mother and SonÂ truly do exemplify The Band of Mother’s motto “Warriors Come From Warriors!”Â I remember what John’s mother told me when I saw her at Walter Reed in February:Â I asked her when does she have to return to work and her answer was so stoic and strong, “When my Son doesn’t need me anymore.”
There is no doubt in my mindÂ where Sgt Peck’s gets hisÂ will andÂ backboneÂ from! The Welcome Home was a beautiful event and I think the entire town came out to line the escort route.Â Â I cannot recall the last time I saw that many children and young people all in one place, waving flags!!!
To all who came, I say thank you with a mother’s heart!Â Â To my husband and Ralph, thank youÂ for taking time off work to accompany me.Â There wasn’t a dry eye in our car during the escort! To my friend’s in DC and those who might be traveling to DC, you can email me anytime for Sgt Peck’s contact info.
I believe it is incumbent on all of us to keep an eye on Sgt Peck.Â He fought ferociously for all of us and if he needs us now or ever, we need to answer that call andÂ be thereÂ for him!Â It is importantÂ he knows he can always count on us, no matter what! Donations for Sgt Peck can be sent to:
SgtÂ Peck Fund
State Bank of the Lakes
440 Lakes St.
Antioch, IL 60002
Lastly, just a glimpse intoÂ the heart of the greatest Americans among us, The Band of Brothers: Sgt Peck’s steadfast dedication to his country and theÂ Corps is foremost in this Warrior and that was evident yesterdayÂ when heÂ instructed the magnificient Marines in their dress blues to go get their recruitment brochures and bring them to the VFW hall so they could use thisÂ event to try and recuit new Marines! Sgt John Peck, Semper Fi!
Take heed of Sgt Peck’sÂ words, which exemplify what a Braveheart he truly is: https://newssun.suntimes.com/news/3205241-418/peck-arms-marine-wounded-marines.html What does he want people to know about his experience and his new reality?
â€œGive a damn about your troops. Donâ€™t just say it. Stop griping about the little crap in your life. There is so much being done by our military for your benefit, and nobody understands its extent unless they see it themselves or a loved one goes through it. Put your little differences aside and care about someone else besides yourself.â€
He said that if every person in the U.S. gave a one-time $5 donation to a charity that supports the troops it would be really helpful.
â€œMy arm, which is only a temporary arm, costs $10,000. There are a lot of expenses that must be paid to equip an injured soldier. Give to charities, or otherwise go up to someone in the military and offer to pay for a meal or do something special for them. Get to know them. Write them letters. Send care packages to random troops you donâ€™t know because guys are really bummed out when mail call comes and there is no package for them.â€
Again, thank you to all who attended thisÂ Welcome Home!Â May God Bless and Watch Over Sgt Peck, his Mother and Family, andÂ All Our Troops!Â Hug them and thank them, every chance you get!!! Beverly Perlson The Band of Mothers www.thebandofmothers.com
(I apologizeÂ for the order of the photos, I tried to get Sgt Peck and his beautifulÂ dog Misha first, but this photobucket seems to have it’s own idea in what order the photos post!
You can also view pictures from Friday night at Joe’s Bar where Gary Sinise & The Lt Dan Band (who I believe are the Greatest Patriots of our Time!) performed and Sgt Peck and several Heroes attended at:Â Â www.thebandofmothers.com)