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If These Walls Could Talk, They’d Tell You About Service | Roy Gene Turner

Stories of Service | Roy Turner Jr | July 2017

“Roy Gene Turner Jr. wasn't just a Police Officer. He was someone to look up to. He was a friend. He was a mentor. He wasn’t just an acquaintance, he was a brother in arms.”

And although such tributes all speak in the past tense of what Turner WAS, his memory is very much in the present. Killed in the line of duty, those shots still ring out today. His six-week-old son left behind is now a teenager. His Mom he loved so dearly wears his badge number daily.

9/11: Never Forget — Raise A Cup To Support Our Local Heroes

One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in American history. 16 years later, we still admire the Heroes of 9/11 and our respect continues to grow.

Now through September 11th, you can help honor them with the limited edition 9/11 American Heroes Cup. With every purchase, we’ll donate $2 to local Police, Fire and First-Responders.

In Honor of Purple Heart Day

Purple Heart

225 years ago, General George Washington created the Purple Heart Medal on August 7, 1782. About 1.8 million have been awarded since then, and every recipient is an American Hero. Most were wounded in combat fighting for our country. Many gave the ultimate sacrifice and never returned. Some were prisoners of war, enduring unspeakable hardships. All of them are in our hearts today.

227 Years of Defending Our Coasts

Coast GuardThe U.S. Coast Guard celebrates its 227th birthday this year. Founded on August 4th, 1790, it was originally just ten vessels built to enforce federal tariff and trade laws. Today, it is a multi-mission military service guarding the public, the environment and U.S. economic interests in our waterways, along the coast, and on international waters.

Making it Matter in Whitehall, PA: Helping Heroes Feel At Home In Our First Year

Making it Matter in Whitehall, PA: Helping Heroes Feel At Home In Our First Year

If you put ten Pennsylvanians in a room, at least one of them is probably a Veteran. The Keystone State has one of our nation’s highest populations of Heroes who served — nearly 10% — so when MISSION BBQ opened up in Whitehall, we became a welcome home away from home. It has been our honor!

Among the most memorable moments: Attending the ribbon cutting of a new house built for disabled Veteran Christopher Claude. We were privileged to serve a crowd at this touching

Making it Matter in Ellicott City, MD: An Extraordinary First Year

Ellicott City, MD: An Extraordinary First Year

It was a year of sheer delight and sometimes happy tears. Of WWII Vets reconnecting, and collecting funds donated by generous customers. We’ve made friends with Uniformed Heroes who protect, serve and save Our Community. And welcomed regulars from all walks of life and every age, including families with newborns and great grandparents pushing 100.

Among the many highlights: Hosting a Kensmen reunion (www.kensmen.com) from the 43rd Bomb Group — still “Willing, Able and Ready” as they were back in WWII. There are many

If These Walls Could Talk, They’d Tell You About Service | Felipe Pereira

Stories of Service | Felipe Pereira | July 2017"When I look at these walls, I see history. I see tradition. I see service that came before me and I see service that will come after me.” The before and after of Felipe Pereira inspires us to this day. 

Born in Brazil, moving to the U.S. at age 17, becoming a citizen just before deployment with the 101st Airborne, he led bravely in Kandahar, Afghanistan. That’s where his commitment to duty

Open Wide For Our Eye-Opening Summer Specials

Rib EyeCoffee-rubbed Rib Eyes! Southern-style Collard Greens. Down home Banana Puddin’. Our latest Black Plate and Seasonal Specials are waiting for you now.

A deeper understanding of what our Freedoms cost

Juan Gomez“I hereby declare that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America…”

“That I will perform work of national importance…”

"That I take this obligation freely … so help me God.”

Making it Matter in Downtown Annapolis, MD: An Amazing First Year

DTAWe honestly believe there’s no other place like MISSION BBQ for Great Food Served to Great People. And perhaps the most one-of-a-kind location has got to be in Downtown Annapolis, a few blocks from the U.S. Naval Academy, just a quick stroll to the City Docks, in what many consider America’s Sailing Capital.

Last Chance for Early Summer Black Plate & Seasonal Specials

Wow. It’s almost Independence Day! And we’ll be adding NEW specials right after the celebrations. Which means NOW is the time to wow your tastebuds with our current mouthwatering specials.

Wow. It’s almost Independence Day! And we’ll be adding NEW specials right after the celebrations. Which means NOW is the time to wow your tastebuds with our current mouthwatering specials.

Making it Matter in Canton, OH: An Amazing First Year


There were Uniformed American Heroes from the Military, Police, Firefighters and First Responders. There were proud Veterans from as far back as WWII, and plenty still on active duty from every branch. We celebrated birthdays of all our Armed Forces. Were honored to receive cherished mementos and artifacts, like our POW chair donated by Rolling Thunder Chapter 2. And then there was “Ruger,” sworn in with yips and barks.

Making it Matter in Our First Year: North Myrtle Beach, SC

NMBIt hardly seems like a year ago that MISSION BBQ opened its North Myrtle Beach location. And yet, so much has happened in that time, it feels like a lifetime of great — and humbling — experiences.

Happy 242nd Birthday to the U.S. Army


It was the Spring of 1775 and tensions in the colonies had reached a breaking point. Although Patriot leaders had secretly formed a revolutionary government, they did not yet have unified forces prepared to fight. An amateur militia, cobbled together from sharpshooters throughout New England, was still being organized. And then British troops descended upon Lexington and Concord.

Happy Flag Day, America: A helpful guide

American Flag Between Fire trucks

Our American Flag was first adopted on June 14, 1777. So now, 240 years later, we celebrate on this date — honoring Old Glory and all those who courageously fought for it. You’ll find one waving at every MISSION BBQ, of course. Yet we’re most proud to see them on front porches in Our Communities … at Military Bases, Firehouses, Police Stations, and Emergency Responder buildings … in our schools and local government buildings … wherever Americans show national pride.

Proud to be part of the Alexandria, VA Community


Alexandria, Virginia warmly welcomed MISSION BBQ to its 51st location on June 12th. The historic city is our 4th location in the Washington, DC area and 10th in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We could not be more honored. Even before officially opening our doors, this generous community has shown its support to its local heroes.

If These Walls Could Talk, They’d Tell You About Service | Joseph Mulloy

Vadm Joseph Mulloy

“You’re part of something bigger than yourself,” Joseph Mulloy says about service. “When you see that flag, you realize it really is important to you.”  

Just as it has been for his family since 1908. That’s when his grandfather, Captain Henry F. Mulloy U.S.N., enlisted at 18 before serving on a destroyer in the North Atlantic during WWI. Followed by his father, Charles Sullivan Mulloy...

You Raised $430,410 for Hometown Heroes!

American Heroes CupAmerica’s Hometown Heroes stand for all that’s good in Our Communities. And YOU stood behind them, helping to raise nearly half a million dollars for local Police, Firefighters and First Responders.

Your generous support of the blue American Heroes Cup program at 47 MISSION BBQ locations has allowed us to donate $2 of every purchase to vital charities that sustain their work. Every cup you raise helps raise funds for those who deserve it most.

Our Summer Black Plate Special & Seasonal Specials Are In.

Like it says on our website, mission-bbq.com, “we set across this great land to discover the secrets of great BBQ.” And one of our favorite “research” destinations is Texas, where everything is bigger — especially the hearty helpings and full flavor. That was the inspiration for this summer’s lineup. So step right up for our authentic, mouthwatering specials:

Remembering Those Who Gave All

Memorial Day

It is our most solemn American holiday, remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation. Originating after the Civil War, Memorial Day was first known as “Decoration Day” — designated for decorating soldier’s graves from our country’s bloodiest chapter, with over 600,000 killed in action. During WWI, we began commemorating U.S. military who died in ALL wars. In 1971, it became an official federal holiday.

Thanks to All Our Customers Who Helped Us Raise Over $35,000 for the Navy SEAL Foundation

Black AHCYOU did it. Your generous support of the American Heroes Cup program helped MISSION BBQ raise $35,348 for the Navy Seal Foundation. This vital national non-profit serves the Naval Special Warfare community and its families — and we were honored to present them with a check that you made possible on May 27. Thank you!

Final Lap on Ricky Bobby Chicken & Other Seasonal Specials

BPS Our Southern classic “Shaaake & Bake chicken is making way for a new Black Plate Special coming around the bend. And so are our smash-hit Smashed Potatoes, plus Peggy’s Peach Cobbler. Here’s a quick replay of what you’ll be missing if you don’t step on the gas soon:

Get Dad Fired Up with our Smoker Giveaway

Holy smokes! Imagine what your favorite grill sergeant can cook up with this Father’s Day gift. It’s our favorite American-made, premium grade smoker from Weber—and we’re giving one away at every MISSION BBQ location.

Thanks to All Our Customers Who Helped Us Raise $681,424 for the USO

YOU did it. Your generous support of the American Heroes Cup program helped MISSION BBQ raise nearly $700k for the USO. Every time Our Customers purchase one, $2 is donated to this vital organization which has supported American Heroes around the world for the last 76 years.

In case you missed it, here we are on Fox & Friends this morning presenting the check that you made possible. Thank you!

Our Customers Helped Raise $61,618 for Semper Fi Fund

Black AHCWe couldn’t be more humbled. Through the generous support of Our Customers in Stafford, VA and Jacksonville, NC, MISSION BBQ was able to donate $61,618 to Semper Fi Fund.

Honoring Our Fallen Police Officers

Today is Peace Officer’s Memorial Day — paying much deserved tribute to all local, state and Federal peace officers who died in the line of duty. Since 1962, when President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as a national day of observance, America has paid special recognition to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of others.

Proud to Be Part of the Warminster, PA Community


Warminster, Pennsylvania warmly welcomed MISSION BBQ to its 50th location on May 15. Historic Warminster is the 5th location in the Greater Philadelphia area. It is also our eighth restaurant in the Commonwealth, and we could not be more honored to be here. Even before officially opening our doors, this generous community has shown its support to its local heroes.

Armed Forces Week: Because One Day Isn’t Enough To Thank You

AFWArmed Forces Day is next Saturday, May 20. So we’re honoring all active duty service members and veterans from every branch of the military with FREE sandwiches this week. On Monday through Friday, it’s like Veteran’s Day in May ALL WEEK with a special day dedicated to the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Just take a look at the calendar below, then come on in for a FREE sandwich on us.

If These Walls Could Talk, They’d Tell You About Service | Suzanne Scheafer

Suzanne Scheafer SoS Blog 100x100The knock on the door came at 1:12 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2013. William C. “Billy” Trapnell IV, a petty officer with Coast Guard Sector Boston, had died. Enlisted at 17, he served for six years as an Army Ranger—including a tour in Iraq—before joining the Coast Guard.

Proud to Be Part of the Chesapeake, VA Community

Chesapeake, Virginia warmly welcomed MISSION BBQ to its 49th location on May 1. Historic Chesapeake is the 3rd location in the Hampton Roads area. It is also our ninth restaurant in Virginia, and we could not be more honored to be here. Even before officially opening our doors, this generous community has shown its support to its local heroes.

Thanks to All Our Customers Who Helped Us Raise over $100,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Black AHC YOU did it. Your generous support of the American Heroes Cup program helped MISSION BBQ raise $101,141 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. This vital charity supports the families of fallen and wounded Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps special operations personnel by guaranteeing a fully funded post-secondary education to every child of the fallen and providing immediate financial grants to severely wounded. We were honored to present them with a check that you made possible on April 19. Thank you!

Honored to Serve Our Heroes

Honor FlightIt was truly a privilege to host Honor Flight recently at our Glen Burnie location. 25 veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam were flown from Kansas to visit the many sacred memorials in our nation’s capital.

Proud to Be Part of the Harrisburg, PA Community

HarrisburgHarrisburg, Pennsylvania warmly welcomed MISSION BBQ to its 48th location on April 17th. The capital city is our 6th location in the Keystone State, and we could not be more honored. Even before officially opening our doors, this generous community has shown its support to its local heroes.

YOU Make the Difference with American Heroes Cups

Black AHCYou will be helping those who need it most from all branches of the military. Your purchase helps ensure that the wounded, critically ill and injured have resources for recovery. You’ll also help support family members suffering the loss of loved ones who gave all for our freedom. It's the right thing to do.

It's Potato Salad Season, And That's the Only Reason We Need...

Potato SaladPicnics. Backyard BBQs. The perfect sidekick to your favorite MISSION BBQ sandwich? Who needs another reason to enjoy creamy, perfectly-seasoned homemade Potato Salad? Especially when it’s now on our menu as a “Super Seasonal Side” — meaning there will be plenty for all your warm weather parties, for Pick-Up Packs to go, or just fill up your plate deliciously. It’s a Super choice!

“Yes, Ma’am I’ll Have Seconds Please…”

BPS Let’s talk comfort food. Like mom used to make. (Or maybe she still does, but deserves a break because all that handcrafted care takes up a lot of Sunday.) Made from scratch with nothing frozen or microwaved. The freshest ingredients, and “secret” seasonings handed down from Grandmom.

Easter Blessings from MISSION BBQ

We Will Be ClosedEaster is life, Easter is hope, Easter is the renewal of human values in the heart. Which is why we hold dear this time every year to count our eggs, our friends, and our blessings. MISSION BBQ will be closed on Easter Sunday to celebrate this joyful holiday with family. May you feel the hope of new beginnings and happiness with your loved ones as well. Happy Easter!

If These Walls Could Talk, They'd Tell You About Service | K. Madison Carter

K Madison Carter“Looking at the pictures on these walls,” K. Madison Carter says, “you can see an lot of people who are proud of the relationships they’ve developed in the United States Military, in Law Enforcement and with their teams.”

Proud to Be Part of the Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania Community

PlymouthThe Greater Philadelphia area warmly welcomed MISSION BBQ to its 47th location on April 10th. Historic Plymouth Meeting is the 6th location in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with two more opening soon. We could not be more honored to be in Keystone State. Even before officially opening our doors, this generous community has shown its support to its local heroes.

Honored to Remember Our Medal of Honor Heroes

Medal of Honor“Selfless bravery.” “Undaunted courage.” “Above and beyond the call of duty.”

Since 1861 when the Congressional Medal of Honor was first created, such words of praise have been spoken by Presidents from Lincoln to today. Our nation’s highest military honor has been reserved for the very bravest, those who sacrificed in the face of grave danger, America’s greatest Armed Forces members.

Proud to Be Part of the Chantilly, Virginia Community

ChantillyThe Washington, DC area warmly welcomed MISSION BBQ to its 46th location on March 20th. Historic Chantilly is the 4th location near our nation’s capitol and we are honored to be here. Even before we officially opened our doors, this generous community has shown its support to its local heroes.

Making it Matter in Nashville: An Amazing First Year

NashvilleTo all who welcomed us when we first opened our Opry Mills location, thank you! And to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts for uniformed American Heroes, we are especially grateful. Your generosity humbles us. Among the many highlights:

Proud to Be Part of the Bradenton, Florida Community

BradentonThe Gulf Coast of Florida warmly welcomed MISSION BBQ to its 44th location on March 13th. "The Friendly City" is our 8th restaurant in the the Sunshine State, and we couldn’t be more proud to be here—especially in such a generous community.

Even More Proud to Be Part of Evansville

Evansville Wow. What a year! So much has happened during our first year in Evansville, it’s hard to keep track. But very easy to feel grateful for the warm welcome we received in this wonderful community. And, for the generosity of all who helped our local heroes.

Proud To Be Part of the Rockville, MD Community

RockvilleRockville, Maryland warmly welcomed MISSION BBQ to its 45th location on March 13th. Historic Rockville is the 3rd location in the Washington D.C. area. It is also our fourteenth restaurant in Maryland, and we could not be more honored to continue expanding in our home state. Even before officially opening our doors, this generous community has shown its support to its local heroes.

The Greatest of the Greatest Honored in Greenbelt

PedevillanoHe was the youngest bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps' 306th Bomb Group, flying six combat missions before being shot down by Nazi fighter pilots in 1944. He and his crew were later taken as prisoners of war before being liberated by U.S. Army forces under General George S. Patton. In 2015, at age 93, he received the Presidential Unit Citation, with one Oak Leaf Cluster, for extraordinary heroism in combat.

If These Walls Could Talk, They’d Tell You About Service | Wilma Foster

Wilma FosterThey were daughters, mothers, sisters and wives. From all across the country, in small towns and big cities, nearly 19 million women came together to serve their country on the home front. During WWII, “Rosie the Riveters” built 300,000 aircraft, 100,000 tanks, 15,000,000 guns and over 41,000,000,000 rounds of ammunition.

Proud To Be Part of the Gambrills, Maryland Community

Waugh ChapelOn March 6th, MISSION BBQ opened its 13th location in the state—our 43rd overall. It started as a single location in Glen Burnie, Maryland on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. And no matter how much good fortune has happened along the way, every success is owed to the generous support of each community that welcomed us.

Proud to Be Part of the Hampton Road, Virginia Community

HamptonOn March 6th, we opened our 2nd location in the Hampton Roads area—and 42nd overall. It is an honor to be part of such a rich history, tracing its origins back as far as the early 1600s. From moment we cut the ribbon, and even before that during our preview nights benefiting several local charities, the outpouring of support was especially humbling.

Happy Birthday to Our National Anthem

All RiseIt is an indelible reminder of our freedom, inspired by terrifying attacks on American soils during the War of 1812. Penned by Francis Scott Key at Fort McHenry in Baltimore — after 25 hours of bombardment from exploding 200-pound shells —"The Star Spangled Banner" began as...

Catch Our Latest Specials from the Bayou and Beyond

Let the good tastes roll. It’s still Mardi Gras around here, with a celebration of flavors from fresh seafood to bold Bourbon Street corn and old fashioned Coconut Cream Pie.

Smoked Salmon: Heart-healthy and full of hearty flavor! Thick cuts of fresh salmon dusted with our special seafood seasoning and hot-smoked to flaky tenderness. Just in time for Lent and perfect as an entree or salad topper.

Honored to Host a Hero's Re-Enlistment in Fort Myers, FL

Heidy JimenezPetty Officer 2nd Class Heidy Jimenez re-enlisted in the US Navy this week. At MISSION BBQ.

Arriving just before noon for our daily salute to the National Anthem, PO2 Jimenez raised her right hand and was officially sworn in by LCDR Jovanni Conway. With the Navy flag waving outside and many well-wishers proudly applauding her commitment, we couldn’t have been more honored to...

Honored to serve an American Hero from the Battle of Iwo Jima

72 years ago this week, one of the bloodiest South Pacific battles of World War II had just begun. Seven thousand Marines lost their lives during the five weeks of fighting. Among the survivors was Carlos Showalter, an 18-year-old line sergeant with Marine Company C-1-23, which suffered a 94 percent casualty rate. “When it was all over,” Showalter said, “Only 38 returned home. By the grace of God, I was one of them.”

Steak, Potato & Cobbler, Scheduled for Departure.

BPSThey’re big on flavor, but only around for a few more days. So hurry in now for our Black Plate Special, Seasonal Side and Sweet. Here’s what still waiting for you:

All You Need Is Love. And BBQ.

Valentine's DayThey say the way to one’s heart is through their stomach. At MISSION BBQ, we couldn’t agree more—which is why every Valentine’s Day you’ll find us making the moment special with white tablecloths and candles. And, of course, our love of serving you authentic American BBQ.

Customers Help Raise over $228,000 for Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across AmericaYOU make the difference. Your generous support of the MISSION BBQ American Heroes Cup helped raise $228,664 for “Wreaths Across America.” This special program honors veterans by laying wreaths on their headstones at Arlington and other hallowed cemeteries—and your donation will help sponsor 15,000 wreaths during the 2017 holiday season.

A Magical Moment in Wyomissing, PA

WinchesterWe call them “Magical Moments” at MISSION BBQ. Extra special times when we are privileged to serve, proud to be part of someone’s happiest memories and, yes, moved to tears by the occasion.

If These Walls Could Talk, They’d Tell You About Service | Marjorie K. Eastman

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She served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer and commander. Her ten years of military service included two combat deployments with Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. She was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service and received the Combat Action Badge.

Gear Up: Say Thanks to Your Hometown Heroes, One Cup at a Time

American Heroes Cup You know them as local fathers and mothers. Sons and daughters. A brotherhood and sisterhood braving danger and protecting us from it. Living around the corner, working around the clock, they are neighbors that the rest of Our Community can’t live without.

Proud to Join the King of Prussia Community

KOPSo far, 2017 looks like a great year ahead. Especially when we get to be part of such an exceptional community as King of Prussia, PA. 

Big Game Appetite? How To Do It Right.

First things first: This is the BIG game. The one you’ve been waiting for all season. So now is NOT the time for mini-mouthfuls. You want plump, meaty, pack-some-punch flavor made special just for this once-a-year event.

Because We Can...

All RiseWhy do we stand for our National Anthem? Because we're proud Americans, grateful for 
our country's freedom. Because we're not afraid to show that pride, standing alongside Our Uniformed Hometown Heroes, active military, veterans, and family. We stand tall with 
hands on our hearts, teaching our children this is how it's done. This is what we do before sporting events, before important community gatherings, before God.

Our New Year Black Plate Specials

BPSIf you’re a steak and potato kind of guy (or gal!), our latest Black Plate Special, Seasonal Side and Sweet are sure to satisfy your appetite for these perfect partners.