'It's About Being An American'
David Bancroft's feelings of patriotism have inspired him to create a Web site about his country.
USA Patriotism! has an extensive collection of creative writing along with tributes to patriots; art and photos; reference materials; polls; music; articles; real life stories; and a discussion forum.
Bancroft, 52, and a Jersey Village resident, launched the site in May 2002.
He knew it was likely his son, Michael Bancroft, would be deployed to the Middle East.
So the self-employed business consultant put his marketing background to work and designed USA Patriotism!
He continues to maintain the site, which receives contributions from citizens and service people from throughout the world.
Michael, now 27, served in Iraq from January to August, 2003. He was one of the lead mechanics with the United States Marine Corps' 5th Regiment.
Later, Michael spent six months helping with training maneuvers in South America. Today he is a student at Cy-Fair College.
Bancroft, who never thought of himself as a creative writer, has written a number of poems about his son and Michael's fellow troops for the Web site.
He wrote one of them, Brave Young, after Michael described a close call in Iraq, when he felt the breeze of a sniper's bullet rush by his ear.
Bancroft said he wants the site to be a source of encouragement and comfort to others.
The site, and Bancroft, has been a comfort, said Judy Gavette, a resident of Rochester Hills, Mich.
The site has had far-reaching effects, she said.
Vincent Forras, a disabled Ground Zero firefighter, met Bancroft through the site, too. Forras is the founder of Gear Up Foundation, a charity dedicated to memorializing 9-11 victims with good works.
Long-time friend Joe Decker wrote a poem, Twin Towers, for the site.
His InspirationBancroft, who has never served in the military, said he has two dads who inspire him, in addition to his son.
His father, Arthur Bancroft, served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, and his father-in-law, Raymond Casserly, was in the USAF from World War II through the Vietnam War.
Ultimately, he said, he's proud of all of those serving the nation.