The Hope for America TEA Party celebrated its 6th annual Christmas gathering. The Hope TEA party meets every 4th Thursday of the month throughout the year excepting the months of November and December where we meet once early in the month of December because of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays that conflict with normal meetings.

The Hope for America TEA Party celebrated its 6th annual Christmas gathering. The Hope TEA party meets every 4th Thursday of the month throughout the year excepting the months of November and December where we meet once early in the month of December because of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays that conflict with normal meetings.
Our Christmas party this year fell on December 7th a date in American history that will be remembered in infamy. This was from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the speech given that day afterwards by then President Franklin D Roosevelt who up until that point had maintained a position of neutrality for the United States. This year our group opened in prayer of remembrance for those who sacrificed their lives in defense of our country.
In prayer we also recognized that the American military of 1941 and the state of our military today suffer from the same debilitating issue, a lack of readiness.
Readiness in our nation’s military is a reflection of the people’s desire to protect their own from those that might rise up to take away the very liberties that God provided and our soldiers are pledged to protect.
This year our group recognized Retired Col. Jay Kopecky for his service to protecting those liberties. Col. Kopecky is a Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. Having received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd award) and numerous other awards for his courage and devotion to his country. He was seriously wounded by a VBIED (car bomb) while serving as the turret gunner during a TAJI-Baghdad convoy mission in Iraq Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
Retired Col. Joseph Kopecky has dedicated his life to selfless service.  He is a 38 year veteran with service in both regular army and army reserve.  Jay is a life member of DAV and has proudly served his fellow veterans as a DAV Transportation Network driver in Hope for more than 10 years.
Ret. Col Kopecky, humbly expressed his thanks for being allowed to protect our country through his service to our Nation. He also wished to reflect on his friend and fellow soldier Retired Major Barry Davis, deceased. Maj. Davis recently passed in November after complications from Agent Orange of which he was exposed to during the war in Vietnam. Col. Kopecky and Maj. Davis both were active in service to our veterans through the Disabled American Veterans here in Hope.
Our group shared good food and fellowship discussing some of today’s political topics. One of our discussions was the recent exposure of the many and varied sexual transgressions against women by those of our elected officials in Washington. It should be noted that those in leadership are reflective of the society that elected them.
An announcement for the coming New Year was also made pertaining to the January meeting of 2018. The Tea party will be having a guest Speaker, Mrs. Jan Morgan of the Hot Springs area. Mrs. Morgan is considering a run for Governor of the State of Arkansas. We are very pleased that she is coming to speak to our group, and welcome all members of our community to come out and hear her speak.
Please watch our local paper, The Hope Star and listen on our local radio stations for details of time and venue.