H.O.M.E stands for Helping Our Military Eternally, in praying and in sharing and in caring for all of our men and women serving or who have served, in defense of religious liberty and freedom.
H.O.M.E. began as a small group of parents whose sons chose to sign their names on the dotted line, to fight for their country's freedom, and give part or all of their lives, if necessary, to defend it.
In the fall of 2007, six of us met to discuss how we could show support for our kids during a tough time in our country. We started by sending care packages to them, whether overseas or stateside. We also sent packages to other enlisted that were serving, but who weren’t receiving anything from home, hopefully showing them we appreciated their sacrifice and that they were not forgotten.
God laid it upon our hearts, as well as family and friends, to send homemade cookies, snacks, drink mixes, socks, thank you cards and holiday decorations, to remind them they were prayed for and loved.
In 2011, God laid it upon the hearts of H.O.M.E. members to honor our area service members who had given the ultimate sacrifice. We prayed for God to provide the necessary finances to build a Memorial to honor all veterans, as well as remembering those who gave their life. Within two weeks, God had provided $19,400 from donors to build the Memorial.
We began with two local service members that had given their lives in Afghanistan. We searched for their families in the Spokane area but came up empty. God led us to the homecoming of a KIA that had been killed in Iraq, and it was there we met the grandparents of Garrett Gamble, a Marine, who would become the first name remembered on the Veterans Memorial. Since then, 64 more local service members killed in action have been added.
H.O.M.E. also closely supports Patriot Guard Riders, standing flag lines with PGR when a KIA comes home, for memorial services at the Washington Veterans Cemetery, Military Appreciation Day at E.W.U., Memorial Day services, Veterans Day service, flag line for MIAPS, and flag line for 4th of July Parades.
H.O.M.E. also stands a flag line at the Spokane International Airport with the American Legion Riders for Honor Flights, who provide free trips for World War II, Vietnam & Korean War veterans to visit the memorials at Washington, DC.
Every Memorial Day at Valley Fourth Church, we honor Active Duty and Veterans from all wars with a short service and flag line. And on Veterans Day, we honor veterans from all branches of service with a Flag Line and Video to the Troops.