Apr 26, 2016

Jacksonville, FL. — During Military Appreciation Month, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) honors the heroic sacrifices that soldiers, surviving spouses and their children have endured and overcome. This awareness month was created to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members, past and present. Leading up to Memorial Day, Fallen Patriots honors the inner strength of military families: the soldier, spouse and scholar.

Commending Graduating Scholars

During graduation season, Fallen Patriots is reminded of the honor and privilege it is to be an influential part of our scholars’ journeys. Despite tremendous loss, graduating scholars have achieved an instrumental step to fulfilling their dreams. Fallen Patriots celebrates their achievements, as well as the generous donors who have helped the foundation make surviving scholars’ dreams possible.

With the thought of her father’s success and Fallen Patriots help, Hannah Davis has overcome challenges and achieved a noteworthy milestone in her life.

“My father went above and beyond in his service. He walked as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, flew as a Blackhawk pilot and served in the Special Forces,” explained Hannah. “He pushed every limit in his career to become the best that he could. His sacrifice drives me to do the same in my endeavors.”

Hannah will graduate, this May, with a Bachelor’s in Advertising from Michigan State University. Her father’s sacrifice doesn’t just represent a future for her, but for everyone.

Surviving Moms

Fallen Patriots admires surviving moms on Mother’s Day, a day to pay respect to the spouses and families of the fallen. Over 97% of those killed in action are men, leaving mothers, who earn on average less than $50,000 per year, with the financial responsibilities of raising a family. Surviving moms endure many struggles, but also find comfort in knowing there are organizations like Fallen Patriots who want to help.

Recognizing Fallen Patriots Day

Officially proclaimed by mayors and governors throughout the nation, May 13th is recognized as Fallen Patriots Day.  This special day honors the bravery of surviving children while also creating awareness for Fallen Patriots’ mission.  

In 2014, mayors and governors across the country, including military-friendly Jacksonville, Washington DC, Charlotte, Columbus, Dallas, and Birmingham, as well as the state of Florida, officially proclaimed this holiday.

Honoring the Fallen

Memorial Day is a time when our nation reflects on the ultimate sacrifice that so many soldiers in uniform have made. Fallen Patriots honors those who died defending our country, every day, by providing college scholarships for children of the fallen.

Nicole Canegata’s life has never been the same since she lost her father on January 20th, 2007. Her father, David C. Canegata III, died when his Black Hawk Helicopter crashed from enemy fire during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Nicole believes that although the void of missing her father will never be filled, he served a higher and greater purpose. She is grateful for his selfless spirit, and salutes his bravery.

Nearly 20,000 children have lost an active duty parent in the military over the last 35 years. Fallen Patriots works to find each and every child to ensure they receive all necessary college funding. By providing support for surviving children, like Nicole, Fallen Patriots is making an instrumental investment in the future of America.

About Fallen Patriots

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation honors the sacrifices of military heroes by ensuring the success of their children through college education. Since 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots has provided more than $10.8 million in total assistance, including college scholarships, supplemental grants and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Nearly 20,000 children from all across America will need future assistance. Help today by visiting

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