January 23 - Tom Ruck, Director Los Angeles National Cemetary
Ruck envisioned a book honoring the truest of American heroes,
her Veterans. However, as an unknown author and photographer,
the journey to publication was difficult, yet remarkable, and is
a story in itself. The result of Tom's efforts, "Sacred
Ground, A Tribute to America's Veterans," was released by
Regnery Publishing, a Salem Communications company and achieved
a #5 sales ranking on Amazon. Sacred Ground was also awarded a
Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. It was
named the Overall Grand Prize winner at the Branson Stars &
Flags Book Awards, and was the Winner of the USA Best Book
Awards in the Military History category.
All of the royalties
generated by the sales of Sacred Ground go directly to the
Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund (A charity co-founded by
Colonel Oliver North). "What I love about this book is that kids
who have been dealt a traumatic blow by the loss of a parent
while they were serving this great country of ours will know
that America has not forgotten them or the sacrifice of their
parent," states Ruck.
Mr. Ruck was recently named Director at Los Angeles
National Cemetery, one of the oldest and largest in the country.
Prior to Los Angeles, Ruck was the Director at Fayetteville
National Cemetery in Arkansas. He joined the National Cemetery
Administration in 2013 after a 30 year history in the diagnostic
laboratory industry where he had a very successful and
accomplished career in national sales, marketing and product
Mr. Ruck grew up in the St. Louis area where he
was active in many volunteer and philanthropic organizations and
is a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia. He
serves as a Visiting Fellow to the Freedom Alliance Foundation,
is still an active member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses
and Post 291, Sons of the American Legion in Newport Beach, CA.
He continues traveling the nation inspiring and honoring
Veteran's and their loved ones through his many speaking
President for the Day: Diane Good
January 30 - Bryce McDonald
football head coach Chip Kelly continues to make changes with
his new program as he looks to add former Navy offensive line
coach Bryce McDonald to an administrative role, bolstering an
already impressive staff under the new Bruin coach.
President for the Day: Tom Barron
February 6 - Wen Chen, Ph.D.
Wen Chen was born in China at the end of the Great Cultural
Revolution. Being victims of the horrific atrocity that killed
two million intellectuals and destroyed traditional Chinese
culture, Wen's parents had mixed feelings about her education.
Despite their discouragement, Wen eventually won a national
prize at a science competition when she was 16. Hence, she
was accepted into a top university for undergraduate study. In
1994, Wen came to the U.S. for graduate school and received a
doctorate degree in Biology at the California Institute of
Technology in 2000. Because of her personal experience of being
brainwashed in China, she devotes her personal time to be a
voice for the voiceless by giving over 200 presentations to
community organizations since 2012. Her most popular topics
include "The Renaissance of Chinese Culture" and "Human Rights
Movement in China." Wen has been working as a scientific staff
for Caltech since 2000. She lives with her husband and two
teenage daughters in Pasadena.President for the Day: Steve Day
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