The summer breeze calls: Children of disabled or wounded military service members still have time to sign up for Camp Corral, a free weeklong summer camp sponsored by the Golden Corral restaurant chain, for ages 8 to 15. This is the good old traditional stuff: We’re talking water and target sports, canoeing, horseback riding, crafts, and campfire stories.
The fully accredited camps are located in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Kansas, Texas and Colorado, and the sessions are scheduled for July and August, a spokeswoman tells Inside the Beltway. See details and registration information at campcorral.org.
WHITE HOUSE MOMENT
“May God bless the souls of the venerable warriors we have lost, and may He watch over the men and women who serve us now. Today, tomorrow, and in perpetuity, let us give thanks to them by remaining true to the values and virtues for which they fight.
“In honor of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace … I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.”
- President Obama’s official proclamation for Memorial Day
COME HOME, BE EMPLOYED
“We owe it to our service members to do everything we can to ensure they come home to a strong, growing economy that creates jobs and opportunities. Unfortunately, roughly 22 million of our fellow citizens are struggling to find a good-paying full-time job in President Obama’s economy. … On Memorial Day, as we consider the sacrifices our service members and their families have made, we are reminded to never squander the blessings of liberty. That is why helping to create jobs and grow our economy will continue to be Republicans’ focus in the weeks and months ahead.”
- Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, in the Republican weekly address.
VETS FOR MITT
New to the campaign trail, and at the ready to support presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney: It’s Veterans for Romney, a newly formed group under the chairmanship of J. Thomas Burch, president of the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation and a former U.S. Army special forces officer who did time in Vietnam in the late 1960s. The mission?
“The reason we’re here is simple. The current commander-in-chief has done nothing to address prisoner of war and missing in action issues, or ensuring the fair health care and promised benefits to our vets and retirees,” Mr. Burch tells Inside the Beltway.
“And if he’s not going to take care of these things, then we plan to find someone else who will. It’s as simple as that.”
24 KARAT POLITICS
In 1960, he-man crooner Johnny Horton sang “North to Alaska” describing the Klondike gold rush with lyrics that advised: “Where the river is winding, big nuggets they’re finding. North to Alaska, they’re going North, the rush is on.”