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SGOMA Remembers the 1st Anniversary of the Blessed Repose of PCF Serge Kropov, USMC December 20, 2010

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Private First Class Serge Kropov, USMC

Born: July 28, 1988 in Moscow, Russia
Killed in the line of duty: Dec. 20, 2009, in Bastion, Afghanistan
Interment: Monastery of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Cemetery, South Canaan, PA

Brief Bio:

Private First Class Serge Kropov, of Hawley, Pa., was killed Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Bastion, Afghanistan.

Born July 28, 1988, in Moscow, Russia, he was a son of Igor and Allison (Alevtina) Kropov.

He was a military career man who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the military Tour of Iraq and the military Tour of Afghanistan. Kropov was assigned to a Marine aircraft group based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, which is near San Diego, California.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Sergey and Nina Kropov; and his maternal grandparents, Anna and Vladimir Patrusheva. Surviving, in addition to his parents, is his sister, Anna Kropov.

Funeral Services with full military honors were held at  the Monastery Church of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, South Canaan, PA, with His Grace, Bishop Tikhon, officiating. Interment followed in the Monastery Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Monastery.

A Panikhida will be offered by the Saint George Orthodox Military Association on the 1st Anniversary – December 20, 2010

Memory Eternal!  Vichnaja Pamjat!


Veteran’s Day Freebies & Discounts October 31, 2010

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Veteran’s Day Nov. 11th, 2010

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis


Please pass along to all the veterans you know you might be interested.

Veterans’ Day Appreciation by Companies in honor of Veterans Day, on Nov. 11, restaurants, retail stores andentertainment centers across the country are offering some truly amazing deals and some okay deals for everyone from veterans and their families to firefighters and police officers.

Restaurant Freebies:

  • Applebee’s Restaurant – Free dinners to veterans throughout the day
  • Outback Steakhouse – Free Blooming Onion and beverage
  • Golden Corral- Free buffet dinner from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 16 to anyone who has ever served in the U.S. military
  • Krispy Kreme – One free doughnut of any variety
  • UNO Chicago Grill- Free entree or individual pizza with an entree or pizza purchase of equal or greater value
  • Coushatta Casino Resort – The Louisiana casino and resort is offering a Free seven-clans lunch or dinner buffet to veterans or active military
  • MarketPlace Grill & Express – Veterans and active-duty military receive free entrees
  • Masala Wok – The Northern Virginian restaurant is offering a free entree to veterans
  • Hy-Vee supermarkets – The mid-western supermarket chain is offering a free breakfast to veterans
  • Abuelo’s Mexican Food Restaurants – All veterans and active-duty military receive a free entree
  • Carolina Burgers & BBQ – In Matthews, NC is offering a free meal to all service members and veterans


Retail Freebies:

  • Brides Across America – Provides free wedding gowns to qualified military brides
  • Lowe’s & Home Depot – Extra 10% off to active-duty military members, National Guard and reserve members, retirees, honorably discharged veterans and immediate family members
  • Sam’s Club – Over 25,000 Hugo canes will be given away to U.S. veterans in need of mobility assistance. Membership is not required, but supplies are limited, so check with your local store
  • Amazon.com – Free “Veterans Day Honor” MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Cabela’s Outdoor Store – Offers their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel. Nov. 11-12. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop – Members of the armed services including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps, will receive a 20% discount Nov. 11-15 on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop
  • Dollar General – 10% discount for all veterans, active-duty military, National Guard and reserve and their immediate families
  • Fashion Bug – 20% off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse’s military ID


Entertainment Freebies:

  • National parks, forests and monuments – Admission is free to everyone on Veterans Day
  • Knott’s Berry Farm – Free park admission to U.S. armed forces personnel and a guest during Veteran’s Month, November 1-26
  • Colonial Williamsburg – Free admission Nov. 6-11 for active-duty military, guard and reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents
  • San Jacinto Museum of History – Free visits to the Observation Deck, theatre, and special exhibit for veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families
  • Historic Jamestown – Free admission to veterans, current Armed Forces members and their family members
  • Battleship Cove – Free admission and a special ceremony for veterans, active, duty and reservists
  • Vicksburg National Military Park – Free admission for all
  • Birmingham Museum of Art – Free admission to the ticketed event “Life and Liberty” on Nov. 10-11 for veterans and active military
  • Vulcan Park and Museum- In Birmingham, Alabama is offering discounted admission through November to the park and museum
  • Greenbay (WI) New Zoo – Free admission to veterans and their families
  • Central Florida Zoo – Free admission to the Sanford, Florida zoo with proper ID
  • Strategic Air & Space Museum- Free admission for veterans Nov. 11-14 to the Ashland, Neb. museum
  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – in Oklahoma City offers free admission to veterans and five guests from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day
  • Natural Elements Spa & Salon – In Chesapeake, Virginia, will provide free services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to both active duty and retired military


Orthodox Chaplain set to visit our Troops September 1, 2010

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Father Jerome Cwiklinski will celebrate the Divine Liturgy for Eastern Orthodox Christian personnel in the following locations and dates:

  • Al Udeid AFB, Qatar – 8 Sep
  • Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan – 12 Sep
  • Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan – 14 Sep
  • Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan – 19 Sep

If you are in these locations or desire access to these services from other locations, contact your unit chaplain ASAP.

Father Jerome can be contacted anytime at the following:

(760) 725-9032/9821 (Office)
365-9032/9821 (DSN)
(760) 725-9870 (FAX)

We Remember PFC Serge Kropov July 30, 2010

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We remember! On July 28th of this year SGOMA remembered one of our fallen Marines. July 28th is the birthday of PFC. Serge Kropov, USMC. Serge died in Afghanistan, in December 2009, while proudly serving his country. On this day members of SGOMA kept Serge in their prayers, as friends and family gathered around Serge’s grave at  St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, PA, and held a Panachida for him.

Serge’s Mother has started a Facebook Memorial page for Serge. It is very touching and gives you a whole new feeling for the loss the Kropov family is feeling. This brings home the same loss that so many families around the United States feel who have lost a loved one serving our Country. You can view Serge’s Memorial Facebook page at:


We here at SGOMA remember Serge every day, just as we do for all of our fallen Orthodox Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen.  Memory Eternal!

One of our own July 18, 2010

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One of the Saint George Orthodox Military Association’s Facebook members, Scott Hakim (center in photo), is a U.S. Marine currently serving in Afghanistan. Recently, Fr. David Alexander, a USN Chaplain, serving in Afghanistan, did a very moving podcast about Scott on Ancient Faith Radio (Finding Scott Hakim – In the Valley of the Shadow of Death). Fr. David found Scott injured and in the military hospital there in Afghanistan, after a serious roadside bombing attack.

According to Scott’s family, he is now healthy and doing fine and is back with his fellow Marines. His small Marine Company is stationed on the top of a mountain scouting over the three towns that surround the mountain. They are due to head back to the States on October 4th.

Until then, Scott told them he would like some goodies from the USA, such as: blue Gattor-aide powder, beef jerky, sour skittles, and pouches of chicken and tuna.

SGOMA will be sending Scott one of our Survival packages. If you would like to send some items to Scott and his fellow Marines you can contact SGOMA for Scott’s mailing address in Afghanistan, our email is:  StGeorgeOMA@gmail.com. I am also sure they would appreciate cards and letters of support from our Orthodox people and especially from children.

SGOMA is also accepting donations for our Orthodox Survival Package Program. If you would like to assist SGOMA in this project please contact us.

Please keep, Scott, his fellow Marines, and all of our Troops in harm’s way, in your daily prayers.