OWASSO, Okla. - If you visit the Folds of Honor Foundation in Owasso, at 1300 hours time stops and everyone listens.
You'll hear 13 chimes ring loud in honor of the 13 folds of the American flag.
"That's what gives it the symbolic triangle shape when the flag is at rest." said Josh Butts, of the Folds of Honor Foundation.
Founded in 2007, the foundation was the vision of Major Dan Rooney of Broken Arrow, a decorated F-16 pilot, golf course owner and PGA Professional.
"Our mission is to educate the sons and daughters and spouses of military members who have either fallen or been disabled while serving our country in Iraq or Afghanistan." said Maj. Rooney.
Tuesday, Maj. Rooney along with dozens of supporters officially opened the foundation doors to the thousands of military families needing help.
Thanks to the generous donations from area contractors, the 3,600 square foot structure will allow the foundation to grow even more.
"Glad we could do what we could." said Veteran Art Couch. Couch's dirt moving company donated supplies and time to the foundation.
Maj. Rooney began the foundation out of his home in Broken Arrow, since then he has awarded more than 1,300 college scholarships to the children of those who died or were disabled serving our country.
"We have 156,000 dependents who have had someone killed or disabled in iraq or afghanistan over 85% of those don't qualify for federal education assistance and that's where we come in at the folds of honor" said Maj. Rooney.
To date, the foundation has awarded college scholarships to more than 1,300 chidren.
"Were not gonna stop until we've educated every family who wants that opportunity who served our nation." said Maj. Rooney.
A member of the Air National Guard, Maj. Rooney has served 3 combat tours in Iraq.
To visit the Folds of Honor Foundation website click here.
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