You may have noticed that there are no inductees for 2016 that’s because we have temporarily suspended operations due to lack of funding.
I would like to take a moment to share with everyone a conversation I had with a longtime friend of mine when I started this nonprofit several years ago. I was telling him that I started a national hall of fame to preserve the history of those that served and honor all veterans while establishing an avenue for future generations to learn about the meaning of sacrifice. He said “That’s one of the best ideas I have heard in a very long time. I only see one problem”. I said what’s that. He said “ Money! Where can you possibly get money to fund something like that!” I said I set it up as a nonprofit. He said “Nobody is going to give you money for that, you won’t even get them to volunteer, don’t get me wrong everyone you talk to will tell you how its needed and what a great idea that is and we should preserve veteran history but then they will turn and quickly walk away before you ask them for anything.” Of course I told him that I believe I would be hard pressed to find a person who wouldn’t give $5 to help preserve veteran history. He of course said “I think you will be surprised”.
Sadly, he was right and to give you an idea of how right. I would like to share with you some additional information that I think would surprise you.
This website gets about 6000 visitors per month and has been doing so for the past 36 months and if you can believe this the site has brought in $25 in donations and that was from one person. That’s right 216,000 visitors and only one person donated $25.
I spoke at a Rotary Club luncheon filled with business owners and after I finished my presentation the very first question wasn’t what can we do to help, it was and I quote “Do you have someone to pay for this”. That still plays in my head over and over. I guess didn’t see that coming.
I have had people offer to do fund raisers and ask me to give them my card because they left their cards at home and never heard from them again.
I have paid for 90% of everything over the past several years waiting for help from the people who would want to see something like this put in place but it hasn’t arrived. I will be spending the remainder of the year searching for some other type of funding and go from there but as of now it doesn’t look good.
Maybe something like this has already been tried in the past and never made it and that’s why we don’t preserve veteran history at a national level. Who knows!
I will update this page when I have new information.
The US Military Hall of Fame
George Washington once said
"Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distresses of every one, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse; remembering always the estimation of the widow's mite, but, that it is not every one who asketh that deserveth charity; all, however, are worthy of the inquiry, or the deserving may suffer."
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Bushrod Washington, Jan. 15, 1783