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USS New York

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite , LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds  
on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total  
reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up."  "It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."

The ship's motto? "Never Forget"

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of  the Unknowns and! why?

21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

3. Why are his gloves wet?
His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and if not,  why not?
 He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march  across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.
5. How often are the guards changed?
 Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days  a year.
6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?
 For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10" and 6' 2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30." Other requirements of the Guard: They must  commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the  tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their  lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot  disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way. After two years,
 the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying  they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The  guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the  wreath pin.
 The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and  cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top  of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.
 There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty  in front of a full-length mirror.
 The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV.
 All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in  Arlington National Cemetery . A guard must memorize who they are  and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe  E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most  decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame.
 Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.
 In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington , DC , our US  Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC  evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the  hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of  the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They  respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin,  marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding  the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be  afforded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously,  24/7, since 1930.
 God Bless and keep them.









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Halina Kacicki
 is the Founder of
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Wounded Wing

For Our Troops Over Seas

We Must Never Forget

For the Heart and Passion and Pride in our Beloved Country.

With History of Heart and the Birth of Freedom.

We must never forget,......there is pain.

For our spirit must remain free even through adversity.

Freedom must reign.

For all of you who have to make the choices we can never know .

I say Thank You,.. for the courage it takes to show,...

In each and every day what you must face to know,

that today we may loose another soul.

Be brave and true for courage comes from within.

That Freedom reigns and God within.

We must never forget

We thank you for your sleepless nights and the terror of pain.

For Freedom reigns and you fought to gain,.....

For your heart and passion you let Freedom reign.

For the courage and bravery we've come to know.

We must Never Forget,.... another lost soul.

We must never forget....., Freedom!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and the legacy of...

All  who fought in  the wars and serve their country in all facets

Kacicki, Kalinowski, Zbierajewski families.

We must never forget.

 God Bless us All

That All that  pray for Peace

 Thank you

Halina Kacicki - Angels of Mary


Why Taps Is Played

I've seen this before, but given I am working on the list of PA's fallen heroes in the war on terrorism, I thought I'd share it again.

Why "TAPS" is played..

If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps were played; this brings out a new meaning of it.

Here is something Every North American should know..
We in the North America have all heard the haunting song, "Taps". It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.

But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention.

Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.

When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead

The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.
The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.
The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform. This wish was granted.

The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps" used at military funerals was born.
The words are:
Day is done ... Gone the sun
From the lakes ... From the hills ...
From the sky . All is well.
Safely rest .. God is nigh.

Fading light .. Dims the sight ..
And a star . Gems the sky
Gleaming bright From afar ..
 Drawing nigh . Falls the night.

Thanks and praise ... For our days .
Neath the sun ... Neath the stars...
Neath the sky . As we go
This we know .. God is nigh

I, too, have felt the chills while listening to "Taps" but I have never seen all the words to the song until now. I didn't even know there was more than one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't know if you had either so I thought I'd pass it along.

I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.

Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country And also those presently serving in the Armed Forces.


Navy Petty Officer
Mike Monsoor

PO2 (EOD2)(Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Mike Monsoor, a Navy EOD Technician, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for jumping on a grenade in Iraq , giving his life to save his fellow Seals.

During Mike Monsoor's funeral in San Diego, as his coffin was being moved from the hearse to the grave site at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, SEAL's were lined up on both sides of the pallbearers route forming a column of two's, with the coffin moving up the center.
As Mike's coffin passed, each SEAL, having removed his gold Trident from his uniform, slapped it down embedding the Trident in the wooden coffin.

The slaps were audible from across the cemetery; by the time the coffin arrived grave side, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from all the Tridents pinned to it.

This was a fitting send-off for a warrior hero.

God Bless our Troops

(Sent to us by)

Don Clay - Augusta Ga. VA




We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.

-Mother Teresa of Calcutta

The K9 above is Spike, a police K9
He's huge - part Boxer and part British Bull Mastiff 
and tops the scales at 200 lbs. His handler took the picture. Spike is running toward me because he knows I have some Milk Bone treats, so he's slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn't stop, but he did.   Spike and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Spike the signal that meant 'go away but come back and find me'.  If he knows you, you're ok, he's a big old lug and wants to sit in your lap. Enjoys the company of cats.

Thought you'd find this interesting. Talk about animal intelligence and
  bonding with humans!

Remember that they can't do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!


You want to support our troops?   Here's a better idea than wasting money on a car magnet saying  "I support our troops"  that they'll never see. Join us in writing letters to our troops letting them know, they are appreciated by us!

Great Americans is a movement to celebrate those whose lives offer a positive example to others. As the first step in the pursuit of this vision, GreatAmericans.com is dedicated to men and women in uniform who put their lives at risk to protect our nation at home and abroad. Great Americans is a celebration of their service, their sacrifice, and their example to us all.

Prayer for Police Officers

Almighty God we pray to you
In heaven up above
Watch over our dear police officers
And protect them with your love.

Please guide them as they keep us
safe both day and night
And hold them firmly in your care
should danger come their way.

Give them true strength and courage
As they serve til duty's end
And one more thing to ask dear Lord
Protect their family and their friends.

Source: Submitted by Beliefnet member outlaw3393































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