from Honor Guard Daniel Stroia
07.17.2013 - 11:56:34

21.04.2013 - 11:43:08

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It is a very important link; for those who served in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Lost friends or family can look them up on this site.

Please pass it on to other veterans.

First type in the link -> States.htm

Then click on a state......then when it opens .........a name.......then it should show you a picture of the person or at least his bio and medals......

from Honor Guard, Daniel Stroia
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Meaning of Flag Draped Coffin

All Americans should be given this lesson.

Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought.

Our founding fathers used GOD's word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it's high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history.

Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to protect our 'GOD GIVEN' rights and freedoms.

I hope you take the time to read this ... To understand what the flag draped coffin really means ... Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers.

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776 ?

Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times?

You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, 'Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.'

The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their nations motto, 'In God We Trust.'

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning.

In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.

Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the symbol of 'Liberty and Freedom.'




from Honor Guard, Daniel Stroia
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What is the true story behind Taps ?

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.

We have all heard the haunting song, "Taps."
It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats
and usually creates tears in our eyes.
But, do you know the story behind the song?
If not, I think you will be delighted to
find out about it's humble beginnings.

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 mortally
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, he 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.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake, From the skies. All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor, God keep.
On the land or the deep, Safe in sleep.
Love, good night.

from Honor Guard, Daniel Stroia
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Dear Families and Friends of the 11th Cavalry, (11th ACVVC)

This special web site is dedicated to Honor and provide comfort during our time of sorrow.

These are our 11th Cavalry Trooper Brothers who we Honor and now have passed through the gateway to Fiddler's Green.

I am sending my condolence along with my love and respect of these good and honorable men.

The 11th Cavalry Troopers about 40 years ago and far from home in the jungles of Vietnam & Cambodia we took great care of one another so we could make it home to our mothers, fathers, wives, sisters, brothers and other loved-ones.----------------- --> Now once again we must say our goodbyes and continue to take our strides for the time will come our journey will be done and forever together with all of our loved-ones.

Time to be kinder---- Time to be more compassionate---- Quicker to thank---- Slower to scold---- More generous in caring----

Since happiness is the object of our existence, taking time to smell the roses is also advisable.

We need to take time to be happy.
Find happiness with others.
Remember, joy is a journey, not a destination.

If we live by the above we can say, as did Paul, when it comes our time to pass through the gateway to Paradise, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I kept the faith.

We must carry on with FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY !


Chairman of Funeral Honor Guard of the 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia.
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With great heartfelt sympathy, Veteran Trooper,


Daniel D. Stroia Sr . . Funeral Honor Guard Chairman
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(B) You will see-> 1. Dignity Memorial

(C) You will see-> Veterans

(D) You will see 7 Categories

(1) Overview
(2) 10 Facks
(3) Free Veterans Planning Guide
(4) Benefits
(5) Planning Ahead
(6) Semiors
(7) Military Funeral Honors
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A U.S. Veteran is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check Made payable to;

" The United States of America " for an amount of
" up to and including my life"..... that is --> " Honor "

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