We have the following mission statement:
"To ensure the memory of, and support to, those who serve through Welcome Home Veterans Living Military Museum at Richard's Coffee Shop".
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
MONDAY-SATURDAY : 0800-1500hrs
THURSDAY: Vets Free Coffee / SATURDAY: Blue Grass
What started out... as a little shop named Pat's Gourmet Coffee Shop, named in honor of his wife, became much more. It became a "Living" Military Museum, named in honor of the man who spent the last 14 years of his life honoring and supporting America's Veterans. It was owned and operated by Richard Warren, a U.S. Army, Vietnam Huey gunship pilot, callsign "Mustang 53".
With his background Richard made a point of extending the traditional veterans greeting of "Welcome Home" to every veteran who came in the shop. Over time, Pat's became a gathering place for veterans of all ages and a collection of artifacts, awards, magazine and newspaper articles slowly accumulated. more >>>
Wholesale Direct has the spirit!
Britians Got Talent -- Shadow Theater -- Get your kleenex!
Talk about a small town with heart!
Mooresville, NC flash mob outside JJ Wasabi's on downtown Main street.
ABC's Bob Woodruff on two vets who "pay it forward"...
SSgt Sal Giunta - Medal of Honor - What's wrong here?
Brothers in Arms - CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) w/Molly Grantham
Miami Cheerleaders "Call Me Maybe" vs U.S. Troops Version
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WCNC Charlotte - Larry's Look | Mooresville coffee shop honors veterans.
Jane Conversano, Conder Flag Company, presenting the new flag at Richard's Coffee Shop.
I just found out about your Coffee Shop/Museum and my husband and I (both USAF members) plan on visiting when we are up that way visiting our dear friends who live near there. Incidentally, the friends that live up there are both USAR veterans - Randy is a West Point grad and Linda, well, Linda has quite a story - she'll be featured in a Ron Howard documentary on women veterans this year: http://www.unsungheroespresentation.com/
3rd Infantry Division - Carol Megathlin, Coordinator
When a flight of 3rd ID soldiers leaves Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, GA, for a combat zone, I set up an Adopt-a-Soldier table at the terminal and offer soldiers an opportunity to sign up to be adopted by a civilian while they are deployed. They give me their name, rank, and email address.
Patriotic citizens who want to support our troops then email me directly to be assigned a soldier with his/her email address. The sponsor emails the soldier, introduces him/herself, and asks for the soldier's APO mailing address. The sponsor sends care packages, emails and letters to the soldier for the duration of his/her deployment. Many friendships have been established between soldiers and their sponsors.
I send out an occasional update to all the sponsors who have given me their email addresses. This update features items of interest and information for sponsors.
Those interested should email me:
Adopt a Soldier Coordinator
Carol Megathlin is the author of "Fighting without Fanfare: Honest Thoughts about Human Dilemmas." Visit http://www.carolmegathlin.com/ to see this latest publication and related information.
Jennifer Sylvester's Group from Homestead Hills/Senior Living Communities in Winston-Salem, NC visits Welcome Home Veterans Military Museum at Richard's Coffee Shop in Mooresville NC
Flying the American Flag at Half-staff - more >>>
STORY NUMBER ONE
Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.
Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.
To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.
Eddie lived the life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.
Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.
And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was. Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.
One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. Yet, he testified.
Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he would ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.
The poem read:
"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still."
STORY NUMBER TWO
World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare.
He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington in the South Pacific.
One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.
His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.
As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American Fleet.
The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.
Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted .50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.
Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.
Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.
Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft. This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of WWII, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.
A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.
So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.
SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?
Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son... (Pretty cool, eh!)
The Third U.S. Army Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard".
To honor the fallen, they stand their post - even during hurricanes!
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May 17, 2012 : Grand Opening : Our New Home!
Lonnie Long talks about Richard's Coffee Shop.
USSVI Tribute to Richard Warren.
Just Another Saturday Morning at the Coffee Shop
B-17 Against 17 Zeros
2 Medal of Honor Recipients
OUTSTANDING! - Welcome Home