JOE ARCHINO

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I firmly believe that our first duty as Americans and people of the world is to remember the sacrifices of others. Sports broadcasting gave me my voice. Now, I’m using that voice and all of the skills that I have learned to honor the heroes of history. By eternalizing the stories of these individuals, I hope that I can remind everyone why we should never take anything in this life for granted. As time goes on, this website will serve as a resource for all generations to understand why we must always honor the ultimate symbols of our freedom.   

 

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This Is Why We Stand: The Ultimate Memorial Day Tribute

On Memorial Day, we dedicate our time and thoughts to honoring those who made the supreme sacrifice for the freedom that we cherish. President James Garfield once proclaimed, “For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.” When one looks at history, it has always been clear that freedom is not free. The American spirit resides in all those who fought and died for our country. That spirit has propelled us to this day, and we must never take it for granted. This article will serve as a tribute to the men who exemplified the American spirit through every major conflict and operation in the history of our nation. Ameri

Memorial Day 2017: Washington's Immortals

Our forefathers endured hardships that none of us could ever imagine in their fight for Independence against Great Britain. When the war began, General George Washington and his rag-tag army were handed a series of crushing blows. At the Battle of Long Island in 1776, Washington’s Army would have been destroyed had it not been for the courage of 400 men of the 1st Maryland Regiment. During the ever-important opening battle, Washington was badly outmaneuvered on the battlefield by British General William Howe. Howe simultaneously attacked the front lines of the Americans and moved his troops behind them. Washington’s only hope of retreat was a small gap in the British line that was being held

This Is Why We Stand: National Poppy Day

Today marks America’s inaugural National Poppy Day. The poppy flower has often been associated with remembrance for those who have fallen in times of conflict, especially since World War I. The American Legion hopes that this symbol of awareness will help people recognize the sacrifices of veterans and honor their memory. As this special day falls on the Friday before memorial day, it's important that we understand the significance behind the poppy. The First World War began in August 1914. More than 65 million men took part in it. The fighting stretched to nearly every corner of the globe, but World War I is best remembered for the action that took place along the Western Front. This 400-pl

Allies Until The End: We Shall Never Surrender

The hearts of decent people in every corner of the globe have been shattered once again after an attack by a suicide bomber at a concert in Manchester, England left 22 people dead and another 59 injured. The trials and tribulations that result from living in a free society have never been easy, but they have always been worth fighting for. Today, we face an increasingly complicated enemy in the form of radical Islamic terrorism. This enemy of free people everywhere continues to threaten all we hold dear. Authorities help an injured concert-goer following the tragic attack. (Photo: telegraph.co.uk) As people of the free world, we have faced dark times before, just as we are confronted with da

This Is Why We Stand: William G. Windrich

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir was one of the fiercest engagements fought during the Korean War. 17 individuals were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the battle. 14 of those heroes were United States Marines. Staff Sergeant William G. Windrich was among those men. Like so many others, he gave his life for our country at the Chosin Reservoir. His story must be remembered. Before going directly into the story that lead to Windrich’s Medal of Honor, I want to provide some background information about the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Following Thanksgiving Day in November of 1950, General Douglass MacArthur told the press that the Korean War would be over in two weeks. In his w

The New York State World War II Memorial

The Empire State Plaza, located in Albany, New York is filled with reminders of our history as far as the eye can see. One of those strikingly beautiful markers is the New York State World War II Memorial, located next to the New York State Museum. The New York State World War II Memorial is dedicated to the 1.7 million New Yorkers who answered the call to serve during the Second World War. During the groundbreaking ceremony for the memorial in 2001, Governor George E. Pataki said, “By preserving their legacy for future generations, we will ensure that their patriotism and bravery are never forgotten.” As one first sets their eyes upon this sacred sight, they will immediately be drawn to the

The First Marine to Earn the Medal of Honor: John Freeman Mackie

Since the American Civil War, 297 Marines have been awarded the Medal of Honor. The very first Marine to earn this prestigious decoration was John Freeman Mackie. On May 15, 1862, Corporal. Mackie was aboard the U.S.S. Galena during the battle of Drewry’s Bluff. The Galena was part of a Union navy flotilla which included four other ships. Their attack targeted the Confederate's Fort Darling. According to navalhistory.org, this fort, “Guarded the river entrance to the Confederate capital and was of tremendous strategic importance to the rebel cause.” The guns of Fort Darling overpowered nearly all of the ships that belonged to the Union’s flotilla. Four of the five ships were unable to contin

This Is Why We Stand: The Four Immortal Chaplains

There is nothing that I enjoy more in life than visiting the many memorials that pay tribute to the heroes of America. I recently had the privilege to visit the beautiful New York State World War II Memorial in Albany, NY. One feature of this sacred space caught my eye in particular. To the left of the entrance to the memorial is a plaque dedicated to the Four Immortal Chaplains. With my brother at my side, I read the contents of this plaque out loud. It states, “During the early morning hours of February 3, 1943, the USAT Dorchester was part of a convoy of six ships heading for Greenland when an enemy U-boat attacked, firing a torpedo into the ship’s midsection. The Dorchester quickly beg

This Is Why We Stand: Wilburn K. Ross

America has lost another one of its heroes. On the morning of May 9, 2017, Wilburn K. Ross passed away at the age of 94. Ross was one of 464 Americans to earn the Medal of Honor during the Second World War. He embodied the American spirit in every single way. His story must be told and remembered. On October 30, 1944, Private Ross was operating near St. Jacques, France, while serving with Company G, 350th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, U.S. Army. According to his Medal of Honor Citation, “His company had lost 55 out of 88 men in an attack on an entrenched, full-strength German company of elite mountain troops.” Ross positioned his light machinegun 10 yards ahead of his company to absorb the

The Final American Sacrifice In Europe During World War II

The Second World War lasted nearly six years in Europe. The human cost was unfathomable. After such a prolonged period of pain and suffering, on May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered and hope was temporarily restored across the continent of Europe. The following day, news broke of the unconditional surrender. Most people have come to know May 8 as VE Day, or Victory Day in Europe. The destruction of the German war machine required the free nations of the world to band together in a moral crusade. From the streets of Times Square in New York to Whitehall in London, the smell of victory was in the air. "A crowd gathers in Times Square celebrating with a newspaper the surrender of Germany." (Photo:

We Remember Sgt. Joshua Rodgers and Sgt. Cameron Thomas

Nothing wounds the heart of an American patriot more than when our service members lose their lives in defense of our nation. To those who have made the supreme sacrifice, President Ronald Reagan would say, “All we can do is remember.” Remember them we will. On April 27, 2017, Sergeant. Joshua Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Illinois, and Sergeant. Cameron Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio, were killed in a night raid against an Islamic State compound in Afghanistan. Rodgers and Thomas were members of the Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment. They were a part of a force that was composed of 50 Army Rangers and 40 Afghan commandos. The raid targeted Abdul Hasib, the head of ISIS’ Afghanistan Branch. "

This Is Why We Stand: Revisiting the Story of Desmond Doss

Like all who served, Desmond T. Doss is a symbol of American strength and selflessness. His story is a reminder to us all that you don't always need to wield a weapon to serve your country. The mission to serve can be accomplished in many different ways. Doss became a member of the United States Army in April of 1942, right in the thick of World War II. Due to his devout religious beliefs, Doss refused to handle weapons or work on the Sabbath. He was labeled as a conscientious objector by the Army because of this. In spite of these circumstances, Doss became a combat medic, seeing it as his best way to fulfill his duty. As most would expect, he endured harassment from all levels of the Army

This Is Why We Stand: Last Days In Vietnam

By May 1, 1975, Americans everywhere could not escape the news that South Vietnam had fallen. Just a day earlier, North Vietnamese forces had entered South Vietnam’s Capital of Saigon. With no options left, Saigon surrendered, thus bringing the Vietnam War to an end. When South Vietnam fell, many Americans shared in their feelings of pain and anguish. We had committed our bravest and brightest men to the conflict. Over three million Americans served in Southeast Asia between 1964-1975. Over 58,000 of them made the ultimate sacrifice for peace in Vietnam. The war divided our country to its core. Future generations who did not live through that time might look back and wonder if it was all wor

This Is Why We Stand: Corporal Charles J. Berry

27 individuals were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Corporal Charles J. Berry was one of those men. Berry served with the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division. On the night of March 3, 1945, Cpl. Berry was a part of a gun crew stationed in the front lines. Shortly after midnight, Japanese soldiers launched a surprise attack, attempting to overrun the American position. According to Berry’s Medal of Honor citation, “He engaged in a pitched hand grenade duel, returning the dangerous weapons with prompt and deadly accuracy.” During the fighting, a grenade directly landed in the foxhole that Berry and his comrades were in. Cpl. Berry immedi

 

SERVICE THROUGH SKILL

I will use my skills to help anyone that I can. No one will be forgotten and no place is out of reach. 

HISTORIAN

From a very young age I have understood that my place in this world is the result of sacrifices made by others. My passion for Military history helped to fuel that belief and has been a constant in my life ever since. .

SPORTS BROADCASTER

I have been fortunate enough to have worked for the New York Giants, Madison Square Garden, & ESPN Radio Albany. I have hosted my own sports talk show called, The Sports Vault for over 5 years. These experiences continue to enhance my creative capabilities. 

PUBLIC SPEAKER

Nothing brings me more joy than sharing my mission with others. Whether it's in front of a camera, microphone, or classroom, I am open to every form of communication. .

 

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