Today marks five years since Jay sacrificed his life serving our country. I miss him each and every day. I am eternally grateful for the lessons he taught me and the love and adventures we shared. I wouldn't be the person I am today if it were not for him. If you knew Jay, do something special to celebrate and remember a life well lived today. Beer, being outdoors, and spending time with those you love topped his list.

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Anyone local to central Maine might want to go check this out on Saturday! Jay very much loved his home state of Maine and the great outdoors, so this is a super fitting tribute to him. Can't wait to see pictures!

Great job on your interview and making this project happen, Whitey and Nancy White!

- Emily

Jay Brainard is a hometown hero to people in Newport and Atkinson. "They drove over in the bus twice a day, for three years. He rode his snowmobile over th

Wear Blue run this morning in Colorado Springs. For the fallen, for the fighting, for the families.

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Apache Warrior Foundation

Today we remember CPT John R. Brainard III and CW5 John C. Pratt, who gave their lives when their aircraft was shot down by enemy fire in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on this day in 2012. You are not forgotten! CPT Jay Brainard Memorial

Hey Everyone! Take 60 seconds to vote for a really fantastic organization, The Summit Project, that remembers Maine heroes, including Jay. You can find them under the Knox/Lincoln/Sagadahoc/Waldo category. Thanks in advance!

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The Summit Project added 3 new photos.

Starting on February 1, 2016 and running through every day in the month of February, The Summit Project could use your help!

TSP is an official candidate organi...zation for the 2016 Bangor Saving Bank Foundation “Community Matters More” program. BSB lives by their slogan “You Matter More” and they deliver on that promise. BSB invited us to be on the ballot this year, because of the overwhelming support you showed us last year!

In 2015, the BSB Foundation asked the people of Maine what community organizations they wanted to support. With thousands of votes cast from Mainers all across our great state, Bangor Savings Bank donated $100,000 to the organizations that matter to YOU.

TSP was not an official nominee last year, but thanks to the grass-roots and word-of-mouth effort and the collective voice of Mainers who support TSP, we were a write-in ballot winner! This was a HUGE and unprecedented success for TSP and we thank Mainers, literally from every town and county who took the extra step to hand write, mail-in, or keystroke “The Summit Project” on the electronic ballot to made this happen.

This year, starting February 1st, your voice matters again, and you can again vote for TSP, this time as an official candidate organization. This year however, the stakes are higher, because the top prize for official organizations is a substantially larger grant.

Here is the CALL TO ACTION: Learn about the work of TSP at If you wish to support us again this year, or you are learning about TSP for the first time, cast your vote TODAY at…/Community-Matters-More.aspx. Your voice matters -- online voting takes just a few minutes and you can be part of the thousands who participated last year. Post on this page, and share with the TSP family that you’ve cast your vote. Please ask your family and friends to do the same. Get out the vote and be part of the change you want to see in the world.

There is no project like TSP in all of America, and although our expenses are minimal by design, every dollar can help us achieve our mission – “To honor our state’s newest war casualties and the faithful spirit of all Mainers.” Thank you and MHANF.

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Jay made the news!

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Army Capt. John R. Brainard III of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine died May 28, 2012 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was 26. Capt. Brainard was assigned to ...12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach-Katterbach, Germany. He died in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed.

Since 9/11, 47 Maine servicemen have been killed in action. 27 of those 47 were from the WABI viewing area. This week, we will honor them briefly here, using social media, allowing you the chance to submit respectful comments of remembrance.
(For a full list of fallen, and to credit my source: To become more involved locally in making sure that Maine Heroes Are Not Forgotten, visit The Summit Project here on facebook.) (-Angel)

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Thanks to The Summit Project for Jay's new stone, and Ted Coffin for taking it on a hike up Mt. Katahdin recently! Ted hiked Jay's favorite trails up and down the summit, and shared the following pictures. It makes me smile that people are still remembering our heroes. And anyone who knew Jay and how much he loved hiking, Maine, and the outdoors knows this is the PERFECT memorial for him.

Jay and John were mentioned in the UMaine Alumni Magazine Summer 2014 edition! Katie and Nick were cadets with Jay.

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Some pictures of the balloon release my friends and I did today for Jay and other fallen heroes.

Dot Grimaldi is running in honor of Jay at the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon next month. She never met Jay, but linked up with me through Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) which is an awesome organization that supports surviving family members. Please take a second to check out her page and/or join in running in memory of our fallen heroes!

Some of you had asked about t-shirts and bracelets while I was in the states ... I'm back and here is what I have left:

Black shirts in Small and Medium
Gray shirt in Large
Blue shirts in Large and XL


Bracelets in silver and black

Shirts are $15 and bracelets are $23. Please message me if you would like one! Thanks!

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Wear Blue is collecting mileage pledges for Memorial Day this year. Go add what you plan to run personally that day or during Jay's run to see how many miles the Wear Blue community can run in honor of fallen heroes.

wear blue: run to remember is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; EIN 27-2165561. © 2011 wear blue: run to remember

Don't forget to let us know if you can attend on the 28th! It will help us with planning refreshments and help along the route. Thank you!

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The event page is up! Search for "Run to Remember: CPT Jay Brainard" and let us know if you'll be coming.

The Run to Remember Cpt. Jay Brainard 5K run/walk will be on Tuesday, 28 May, beginning at 1600 in front of the Longbow Lounge on Storck Barracks. This event is free and open to all community members. I ask that you wear something blue, since the event theme is the Wear Blue: Run to Remember organization that honors fallen soldiers.

If you would like to purchase official Wear Blue gear, please visit Order SOON to allow enough time for shipping to our APO. The event is less than four weeks away!

We will have a Facebook event page up and running within the next few days where you can join, tell us you’re coming, and receive updates, so stay posted for more information.

I will be doing an order of royal BLUE Jay memorial t-shirts to have in time for the run on the 28th. If you would like one of these for this event or just to have, please let me know what size(s) you need. These shirts come in adult sizes s, m, l, xl, and xxl.

In order to have the shirts arrive in time for the run, I need to order them asap, so let me know by 6 p.m. on Saturday, 4/27, if you want in on this order. Thanks!

For the upcoming memorial run on May 28th, I would like to encourage people to wear something blue. I would also encourage you to support the Wear Blue: Run to Remember organization and order some of their gear. Wear Blue was founded by a Fort Lewis Army widow several years ago after her husband was KIA. It is a wonderful organization that is a living memorial to the sacrifice of servicemembers. Wear Blue runners run for those who no longer can.

Their clothing is Nike dri fit and really nice. You can order from the link below. Do it soon so your stuff will arrive in time for the run next month!

wear blue: run to remember's mission is to create a running community that serves to honor the service and sacrifice of the American military. In working toward this mission, we have three main goals: to create a support network, to bridge the gap between the military and civilian communities, and…