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Friday, July 3, 2015

Fort Thomas Family Receives 'Folds of Honor' Scholarship

Family Will Be Honored in Fort Thomas Independence Day Parade 
Russell Madden with his family. 
The signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 changed the world forever. The signers of the document, gathered by Thomas Jefferson, knew that putting their pen to paper could quite literally mean their death sentence.

In the name of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, they moved forward.

Everyday, brave men and women continue to put their lives on the line to defend those unalienable rights our forefathers set forth the day our nation was born and sometimes they pay the ultimate sacrifice.

In 2011 a portion of Memorial Parkway was dedicated to local veteran, Spc. Russell Madden (29), who was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade attack on an Army convoy in Afghanistan in June 2010. For me, when I drive on Memorial Parkway, it's an ultimate reminder of those who carry those heavy burdens of our freedoms.

This year in the Fort Thomas Independence Day Parade, Madden's family will be riding on a float with Chas. Seligman Dist. Co. representing Folds of Honor. 

Folds of Honor seeks to meet this need by providing annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty.

Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance.

"This year, we have chosen Jared Pulsfort and Parker Madden, sons of Michelle Madden and deceased United States Army Spc E5 Russell Madden," said Gail Peace of Chas. Seligman.  "It is important for Chas Seligman to be able to recognize Russell’s service and give back to our community by choosing someone who resides locally in Fort Thomas.  We are grateful to the men and women who have given their service to this great country by participating in the Folds of Honor Program and we are proud to support the community of Fort Thomas."

"In the folded flag we see the heavy price of freedom, yet it's also a symbol of hope, representing the enduring ideals that make this country a beacon of democracy,"  said Maj. Dan Rooney, CEO of Folds of Honor. "We chose this logo because it reflects our mission - to honor the sacrifice of America’s heroes, while giving hope to the bearers of their legacy. Folds of Honor has grown from a vision into a movement. This folded flag is a constant reminder of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It inspires us to help equip and educate their loved ones in need of our support."

So when you see Folds of Honor float carrying Madden's family, make sure you salute his sacrifice.

Madden graduated from Bellevue High School in 2000.  He played football and ran track. The football team went 22-3 in Madden’s last two years at the school.


Army Spc. Russell E. Madden
Died June 23, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
29, of Dayton, Ky.; assigned to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Conn Barracks, Germany; died June 23 at FOB Shank, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with rocket fire.

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