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BVA Sgt. at Arms: Dennis Ryan


May 25, 2012 Memorial Ceremony @ Brookhaven Center
TAPS played by Thomas Butterfield
FSO US Coast Guard Auxiliary Band
Fort Salonga, NY
Flotilla 22-7

"Building Arches of Honor for Fallen Firefighters and Soldiers", article from The Bulletin.  Taps...
Photos below are from the wreath laying at Calverton National Cemetery on Dec 12, 2009. We had 50 volunteers including the Civil Air patrol who presented the colors. The wreaths were laid in Section 3 which was opened in the 1980ís. Approximately 1500 wreaths were distributed in about 40 minutes. Taps...

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10th Mountain Division Soldier dies after roll-over incident in Afghanistan

FORT DRUM, NY -- A 10th Mountain Division Soldier from Fort Drum died of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over on Aug. 22 in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

The Fort Drum Soldier who died is Cpl. Darby T. Morin, 25, of Victoria, Canada.

Cpl. Morin served as a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear specialist with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). He deployed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team in January in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cpl. Morin joined the Army in March 2004 and came to Fort Drum in April 2008. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Cpl. Morin's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and Combat Action Badge.   Taps...

SSG Rodgers, Kristopher of the Forward Operating Army Recon Platoon in Afghanistan Recon, HHC, 1-26 IN, 3IBCT/1ID was Killed in Action    Taps...

Nine soldiers of the 2nd Battalion 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team were ambushed on July 13, 2008. Adopt-a-Platoon had supported this group and the ambush happened shortly before they were scheduled to come home.

1st Lt Jonathan Brostrom, age 24, Hawaii
Sgt Israel Garda, age 24, Long Beach, CA
Cpl Jonathan Ayers, age 24, Snellville, GA
Cpl Jason Bogar, age 25, Seattle WA
Cpl Jason Hovater, age, 24, Clinton, TN
Cpl Matthew Phillips, age 27, Jasper, GA
Capt Pruitt Ralney, age 22, Haw River, NC
Pfc Sergio Abad, age 21, Morganfield, KY
Cpl Gunnar Zwilling, age 20, Florissant, MO     Taps...

Officers of the BVA went to Calverton National Cemetery to pay their respects to the only Medal of Honor recipient buried at Calverton, Navy Seal "Lt Michael Murphy". Taps...

Pictured here represents six we lost while we were supporting a platoon in their outfit. There is a connection between BNL and these six forever. Their sacrifice is the ultimate sacrifice. Your small sacrifice to support them with donations, food stuffs, and comforts of words from home cannot be understated. You shared a bond with these men that you never knew.

They may never have known you, but because you took a little time and money they did know that someone at home cared about them. Cared, that they were serving their country; Cared, that it meant enough for you to show them your support. It still means a lot to those that are there. Let this picture remind us that we must continue to sacrifice at home to support those of our countrymen who sacrifice everything to serve their country. Taps...

Letter from President Lincoln to Mrs. Bixby

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