Grilling for a Good Cause Cookbook raises money for wounded veterans

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It’s time to throw on that apron and head outside. Memorial Day is the biggest grilling holiday of the year, and you’ll want to show off your barbecue expertise for hungry friends and family.

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Just in time for the flavor-filled festivities, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is debuting a new cookbook, “Grilling for Heroes,” to raise money for wounded veterans. The cookbook features a foreword and recipe from Food Network personality Sunny Anderson, an Air Force veteran and co-host of the Food Network show, “The Kitchen.” It also features a compilation of 50 original grilling recipes along with heartfelt stories of military servicemen and servicewomen as submitted by food bloggers and grill enthusiasts from across the country.

With hundreds of submissions collected from a recipe contest held last year, Anderson hand-picked her favorite recipe and story of military service. The winner is Shawn Syphus, a food blogger and creator of celebrated blog I Wash…You Dry.

“I’ve had several members of my family join the armed forces. My uncle was one of the first to serve in the war in Iraq, and sadly lost his life there. I will never forget him or the courage he had to fight for our country,” said Syphus. “My heart and prayers go out to all those still fighting and defending our beautiful land.”

One hundred percent of cookbook proceeds will go to Hope for the Warriors, a nonprofit whose programs enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 wounded service members and their families. Visit GrillingForHeroes.com to donate and download the cookbook, and for PERC’s tips for safe grilling all season long.

Honey Dijon Grilled Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Shawn Syphus


  • 4 (6-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/3 cup horseradish Dijon mustard (or regular Dijon mustard)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat grill or grill pan on medium-high heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil. Once pan is hot, reduce heat to just below medium. In small bowl, combine mustard, honey and parsley flakes.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Flatten chicken breasts to an even thickness by placing between two sheets of parchment paper and pounding with rolling pin or heavy bottomed pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Place chicken on grill for 3 minutes, then flip over and brush chicken with sauce. Grill an additional 2-3 minutes, then remove from grill and loosely cover with tin foil. Let rest for 5 minutes before enjoying. Serve with any additional sauce on side for dipping.

Propane Education & Research Council

How to Display the Flag: Take these 14 key facts

1. When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.

2. The flag of the United States, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right (the viewers’ left) and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

3. The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. Half-staff is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff. Crepe streamers may be affixed to spear heads or flagstaffs in a parade only by order of the president of the United States.

4. When flags of states, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the U.S. flag, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the U.S. flag or to the right of the U.S. flag (the viewer’s left). When the U.S. flag is half-masted, both flags are half-masted, with the U.S. flag at the mid-point and the other flag below.

5. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.

6. When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.

7. When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.

8. When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, it should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. When festoons, rosettes or drapings are desired, bunting of blue, white and red should be used, but never the flag.

9. The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right (the flag’s own right) or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

10. The U.S. flag should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

11. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.

12. When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium on or off a podium, the U.S. flag should hold the position of superior prominence in advance of the audience and in the position of honor at the clergyman’s or speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker (to the right of the audience).

13. When the flag is displayed on a car, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

14. When hung in a window where it is viewed from the street, place the union at the head and over the left shoulder.

The preceding article was taken from the ushistory.org.

Poppies on Memorial Day

Each year around Memorial Day, Veterans of Foreign Wars members and American Legion Auxiliary volunteers distribute millions of bright red poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. The program provides multiple benefits to the veterans and to the community.

The hospitalized veterans who make the flowers are able to earn a small wage, which helps to supplement their incomes and makes them feel more self-sufficient. The physical and mental activity provides many therapeutic benefits as well. Donations are used exclusively to assist and support veterans and their families.

The poppy also reminds the community of the past sacrifices and continuing needs of our veterans. The poppy has become a nationally known and recognized symbol of sacrifice and is worn to honor the men and women who served and died for their country in all wars.

In the World War I battlefields of Belgium, poppies grew wild amid the ravaged landscape. How could such a pretty little flower grow wild while surrounded by death and destruction? The overturned soils of battle enabled the poppy seeds to be covered, thus allowing them to grow and to forever serve as a reminder of the bloodshed during that and future wars.

The poppy movement was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Lt. Col. John McCrae of the Canadian forces in 1915 before the United States entered World War I. Selling replicas of the original Flanders’ poppy originated in some of the allied countries immediately after the Armistice.



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