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New Maine Assistant Director, Carla Beaudoin!
New West Virginia State Director!
New Nevada State Director!
Thank you BAA member, Larry Schillings!
New State Director - Oregon!
Well Done Massachusetts BAA Member Kimberly Shaw!
Well Done BAA Member Ken Hogan!
Nice Job BAA Member Rod Clark!
Bugles Across America
By Mark Paradis on 1/12/2013 9:06 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer Mike Jackson. THANKS MIKE FOR ALL YOU DO!

At the RI Wreaths Across America event on 15 DEC 2012, State Captain Barbara “Wolfy” Dardeen of the RI Patriot Guard Riders assisted Post 18’s Christine Hayward with a presentation to TSGT Michael Jackson, USAF (Ret.), RI’s Military Funeral Honors Bugler. Mike received a 13- Star Colonial Flag flown in his honor at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery along with a certificate in grateful appreciation of his time and talent.

By Mark Paradis on 1/8/2013 7:49 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - The tools of our trade....the bell and inscription of a Getzen American Heritage Field Trumpet.....a great horn to support a great cause.  Thank you Getzen for making an incredible horn to honor our nation's veterans!

By Mark Paradis on 1/7/2013 8:50 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer Ginny Lockwood having just performed TAPS for her father-in-law at Veterans Cemetery in Akron, OH.  Thank you Ginny for all you do to honor our nations veterans!

By Mark Paradis on 1/4/2013 11:36 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - For those BAA volunteers braving the cold this Winter, we bring you a pic of beautiful warmth and sunshine as only BAA volunteer David Matsahuto from HI can bring.  Keep warm out there and be safe!

By Mark Paradis on 1/3/2013 8:46 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer Ian Stares. Ian is our BAA bugler who is a native and resident of Australia; he is also a plumber, and this bugle is made from copper plumbing parts - I hear it sounds pretty darn good!

By Mark Paradis on 12/27/2012 9:03 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer Steve Bolander

  Steve was one of our Georgia Buglers for a time, but now serves in Arizona; both a Veteran, Policeman, and his last post was training Federal Law Enforcement Officers at the Training center in Brunswick, Ga. Thank You Steve for your service, and all that you do to honor those who stand for us, and protect us.

By Mark Paradis on 12/26/2012 9:19 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer SMSgt Todd Kirkwood.  Thank you for your service to our country and for all you do for BAA.

By Mark Paradis on 12/24/2012 10:03 AM
From all of us at Bugles Across America - Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year

By Mark Paradis on 12/21/2012 9:49 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer Hartmut Hausser from Germany. THANK YOU for all you do for veterans and BAA!

By Mark Paradis on 12/20/2012 9:44 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - Idaho State Director and BAA volunteer Larré Robertson sounding TAPS for Wreaths Across America at the Idaho State Veteran's Cemetery.

By Mark Paradis on 12/20/2012 9:13 AM
EDITORS NOTE:  while this is directed to CT BAA volunteers, this message rings load and true for all of us...Mark Paradis - BAA Media Coordinator

Hello CT State Buglers:

As we all try to comprehend last Friday's horrific event, there is something all of us can do to help. 

I ask you to share your heartfelt ability to play "Taps" to comfort the families who have lost loved ones, to comfort the community of Newtown, and to comfort our own communities throughout the state. You may have done so already.

Gov. Dannel Malloy Tuesday signed a proclamation declaring Friday a "Day of Mourning" in the state, requesting that residents statewide participate in a moment of silence at 9:30AM. The governor is also requesting houses of worship and government buildings that have the capability to ring bells 26 times during that moment in honor of each life that was taken at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

My own town, Fairfield, is asking the Fairfield community to participate in a moment of silence at our "Old Town Hall" where the bell will be rung 26 times during this moment of silence. There are probably events such as this in your community.

By Mark Paradis on 12/18/2012 9:59 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer and National Coordinator Howard Reitenbaugh at the official Wreaths Across America ceremony at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery 12/15/2012.

By Mark Paradis on 12/17/2012 8:58 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer and Tennessee State Director David Cox at the Bugles Across Georgia Day.

By Mark Paradis on 12/14/2012 6:50 PM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer Bruce Walker

By Mark Paradis on 12/14/2012 6:40 PM
As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama has issued a proclamation for the flag to be displayed at half-staff until sunset, December 18, 2012.

By Mark Paradis on 12/13/2012 7:28 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer Bud Oakey of Richmond, VA performing TAPS at the 2012 Founder’s Day Celebration for AMA - Augusta Military Academy in Fort Defiance Virginia.
Thank you Bud for all that you do for BAA and our nations veterans providing live TAPS!

By Mark Paradis on 12/12/2012 5:48 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer Lt. Col. Bill McLean (Air Force retired) plays "Taps" at the Cumberland County Veterans Cemetery near Bridgeton, New Jersey, on Memorial Day 2012.

By Mark Paradis on 12/11/2012 6:52 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer Bruce Christensen playing Taps on Memorial Day, 2004 at American Legion Post #1941, La Grange, IL - using his Getzen official BAA commemorative bugle.
By Mark Paradis on 12/10/2012 6:28 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer Harry Dillon playing TAPS at the Gettysburg Remembrance Day Luminary service.  He played every half an hour from 5:30 to 9:30.
Thanks Harry for all you do for BAA!

By Mark Paradis on 12/7/2012 12:03 PM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA Volunteer and Utah State Director Brent Christensen.

By Mark Paradis on 12/6/2012 8:34 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer and Alaska State Director Gene Horner. Thank you to Gene and all our BAA volunteers that provide TAPS during inclement weather.

By Mark Paradis on 12/5/2012 9:02 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - Today we spotlight the beautiful artwork sometimes found on the tool of our craft. Pictured is the bell of a 1917 Conn 80A cornet made for the US Navy.

By Mark Paradis on 12/4/2012 12:30 PM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteers Susan and Larry Wiseman, present country music star Lee Greenwood a Taps 150 flag at a concert in Dallas, Ga.

By Mark Paradis on 12/3/2012 7:28 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA volunteer Stan Smith of California showing a BAA sign he made for cleaning/trash pick-up on the north-south section of Hwy 395 about 40 miles south of Bishop, between LA and Reno on the east side of the Sierra. "The thought was our major tourist traffic (approx. 6 million vehicles annually) would have a chance to see the BAA and veteran TAPS service matter where I go and get to talking with people about BAA some just haven't gotten the word.....also many do not know they can get a veteran a flag or honor guard through their funeral director, and the local postmaster in really small towns has access to a supply on hand or by special order for the flags." Thank you Stan for all you do for BAA and our Nations Veterans!

By Mark Paradis on 11/16/2012 9:45 AM
BAA pic of the Day - Marine and BAA Founder Tom Day. 

THANK YOU Tom for all you do for BAA and our nations veterans!

By Mark Paradis on 11/15/2012 9:12 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member John Stevens from American Legion Post 6, Prescott Arizona - VA Hospital Veterans Day 2012

By Mark Paradis on 11/14/2012 9:07 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member and Tennessee State Director David Cox

THANK YOU David for all you do for BAA and our nations veterans!

By Mark Paradis on 11/13/2012 8:51 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Mike Badley - Bugler
20th Maine.

By Mark Paradis on 11/12/2012 8:55 AM
BAA picture of the day - BAA member Debbie Dawson from the great state of Washington performing TAPS at Tahoma National Cemetery during one of the many snow storms of 2011.

THANK YOU Debbie for all you do for BAA and our nations veterans!

By Mark Paradis on 11/9/2012 8:30 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Carolyn Ryer from Berthoud, Colorado.  Performing TAPS at a 9-11 Memorial Service that she coordinated.

"We are a small town in Colorado and had a small turnout at 6:30 a.m. However, it was a very meaningful service."

THANK YOU Carolyn for all you do for our veterans and for BAA!

By Mark Paradis on 11/8/2012 10:19 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member and CA State Director Howard Hudson at Santa Barbara Cemetery on December 29, 2006 at the funeral of John Davila, an Air Force veteran and Santa Barbara County Sheriff.

By Mark Paradis on 11/7/2012 7:02 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Ernie Marquez performing Taps at a a flag dedication at Calvery Cemetary in Seattle Memorial Day 2012.
Thank You Ernie for all you do for our nations veterans and for BAA!

By Mark Paradis on 11/6/2012 10:52 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - Taps 150 Chicago photo from Sept 2012 - BAA members David Kennerly, Oswego, IL, Larry Buttimer, Naperville, IL and ???? [PLEASE HELP US IDENTIFY THE LAST PERSON!]

By Mark Paradis on 11/5/2012 7:44 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Joe Cibotti U.S. Army Veteran.
Military funeral honors November 2, 2012 at the "Centre Cemetery", East St. Wrentham, Massachusetts for Navy veteran  Joseph Farquarson.

Joe - THANK YOU for all you do for our nations veterans and for BAA!

By Mark Paradis on 11/4/2012 10:02 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Benjamin Brooks performing at the TEXIAN NAVY DAY, September 15, 2012, on the Battleship USS TEXAS.

This ceremony honors the Captains of the First Texas Navy (going back to the Republic of Texas), and as well all US Navy Veterans from the state of Texas.

By Mark Paradis on 11/3/2012 9:17 AM
BAA Photo of the Day - BAA member Collin Batchelor, a Petty Officer Second Class from the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Gosnold Division renders taps at CPO Kevin Houston's memorial service at Barnstable High School. Houston was a U.S Navy "SEAL" killed in Afghanistan with 24 U.S. Navy "SEALS" in an attack on their helicopter in August of 2011.

Photo Courtesy Cape Cod Times/Steve Heaslip.

By Mark Paradis on 11/2/2012 7:24 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - From BAA member Mitch Steils - Emily Steils, who came to Arlington with me this spring to play Taps. My twin sons came in their Boy Scout uniforms along with my wife and our whole family took part in the honors. I was a very proud man.

A family that plays taps together...stays together.....THANK YOU for all you do for BAA!

By Mark Paradis on 11/1/2012 6:28 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member C. Douglas Kroll, Ph.D. from Palm Desert, CA. Playing taps for a USCG WWII veteran at Riverside National Cemetery in California on 12 October 2012.

By Mark Paradis on 10/31/2012 10:50 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Steve Weber of Virginia  - April 2012 at the WWII memorial in Washington DC as part of an Honor Flight from New England for WWII vets. 

By Mark Paradis on 10/29/2012 10:48 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Roger "Have Horn, Will Travel" Meyer from Collinsville, OK performing at Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day 05/26/2008 at Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow, OK.

By Mark Paradis on 10/19/2012 6:17 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member James Cook, Memorial Day 2006
Veterans' Memorial Hall, Waterloo, IA  

By Mark Paradis on 10/18/2012 6:42 AM
BAA pic of the Day - BAA member Carla Beaudoin from Gorham Maine and Dane Curato of Rumford Maine. 

Carla has been a proud member of BAA since 2002.  Her brother Dane is a Legionnaire Chaplain who served in Vietnam.  The picture was taken at Arlington on May 19th, 2012 during the Taps 150 commemoration.  

Thank you Carla for all you do for BAA and THANK YOU to Dane for your service to our country!

By Mark Paradis on 10/18/2012 6:35 AM
BAA in the News - Great work by James J. Gallombardo, NJ state director of Bugles Across America!

By Mark Paradis on 10/17/2012 7:06 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Ellie Cichocki from Napoleon OH.
President Kennedy’s gravesite on Armed Forces Day May 19, 2012 as part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of taps at Arlington National Cemetery. I have the honor of being the only civilian to ever play taps in this location.

Thanks for the pic Ellie and for all you do for BAA!

By Mark Paradis on 10/16/2012 5:35 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member William H. Bender, retired New York State Police, member USCG AUX

Taken on June 18, 2012, at United States Military Cemetery in Florence, Italy. This pylon towers over the over 4,400 military buried here. I proudly wear the uniform of the US Coast Guard as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 10-05, Southport, NC.

By Mark Paradis on 10/15/2012 6:32 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Paul Thomas Yoder, Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA - Horace W. Crabtree graveside service.
Check out that cool horn!

By Mark Paradis on 10/13/2012 6:57 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Leamon Hirtle MSGT Air Force (ret) May 19, 2012 Armed Forces Day, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC. Taps150.

This was taken at the grave site of Marine Corporal Rene Gagnon One of the Marines who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. This site was chosen by MSGT Hirtle because he is a New Hampshire resident as was Corporal Gagnon prior to his passing.

By Mark Paradis on 10/12/2012 5:44 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Sergeant Les Langford, Utah Highway Patrol (Retired) Memorial Day 2012 at Sandy City Cemetery.

By Mark Paradis on 10/11/2012 6:31 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Harry "Chip" Dillon from Tyrone, PA.

"This is a picture of me playing taps at Burnside's Bridge at the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD. I was there for the Michigan at Antietam 150th Anniversary Event . My ancestor Miles Dillon of the 51st PA Vol. Inf. Reg. was killed at Burnside's Bridge. I have been a member of BAA for a while and enjoy performing the final call for services."

By Mark Paradis on 10/10/2012 8:51 AM
From BAA member Larré Robertson - Prayers go out to the family of Idaho BAA member James Hughes who passed on November 8, 2012. May you rest in peace.
By Mark Paradis on 10/10/2012 7:45 AM
NEWS FROM NEW JERSEY - We are pleased to announce that Governor Chris Christie has signed into law bill A-2024/S1614 which permits certain military funeral buglers to receive the New Jersey Honor Guard Ribbon. This is a great opportunity for BAA members in NJ. 

Thanks to NJ State Director James J. Gallombardo for seeing this through to the end!

Governors Announcement -

NJ Legislature -
By Mark Paradis on 10/10/2012 7:42 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Steven Grzesik performing taps at Vietnam Helicopter Pilots reunion.

By Mark Paradis on 10/9/2012 9:12 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Harrison Krasner

By Mark Paradis on 10/8/2012 6:34 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Sam Young playing Taps at the Fort Leavenworth, KS, National Cemetery, Sep 2009, dedicating the memorial marker for the Fort Larned (KS) Soldiers buried at Fort Leavenworth.

By Mark Paradis on 10/6/2012 6:47 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Michael W. Timson at the Healing Fields 2 in Denver CO.

By Mark Paradis on 10/5/2012 7:55 AM
BAA Pic of the Day -
BAA member Ray Mallen playing taps on June 14, 2012 at the Flag Day ceremony at the Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge in Mission Viejo, CA

By Mark Paradis on 10/5/2012 7:46 AM
In accordance with Public Law 107-51 the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation for the United States flag to be displayed at half-staff in observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland, which will be celebrated Sunday, October 7, 2012

By Mark Paradis on 10/4/2012 7:58 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member SSgt John W. Rhoden.  This picture was taken at North Jones Elementary in Laurel, MS for a 9/11 ceremony honoring those who have died, plus all the military members who have died since.

By Mark Paradis on 10/3/2012 8:02 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member David Burns - Spirit of '45. Benton Place Veterans Memorial

By Mark Paradis on 10/2/2012 11:48 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member and Idaho State Director Larré Robertson at Arlington National Cemetery.

By Mark Paradis on 9/29/2012 8:52 AM

Bugles Across America Members, Fans and Friends - we are looking for some of your favorite BAA pictures to include in a proposed calendar to be made and used to raise funds for BAA.  

All pictures should be large enough to be clearly formatted in an 8.5x11 page and be in either .jpg or similar photo format.

Please include the name(s) in the picture, date of event, state and city picture was taken and any other pertinent info you feel may be helpful in the description.

All pictures and any questions can be directed to  

Any pictures not of public domain must have permission from the photographer to use. 
By Mark Paradis on 9/29/2012 8:28 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - A U.S. Navy sailor sounds "Taps" for Pearl Harbor survivor Lou Soucy, whose remains were being interred on the USS Utah, during a memorial ceremony on Ford Island in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 6, 2011. Hugh Gentry photo /Reuters.

By Mark Paradis on 9/28/2012 8:47 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member and MA State Director John Collins

By Mark Paradis on 9/27/2012 11:34 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - BAA member Nan McNeely - 9/11 ceremony at American Legion #139 of Reese, Michigan.

By Mark Paradis on 9/26/2012 7:36 AM
BAA Pic of the Day - John Poe, BAA member, with the Beaches Honor Guard, dedicating another Fallen Heroes Memorial at a Duval County, FL, high school. This one at Fletcher HS, Neptune Beach, contained forty names dating back to WWII. The ceremony was 15 September 2012.

By Mark Paradis on 9/21/2012 7:33 AM

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
With more than 83,000 Americans still missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War this is a day to honor the sacrifice of service members who were prisoners of war or are still missing in action.

Let's honor those still missing........and never forget till they all come home.
By Mark Paradis on 9/20/2012 1:17 PM
2012 9/11 Founders Call to Action - UPDATE

When you organize a Call to Action, one never realizes how effective it will be or how people will react.  I have to say that this call to action exceeded my expectation in every way!
By LarryWiseman on 9/9/2012 12:00 AM

By Larry S. Wiseman, Bugler and National Coordinator, BAA
Over the last eleven plus years, the volunteers of our organization have experienced a vast myriad of “highs and lows” when it comes to Honoring the fallen. In the early days, Tom Day gave the call to his friends to come alongside him to begin the journey; a journey that has brought us where we are today. Along the way, we have seen a lot of respect shown to us all, and we have also been discouraged and disrespected by some. One often wonders why we would see disrespect, when our main focus has always been to honor the fallen.

By LarryWiseman on 1/22/2012 12:08 PM

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Don Ware as the new State Director in Georgia. Mr. Ray Tanner will remain on as Assistant Director, and BAA is very indebted to Ray for his leadership for the last two years. For the last two years, Don Ware has been Asst. Director, assigned to the Quick Response Team of buglers at the Georgia National Cemetery. This team of buglers has been working closely with the National Guard, perfoming approximately 3,000 services in the last two years. Don is a former police officer of 8 years, the father of 7 children, ranging in ages from 5 to 23. His son is currently serving in the US Marine Corps, and his oldest daughter is at the University of Mississippi. Don and his wife Kim reside in North Georgia, and they both work for Moneris Solutions, a credit card management company. Don says"Most of all, I believe in Jesus Christ...
By LarryWiseman on 8/10/2011 4:16 PM
L-R Bugler, Randy Rawlings, Asst. Dir. Jim Houston& LarryWiseman founding members at the 2010 Spirit of 45 Event Visit the Website Georgia Assistant Director, Jim Houston has done a remarkable job of organizing the Spirit of 45 event, to commemorate the end of WWII. It will held on Sunday, August 14th, at the Veterans Wall of Honor, in McDonough, Georgia, 130 Lake Dow Road, in Heritage Park. Many thanks go to the Henry County Parks and Recreation for their support in setting up for the event. County Commissioner Mrs. BJ Mathis will be in attendance. The Griffin Civil Air Patrol Color Guard will present and retire the colors, and the Bethany Baptist Church Celebration Choir and Orchestra, will have special Armed Forces music. There will be WWII Veterans as guest speakers, and two wreath laying ceremonies to honor the fallen. At the end of the program, buglers from BAA will perform Taps Chorale, an echo Taps arrangement, written by National Coordinator, Larry Wiseman. The public is invited.  See the link below to view the flyer....
By LarryWiseman on 8/2/2011 5:47 PM
A friend of mine who is also an aircraft maintenance technician, called me last evening to inform me that one of his close friends passed away suddenly on Sunday, and asked if we could support his Military Funeral Honors with a live bugler. I not only accomodated his request, but I made some calls, and made sure that this gentleman receives Full Honors.
By LarryWiseman on 7/27/2011 5:49 PM

As a National Coordinator, I have had the priviledge and honor of knowing Mr. Hartmut Hausser for several years now. Although we have not formally met, my wife Susan(The Tribute Lady) and I have spoken to him by phone and email, so many times that we feel like he is one of our family. He is indeed one of our BAA family members, and his love and devotion to our Nation, to both honor our troops, and to take care of them at Landsthul, is beyond description. Below is a wonderful letter of commendation from Major David Kirk, US Army; one of many that we have received, honoring our brother Hartmut, former German paratrooper himself.

By JDay on 5/30/2011 11:56 PM
Bugler Ted Johnson will be at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas beginning Monday June 6, and every Monday through the summer this year. Ted will be there with a few of his students sounding live Taps over the recorded version that is played. If you are a new bugler in the DFW area, or have not been to the DFW Cemetery, this is a perfect opportunity to see how a service is handled there and you can get involved. Please let me know which Monday you would like to go to the Cemetery so Ted can help coordinate the buglers. The Cemetery is located at 2000 mountain creek parkway, Dallas, 75211. The first service generally starts at 9 am with the last service starting at 3 pm. My email is and Ted's is . This is a perfect chance to get involved in your community! Communication is the key, you will need to let Ted and myself know what day you would like to come, so we do not have an over abundance of players milling about. Thanks !!...
By JDay on 4/29/2011 12:39 AM

Hello! I am the Wisconsin State Director for BAA and I am asking for your help! 

I would like horn players to help with a Rolling again this year.  Please respond to me and let me know you can come! Bring a friend that plays or just bring a friend! I am hoping to do this 3 times this year! May (Armed Forces Day) Aug (End of WW2) and Sept (Sept.11th). This will all be done in Milwaukee unless someone wants to do one elsewhere.  We will be meeting at Wood National Cemetery at 10am and performing at 11am.  Please let me know and I will get more info!          

Thank you!! 

Bill Seaman

(414) 331-8651

By LarryWiseman on 1/27/2011 12:59 PM
Edit AnnouncementWARNING TO ALL VETERANS!!! PLEASE READ THIS!!! - Monday, January 24, 2011  

An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is providing benefit and general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way


[Websites with the name "vaservices" immediately after the "www" ARE NOT part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Government agency. D o not go to them or if approached or called, do not offer them any information concerning yourself or data on other veterans.

Keep in mind that the real VA website ends in .gov. Also, be aware that the Department...
By Matthew Bierman on 11/14/2010 10:12 AM
Saturday Nov 13th in a small town in rural Illinois the sight of Old glory lined the streets and was in everyone's hands. The sounds of motorcycles echoed through the cool brisk air as the Patriot Guard riders came to town to help say goodbye to Staff Sgt Jordon Emrick who Died while serving in the Marines in Afghanistan. He was part of the EOD and was killed by a road side bomb as his squad was patrolling. Thankfully we did not hear the sounds of hate echoing through the air from the so called Church of Wesburo Kansas as they did not show up for whatever reason. I had the Honor of sounding those 24 notes for the Hometown Hero. It was an awe inspiring sight to see everyone come out to help support the family. Some came from over 100 miles away and didn't even know anyone there. Staff Sgt. Jordan Emrick :"Taps" has been sounded signifying the end of the day. Rest in Peace young Soldier your duty is done. We will meet again one day that I am sure of. Here is a link to the Channel 5 News video:
By SuperUser Account on 10/11/2010 10:12 AM
The Montgomery County Police Reporter recently showed a video of an equipment malfunction ... where an unfortunate "bugler" had is electronic bugle fail to work.

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