Help Save Our National Parks

Just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (CPANP) is launching an online storefront to boost the Coalition’s work protecting national parks and the National Park Service (NPS) mission. The storefront for the CPANP-branded merchandise is available at

CPANP Chair Maureen Finnerty said: “We have been hearing for years that people want to support the unique group that the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks brings together.  As a non-partisan, independent organization, it can be challenging for us to raise funds.  We thought this was an interesting way that people who visit and love the parks could show their support for our mission.”


Visitors to storefront are greeted with this message: “The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks is an independent, non-partisan organization with over 1,400 members, who are all current, former, and retired employees of the National Park Service (NPS). With nearly 35,000 years of combined service, we focus on the preservation and protection of America’s most precious natural and cultural resources. We use our voice to defend national monuments, to stop budget cuts and to protect our public lands from energy development. Your purchase helps the Coalition continue its work to support the NPS mission, the parks and NPS employees from a growing numbers of threats. Thank you for your support of this important work!” 

Featured items on the storefront branded with the “Our Blood Runs Green” message include t-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball caps, beach bags, messenger bags, kid’s clothing, water bottles and other drinkware, and a variety of lower-cost “stocking stuffer” items, including notepads, golf balls, stickers and mouse pads.

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The more than 1,400 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks are all current, former, and retired employees of the National Park Service with nearly 35,000 years of stewardship of America’s most precious natural and cultural resources. In their personal lives, Coalition members reflect the broad spectrum of skills and expertise that distinguished their National Park Service careers. Coalition members now strive to apply their credibility and integrity as they continue to support the NPS Mission, NPS employees and speak out for national park solutions that uphold law and apply sound


Patriot Guard Riders

I have to say a BIG THANK YOU to the Patriot Guard Riders.  I had a fundraiser going to try to come up with the money to pay for the installation of my Dad’s headstone and they stepped up to the plate and used funds in the Help on the Homefront Fund and made it happen.  I just can’t wait now for better weather so the cemetery can get it installed so I can see it.

The PGR is a group of mainly motorcyclists but some drive cars/trucks that really want to honor and respect the Honorably Discharged Veteran’s, Fallen Heroes, Police, EMT’s, and Fire Fighter’s.

What we do is attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:

  •   Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families and their communities.
  •  Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.

Patriot Guard RidersDad cardDad plaque from PGR

Ever since I came across these wonderful bunch of men and women 5-6 years ago my life has been changed.  My first mission with them was a group of Navy people had come home from deployment and we stood a flag line for them.  The rest of my missions have all been visitations, funerals, and memorial services.

I know it’s really different when you are on the other side of that flag line and you are the one receiving the services of the PGR. When my Daddy died we didn’t have people for pall bearers and some of my PGR brothers stepped up to the plate and offered to be pall bearers.  They present each family with a lovely plaque like the one shown above and a card like the one shown above and then they fly a flag at the funeral home and then present that flag to the deceased persons family.

They really go above and beyond when it comes to honoring our Veteran’s when they pass away.