Posts Tagged ‘Take a leap of faith’

Finding Balance at the Speed of Life

October 27, 2010

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Ghandi

Yes, I know I’ve used that quote in my writing many times, but if you’re in transition, losing sleep over the future, negotiating for a new job, or hopeful that an offer is going to be your light at the end of the tunnel, Ghandi’s wisdom bears repeating. I’m reminded of traveling from Paris to Lyon, France, on the TGV high-speed “bullet” train years ago. High above the ground, the train clocked speeds of 125 miles per hour and more. The countryside literally flew by.

Doesn’t it seem like life right now for most of us is a speeding bullet train, with the added uncertainty of the stability of the tracks? We’re speeding faster and faster into an uncertain future, teetering on the rails of life, like a roller coaster dipping and climbing … and we’re holding on tight.

I know all too well of which I speak. I used to be Superwoman! Since summer’s end, though, I’ve been behind in everything – I’m like a hamster on a wheel, squeakily spinning it with as much velocity as I can muster, but to no avail. Yes, I’m moving faster, but the complexity of all of the issues and events of life during this recession have slowed me down mentally and emotionally. I’m “still kicking,” but with less clarity, more confusion, and more of a sense of overwhelm-ment than ever before. Superwoman has flown off the planet, and I’ve been left holding a five-pound bag containing ten pounds of overdue everything: blogging, twittering, phoning, reading, writing … you name it. Stop the world!!! I want to get off!

Can you relate?

Trust me, I have always been one focused professional, never making excuses about my shortcomings, always returning calls promptly, meeting deadlines, and going the extra mile for my commitments. But, I’ll admit that right now, I’m wondering when I’ll get my balancing act back in swing. If you’re wondering the same thing about yourself, you are not alone. The uncertainty of what our economic future might be collectively, and even more unsettling, what it might be for each of us individually and our families, is enough to knock even the toughest players off their game.

Are you losing sleep over the loss of a job – whether it’s your own, or a loved one’s? Are you uncertain of what changes landing a new job will bring? I just went through that with my husband – eight months of executive unemployment.

My husband and I are thrilled about his new job, and I’ve never seen him happier. However, wait for it – wait for it – we are now in a “commuter marriage.” His new job is three time zones and about 2000 miles away! BUT, and it’s a BIG but (go ahead, laugh, it’s a fun pun!) – we are so thankful that during this time of unparalleled recession for us and our peers, we are blessed with work.

Are you watching the clock on your finances, tossing and turning as the plans you made for retirement have unraveled? I get it. Retirement? What retirement? The AARP Association reported in its most recent bulletin that 51% of American households won’t be able to maintain their standard of living once they retire. In fact, we must change the notion of seniors as “non-contributors” in our society, and allow them to be productive way beyond what we have traditionally considered “retirement age.” It’s an economic necessity to keep us from plunging the largest demographic in human history into poverty, all at once. Thank goodness, “50” is the new “30.” We Americans are going to need to extend our working years into our 70s.

For now, I’d like to suggest you look at some productive ways to keep going to meet the road ahead of you, wherever it leads. I want your “take-away” today to be a renewed energy and resolve, courage to keep going, an “aha!” moment, or just plain inspiration for staying the course. I’d like you to take some action right away:

  • Look at yourself as part of the solution to our tough times, even if you’re in transition right now, looking for a job yourself. Doesn’t that give you a perspective of potential, instead of fear or lack?
  • Get out and circulate in the community, and consider taking a volunteer position or a “day” job in a busy place that will keep you meeting new people and feeling like you’re contributing to life.
  • Be proactive about the upcoming mid-term election and get out and VOTE! The biggest issue of this 2010 election is JOBS, hands down. Be a part of the buzz. No matter what your political party or inclination, pull that lever in the polling booth. It’s powerful! And while you’re at it, why not volunteer to help build a great turnout?
  • Count your blessings and start each day anew, with expectation of great potential in everyone you meet and everything you do. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Look for a “break” and the good in everything you see!

Finally, lighten up on yourself. Take a breath! My message here is “If I can do this … you can do this, too.” But it takes courage, acceptance, patience, and resolve, and the willingness to see that the struggles many of us are experiencing this year are the gateway to truly understanding what it means to be human, and to live a life of purpose, passion, and transformation. It can be a pathway to self-improvement and a new happiness in the simple things in life.

You can do this! Honest!

Di Chapman is the Founder and President of Words To Your Advantage Speaking and Writing Service; and the Chief Communications Officer for Power Connections Inc. executive outplacement, coaching and career management service. Her Linked In profile is at You can also follow her on Twitter at


Resurrect Your Purpose, Passion and Possibility Thinking

July 23, 2010

Create Job Opportunities in Your Life – Right Now

The news of legions of jobless Americans strikes fear in even the strongest and bravest of us. No matter what your occupation, or strata of earning power, you, your family members,  peers, or associates might find yourselves losing a livelihood, a routine, and even an identity, as you dive into the most uncomfortable and demanding “job” of all: looking for work.

Joblessness is a condition that brings home to roost many of our own personal shortcomings, and let’s be honest: our human-ness often brings with it an aversion to seeing our job loss as a reflection of something within us; we often rationalize the event by describing it as the result of another’s behavior and attitude towards us. But, if you lose your job, as much as you would like to make it someone else’s problem, you can’t. It’s all yours.

The cold, hard reality of job search is this: it’s time to take a good look at your own “stuff,” what you bring to the table, and whether or not you need to press your own metaphorical “reset” button before you hit the pavement. Could it possibly be that in your most recent job tenure you let a few things “go,” like your attitude, your interest, your enthusiasm, your creativity, your potential? There’s that reset button.  Honest self-examination, soul-searching assessments of your skills and talents, and an attitude check and tune-up are absolutely in order.

The GOOD NEWS is there ARE JOBS out there. Seriously, there are!! If you will take an honest inventory of your interpersonal skills, your personal commitment to excellence, and the level of energy you apply to each day of your search, you will take “step one” toward finding another job that is just right for you. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what your job titles have been, or what industry has employed you in the past. If you are a recent graduate, it really doesn’t matter what degree you have earned. There are still jobs out there, and new opportunities continue to arise each day. I challenge you to tweak your perspective, put on your “game face,” and resurrect your passion for life.

Let me tell you a story about a radio interview that I conducted that truly re-charged my own career resolve. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mac Anderson, Founder and CEO of Simple Truths Publishing, and Loren Shook, Founder, President, and CEO of Silverado Senior Living, on BetterTimesAfterFifty. com, an Internet radio show that is broadcast on

I asked the two men a number of questions about how and why they created their businesses; how Simple Truths evolved so swiftly into global success; and how Silverado grew from one Alzheimer’s residential facility to a company with 2200 employees in four states. Their companies continue to grow and prosper even now, during a time of unbelievable economic turmoil. Their responses to my questions resounded with enthusiasm, exuberance and, yes, unmitigated happiness with how living their dreams had created such potential to touch the lives of so many, customers and employees alike. Every question I asked, they each, in turn, answered robustly:

— “At Simple Truths, we bring positive ideas to life,

and reinforce core values.”

— “At Silverado Senior Living, we look forward to coming to work,

because we get to change people’s lives.”

— “Our goal at Simple Truths is to serve our customers

and serve each other.”

— “We touch the spirit of each and every person

we serve at Silverado Senior Living.”

— “I love what I do. I’m thankful each day that I can make a positive difference

in people’s lives at Simple Truths.”

— “At Silverado, we’re all about the passion and purpose

of giving life to those we serve, and to those who work here as well.”

My co-host Steve Mason and I, along with the show engineer, couldn’t help but feel the energy lift the roof off the studio during that 30 minute segment. “Wow,” Steve looked up at me over his microphone, “At a time like this, when so many are doing so badly, this is amazing!” The two of us felt like any bad news that was being reported that day by media throughout the world wasn’t going to puncture our bubble. Our own interview had given us a double shot of positivity!

Back in my office later that day, I processed my own “on-air” performance review by listening to the show several times in succession. I listened carefully to my guests, and “the feel” of the repartee that is captured by the recording. The two men offered more enthusiasm for their work, and sense of purpose about their companies in 30 minutes, than most of us ever express during 40 years of professional servitude.

I was struck with an “Ah-ha!” moment. Both Loren and Mac employ people like you, like me, like many people you know. The wisdom in their words tells me that there are other employers out there who ARE ACTUALLY HIRING PEOPLE right now. And guess what? They’re looking for people who can still see a vision of passion, purpose, and potential in their work and their lives. They are looking for people who can bring energy and enthusiasm to the job.

Julie LaCroix, M.A. Ed., CMP, Career Management Consultant and Coach for Power Connections Inc., gives this perspective on getting in touch with your passions during your hunt for a job:

“Perhaps it’s not the right time for a career change, but it’s always the right time to think about what drives you. Being intrinsical

ly driven at work lies somewhere between your abilities and interests, with a formidable paycheck sprinkled on top.” Julie asks each of us to truly think about what our unique interests are, and explains that whatever drives us has an underlying interest that represents itself in our actions.

“Are you interested in music and don’t see how that relates to being an accountant, for example?” she asks. “Those two things are very unlikely matches to one another. Perhaps the correlation for you is in the teams. If you enjoy playing music in a band, then you most likely prefer to work as part of a financial team with shared goals. It’s actually the power of the team that drives you.”

Once you know what drives you, according to Ms. LaCroix, you will be more in touch with your passion and deliver even greater results.

Now, that’s something to bring to the table during your job hunt.

Di Chapman, Founder and President of Words To Your Advantage Speaking and Writing Service;  and Chief Communications Officer, Power Connections. /

Resolve to be a “Contributer” to Life

June 8, 2010

Lessons Learned in the Presence of Greatness

“Someone out there needs you more than you need them!” – Lt. General Hal Moore

It’s February 15, 2010, President’s Day, and I’m shivering in a brutally cold whipping wind in Montevallo, Alabama. The skies are blue and the sunshine is beautiful, though, and there is an air of expectancy and anticipation that buoys my every step. “Thank goodness I’ve worked in outdoor conditions of all description,” I think to myself. “At least I’m thoroughly bundled up.” The reality is I’ve spent many a production day in sweltering 95 degree heat, with 50 to 60% humidity, trying to salvage a silk blouse and a hairdo. I’d take the cold any day!

I step inside to check on last minute details in my notes, and to make final phone calls; and stop to compliment two polite and lovely women who await the start of an eventful and unforgettable day. They are currently in a quiet hall, chatting softly, giving no hint as to the magnitude of the convocation that will start shortly, or to the growing crowd gathering at the end of the driveway, stepping into line as they exit their vehicles. I take it all in, literally savoring every second of the energy and expectation and excitement that whirls around me.

I can’t imagine being anywhere else at that moment in time, and am still in awe of how God and the universe say “yes” to heartfelt intentions, to a deeply rooted sense of purpose, and a determination to find a way to somehow contribute to the world, no matter how great or how little you are able to put forth. So, literally running from location to location on an outdoor campus with freezing wind at my back, I’m elated at the prospect of what is to come, and know that this will be a day I will never forget.

Like every unforgettable day in one’s life, there is a back story. And my particular story about that amazing day in Montevallo, Alabama is directly related to the gift of a book, and what the words within it meant to me. “In the Presence of Greatness ….” Mac Anderson writes in his forward to the Simple Truths book A Tender Warrior: 5 Leadership Letters To America, “I wasn’t prepared to be blown away by General Hal Moore’s kindness, humility, and his passion for life.”

You see, a year ago, in February 2009, I had the distinct privilege of meeting Mac Anderson in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was a follow-up to the inclusion of my story in his 2008 book Customer Love, and when I had the chance to speak to him on a “poster-perfect” day in the gorgeous Arizona desert, I was open to any inspiration and possibilities that a conversation with such an accomplished man could render. I was there with complete “heart, soul and intellect” at attention, and when he put an advance copy of A Tender Warrior in my hands, electricity went through me and sparked what I can only call “a knowing:” I was drawn to the General, and with each touch of the pages, I knew I had to somehow, some way, be in his presence.

So my story today is not just about how I traveled from sunny Southern California to unseasonably cold Alabama to be a part of an event that would honor Lt. General Hal Moore, and it turns out, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey, Jr., as well. It’s a story about how deeply-rooted purpose gave me the courage to reach out again and again to someone I felt an enormous amount of respect, appreciation, and admiration for; and in so doing, found myself in the presence of greatness all around.

We ALL Have Something to Contribute to Life

I remember a day, many years ago, when I had the privilege to meet Alma Powell. “Young or old, you still have something to give to your country,” she said. Now that I’m squarely positioned in the “mature” segment of our population, I think a lot about the wisdom of this statement, and believe that it applies to life as well.

Who’s to say that a person of a “certain age” contributes less to our world than someone of youth and physical prowess? I plan on living at least another 50 years on this planet (I have to – I have way too many plans to check out earlier!!), and not in one mental image of myself down the road do I see a woman who is not giving back to my community, country, friends, family and earth. I will leave this world kicking and screaming if I don’t make a difference. And, honestly, part of the drive within me to do something significant comes from a huge recognition of the trails blazed and conquered by those who have come before me. My achievements are meant to be an acknowledgement of the debt I owe to those who created the life I have, and who did so in uncertain, difficult, and often deadly circumstances. Giving back is part of who I am.

So, when I was offered the chance to come to Montevallo, Alabama to honor General Hal Moore as he was appointed Distinguished National Honorary Chair of The American Citizenship Trust and its American Village Campus; and to see him present the American Freedom Award to his longtime friend General George W. Casey, Jr., and posthumously to General George W. Casey, Sr., a fire in my belly said, “Go!”

I did, and I didn’t look back. In anticipation of what I knew was going to be an amazing experience, in the midst of the events of the celebration weekend, which included the 88th birthday celebration of General Moore, as well as a 10th Anniversary celebration of the American Citizenship Trust, I opened myself up to meeting amazing people like Tom Walker, Founder and CEO of the American Citizenship Trust, and his wonderful, accomplished staff at the American Village.

I met the man called “Driver,” the author of A Tender Warrior, and his lovely and spirited wife Char. I had the pleasure of meeting Brian Sobel, of Sobel Communications, a specialist in military history and events, who has interviewed and written about General Moore for publication numerous times.

But, I cannot tell a lie. The event truly came alive for me the minute the beloved Vietnam War hero himself, Lt. General Hal Moore, walked into view, a handsome soldier with a huge, beautiful smile. When he passed by me in the processional, I knew I was right where I was meant to be that day. And when he delivered his prepared speech with strength and conviction and energy, nearly 600 of us were electrified. We were truly “in the presence of greatness.”

Authenticity is Contagious and Powerful

There is one more observation I’d like to share with you about General Moore that I witnessed on President’s Day. I saw what I can only describe as the “magic” of this man. As he spoke about the importance of young people to our future, he was bold at the lectern. As he described his sadness about the blood of his soldiers on his hands, he showed the soft side of the warrior.

When he presented Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey, Jr., and Casey’s father, General George W. Casey, Sr., with the National Freedom Award, his smile lit up the room. His love for the Army Chief of Staff, who was like a son to him after the death of his father in Vietnam, was demonstrative, and returned with genuine admiration from the man who now leads our country’s Army. Photos snapped of the two men side by side throughout the day reveal a bond so heartfelt, it lifted all of us who had gathered at the convocation, and infused an easy atmosphere in the press room, where I was helping direct the media crews.

But, here’s what I will never, ever forget for as long as I live: When it was announced that “Liberty Hall,” the venue for the convocation that day, was officially going to be renamed “Lt. General Hal Moore Hall,” we saw the purest, most radiant reaction of honest-to-goodness joy and surprise on our hero’s face. I imagine that everyone there that day feels himself or herself to be a better person for witnessing that moment.

“Suit Up” to Make Your Dreams Come Alive

What else did I learn while in the presence of greatness? Believe every day that your dreams can come true. The event at the American Village Campus introduced me to heroes from all walks of life. I saw the manifestations of the dreams of so many people, like Tom Walker, his staff, and Driver. I saw the joy in a beloved hero’s face as he became the official honorary chair of the American Citizenship Trust at 88 years of age. And, yes, I was there to see it and help with it. I suited up. I lived my dream.

If there is anything I would like you to take away from reading about my amazing experience in Alabama, it’s this: if you decide to follow your dreams, no matter who you are, where you are, or how old you are, the incredible can happen. As Geothe said many, many years ago, “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

Di Chapman is the Founder and President of Words To Your Advantage Speaking and Writing Service; and the Chief Communications Officer for Power Connections Inc. Executive Outplacement and Career Management Services. Her website is

You Gotta JUMP!!

February 10, 2010

Sometimes, in life, you gotta take a leap of faith.

I know this is true, as I have probably taken more than my fair share of “leaps,” often jumping into things that were not quite right, including a few jobs. BUT HERE’S THE DEAL: When you’re looking for work, the tendency is to stand at the edge of the cliff, peeking over the rim beneath you, and freezing your focus on nothing but the sheer drop before you.  Now, honestly, I’m terrified of heights …. I have no idea when that came about. When I was a kid I scaled buildings and walked logs that had fallen across canyons, and jumped off of high dives – all in the company of my older brothers. I hung off of treeforts, and climbed high fir trees, limb to limb. It was exhilarating to me!!

But, somewhere along the way, between childhood and “grown up,” I lost some of my ability to leap into the unknown or climb high, whether it was a networking event, a possible job opportunity, or even making calls to people I’ve always wanted to meet. Somewhere, somehow, I began to experience FEAR of the unknown.

Which brings me to NOW. In this past year, I took a leap of faith. I mustered my courage to make some phone calls, and to send some emails to amazing people I truly wanted to make sure I meet in my lifetime. I gently persisted, always polite, always genuine in my calls and emails, expressing how much I admire them and their work.

Now, exactly one year later, my writing is being posted regularly on Such an honorable and impressive online publisher. AND that connection, started by my emails to Mac Anderson, the CEO and Founder, and his staff, has now led to something I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams ….. I’m helping the team of Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, one of the most celebrated heroes of the Vietnam war, as he presents the National Freedom Award to the Army Chief of Staff, Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., and posthumously, Maj. Gen. George W. Casey, Sr, who lost his life in Vietnam. The event is scheduled for February 15th, President’s Day, and I’LL BE THERE.

My gentle, persistent phone calls and E-mails to the General’s staff over the last 8 to 10 months resulted in the invitation to join his speech-writing and publicity team. It’s such an honor, and I hope to represent the General Moore team to the best of my abilities. Ladies and Gentleman, I suited up!

You can suit up for the role of your dreams as well. Be inspired!! And while you’re here, I’ve attached the press release we’ve written for this incredible event honoring true American heroes, the genuine articles. I’d love it if you’d pass along this information to everyone you know: You, I, WE need a hero right now…. and this amazing event will give us three of them.

…. and YOU need to know that if you’re willing to take a leap, amazing things can come from it. Sometimes, it’s the perfect thing to do!

Sincerely, Di Chapman, Founder of Words To Your Advantage Speaking and Writing Service, and Chief Writer and Communications Officer for Power Connections  – Please see President’s Day info below:

For Immediate Release

Montevallo, Alabama:





United States Army Chief of Staff, General George W. Casey, Jr., will personally receive and accept for his deceased father, Major General George W. Casey, Sr., the National Freedom Award from the American Citizenship Trust on President’s Day, February 15, 2010.  Previous recipient, Lt. General Hal Moore, and West Point (’45) classmate of Casey, Sr., will present the award along with the American Citizenship Trust.

The President’s Day Convocation and Celebration is being hosted at the American Village campus of the American Citizenship Trust in Montevallo, Alabama. The All-American lineup and other key program highlights include:

Secretary Dirk Kempthorne (former Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Senator and Governor of Idaho) will speak on LAND OF THE FREE

Secretary Bo Calloway (former Secretary of the Army) will share his views on HOME OF THE BRAVE

The keynote address will be delivered by Lt. General Hal Moore – ONE HEARTBEAT: A SACRED FIRE FOR AMERICA’S LIBERTY.

BACKGROUND: The National Freedom Award

The National Freedom Award is awarded by the American Citizenship Trust to those who have rendered great service to America as a citizen, leader and steward.  From George Washington forward, America has benefited from leaders who have distinguished themselves in service to our nation above self and personal glory.

Lt. General Hal Moore

The first recipient was a military hero, author, and speaker on leadership, Lt. General Hal Moore.  A book authored by Hal Moore and Joe Galloway, We Were Soldiers Once… And Young, remained in the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller List for seventeen weeks and soon thereafter was adapted to the motion picture screen in a film called, We Were Soldiers.

The movie featured Mel Gibson as Moore, Sam Elliott as Sgt. Major Basil Plumley, Madeleine Stowe as Julie Moore, and Barry Pippen as Joe Galloway.  Greg Kinnear portrayed Bruce “Snake” Crandall, a courageous helicopter pilot.  In addition to the events for which Hal Moore would gain fame, the book and movie also chronicle the heroic exploits of Col. Bruce Crandall, Col. Joe Marm, and Ed “Too Tall” Freeman, all of whom would be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions in the battle of Ia Drang Valley.

For Moore, it will be an honor to present, along with the American Citizenship Trust, the National Freedom Award to Moore’s former West Point classmate (Class of 1945) and dear friend, Major General George W. Casey, Sr., and his son, Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey, Jr.

Moore’s and Casey’s careers paralleled each other, both serving in the heat of battle in Korea and Vietnam, but the two were to meet very different fates.  On July 7, 1970, Casey’s helicopter crashed into a mountain in bad weather and he was killed.  He was the highest-ranking member of the armed forces to be killed in Vietnam.

Moore said of Casey recently, “He should never have been killed.  It should have been me.  America needed him more than me.” Nevertheless, in the years following Casey’s death, Moore celebrated the great service of his friend and classmate.

Major General George W. Casey, Sr.

Casey’s service included commanding of the 1st Cavalry Division (United States).  Casey’s decorations and medals were many:  Silver Star (3), Legion of Merit (2), Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart (2), and the Air Medal.  His wife, three daughters and two sons, including George Jr., who was 22 at the time his father was killed, survived Major General Casey.  Immediately after his father’s death, Julie and Hal Moore were constant friends and supporters of the family during their time of grief.

General George W. Casey, Jr., Army Chief of Staff

General George W. Casey, Jr., learned many lessons from his father’s years of service. He would come to know and embrace courage, sacrifice and care of the soldier.  General George Casey now is leading the U.S. Army as Chief of Staff.  Gen. Casey has held commands of the Multinational Force Iraq, 1st Armored Division, Joint Warfighting Center, and the 3rd Brigade 1st Cavalry Division.  He has received the following medals and awards:  Defense Distinguished Service Medal (3), Army Distinguished Service Medal (2), Legion of Merit (3), and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Casey has served as Chief of Staff of the US ARMY since April 10, 2007.

The immense privilege to honor the Casey family leadership legacy, which General Casey, Jr. builds upon in serving America today, is of the highest order.


The event honors five hundred invited guests and celebrate there being citizens and leaders in and for America.  Included are leaders from America in education, government, military, business, civic affairs, religion, and entertainment.

The American Citizenship Trust is awarding the 2010 National Freedom Award jointly to General George W. Casey, Jr., United States Army Chief of Staff, and his father, Major General George W. Casey, Sr., who was killed in Vietnam in 1970. The joint award to a son and father is unique and recognizes the significant contributions by two great Americans, whose names are each synonymous with leadership, courage and sacrifice.

The American Citizenship Trust hosts this event at its signature campus — the American Village —  located just south of Birmingham, right in the center of Alabama and the Southeastern United States.  This occasion celebrates the 10th anniversary of the American Village campus.  Over 35,000 students from throughout the Southeastern United States participate each year in its citizenship and leadership educational programs.  For ten years, it has served as a powerful, major hands-on learning center for students to experience the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights – first hand.  Students debate Patrick Henry’s resolves for independence, meet Thomas Jefferson as he drafts the Declaration, drill in Washington’s Army, serve as delegates to the Constitutional Convention, and meet in a full replica of the President’s Oval Office.

The American Village is located on a 113-acre campus unique in America, with its primary goal to teach citizenship and leadership to America’s youth.  Over 400,000 youth have been part of the revolutionary experience of 1776.  There is something about American Village from the past that inspires youth to believe in for the future.  President’s Day, February 15, 2010 will offer a window into the next decade, for the year 2020.  Tom Walker will respond to the challenge from Lt. General Hal Moore by outlining the Trust’s national education plans for the next decade.

The Addresses: The Land of the Free /The Home of the Brave /One Heartbeat

As a tribute to America on President’s Day, the five hundred invited guests will be treated to three important keynote addresses.  The day will feature Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in his presentation of Land of the Free.  Kempthorne was mayor of Boise, Idaho, Governor of Idaho, US Senator from Idaho and former Secretary of the Interior.  Kempthorne states,“The privilege I have is to have been invited to Liberty Hall as a citizen of the United States of America.  I am truly humbled to be included.  It will be a day to be remembered forevermore, and to able to share thoughts on America’s freedom is a gift to me.”

Former Secretary of the Army, Bo Callaway, will speak on America, The Home of the Brave.  Calloway was secretary during the Hal Moore years and awarded him his third star.  Callaway is most expressive in his feelings, “Since the beginning, America has offered the most courageous and brave military in the world.  Our men and women are unequalled in might and devotion to country.  To speak about their bravery in this setting will be an undeserved honor.”

The last keynote address is One Heartbeat: A Sacred Fire for America’s Liberty, to be given by Lt. General Hal Moore.  “George Washington had that sacred fire. So must I. So must we. So must our youth.  It is high time we come together to blaze new trails for America’s liberty.”

The response For Liberty! will be given by American Citizenship Trust founder and chief executive officer Tom Walker.  “Benjamin Franklin said our founders had given to us a Republic, if we can keep it.  George Washington said liberty was an ‘experiment’ in the hands of the American people.  The question today for America is, ‘how shall we keep the Republic,’ and ‘how shall we keep faith with the vision of our founders and those who in every generation have sacrificed for liberty?'” The addresses will be presented under the American Citizenship Trust program theme:  Citizens, Leaders, Stewards.

Happy 88th Birthday Hal Moore

Later, festivities include Hal Moore’s 88th birthday celebration, including a country music presentation and an Alabama country style Bar-B-Q luncheon and special remarks from Joe Galloway, and Joe Marm, Medal of Honor recipient.  Songs written and recorded for Hal Moore and his wife Julie, now deceased, include Julie I’m Home, The Ballard of Hal Moore, A Mighty Chill, and Lady Liberty.

About the day’s activities and the National Freedom Award, Tom Walker frames the events by saying, “This day is what George Washington and Abraham Lincoln envisioned for America – a day devoted to liberty and love of our nation.  We as American citizens and leaders bare responsibility for what Washington called the ‘sacred fire of liberty’ — and that is what brings us together this President’s Day, and will inspire us long after.  We honor these servants of liberty and country and look forward to this remarkable day.”

Any media requests must be made approved in advance.

Press kits available, with photos and bios.

For additional information contact:

US Army Chief of Staff PR:  LTC Rich Spiegel (703-693-4961) EST

Alabama PR and Media:  Mike Jones – 205-665-3535 ext. 25 CST

National PR and Media:

Di Chapman – 949-275-8188, PST

Brian Sobel – 707-762-3509, PST