This June 6th, 2019, on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, we ask that you take a moment of remembrance to honor the brave troops who risked their lives to ensure victory on the beaches of Normandy in World War II.
On June 6th, 1944, some 156,000 American and Allied forces began the largest amphibious military assault in history, operation Overlord or D-Day. The soldiers landed on a stretch of beach already under fire by small arms and artillery to be faced with 200 yards of flat beach that offered no natural cover. More than 4,000 Allied troops lost their lives on the first day of the attack alone with thousands more wounded or missing. The men landing on the beach found themselves in hell but never gave up hope, and because of the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of Allied troops, Europe was breached.
The D-Day invasion paved the way to force Germany out of France and loosen their grip on the rest of Europe. For the men landing on the beaches of Normandy, their task was not an easy one. The enemy was well, trained, well equipped, and battle hardened. But the tide had turned, the free men of the world marched together and accepted nothing less than full victory. They are, and forever will be, a part of one of the GREATEST generations to have ever lived.
Honor them. Remember them.
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Where the Journey Began:
Nine Line Foundation was founded in 2013 by CPT Tyler Merritt, USA, a member of the Army’s elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. When Tyler and his wife, Angela, created Nine Line Apparel, their vision was simple: to create a high-quality clothing brand to be enjoyed by patriotic Americans around the globe. In the past few years, their brand has grown, and Tyler decided to give back to the community through expanding the Nine Line brand and incorporating the Nine Line Foundation.
In early 2013, after Tyler’s West Point classmate, then CPT Edward “Flip” Klein, lost three limbs fighting in Afghanistan, Tyler decided to do the same thing he did as a soldier: proactively look for solutions. In addition to personal support, Tyler got permission from the Nine Line Apparel Board, determining that a portion of all apparel purchases be donated to help defray the tremendous rehabilitation costs of CPT Klein and, in the process, began a journey to help severely wounded veterans regain their lives.
The Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness to the needs of our severely wounded soldiers and veterans and to greatly improve the quality of life of our wounded heroes, focusing on the individual needs of each candidate.
Our Current Initiative:
By primarily focusing efforts on one individual at a time, Nine Line Foundation is able to do more with less. However, when the need arises, we are capable of mobilizing and assisting in more than one project at a time – simply put, we answer the Nine Line. We are thrilled to take on the newest venture of our organization – constructing a transitional community for homeless veterans, a Veterans Village, which will provide training and housing to our veterans in most desperate need.
Nine Line Foundation has reached out to the community and has watched the interest grow month after month. From marathon runners to military based motorcycle clubs, to individuals who have never thought about the plight of those returning from combat, people have risen to the challenge and helped Nine Line Foundation continue to raise the funds necessary to significantly improve the quality of life of those wounded in the defense of this country.
By focusing efforts on one individual at a time, Nine Line Foundation is able to do more with less. With zero overhead, 100% of all dollars collected are directed to the recipient’s personalized needs, relying on volunteers to ensure the mission is accomplished. As veterans themselves, the Nine Line Foundation team feels a lifelong commitment to supporting their brothers and sisters injured in combat. We would like to build greater awareness of the Nine Line Foundation in the hope that one day we will have enough funding to help every soldier on our list.
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