Lucy Coffey, at age 108 the nation's oldest living female military veteran, dreamed of going to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va. Last weekend she got her wish ... and then some.
The night sky split open to reveal brilliant shades of yellows, pinks and purples as the sun rose over Arlington National Cemetery on May 4, 2014. This gallery walks through the dark hours before the sun breaches night through it rising over well-known Washington, D.C. landmarks and the cemetery.
When families are at their most vulnerable, huddling together and recalling the memory of their recently deceased over a new grave, the caretakers of Arlington National Cemetery fade into the background. But behind the scenes, they provide one of the most important tasks: They bury the dead.
Despite being teenagers, despite moving more than any kid should be asked to, and despite facing the stress of a parent deployed, these five military children have shown what dedication and determination can accomplish.
Meredith Tibbetts joined Stars and Stripes in 2012 as the social media editor. Occasionally the paper will let her loose to take some photographs around Washington, D.C. - where she is based - and write about crazy happenings and viral videos on the Internet.
She previously covered feature stories and entertainment news – mixed in with some design layouts - at The Sun Chronicle, a daily newspaper in Massachusetts. She received her master’s in Journalism from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Connecticut, with a minor in English and a concentration in creative writing.