Memorial Day Tribute
Declaration of Independence
Fire Fighters Tribute
God Bless Americans
Inspiration That Moved Our Fellow Man
Martin Luther King Day
Pirates Creed of Ethics
POW - MIA Table
Eulogy For A Veteran
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
I did not die.
The History Of Taps
The bugle call Taps had its origins on a battle field of the Civil War. After the Union suffered a large number of casualties in a battle near Richmond Virginia. Brigade Commander Colonel Daniel Butterfield reflected with sadness upon the men he had lost. Unable to compose music, he hummed a melody which his aide wrote down in musical notation. The company bugler played it that night to honor their dead comrades. It was officially recognized by the United States Army in 1874. Accompanied by the drumbeat muffled, it is the highest honor given to those who have died in service to our country.
Freedom Is Not Free
I watched the flag pass by one day.
I looked at him in uniform
I thought, how many men like him
I heard the sound of taps one night,
I wondered just how many times
I thought of all the children,
I thought about a graveyard
No, Freedom isn't free!!
Normandy, France - June 6, 1944
Now it's our turn. Men scrambled to their feet, equipment is adjusted, life belts made more secure, for all around us artillery shells are falling and already several boats have been hit. The coxswain signals me that we're about to touch down, the ramp is lowered and the Sgt. and I stepped off into four feet of water. I look behind and the men are already off the boat and scattered for protection against the bullets which are singing around us. we had about 500 yards of water to cross, we couldn't run because the water was too deep, we couldn't crouch, we couldn't do anything except just what we did, wade into shore...
Lt. Col. Alfred Birra, US Army.
The battleship Arizona served with pride and distinction in the U.S. Navy from 1916 until 1941. Among the many duties the ship performed was service with the British Grand Fleet at the end of World War I, taking President Hoover on a cruise of the Caribbean in 1931, providing aid after the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and serving as a location for the filming of the movie Here Comes the Navy. Tragically, the ship is familiar to most people because on December 7th, 1941 the USS Arizona was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor with the loss of over eleven hundred crew members.
In March 1967 two Special Forces soldiers sacrificed their lives in an obscure battle that could have changed the course of the war in Vietnam.
By Major John F. Mullins, U.S. Army (ret.)
In 1965, in response to the near collapse of South Vietnam's army, the United States began committing ground combat troops to the war. By 1967, nearly 400,000 troops were in-country, with more to follow.
The American military consumed prodigious amounts of supplies. Added to the normal needs for ammunition, food, clothing and fuel were the luxuries considered necessary to keep the citizen-soldiers happy.
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