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  This is Discovery Drumline

“DRUMLINE PRESENT”

With those two words, a group of five young men instantly stand at attention, raising the drum sticks they hold in their hands.

“MARKTIME MARK”

 Their feet begin to march in time.

 “FORWARD MOVE”

They march into their first formation.

  “DRUMLINE BEGIN”

 They begin to play the drums in front of them. Maintaining a steady beat, they play various rhythmic patterns with great precision and acuity. They are focused, dedicated, and unified as one unit. An impressive feat for any group, the success of this drumline group is all the more remarkable given the challenges the group members face and must overcome in their day-to-day pursuits.

This is Discovery Drumline.

Led by The Center for Discovery’s Music Therapy and Dance teams, Discovery Drumline formally began about one year ago, though its roots can be traced back much further. Many years ago, we began exploring the use of rhythm as a means for channeling and organizing the interfering behaviors of our students. We worked from the precept that rhythm is a great organizing agent, with the potential to impact focused attention, behavior regulation, and basic interactivity. After all, most aspects of human life involve rhythm, including the way we walk and the way we talk (Ross, 2016). The human body is driven by various rhythmic cycles with everything from our heartbeat to our awake/asleep patterns to the changing seasons (Hodges and Sebald, 2011). Luce (1971) purported that if a child learns to listen to their inner rhythmicity, they might learn to recognize and appropriately self-monitor mood fluctuations and behavior.

Our early experimental work in this area morphed into our “Socialization through Original Music & Movement Program”, or STOMP. Within STOMP, participants are led through a variety of interactive music and movement experiences using rhythm-based strategies. Ross (2016) defines rhythm-based strategies as the utilization of rhythmic elements to create, express, and guide successful therapeutic experiences. Rhythm-based strategies within STOMP include the use of chants, dances, creative movement, body percussion, drumming, and instrumental play. These strategies are presented within both free, improvisational formats, and within more structured forms. Participants use traditional musical instruments and dance/movement props, as well as non-traditional items such as chairs, brooms, garbage cans and newspaper, to aid in their rhythmical pursuits. The overall aim of the program is engagement in co-active, shared experiences through the unifying power of rhythm, leading to enhanced socialization.

The rhythmic beats of STOMP can now be heard in classes across The Center’s programs to noteworthy outcomes. Our Drumline group grew from a particular STOMP class where the participants showed significant rhythmic perceptiveness and musical intelligence. The team working within the group knew a next step was necessary and Discovery Drumline was born. Moving away from the various props of STOMP, Drumline participants now use traditional marching percussion instruments, including snare drums, tom toms, a bass drum, and crash cymbals. And, the expectations have grown. Participants must now learn and recall routines and patterns from session to session. They must integrate their rhythmic playing with their body movements, all while building the physical stamina necessary to wear the instruments. And, they are gaining a sense of responsibility and accountability as their individual part is integral to the success of the larger ensemble.

  “ABOUT FACE”

And with that, the Drumline retreats…but, without a doubt, the beat goes on.

 REFERENCES

  Hodges, D. and Sebald, D. (2011). Music in the human experience: an introduction to music psychology. New York: Routledge. Luce, G. G. (1971). Biological rhythms in human and animal physiology. New York: Dover. Ross, S. (2016). Utilizing rhythm-based strategies to enhance self-expression and participation in students with emotional and behavioral issues: a pilot study. Music Therapy Perspectives, 34(1), 99-105.

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Whatever It Takes

A Vietnam veteran supports himself and his father's NYC diner by becoming a taxi driver. Along the way he struggles with relationships and his daily life while aspiring to be a cartoonist.

The main character is played by Martin Henry Balsam. Balsam was born on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, New York City, to Lillian (Weinstein) and Albert Balsam, a manufacturer of women's sportswear. He was the first-born child. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and his mother was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Martin caught the acting bug in high school where he participated in the drama club. After high school, he continued his interest in acting by attending Manhattan's progressive New School. When World War II broke out, Martin was called to service in his early twenties. After the war, he was lucky to secure a position as an usher at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. By 1947, he was honing his craft at the Actors Studio, run at that time by Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg. His time at the Actors Studio in New York City allowed him training in the famous Stanislavsky method. Despite his excellent training, he had to prove himself, just like any up and coming young actor. He began on Broadway in the late 1940s. But, it was not until 1951 that he experienced real success. That play was Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo". After his Broadway success, he had a few minor television roles before his big break arrived when he joined the cast of On the Waterfront (1954).

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82nd Airborne Division

The 82nd Airborne Division is an active airborne infantry division of the United States Army specializing in joint forcible entry operations. Based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 82nd Airborne Division is the primary fighting arm of the XVIII Airborne Corps.

The 82nd Division was constituted in the National Army on August 5th, 1917, and was organized on August 25th, 1917, at Camp Gordon, Georgia. Since its initial members came from all over the country, the unit acquired the nickname "All American," which is the basis for its famed "AA" shoulder patch.

What has the Army done/ is doing?

The 82nd Airborne Division serves as the nucleus of the Global Response Force, the Department of Defense's quick reaction capability, while resourcing ongoing operations with airborne brigade combat teams supporting combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army has resourced the 82nd Airborne Division to:

  • Fight at the knife's edge of technology and readiness.
  • Continually evolve processes and procedures to become lighter, faster, and more agile.
  • Add the latest mission command technology to prepare to fight a near-peer threat.

In all aspects of readiness, the Division focuses on the nature and composition of future adversaries and the manner in which global transformation will shape employment of light infantry forces in future conflicts. The 82nd Airborne Division is America's Guard of Honor and must be on-call to fight anytime, anywhere for the nation.

The 82nd Airborne Division optimizes training using the 82nd Eight- fundamentals of combat readiness:

    1. Marksmanship
    1. Physical Fitness
    1. Medical Skills
    1. Communications
    1. Small Unit Tactics
    1. Mastery of Maintenance
    1. Airborne Proficiency
    1. Live Fire Exercises

The 82nd Airborne Division will celebrate its culture of readiness with All American Week XXIX, a weeklong display of lethality from May 21st through May 24th on Fort Bragg, N.C.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The 82nd Airborne Division will engage with industry to develop and modernize key capabilities. The Division will evolve processes, procedures and thought, with readiness as its number one priority.

The 82nd Airborne Division will continue to conduct regular Deployment Readiness Exercises to ensure to ensure that the 82nd Airborne Division is ready to employ lethality efficiently anywhere in the world on short notice.

Why is this important to the Army?

For 101 years, the 82nd Airborne Division has been a critical American institution. Ready to fight tonight, it is the nucleus of the Department of Defense's Global Response Force, a force prepared to respond to crisis contingencies anywhere in the world within 18 hours.

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Walter Scherr’s memoir, WALTER’S WAY, tells the story of how a Depression-era boy from Queens, New York overcame a life-threatening illness to live an adventurous life as a globe-trotting executive who witnessed and helped foster the post-World War II economic boom.

 
“Walter truly cares about the caregivers in this world. And that comes through loud and clear in this truly memorable book about a life more than well lived.”--Aidan Quinn, Actor“A fascinating and inspiring account of a remarkable life.”--George J. T
 

Walter Scherr’s memoir, WALTER’S WAY, tells the story of how a Depression-era boy from Queens, New York overcame a life-threatening illness to live an adventurous life as a globe-trotting executive who witnessed and helped foster the post-World War II economic boom.

WALTER’S WAY is a tale full of adventure and excitement as well as disappointment and heartache. Scherr traveled over two million miles and to forty countries over the course of his career as a corporate executive and entrepreneur. A business pioneer, he helped introduce the fax machine worldwide, and was a founding board member of four international corporations, including one that broke new ground in data storage – a precursor to today’s Cloud. The lessons he shares about business, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and family are priceless.

Scherr, 91, has lived long enough to provide a first-hand account of the emergence of America as a world power after defeating fascism, through the go-go years of the sixties and seventies, right up to the present day.

At age 17, Scherr was ready to enlist after Pearl Harbor, only to be classified 4-F due to tuberculosis, and confined to a sanatorium for more than six years while his buddies went off to war, some of them never to return. He never forgot those who served and perished, ultimately traveling to the American Cemetery in Normandy to pay respects to a soldier from Queens who died shortly after D-Day. It was a soldier he never met but nevertheless felt a strong bond with, and he holds Normandy dear to this day.

Due to his illness, Scherr didn’t begin his career until he was in his late 20s. “Maybe that’s why I was so driven to succeed,” he says. “I always felt like I had a lot of catching up to do with my peers, who were already out of college and ensconced in their businesses by that point.”

“That point” was the late 1940s, and WALTER’S WAY vividly describes what life was like in those distant decades of the 20th century. Scherr was there for it all: He had a bird’s-eye view of the Cold War, having worked for a couple of this country’s major defense contractors when the stand-off with the Russians was at its frostiest.

Scherr’s story is anything but a smooth rise to the top: At one point in his career, he was blindsided and almost left destitute by one of the world’s largest international companies. He even spent a brief time in detention in a Communist country. Yet Scherr rarely met a risk he didn’t want to take.

Part autobiography and part history lesson, WALTER’S WAY will educate, entertain, and inspire everyone, from business executives to veterans to lovers of life, as well as anyone inter

Walter Scherr’s memoir, WALTER’S WAY, tells the story of how a Depression-era boy from Queens, New York overcame a life-threatening illness to live an adventurous life as a globe-trotting executive who witnessed and helped foster the post-World War II economic boom.

 
“Walter truly cares about the caregivers in this world. And that comes through loud and clear in this truly memorable book about a life more than well lived.”--Aidan Quinn, Actor“A fascinating and inspiring account of a remarkable life.”--George J. T
 

Walter Scherr’s memoir, WALTER’S WAY, tells the story of how a Depression-era boy from Queens, New York overcame a life-threatening illness to live an adventurous life as a globe-trotting executive who witnessed and helped foster the post-World War II economic boom.

WALTER’S WAY is a tale full of adventure and excitement as well as disappointment and heartache. Scherr traveled over two million miles and to forty countries over the course of his career as a corporate executive and entrepreneur. A business pioneer, he helped introduce the fax machine worldwide, and was a founding board member of four international corporations, including one that broke new ground in data storage – a precursor to today’s Cloud. The lessons he shares about business, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and family are priceless.

Scherr, 91, has lived long enough to provide a first-hand account of the emergence of America as a world power after defeating fascism, through the go-go years of the sixties and seventies, right up to the present day.

At age 17, Scherr was ready to enlist after Pearl Harbor, only to be classified 4-F due to tuberculosis, and confined to a sanatorium for more than six years while his buddies went off to war, some of them never to return. He never forgot those who served and perished, ultimately traveling to the American Cemetery in Normandy to pay respects to a soldier from Queens who died shortly after D-Day. It was a soldier he never met but nevertheless felt a strong bond with, and he holds Normandy dear to this day.

Due to his illness, Scherr didn’t begin his career until he was in his late 20s. “Maybe that’s why I was so driven to succeed,” he says. “I always felt like I had a lot of catching up to do with my peers, who were already out of college and ensconced in their businesses by that point.”

“That point” was the late 1940s, and WALTER’S WAY vividly describes what life was like in those distant decades of the 20th century. Scherr was there for it all: He had a bird’s-eye view of the Cold War, having worked for a couple of this country’s major defense contractors when the stand-off with the Russians was at its frostiest.

Scherr’s story is anything but a smooth rise to the top: At one point in his career, he was blindsided and almost left destitute by one of the world’s largest international companies. He even spent a brief time in detention in a Communist country. Yet Scherr rarely met a risk he didn’t want to take.

Part autobiography and part history lesson, WALTER’S WAY will educate, entertain, and inspire everyone, from business executives to veterans to lovers of life, as well as anyone interested in a first-hand account of America’s emergence as a post-WWII industrial powerhouse. While imparting Scherr’s unique perspectives on business, success, risk, love, and life, WALTER’S WAY will also inspire the power of philanthropy and the value of caring for others, a spirit that shines through the pages of the book. All proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to The Center for Discovery.

About the Author

Walter J. Scherr founded Visual Sciences Inc./Panafax, the first publicly traded facsimile company. Earlier, he held a variety of financial and operating management positions with Litton Industries and Sperry Gyroscope Co. He also was an executive and board member at Veeco Instruments. In 2005, he was honored by the United States Congress with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for his outstanding and invaluable service to the community. He is currently working with The Center for Discovery in Monticello, NY to develop a “World Cup for Caregivers,” a recognition program to honor professional, volunteers and innovative caregivers around the globe. Scherr received his bachelor’s degree from Pace College and his master’s degree from Hofstra University. Scherr and his wife Sylvia divide their time between Sarasota, FL and Long Island, NY. For more information, please visit waltersway.org.

Walter, and his late wife Vera, and their children established the Vera and Walter Scherr and Family Foundation to provide resources for people with developmental disabilities and their caretakers. In 2004, the foundation partnered with The Center for Discovery, a nationally recognized provider of health, educational, and residential services for children and adults with severe disabilities and medical frailties. The foundation underwrites the tuition for Discovery employees who want to further their knowledge of special education and clinical therapies. Discovery has awarded scholarships to ninety staff members, empowering those employees to earn bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees from thirty-one colleges. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales of WALTER’S WAY will be donated through the Vera and Walter Scherr and Family Foundation to nonprofit organizations. For more information about The Center for Discovery, please visit thecenterfordiscovery.org.

ested in a first-hand account of America’s emergence as a post-WWII industrial powerhouse. While imparting Scherr’s unique perspectives on business, success, risk, love, and life, WALTER’S WAY will also inspire the power of philanthropy and the value of caring for others, a spirit that shines through the pages of the book. All proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to The Center for Discovery.

About the Author

Walter J. Scherr founded Visual Sciences Inc./Panafax, the first publicly traded facsimile company. Earlier, he held a variety of financial and operating management positions with Litton Industries and Sperry Gyroscope Co. He also was an executive and board member at Veeco Instruments. In 2005, he was honored by the United States Congress with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for his outstanding and invaluable service to the community. He is currently working with The Center for Discovery in Monticello, NY to develop a “World Cup for Caregivers,” a recognition program to honor professional, volunteers and innovative caregivers around the globe. Scherr received his bachelor’s degree from Pace College and his master’s degree from Hofstra University. Scherr and his wife Sylvia divide their time between Sarasota, FL and Long Island, NY. For more information, please visit waltersway.org.

Walter, and his late wife Vera, and their children established the Vera and Walter Scherr and Family Foundation to provide resources for people with developmental disabilities and their caretakers. In 2004, the foundation partnered with The Center for Discovery, a nationally recognized provider of health, educational, and residential services for children and adults with severe disabilities and medical frailties. The foundation underwrites the tuition for Discovery employees who want to further their knowledge of special education and clinical therapies. Discovery has awarded scholarships to ninety staff members, empowering those employees to earn bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees from thirty-one colleges. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales of WALTER’S WAY will be donated through the Vera and Walter Scherr and Family Foundation to nonprofit organizations. For more information about The Center for Discovery, please visit thecenterfordiscovery.org.

BABYLON, NY (PRWEB) JUNE 15, 2015  CHRISTINA BARNETT christina@theprfreelancer.com +1 (631) 539-4558
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Department of Nourishment Arts - Corn

 

The Perfect Summer Salad Recipe: Featuring Corn

Looking for a delicious and nutritious recipe that incorporates one of your favorite summer vegetables…corn? You’re in luck!  Our Department of Nourishment Arts (link to LP) constructed a perfect summer recipe that’s easy to make and something the whole family will enjoy!

Before we get to cooking, let’s get to know your corn.  Surprising to some people who generally think of corn as a plain, staple food, corn is truly a unique phytonutrient-rich food that provides us with well-documented and antioxidant benefits.  It’s also a great source of fiber!  One cup amounts to over 20% of the daily recommended amount.  Oh, and did we mention how insanely good it is? Go ahead, try it out in one of our favorite recipes.

 

Zucchini, Corn, and Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups corn, shucked from the cob

For the basil vinaigrette:

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions:

Prepare all veggies and place in a bowl. Make the vinaigrette by placing all dressing ingredients in a blender and pureeing them until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. From seed to belly… bon appétit!

Not a fan of salad? Here are a few other ways to enjoy corn:

  • Grilled – wrap cobs in foil, cook for 15-20 minutes
  • Sautéed with onion and top with fresh herbs
  • Add a little crunch to your guacamole
  • Add to soups to enhance hardiness and nutritional profile
  • Add washed husks to your stock pot for a woody flavor
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The kitchen sits quiet. Ovens and stoves are still cold. Ladles and pots are still clean, glinting from the luminescent lighting at the Culinary Arts Training Center here.

 
Military chef serves a course during a competition.
Army Sgt. Daniela Archbold, a culinary specialist assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, presents and serves one of the three courses during the chef competition during All American Week at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 21, 2018. The chef competition is only one of several events and competitions that take place during All American Week. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Gallagher

 

It’s the first day of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2018 All American Week, and a select few culinary specialists assigned to the division start it off strong with a chef competition, relieving all silence.

Four teams, one from each of the brigades, bustle through the kitchen making last-minute preparations before cooking a three-course meal they must present to a panel of judges, including the division commander, Army Maj. Gen. Erik Kurilla, and popular New York chef and business owner of “Folded Napkin Events,” David Autry.

One competitor, Army Sgt. Daniela Archbold, a culinary specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 307th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, organizes her team and prepares them for the events to unfold.

Preparation

“The hardest part of my job is the preparation,” Archbold said. “Without the proper practice and preparation, you might go into the kitchen blindly or get scared you might mess up.”

This day was no different; her team only had one day to practice their dishes. Archbold said the competition is a side-tasking, and her normal duties at the 1st BCT dining facility will always come first. With that said, the lack of training for these new dishes didn’t slow Archbold down or hinder her confidence.

Her soldier-chef teammates, Staff Sgt. Zachary Mateau, Spc. Louis Mancilla, and Spc. Puthoameapheakdey Kao, all assigned to 1st BCT, prepare their stations while Archbold explains her love for cooking.

“I found my inspiration from my mother,” Archbold said. “I was always helping her as a child, helping chop up vegetables and doing little things here and there. She always cooked every meal from scratch, and I learned from that.”

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Spanish cooking was Archbold’s primary style of food, even after moving to Houma, Louisiana, at age 9.

“My mother owned a small Hispanic grocery store,” she said. “So I made a lot of Spanish dishes, most of my experience growing up was Hispanic-oriented.”

Her love for cooking has led to another year of competing during All American Week, winning first place the year prior, her confidence now boosted to a higher level.

As the competition continued, the entire kitchen burst into sounds of commands from all four teams. Archbold's team remained calm, as she instructed the duties of each paratrooper-chef so all three courses could cook simultaneously.

‘Driven, Motivated’

“She is driven and motivated,” Mateau said of Archbold. “This competition was a credit to her; this was her show.”

“She put together the menu, put together all of the practices. This was her baby. And she just ran with it,” he added.

Archbold chose three dishes she knew the judges would love. First, for the appetizer, she chose a spring mix salad with a ginger carrot dressing.

For the entree, they cooked a chicken roulade with a garlic onion reduction sauce.

A molten-chocolate lava cake followed for dessert.

 
Military chef prepares a dish during a competition.
Army Sgt. Daniela Archbold, a culinary specialist assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, prepares the ingredients for the main entrée for the chef competition during All American Week XXIX at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 21, 2018. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Gallagher

 

“I like to see the smile on people’s faces when they look at and taste our food,” Archbold said after serving the judges. “I like the satisfaction I get when I make something, and someone is enjoying it. I feel like I've accomplished something.”

Once the cooking is complete, Archbold and her team begin to clean as the judges evaluate and score all the dishes based on presentation, taste and technique.

Repeat Victory

The scores are in; four teams wait to hear the final judgment. The winning brigade is, once again, 1st Brigade.

Autry saluted Archbold’s team and her cooking.

“You have a lot of talent here,” he said. “Being a young cook, this is just a step in the journey. There is a lot to offer in the future of cooking if she wants to pursue it.”

Now winning two years in a row, Archbold is already thinking about next year’s competition and the possible dishes.

“I'm happy it’s over, and we won,” Archbold said. “We could have done better, but that’s OK, because I think you get better as you go. Regardless how experienced you think you are or how many times you have done it, there will always be mistakes. You are always cooking new things, and that’s what we did. We got out of our comfort zone and we tried to be better than what we normally are.”

This year’s 82nd Airborne Division All American Week, the 29th, began May 21 and concludes today. The event, which features competitive contests, military capability demonstrations and more, celebrates paratroopers and the division’s storied history.

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https://vimeo.com/278003170/522e0d5517

On June 23rd through June 26th, The Center for Discovery, in partnership with the 82nd Airborne Association - an independent non-profit dedicated to supporting members of the 82nd Airborne - hosted 20 service men and women for the first ever ‘All American Adventure.’ The inaugural event, inspired by The Center’s world-renowned model for health and wellness, was developed to help support and honor men and women who have recently returned home from service after nine month deployments in Afghanistan and Kosovo.

The ‘All American Adventure’ program idea was initially developed through a request of the 82nd Airborne Division Association to pursue areas to assist the 82nd Airborne Division with the reintegration process of recently redeployed Troopers of the Division. The outstanding support provided by the Division’s Leadership, and their care for the welfare of their Soldiers, allowed for The Center for Discovery and the 82nd Airborne Division Association to make this program a success.  

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information: John Conway | 845.707.8625 | jconway@tcfd.org

THE CENTER FOR DISCOVERY HOSTS 82ND AIRBORNE ‘ALL AMERICAN ADVENTURE’ FOR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN

Four-Day Event made Possible by Vera and Walter J. Scherr Foundation

HARRIS, N.Y. — On June 23rd through June 26th, The Center for Discovery, in partnership with the 82nd Airborne Association - an independent non-profit dedicated to supporting members of the 82nd Airborne - hosted 20 service men and women for the first ever ‘All American Adventure.’ The inaugural event, inspired by The Center’s world-renowned model for health and wellness, was developed to help support and honor men and women who have recently returned home from service after nine month deployments in Afghanistan and Kosovo.

The ‘All American Adventure’ program idea was initially developed through a request of the 82nd Airborne Division Association to pursue areas to assist the 82nd Airborne Division with the reintegration process of recently redeployed Troopers of the Division. The outstanding support provided by the Division’s Leadership, and their care for the welfare of their Soldiers, allowed for The Center for Discovery and the 82nd Airborne Division Association to make this program a success.  

The ‘All American Adventure’ program was made possible by a generous gift from the Vera and Walter J. Scherr Foundation.  Through decades of philanthropy and the publication of his award-winning autobiography, “Walter’s Way”, Walter J. Scherr has made it his life’s mission to commemorate the heroic service of individuals who have served in the armed forces of the United States.  Mr. Scherr has continued his work honoring soldiers and caretakers by working with the 82nd Airborne Association to support its troops. 

"We feel incredibly honored to have spent time with these young service men and women who have made enormous sacrifices for our country. They have each built a special bond with all of us here - our staff, our residents, and I - and we look forward to welcoming them back with open arms.  They are selfless, dedicated, and courageous individuals and we are proud to know them, "said Patrick H. Dollard, President & CEO of The Center for Discovery.

Throughout the four-day event, individuals participated in exciting athletic and outdoor adventure type experiences, among other activities at The Center, including: a boot camp class, a bike tour of The Center’s campus with opportunities for interaction with Center residents, guided meditation, yoga, campfires, farm-fresh meals, and more.  An additional portion of the event was held at Frost Valley YMCA, which included fly fishing, a hike up Slide Mountain, and an activity on their Y climbing tower and zip line. 

About The Center for Discovery:
The Center for Discovery is a provider of healthcare and education services for more than 1,200 children and adults with complex disabilities, medical frailties and Autism Spectrum Disorders, located 90 miles northwest of New York City. It has long been a leader in developing new models of care for individuals with complex conditions. On 1,500 acres of land in Sullivan County, The Center houses school campuses, residences, medical and research facilities, organic and biodynamic farmland, and leased private businesses. Deeply focused on an individual’s personal potential and possibilities, rather than a disability, The Center strives to create better care and unique and challenging opportunities for the most vulnerable populations.

About the 82nd Airborne Association:
The 82nd Airborne Division Association is for anyone who ever served or is currently serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, and anyone who is currently serving on active duty on jump status; or, has ever served in any of the uniformed services on either jump or glider status and was honorably discharged. The 82nd Airborne Division Association’s mission statement is to further develop the bond between current and past Airborne forces of the U.S. Military, maintain a record of the history and accomplishments of Airborne Troopers, maintain a close liaison with active Division Support of the 82nd Airborne Division Memorial Museum, provide scholarships through the Association Educational Fund to recently separated Active Duty Troopers and Dependent Children of Veterans, and Active Duty Troopers, honor the Jumpmaster, NCO & Trooper of the Year, and provide support mechanisms for our Active duty Troopers and their families.

 

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Dear Walter and Laura:

While I am still recovering from the extended weekend with the 82nd Airborne (!), I wanted to reach out to you to provide you a quick update about this incredible experience and all that was accomplished thanks to your generosity.

It was a tremendously powerful and inspiring experience that I believe achieved all of the goals originally outlined by the Executive Director of the 82nd Airborne, Bill Bauer, in his call with you some time ago to create an experience to support these young men and women returning from significant service tours overseas.  A total of 20 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne (18 men and 2 women with a median age of 22 years old) attended the event.  They came from a variety of states (California, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, etc.), and had just returned from major deployments in Afghanistan and Kosovo where they experienced significant action and loss.  They were among the youngest but most fit group of people you could imagine.  All extremely impressive in terms of their bearing, military training, humor and good nature.  

They arrived Saturday (somewhat late) and we hosted them for a wonderful steak dinner and full Center hospitality at the Big Barn.  They next day included a variety of activities at The Center that included “boot camp” with one of our fitness instructors, a bike tour of all The Center campuses with lots of stops for interacting with our residents, guided meditation, a yoga session and a movie.     That evening included another banquet dinner hosted by Patrick who inspired them with his remarks about who we care for.  Marc Floyd (a former Major with the 82nd Airborne!) was on hand to welcome his fellow brothers and sisters.

On Monday, we departed for the Frost Valley YMCA Camp where the soldiers took place in other outdoor and recreational activities, including an extended fly fishing session with an instructor from West Point Military Academy who heard about this event and volunteered his services along with 3 other guides.  After lunch, we did a very challenging hike up Slide Mountain which is the highest peak in the Catskills.  I am pleased to provide you with the attached photo of the group on the summit of Slide Mountain!  The next day included a challenging climb up their alpine tower followed by a ride on the zip line.

The final night we had a  great camp fire where the soldiers each shared some very powerful testimony about their gratitude for the experience, the hospitality of The Center, the  difficult things that some had experienced but most of all how inspired they were to have met the residents of The Center who impressed them with their own strength and courage.  There were some very powerful and incredible moments of break-through. 

Bill Bauer was a great partner in the planning of the event and he accompanied the soldiers throughout all the activities.  We provided all of the soldiers with a gift bag containing your book and shared with them your life story, your motivation in wanting to pay tribute to their service and your warm words of greeting and regrets that you could not be with them.  We are putting together a brief video and lots of photos that will give you a wonderful sense of all the good that came out during the weekend.  You will be pleased to know that many of them addressed their remarks to you personally to express their thanks for the gift of this experience.  We have also developed a press release and are reaching out to new sources and social media to share news about the event and what you made possible through your donation.

We will also be sending you the special shirt, hat and water bottle that was created for all of the participants in the weekend since you were our Team Leader in spirit.   I have to say that the entire experience was one of the one of most moving and inspiring experiences of my life.  Our country is certainly in good hand if these men and women represent our future.

I am so sorry that you were unable to meet these soldiers and join us for a part of this event.  I pray that you are doing better and that we will get an opportunity to visit soon so that I can share with you more stories about this incredible experience that you made possible. 

In the meantime, please know how grateful we all are at The Center for this new partnership and how deeply grateful these wonderful young men and women of the 82ndAirborne are for this experience.  May all the good that you have done come back to you in healing and strength.  Your friend,

Bill

(PS – Admiral George Evans sends you his salute for what you have done for our service men/women and also sends you his best wishes for your recovery!!)

 

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Members of the 82nd Airborne Association join with The Center for Discovery staff at the summit of Slide Mountain - the tallest peak in the Catskills.

Four-Day Event made Possible by Vera and Walter J. Scherr Foundation

HARRIS - The Center for Discovery, in partnership with the 82nd Airborne Association - an independent non-profit dedicated to supporting members of the 82nd Airborne - hosted 20 service- men and women for the first ever ‘All American Adventure' recently. The inaugural event, inspired by The Center's world-renowned model for health and wellness, was developed to help support and honor men and women who have recently returned home from service after nine-month deployments in Afghanistan and Kosovo. 

The ‘All American Adventure' program idea was initially developed through a request of the 82nd Airborne Division Association to pursue areas to assist the 82nd Airborne Division with the reintegration process of recently redeployed Troopers of the Division. The outstanding support provided by the Division's Leadership, and their care for the welfare of their soldiers, allowed for The Center for Discovery and the 82nd Airborne Division Association to make this program a success. The ‘All American Adventure' program was made possible by a generous gift from the Vera and Walter J. Scherr Foundation. 

Through decades of philanthropy and the publication of his award-winning autobiography, “Walter's Way”, Walter J. Scherr has made it his life's mission to commemorate the heroic service of individuals who have served in the armed forces of the United States. Mr. Scherr has continued his work honoring soldiers and caretakers by working with the 82nd Airborne Association to support its troops.  "We feel incredibly honored to have spent time with these young servicemen and women who have made enormous sacrifices for our country. They have each built a special bond with all of us here - our staff, our residents, and I - and we look forward to welcoming them back with open arms. They are selfless, dedicated, and courageous individuals and we are proud to know them," said Patrick H. Dollard, President & CEO of The Center for Discovery.

Throughout the four-day event, individuals participated in exciting athletic and outdoor adventure type experiences, among other activities at The Center, including: a boot camp class, a bike tour of The Center's campus with opportunities for interaction with Center residents, guided meditation, yoga, campfires, farm-fresh meals, and more. 

An additional portion of the event was held at Frost Valley YMCA, which included fly fishing, a hike up Slide Mountain, and an activity on their Y climbing tower and zip line. ​

 

 

 

 

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Flag Day in the United States

People across the United States celebrate Flag Day on June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. On the same day, the United States Army celebrates its birthday.

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Flag Day honors the United States flag.
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What Do People Do?

Flag Day falls within National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. During both events, Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity.

Many people in the United States honor this day by displaying the American flag at homes and public buildings. Other popular ways of observing this holiday include: flag-raising ceremonies; Flag Day services; school quizzes and essay competitions about the American flag; musical salutes; street parades; and awards for special recognition.

Organizations such as The National Flag Day Foundation are actively involved in coordinating activities centered on the event and keeping the flag’s traditions alive. Following Flag Day is Honor America Days, a 21-day period through to Independence Day (July 4) to honor America. During this period, people hold public gatherings and activities to celebrate and honor the nation.

Public Life

Although Flag Day is a nationwide observance, it is not a public holiday in many parts of the United States. It is a legal holiday in a few areas in the USA, such as Montour County in Pennsylvania.

Background

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes – one for each state. Although it is not certain, this flag may have been made by the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy. The number of stars increased as the new states entered the Union, but the number of stripes stopped at 15 and was later returned to 13.

In June 1886 Bernard Cigrand made his first public proposal for the annual observance of the birth of the flag when he wrote an article titled “The Fourteenth of June” in the old Chicago Argus newspaper. Cigrand’s effort to ensure national observance of Flag Day finally came when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of the event on June 14, 1916. However, Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. In 1966, Congress also requested that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week.

The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation to: call on government officials in the USA to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Flag Day; and to urge US residents to observe Flag Day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.

Symbols

The American flag, also nicknamed as “Old Glory” or “star-spangled banner”, has changed designs over the centuries. It consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars. Each of the 50 stars represents one of the 50 states in the United States and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that became the first states in the Union.

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THE HISTORY OF FLAG DAY

THE HISTORY OF FLAG DAY

The first celebration of the U.S. Flag's birthday was held in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. However, it is believed that the first annual recognition of the flag's birthday dates back to 1885 when school teacher, BJ Cigrand, first organized a group of Wisconsin school children to observe June 14 - the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes as the Flag's Birthday. Cigrand, now known as the 'Father of Flag Day,' continued to publically advocate the observance of June 14 as the flag's 'birthday', or 'Flag Day' for years.

Just a few years later the efforts of another school teacher, George Balch, led to the formal observance of 'Flag Day' on June 14 by the New York State Board of Education. Over the following years as many as 36 state and local governments began adopted the annual observance. For over 30 years Flag Day remained a state and local celebration.

 

In 1916, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 became a nationally observed event by a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson. However, it was not designated as National Flag Day until August 3rd, 1949, when an Act of Congress designated June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Today, Flag Day is celebrated with parades, essay contests, ceremonies, and picnics sponsored by veterans' groups, schools, and groups like the National Flag Day foundation whose goal is to preserve the traditions, history, pride, and respect that are due the nation's symbol, Old Glory.

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The Stars and Stripes originated as a result of a resolution adopted by the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia on June 14, 1777. The resolution read: "Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation. "

The resolution gave no instruction as to how many points the stars should have, nor how the stars should be arranged on the blue union. Consequently, some flags had stars scattered on the blue field without any specific design, some arranged the stars in rows, and some in a circle. The first Navy Stars and Stripes had the stars arranged in staggered formation in alternate rows of threes and twos on a blue field. Other Stars and Stripes flags had stars arranged in alternate rows of four, five and four. Some stars had six points while others had eight.  

Strong evidence indicates that Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was responsible for the stars in the U.S. flag. At the time that the flag resolution was adopted, Hopkinson was the Chairman of the Continental Navy Board's Middle Department. Hopkinson also helped design other devices for the Government including the Great Seal of the United States. For his services, Hopkinson submitted a letter to the Continental Admiralty Board asking "whether a Quarter Cask of the public Wine will not be a proper & reasonable Reward for these Labours of Fancy and a suitable Encouragement to future Exertions of a like Nature." His request was turned down since the Congress regarded him as a public servant.

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The 2018 edition of the Belmont Stakes packs a double punch with a monumental anniversary celebration and the possibility of a Triple Crown sweep on tap for Saturday at Belmont Park.

The Belmont Stakes, the oldest, longest and most grueling of the three Triple Crown races, celebrates its 150th running this year and a sellout crowd of 90,000 is expected to turn out to see if Justify can add his name to the winners of the American series. The muscular colt who beat the odds in the Kentucky Derby and sliced through the thick fog in the Preakness Stakes will be the favorite in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont in his attempt to become the 13th Triple Crown winner.

An action-packed day is on tap – a loaded card of stakes races and bevy of entertaining options – for the fans that stick around for the main event a bit before 7 p.m. Saturday. Justify is unquestionably the star attraction and his bid for the Triple Crown marks the second time in the race’s storied history that a sweep was on the line in a major anniversary year, following Forward Pass’ failed attempt in the 100th edition in 1968. Justify’s bid also comes 20 years after Real Quiet came agonizingly close before losing by a nose to Victory Gallop.

Unlike Forward Pass and Real Quiet – and many of the other 35 horses who came to Belmont with a chance – Justify brings an undefeated record to the table. He’ll attempt to match Seattle Slew, the sport’s only unbeaten Triple Crown winner in 1977, and not follow in the footsteps of Smarty Jones, who came within a length of a sweep in 2004.

“It’s such a relief, when you have a horse like this to win the first two and look forward to the Triple Crown,” said Justify’s trainer Bob Baffert, who also conditioned the most recent Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in 2015. “There’s a reason why he’s undefeated. He knows where the wire is, we needed an extra five yards from him today and we got it.”

The extra five yards came three weeks ago in the Preakness, when Justify battled early with champion Good Magic and held off late challenges from Bravazo and Tenfold to become the 35th Derby-Preakness winner and the 10th since 1997.

Baffert trained five of the 10 – Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet, War Emblem (2002), American Pharoah (2015) and Justify – and has made a personal playground of the Triple Crown races during his Hall of Fame career. Baffert brings 14 victories in Triple Crown races to this year’s Belmont, tied with fellow Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas atop the all-time list. A rubber match of sorts could unfold in the Belmont, with Baffert sending out Justify and longshot Restoring Hope and Lukas running Preakness runner-up Bravazo.
Sixth in the Kentucky Derby, Bravazo finished a half-length behind Justify in the Preakness with Tenfold another neck back. Bravazo and

Tenfold both made late runs to reach contention in the Preakness, but still could not overhaul Justify.

That’s nothing new for Justify, who did not race as a 2-year-old and became the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby after not racing the prior year. Justify won three starts before the Derby and then romped on a sloppy track to win the Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2 lengths.

Baffert said he was in “awe of the performance” by Justify in the Derby, admitting to being more relieved than elated after the victory.

“I’d been fretting all week trying to get this big horse there,” Baffert said. “It’s like having LeBron James on your team. You better win a championship with him. That’s the way we feel.

“That’s the best Kentucky Derby-winning performance that I’ve brought up here. He just did it, he just put himself up there with the greats . . .

Hey, I didn’t want to jinx myself, but we knew, I knew I had something really special, but he had to prove it today. The curse thing really didn’t bother me. I was just worried about us, just make sure we did everything right.”

Justify stayed at Churchill Downs to train for the Preakness – just as he did before the Belmont – per Baffert’s style to not return the colt to his California base and avoid shipping across the country. He caught a wet track again in the Preakness, and dueled with Good Magic for a majority of the race as a thick fog rolled into Pimlico about an hour before the race.

Justify withstood the challenge again under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, put away Good Magic in the stretch and lasted to the finish.
“He’s a superior horse,” Baffert said after the Preakness. “It takes a really good horse. We’ve seen horses win the first two but what he’s done in just five starts is incredible. That takes like an American Pharoah talent to do it.

“American Pharoah, his Derby was like this Preakness.

He had to work at it, he came into the Preakness and just showed us what he was. Today it was sort of the same, he had to gut it out. But it’s good for these types of horses, that was the first time he had to lay it down and he came through.”

Now comes the Belmont, which foiled Hall of Famers Northern Dancer, Spectacular Bid, Alysheba, Sunday Silence and Silver Charm and superstars Smarty Jones, Big Brown and California Chrome. The big question is can Justify avoid adding his name to that list and instead join the likes of Secretariat, Citation, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and Count Fleet. The answer will come in the 12 furlongs and the group of quality opponents awaiting Justify, Baffert, Smith and the colt’s large ownership group led by WinStar Farm and China Horse Club.

“It’s an incredible journey, it’s been quick, but he’s handled everything we’ve thrown at him and he handles it without really losing his composure,” Baffert said last week. “A lot of horses when you run them that many times they’ll start getting nervous or hot, but he seems to be thriving on it. He’s a very intelligent horse, that’s his biggest asset. Not only is he a great athlete, but his mind. The way he stood in the paddock at the Kentucky Derby and in the Preakness, just standing there like he’s been there so many times before. Nothing bothers him. He’s a very fearless type of horse . . . He’s an A personality type horse. That’s another strong point that he has, he has no fear. That’s the way he’s always been and handles everything so well.”

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Here & There…At Belmont Park

Belmont Stakes By The Numbers

2: Fillies to win in the first 39 runnings – Ruthless in 1867 and Tanya in 1905.

4: Winners sired by Lexington in first 11 editions – General Duke (1868), Kingfisher (1870), Harry Bassett (1871) and Duke Of Magenta (1878).

6: Belmont Stakes wins by owners James R. Keane and Belair Stud, the record.

5: Consecutive Belmont Stakes wins by trainer Woody Stephens from 1982 to 1986 with Conquistador Cielo, Caveat, Swale, Crème Fraiche and Danzig Connection.

102: Years between winning fillies – Tanya in 1905 and Rags To Riches in 2007.

1: Trainer to condition two Triple Crown winners. James “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons did it with Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935. Bob Baffert could become the second with a Belmont win by Justify.

4: Tracks to host the Belmont Stakes – Jerome Park (1867-89) in the Bronx, Morris Park (1890-1904), Aqueduct (1963-67) and – of course – Belmont Park (1905-62 and 1968-2018). The race was not run in 1911 and 1912 due to anti-gambling legislation.

10: Owners with back-to-back winners, most recently Meadow Stable with Riva Ridge in 1972 and Secretariat in 1973.

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Belmont Stakes History

The Belmont Stakes run for the 150th time Saturday at Belmont Park resembles the roughly 100 runnings dating to the mid-1920s and stands in stark contrast to the early renewals of one of America’s oldest races.

The modern Belmont Stakes holds a fixed spot on the calendar as the third jewel of the Triple Crown, run at the series’ longest distance of 1 1/2 miles and in early June. The race has seen more than its fair share of changes and a historic review shows the race run at five distances, sometimes clockwise, under the auspices of myriad racing jurisdictions at four tracks, not run twice because of anti-gambling laws in New York, occasionally contested in late May and once even in November.

Inaugurated by the American Jockey Club with a goal to “attract the best and build a prestige for American racing comparable to the Epsom Derby of England, the Belmont Stakes was first run Thursday, June 19, 1867 at the former Jerome Park. Constructed on a 230-acre tract of land in what was then Westchester County – and now the Jerome Park Reservoir in the Bronx – Jerome Park only opened for racing nine months before the first Belmont Stakes.

The first 23 editions of the race – named for August Belmont Sr., who co-founded Jerome Park with Leonard Jerome – were run at Jerome Park, which featured a ribbon-shaped racecourse with a spacious grandstand, before the race was moved to Morris Park. A little more than a mile from what is now Van Cortlandt Park, Morris Park hosted the Belmont for 15 years before it was moved when Belmont Park, just on the border of Queens and Nassau County, opened in 1905. The Belmont was not run in 1911 and 1912 because of anti-gambling laws and during the reconstruction of Belmont Park from 1963-1967 the race was run at Aqueduct.

The following is a look back at some of the memorable editions of the Belmont Stakes, divided into three categories – ancient, yesteryear and modern.

Vancient Editions
Eleven 3-year-olds were nominated to the first running of the Belmont Stakes and only four faced the starter – the Francis Morris entry of the filly Ruthless and Monday and the duo of DeCourcey and Rivoli. Ruthless moved up to challenge DeCourcey late in the race before edging clear of that rival late, winning by a head and earning $1,850 by covering the 1 5/8-mile distance in 3:05.

Later regarded by legendary racing historian Walter S. Vosburgh as the “best filly he had ever seen,” Ruthless added the Travers Stakes and Sequel Stakes at Saratoga and retired with a leg injury with seven victories in 11 starts.

Ruthless’ name appears frequently in write-ups of the Belmont in modern times, as the first winner and one of only three fillies to win the race. She held the honor as the only filly to win until Tanya scored in 1905 and those two were joined by Rags To Riches in 2007.

Other winners of the early editions of the Belmont included 1871 champion Harry Bassett, a Hall of Fame inductee in 2010 and multiple champion who won 14 races in a row and 17 of 18 career starts; Calvin in the 1875 edition over a field of 14 that included inaugural Kentucky Derby winner Aristides and eventual Hall of Famer Tom Ochiltree; Hall of Fame inductee Duke of Magenta in 1878; and the undefeated Colin in 1908.

The lone running of the Belmont not in May or June came in the 29th edition, won by Belmar on a dreary and “disagreeable” day at Morris Park Nov. 2, 1895. The race was moved to the fall that year because the New York Jockey Club closed out its affairs, leaving the Westchester Racing Association to handle the race.


Classics of Yesteryear
The year after the sport’s first recognized Triple Crown winner – Sir Barton in 1919 – arguably one of American racing’s greatest horses won the Belmont Stakes.

Pitted against just one opponent, Man o’ War ran his record to 12-for-13 with a 20-length victory over Donnacona in the 52nd running of the Belmont. “Big Red” won the 1 3/8-mile Belmont – the distance the race was run from 1906 to 1925 – in an American record time of 2:14 1/5. Man o’ War, who did not run in the Kentucky Derby but won the Preakness, eventually retired at the end of his 3-year-old season with 20 wins in 21 starts.

A historic profile of the Belmont Stakes in the April 22, 1989 edition of The Blood-Horse magazine outlined how the “exacting distance of the Belmont prevents any but a genuine horse from winning,” and later opined that “the luckiest horse wins the Kentucky Derby, the fittest horse wins the Preakness and the best horse wins the Belmont.”

The results from the post-Man o’ War years until modern times certainly validate that belief. Seven of the 12 Triple Crown winners – Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946) and Citation (1948) – capped their historic runs with Belmont Stakes victories during that period.

The Belmont’s distance of 1 1/2 miles – which Justify will attempt to navigate Saturday to become another Triple Crown winner – was permanently changed in 1926.

Man o’ War’s record 20-length margin was unchallenged until 1943, when Count Fleet capped his Triple Crown run with a monstrous 25-length tally over Fairy Manhurst and Deseronto. Count Fleet’s victory was his 10th consecutive and the Belmont wound up being his final career start after an ankle injury didn’t respond properly to treatment.

Modern Times
The Triple Crown went through two sizable droughts in the modern era – from 1948 to 1973 and from 1978 to 2015 – not that there weren’t opportunities when the Belmont Stakes rolled around. Six times in the 1950s and ’60s there was a chance and again in 1971 before the quintessential Belmont Stakes moment arrived in 1973.

Conversations about the Belmont Stakes often begin and end with Secretariat, a force of a Thoroughbred who rolled to electric victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and seemed destined to sweep the series in 1973. Also nicknamed “Big Red,” Secretariat delivered a masterpiece performance in his Belmont. He faced only four opponents in the 105th Belmont, the chief opposition being Derby and Preakness runner-up Sham.

Secretariat quickly slammed the door on any challenge from Sham before pulling away to a 31-length victory in stakes-, track- and world-record time of 2:24 to end a 25-year Triple Crown drought. His statue graces the Belmont Park paddock.

Two more Triple Crown winners followed – Seattle Slew in 1977 and Affirmed in 1978 – and a third was in line when Spectacular Bid came to New York with a chance to sweep in 1979. Spectacular Bid was foiled in the Belmont, finishing fourth after his trainer said he stepped on a safety pin that caused him to be lame the morning of the race.

Spectacular Bid started another long drought, which eventually reached 37 years, until American Pharoah ended it with his victory in 2015. Pitted against seven opponents, the bay colt led from start to finish and won by 5 1/2 lengths in 2:26.65 – one of the fastest editions in the race’s history, affectionately known as the “Test of a Champion.”

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Walter Scherr was a depression era kid who survived tuberculosis and six years in a sanatorium to become a leader in the business community. He was a boardroom millionaire and a key figure in the early days of the high-tech revolution. Walter’s story connects the dots between those lives he touched and those that touched his. He held the positions of Executive Vice President (1993-1995) and Chief Financial Officer (1990-1993) at Veeco Instruments Inc., becoming a director in 2005. He has also served as a consultant for the company since 1995. He served as General Manager of the UPA Technology Division in the 1980s, as well as a variety of other financial and operating management positions with Litton Industries and Sperry Gyroscope Co, including group Vice President. However, Walter was not only an executive, but also a visionary — in the 1980’s, he was the Principal and Founder of Visual Sciences Inc./Panafax (the first publicly traded facsimile company). He was also an Associate Professor at Farmingdale State School and Co-Founder of The Vera and Walter Scherr and Family Foundation.

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Walter Scherr Interview

Moe and Walter Scherr talk about how he was a Depression era kid who survived tuberculosis and six years in a sanatorium to become a leader in the business community; a boardroom millionaire; and a key figure in the early days of the high-tech revolution.

Walter’s Way: The Making of a Remarkable Humanitarian

What a treat it was for me today to share part of my day with one of the more remarkable human beings I’ve ever been around, .  At 91 years young, he’s the quintessential entrepreneur who, in the process of making the world a better place, leaves everyone in his presence better off.   His character is one of dignity and trust, his example is one I would want my son to emulate, and his moral strength is what superhero movies are built around.  

Having dedicated his professional career to building businesses in technology and oil & gas, he now directs his energy to perhaps his most important project - The Center for Discovery.  As you’ll pick up in this conversation, there’s no better humanitarian on the planet with as much determination to serve those less fortunate:  

Here’s what he’ll share: 

  • How he evaluates his life - both personally and professionally
    How adversity has shaped his character
  • Building mental resilience & dealing with his lowest moments
  • The time he knew he wanted to run a business
  • Why management by walking around ignites the best in others
  • The greatest lesson he learned from Mother Teresa
    The business philosophy inherent in the 3-in-1 egg theory

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A $1.9 Million Gift to Help Educate Mental Health Professionals 

Walter J. Scherr likes to kick the tires of an organization before he becomes a donor.

The 88-year-old Queens native and retired businessman founded Visual Sciences Inc., one of the first publicly traded fax companies. Over his 60 years of buying and selling businesses, Mr. Scherr says that he likes to evaluate a company by examining the balance sheet, profit-and-loss statements and the intellectual property of an organization.

This is an approach Mr. Scherr took about a decade ago when he became a donor to the Center for Discovery, a provider of education and residential services for children and adults with autism and other medical complexities in Harris, N.Y.

Walter J. Scherr

Over the last decade, Mr. Scherr has given some $500,000 to the charity for staff scholarships. His four children have made a $1 million gift to create the Walter & Vera Scherr Learning Lab, so named for their father and late mother. Mr. Scherr has pledged to raise another $900,000 for the lab before his 90th birthday. The $1.9 million will be announced Tuesday night during the Center for Discovery's annual gala in New York.

The learning lab will allow staff members to continue their advanced education and share their expertise with others who care for people with severe and complex disabilities, medical frailties and individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Mr. Scherr, who now lives in Sarasota, Fla., was introduced to the charity by chance during a casual conversation with his surgeon, George J. Todd, an expert in carotid artery surgery and chairman of the department of surgery at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center.

Dr. Todd asked Mr. Scherr what interested him philanthropically and Mr. Scherr shared his interest in helping co-workers who, as a result of a birth accident, had suffered from cerebral palsy. Over the years, he'd seen the challenges his co-workers had faced and, as a result, set up a fund for them upon his retirement.

It was a moment of kismet for the two men as Dr. Todd shared with Mr. Scherr his involvement in the Center for Discovery. Dr. Todd asked Mr. Scherr to visit, as a personal favor, to evaluate the center on a business level. During Mr. Scherr's visit, he asked to see the organization's books, examine the place on his own and write an evaluation of what he saw. Mr. Scherr was impressed and made his first gift in 2004.

"There's nothing like seeing the operation itself," says Mr. Scherr. "I tell other people, 'I can't guarantee anything after you go up and see the Center for Discovery, but I can tell you for the next week you won't sweat the small stuff.'"

It was more than just the financials and the dedicated staff that persuaded Mr. Scherr in his giving to the Center for Discovery. He considers himself extremely lucky in life. He survived the Depression and tuberculosis, which was discovered during a routine Army medical evaluation to serve in World War II.

"The gospel says take care of my children and I'll take care of you," cites Mr. Scherr, who believes that the Center for Discovery staff members all have a place "upstairs." Then, Mr. Scherr says with a laugh, "I'm hoping I can come in on their coattails."

Write to Melanie Grayce West at melanie.west@wsj.com

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FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. - At a ceremony held at Fitch Auditorium May 22, Maj. Gen. Robert P. Walters Jr., Commander of U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, presented Mr. Frank Crary, a Tucson resident, with the Distinguished Service Cross for his extraordinary heroism during the Vietnam War.

Fifty-two years ago, on April 7 in the Republic of Vietnam, Pfc. Crary was assigned as a senior rifleman assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Crary's battalion reconnaissance platoon was in pursuit of North Vietnamese regulars when it encountered a numerically superior force in camouflaged fortified positions. Members of the reconnaissance platoon were pinned down and taking heavy casualties from intense enemy fire, including a crew served machine gun.

Crary identified the location of the machine gun and began returning fire, attempting to suppress the advantage of the enemy. Then, on his own initiative, and with total disregard for his own personal safety, he jumped up and ran towards the machine gun position. In doing so, Crary exposed himself to counter-fire from nearby North Vietnamese camouflaged positions, which he methodically engaged and neutralized. Continuing his one man assault, he flanked the enemy machine gun, attacking and killing the enemy. Crary's valiant actions turned the battle, allowing the remainder of the reconnaissance platoon to neutralize the other enemy positions.

Crary's actions that day had members of his unit wondering if he had just lost his mind, but Crary sees it a different way. 

"I was just doing my job," said Crary. "Some may have thought it was a little crazy at the time, but I saw what needed be done and I did it."

During the ceremony the current command team from 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, presented additional awards to Crary. Lt. Col. Andrew Kiser, Commander of 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment presented Crary the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Command Sgt. Maj. Shelly Jenkins, Command Sergeant Major of 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, presented Crary the Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge and the Presidential Unit Citation.

The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Army and is given for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.

"I never expected to receive this medal, and I was overwhelmed when Maj. Gen. Walters called me and asked if they could host the ceremony at Fort Huachuca," said Crary. "What a thankful addition to my life."

By Randall Baucom

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The engineers from Company A, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, row as hard as the can across McKellars Lake during the Crossing of the Waal re-enactment competition. All four engineer companies from division competed in the event.
The engineers from the 82nd Airborne Division all paddle across McKellars Lake during the Crossing the Waal River re-enactment race on Sept. 18. All four engineer companies from the four combat brigades participated in the event.
Two engineers from Company A, 2 Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, swim towards their boat after falling overboard during the Crossing of the Waal re-enactment race at McKellars Lake.
The 1st and 2nd Brigade Combat Team engineers push their boats into McKellars Lake at the start of the Crossing of the Waal River re-enactment competition on Sept. 18. All four engineer companies from the 82nd Airborne Division competed in the event.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Running two miles with a boat overhead, then frantically paddling across a lake might seem like an exhausting feat, but for the engineers of the 82nd Airborne Division, it's just a fun way to pay tribute to the past.

To honor one of the most famous feats in combat engineer history - the crossing of the Waal River by pontoon boat into Germany in 1944 - engineers from the four combat brigades of the 82nd Airborne competed in a re-enactment of the crossing on Sept. 18. 

Each of the engineer companies participating in the event ran with a 14- man boat to a launch point at Mackellar's Lake. Once launched, the Paratroopers then raced each other twice across the lake. 

This year the 1st Brigade Combat Team engineers won the competition. 
"It feels awesome to win it," said 1st Brigade's Sgt. 1st Class Randolph Delapena, a Miami native, while holding onto the oar that was presented to the company for winning the competition. 

The engineers try to stage the Crossing of the Waal re-enactment every year on the anniversary of the operation, reflecting its status as an important part of 307th Engineer Battalion and 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment history. 

During World War II, the Paratroopers made five trips across the Waal River at Nijmegen during daylight and under heavy enemy fire on Sept. 20, 1944. Crossing the Waal played a crucial role in the 504th PIR seizing occupied German bridges.

The re-enactment is always a good time for the engineers, and this year proved no exception. Through out the morning the engineers remained loud and rambunctious, from screaming at the top of their lungs during the run to voluntarily jumping into the lake to help push off the boats. 

The event was attended by several past and present commanders who got a kick out of the engineer's enthusiasm.

"This competition is live and loud," said Col. Christopher Gibson, the 2nd BCT commander. "I know we're going to have a great competition for years to come."

"You all did a great thing here today," said Lt. Col. Frederic Drummond, the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion commander, addressing the engineers. "It's a great way to honor our distant past."

A lot of the engineers who competed in this year's event were not new to the Crossing of the Waal re-enactment, like three time contender Staff Sgt. Rich Gerzmehle. Even though Gerzmehle, a Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., native, has competed several times, he was quick to mention that this year's event stood out from the past. 

"This was by far my favorite," said Gerzmehle, a platoon sergeant for Co. A, 2nd BSTB. "It seemed like all the Brigades were into it," he said in a voice barely audible over the screaming and hooting Paratroopers in the background. 

Even though the engineers exerted a lot of energy during the competition there were no signs of exhaust after.

"Nobody's tired, the adrenaline is still kicking," Delapena, a platoon sergeant from Co. A, 1st BSTB, 82nd Abn. Div, said of the engineers. 

Although the event was a competition, a lot of the engineers just enjoyed being together and catching up with old friends.

"We don't see each other on a day to day basis like we used to," said Sgt. 1st Class James Gaw, a platoon sergeant from Co. A, 1st BSTB, referring to when all the engineers were in the same battalion. "Today is a reunion."

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