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Remembering the Fallen: Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2016.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 28, 2016

From the nation's capital to U.S, military bases overseas, Americans paused Monday to honor those who gave their lives in the service of their country.

Read the stories here.

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Veterans lay wreaths at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, to honor the 400,000 Americans killed during the war.
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Veterans lay wreaths at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, to honor the 400,000 Americans killed during the war.
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Photos and video | Memorial Day on the National Mall

Veterans and their families mingled with grateful Americans Monday as traditional Memorial Day ceremonies were held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.


A list of names that Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Carmelo Frank Genco kept in his pocket during the 2016 Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., on May 30, 2016.
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A list of names that Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Carmelo Frank Genco kept in his pocket during the 2016 Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., on May 30, 2016.
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Memorial Day parade: Marching and remembering

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Carmelo Frank Genco kept the list of eight names tucked carefully in his pocket Monday as he walked in the annual 2016 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.


Hanging from the awning at the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery on May 28, 2016, each ribbon represents a service member killed in action since Sept. 11, 2001.
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Hanging from the awning at the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery on May 28, 2016, each ribbon represents a service member killed in action since Sept. 11, 2001.
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Ribbons at Arlington remember the fallen of Iraq, Afghanistan wars

Long, yellow blank ribbons in honor of the 6,852 servicemembers who have died since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks hang inside the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery this Memorial Day weekend.


U.S. Army Gen. John W. Nicholson and Command Sgt. Maj. Delbert Byers salute after laying a wreath to commemorate Memorial Day at the NATO headquarters in Kabul on Saturday, May 28, 2016. More than 100 members of the NATO mission in Afghanistan, along with U.S. Embassy officials, gathered for the ceremony to honor those who have died. More than 2,300 Americans have died in the 15-year Afghan War.
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U.S. Army Gen. John W. Nicholson and Command Sgt. Maj. Delbert Byers salute after laying a wreath to commemorate Memorial Day at the NATO headquarters in Kabul on Saturday, May 28, 2016. More than 100 members of the NATO mission in Afghanistan, along with U.S. Embassy officials, gathered for the ceremony to honor those who have died. More than 2,300 Americans have died in the 15-year Afghan War.
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US, NATO troops honor war dead at wreath-laying in Kabul

More than 100 U.S. and NATO troops gathered Saturday at NATO headquarters to mark what Resolute Support commander Gen. John W. Nicholson called “one of the most sacred traditions for Americans” — Memorial Day.


James Joyce, senior vice commander of VFW 10692 in Grafenwoehr, Germany, lays a wreath on the grave of American Army veteran George Eby during a Memorial Day ceremony held on Monday, May 30, 2016. Eby was the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post's first commander and is buried in Grafenwoehr.
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James Joyce, senior vice commander of VFW 10692 in Grafenwoehr, Germany, lays a wreath on the grave of American Army veteran George Eby during a Memorial Day ceremony held on Monday, May 30, 2016. Eby was the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post's first commander and is buried in Grafenwoehr.
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Memorial Day ceremony in Grafenwoehr honors war dead

The rain didn’t stop the local military community from turning out Monday to honor 14 American soldiers buried in the heart of town.


U.S. Army Special Operations Command added three names to a memorial wall outside the unit's headquarters: Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 1st Sgt. Peter A. McKenna, Jr., and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Q. McClintock. All were killed in combat in the last year.
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U.S. Army Special Operations Command added three names to a memorial wall outside the unit's headquarters: Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 1st Sgt. Peter A. McKenna, Jr., and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Q. McClintock. All were killed in combat in the last year.
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A Memorial Day without Josh Wheeler, Delta Force soldier killed fighting the Islamic State

On a searing, personal level, Joshua L. Wheeler's death affected members of a tight-knit family that stretches from the mountainous Cherokee lands of northern Oklahoma to the quiet woodlands of North Carolina.


American Legion members hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil War Unknowns Monument - the original Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - at Arlington National Cemetery on May 28, 2016.
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American Legion members hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil War Unknowns Monument - the original Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - at Arlington National Cemetery on May 28, 2016.
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Riders, Gold Star families honor dead at Civil War Unknowns Monument

It’s not the first place a visitor usually heads to at Arlington National Cemetery. Tucked back, surrounded by hedges on top of the hill near the Custis-Lee Mansion, the Civil War Unknowns Monument is easy to miss. But more than 2,111 remains from Union and Confederate forces are buried there.


Athletes honor 'Murph' and fallen servicemembers

Monday at City Park, more than 100 athletes from MBS Sports Performance and Devil Dogg CrossFit paid tribute to the fallen by replicating Murphy’s workout in as quick a time as possible.


Siblings, veterans again pay respects with parade attendance

Veterans Bob and Ed McRoberts staked out a perfect vantage point under a shade tree along the middle of the parade route as it passed Owen Park. So the can watch Memorial Day parade in Eau Claire


Chicago police investigate a shooting in a barbershop at 63rd and Racine Avenue, where two people were shot, one fatally, on May 26, 2016 in Chicago. At least 69 people were shot over the Memorial Day weekend.
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Chicago police investigate a shooting in a barbershop at 63rd and Racine Avenue, where two people were shot, one fatally, on May 26, 2016 in Chicago. At least 69 people were shot over the Memorial Day weekend.
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Chicago’s Memorial Day weekend toll: at least 69 shot, 6 fatally

Two men were killed and another 14 people wounded in shootings Monday through early Tuesday in Chicago, raising the Memorial Day weekend toll to at least 69 people shot, six of them fatally.


Carrying the load

Early Monday morning, long before the sun came up, local veterans Adam Shumaker and Nathan VanKampen along with Andy VanderHoek strapped 30-pound ruck sacks to their back, took up their flags and completed a 10K hike through Grand Haven.


President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
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President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
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Obama marks Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

President Barack Obama challenged Americans on Memorial Day to fill the silence from those who died serving their country with love and support for families of the fallen, "not just with words but with our actions."


Ind. Boy Scouts, VFW post host tributes to fallen servicemembers

The troop’s nine-year tradition of recognizing fallen soldiers on Memorial Day continued Monday afternoon with the flag ceremony, speakers, the laying of wreaths, music and prayer. It was one of several observances throughout the county, including services at Anderson Memorial Park and in Elwood.


Tales of WWII hero shared at Calif. Memorial Day ceremony

The granddaughter of World War II hero James “Jimmy” Doolittle urged veterans in Sonoma on Monday to share experiences from their military service and “pass on from one generation to the next the stories of how our freedom was purchased.”


Joe Frost, of the 14th Michigan Volunteer Infantry of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, plays his drum during a ceremony in honor of Alvah Nichols, a Civil War soldier whose grave was recently discovered by his descendants at Riverside Cemetery in St. Charles, Mich.
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Joe Frost, of the 14th Michigan Volunteer Infantry of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, plays his drum during a ceremony in honor of Alvah Nichols, a Civil War soldier whose grave was recently discovered by his descendants at Riverside Cemetery in St. Charles, Mich.
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Civil War soldier honored with new tombstone at Mich. cemetery

It has been almost 102 years since Civil War veteran Alvah Nichols was laid to rest. A brand new tombstone marks his grave site, decorated with wreaths, flowers and an American flag. But not too long ago, there were no such decorations. In fact, there was not even a tombstone to mark the soldier's grave.


Veterans, aspiring soldiers salute the fallen in Pa. ceremony

Tables turned as hundreds took the opportunity Monday to remember the fallen and pay tribute to those who gave their lives defending our nation during the Memorial Day service at Garfield Square, Pottsville.


Wash. communities rally to remember fallen

It might've been the giant flag waving in the wind from the fantail of the USS Turner Joy. Perhaps it was the freshly painted Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Ivy Green Cemetery off Naval Avenue. Or 21 booms from the 40 mm saluting guns off the USS Nimitz, one of the city's home-ported aircraft carriers.


Barbara Morris places crosses, hundreds of them, in the grassy lawn in front of the Fort Bragg Harley -Davidson Motorcycles dealership on May 23, 2016. It's an annual Memorial Day tribute.
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Barbara Morris places crosses, hundreds of them, in the grassy lawn in front of the Fort Bragg Harley -Davidson Motorcycles dealership on May 23, 2016. It's an annual Memorial Day tribute.
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Couple placing increasing number of crosses for Memorial Day

For the eighth year, Barbara and Winfred Morris have seen their field of crosses, flags and memories grow.


Fallen vets honored during at Wis. Memorial Day ceremonies

Thousands of Chippewa Valley residents turned out on a picture-perfect Monday morning for Eau Claire’s Memorial Day parade to honor U.S. military service members who have died serving their country.


Quiet contemplation at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend 2016.
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Quiet contemplation at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend 2016.
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Memorial Day was born in the suffering of America’s bloodiest war

It’s a day for backyard barbecues and quick family trips at the unofficial start of the vacation season. But Memorial Day’s origins trace back to the Civil War and efforts to honor the dead and heal the wounds of America’s bloodiest conflict.


Fallen veterans remembered across South Florida

South Floridians marked Memorial Day on Monday with trips to the beach, backyard barbecues and solemn ceremonies in honor of fallen veterans. Families and members of every branch of the military gathered throughout South Florida to memorialize those who served.


SD community remembers troops' sacrifices

Greater love have no man than one that lays down his life for another. That was the resounding message in Todd Forkel’s address on Monday at Sunset Memorial Gardens.


Ceremony at SC nursing home honors veterans

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sam Wigley knows firsthand what it is like to serve his nation, and to lose someone to the battlefield.He referred to the courage it takes for someone to become a soldier as he spoke to the veterans who gathered Monday in Anderson for a Memorial Day observance at Richard M


The Rev. John Weatherly, a retired Army colonel, is chaplain at St Mark's Episcopal Church. He served tours in Bosnia and Iraq; he has participated in several workshops on post-traumatic stress disorder and can speak about trauma from a chaplain's point of view.
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The Rev. John Weatherly, a retired Army colonel, is chaplain at St Mark's Episcopal Church. He served tours in Bosnia and Iraq; he has participated in several workshops on post-traumatic stress disorder and can speak about trauma from a chaplain's point of view.
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A place for broken chaplains to turn

The pre-war Pastor Matthew Williams had gone to seminary, was ordained and thought he understood why people suffer. "God allows suffering because this world is temporary," is how he would have put it.


W. Va. community members honor fallen

Everyone celebrates Memorial Day differently. Some choose to have a cookout, and take the extra vacation day to relax before the beginning of the work week.Others choose to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.


Telling the stories of a son fallen in combat, and of veterans who returned

For Tom Manion, a retired Marine Corps colonel, Memorial Day is more than just a holiday to remember veterans who didn't make it home. It's yet another day that he thinks of his only son, First Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed in action in 2007.


Veterans remember fallen comrades at Memorial Day Ceremony

Veterans, family and friends gathered Monday at Aiken Memorial Park on Richland Avenue in South Carolina for the Memorial Day ceremony to honor fallen comrades in arms


Retired Sgt. Maj. James E. Shaffer: Treasure in unopened boxes

James E. Shaffer died in 2014 at age 87. For the last 11 years of his life, it was his sister who cared for him. But when he died, in many ways, he was still a stranger.


A file photo of the annual Memorial Day Weekend Luminaria at Fredericksburg National Cemetery
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A file photo of the annual Memorial Day Weekend Luminaria at Fredericksburg National Cemetery
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Students demonstrate a 'sense of caring' at Fredericksburg National Cemetery

There were plenty of teachable moments Friday morning on the rolling grounds of Fredericksburg National Cemetery, where flags rippled in a balmy breeze as soon as they were placed.


Sgt. Charles E. Wyckoff Jr.: A promise to keep going

On June 6, 2007, a Taliban fighter's bullet killed Sgt. Charlie Wyckoff. He died a hero, saving the lives of those in his squad.


U.S. troops of the 28th Infantry Division, regrouped in security platoons for defense of Bastogne, Belgium, march down a street in December, 1944. Some of these soldiers lost their weapons during the German advance in this area.
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U.S. troops of the 28th Infantry Division, regrouped in security platoons for defense of Bastogne, Belgium, march down a street in December, 1944. Some of these soldiers lost their weapons during the German advance in this area.
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OPINION

Memorial Day: Remembering my squadmates

It doesn’t matter if the sacrifice was made during World Wars I and II, in Korea and Vietnam, or in Iraq and Afghanistan. Whenever and wherever those deaths occurred, they offer a unifying theme of the spirit: Honor those whose service cost their lives.


Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brent Cole: 'He's so much like his dad'

Brent Cole, who served with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, died in Afghanistan on May 22, 2009.


George Cattelona, a Marine veteran, poses for a photo at the Iwo Jima Association of America 71st Anniversary Reunion and Symposium in Arlington, Va., Feb. 17, 2016.
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George Cattelona, a Marine veteran, poses for a photo at the Iwo Jima Association of America 71st Anniversary Reunion and Symposium in Arlington, Va., Feb. 17, 2016.
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Iwo Jima Marine urges veterans to talk about war

On the morning of Feb. 19, 1945, a 20-year-old kid from New Jersey stepped onto the tiny Pacific island of Iwo Jima, where his boots sank ankle-deep in the volcanic ash and the boom of mortar rounds filled the air.


Cpl. Shannon Squires: An exemplary soldier

Shannon Squires, a field artillery automated tactical data system specialist, died Aug. 28, 2006, after suffering wounds from a bomb explosion while on a convoy during Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Smoke billows from ships at Pearl Harbor?s West Loch during the disaster of May 1944. The ships had been in the process of being loaded with the tanks in the foreground, which would be used for the retaking of the Mariana Islands during World War II.
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Smoke billows from ships at Pearl Harbor?s West Loch during the disaster of May 1944. The ships had been in the process of being loaded with the tanks in the foreground, which would be used for the retaking of the Mariana Islands during World War II.
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Video

'2nd Pearl Harbor,' kept top secret until 1962, commemorated

In recent years, the military and other civic groups have sought to memorialize the fallen and forgotten in the World War II disaster at West Loch, where a chain reaction of explosions killed scores and wounded almost 400, many of whom belonged to a segregated African-American unit.


Capt. Kimberly Hampton: Aviator's spirit soars on

Kimberly Hampton, 27, was killed when her Kiowa Warrior helicopter was shot down by enemy fire over Fallujah, Iraq, on Jan. 2, 2004.


Flags In at Arlington National Cemetery May 26, 2016.
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Flags In at Arlington National Cemetery May 26, 2016.
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Flags In at Arlington sets stage for Memorial Day

In four hours, every single headstone at Arlington National Cemetery — more than 228,000 — and row at the Columbarium Courts and Niche Wall will receive a small American flag.


Hiroshima survivor from Beaverton at peace with the past

Ed Kawasaki, then 16 years old, was about two miles from the center of the atomic blast zone on Aug. 6, 1945. His room was on the side of a military hospital facing away from the center of town, which is likely why he suffered few ill effects. He's been asked about that day so many times, he handed me a typed narrative of what happened.


Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, seen here in Afghanistan, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in October 2010.
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Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, seen here in Afghanistan, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in October 2010.
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Remembering a Medal of Honor recipient who charged enemy to help others

More than 150 insurgents had ambushed the combined U.S. special operations and Afghan National Army force in the snow-filled Gowardesh Valley in January 2008, exposing the men to automatic weapon fire and rocket-propelled grenades. In the lead, Staff Sgt. Robert Miller ordered the men to take cover. Then he charged the enemy to give his comrades time to get away.


This WWII veteran survived 3 deadly plane crashes

Peder Heller flew 86 World War II missions and survived three plane crashes that killed everyone else on board.


The gravestone of Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan.
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The gravestone of Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan.
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Father recalls son's sacrifice that led to Medal of Honor

Long before Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti gave his life trying to save a fellow soldier in Afghanistan, he was an adventurous, big-hearted boy who looked out for his friends.


A great kickoff to Memorial Day weekend: Wounded vet receives hardscape, patio

For Vince Reynolds, Friday morning was a pretty good start to Memorial Day weekend. A dedication ceremony was held at his Lemont home where a hardscape and patio area was unveiled in his backyard.


NASCAR to honor Hamilton soldier who died in Afghanistan

For Pat and Mary Massarelli, NASCAR races have never been a must-see television event. But that will change Sunday when the Hamilton residents tune in for the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. That’s because their son, Robert, who died while serving his country, will be part of what is known as the 600 Miles of Remembrance.


Artie Muller, a Vietnam veteran and founder of Rolling Thunder Inc., stands beside his 1992 Harley-Davidson FXRS Low Rider in Neshanic Station, N.J. Muller helps organize the annual Memorial Day weekend rally in Washington.
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Artie Muller, a Vietnam veteran and founder of Rolling Thunder Inc., stands beside his 1992 Harley-Davidson FXRS Low Rider in Neshanic Station, N.J. Muller helps organize the annual Memorial Day weekend rally in Washington.
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Rolling Thunder's monument-shaking roar starts with aging vets in a NJ garage

One of the world's largest motorcycle rallies — a monument-shaking ritual called Rolling Thunder that takes over the National Mall each Memorial Day weekend — spends the rest of the year packed in the garage of a tidy colonial-style house in central New Jersey.


Veterans see Obama's visit to Hiroshima as 'bittersweet'

America's largest veterans groups took a restrained view of President Obama's historic visit Friday to Hiroshima, where he called for an end to nuclear weapons like the U.S. bomb that destroyed the Japanese city in 1945.


Austrian historians Nicole-Melanie Goll and Georg Hoffmann wrote "Missing in Action: Failed to Return," which documents Allied airmen who died during World War II.
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Austrian historians Nicole-Melanie Goll and Georg Hoffmann wrote "Missing in Action: Failed to Return," which documents Allied airmen who died during World War II.
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List of Allied airmen who died in Austria during WWII now online

The Austrian government has posted online a listing of 1,715 U.S. and British airmen who died in Austria during World War II – along with the time and place of their death. Among them are 1,582 Americans.


Local Vietnam veterans find camaraderie, support with group

When Army veteran Dennis Kearns and his fellow soldiers landed at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., in 1970, they were greeted by protesters who pelted them with rotten tomatoes, and when he arrived at the Cincinnati bus terminal — in his military uniform, his hands wrapped in bandages — two protesters spit on him.


A homeless veteran displays a redesigned cardboard sign in downtown Chicago on July 2, 2015.
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A homeless veteran displays a redesigned cardboard sign in downtown Chicago on July 2, 2015.
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LA will convert motel units to 500 apartments for homeless vets

Under the deal, developers will purchase underutilized, often run-down motels from private owners and convert them to efficiency apartments.


Patriotism by the pint at 1 pub in Southern California

For 10 years, a broad swath of humanity has assembled at Churchill’s Pub and Grille in San Marcos, Calif., every Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Day and Memorial Day. They gather near a doorway with the inscription: “The Hoist — Lest We Ever Forget.” And they leave empty the “Missing Man Table” with its place setting on white tablecloth, a reminder of those who are still on duty, and those who will never return home.


Families of servicemembers killed in Chattanooga attack bond through grief

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and top state officials on Friday paid tribute to four U.S. Marines and a sailor killed on July 16 in Chattanooga. Officials also paid tribute to a U.S. Army lieutenant killed during World War II, as well as a sergeant killed in Iraq in 2005.


Veteran returns to Naval Academy 60 years after serving at Bancroft Hall

Edwin Moore walked through the door in Bancroft Hall, as he had done hundreds of times before. This time it felt different. "Boy, there was nothing like this," he said, looking down the hall at a pharmacist, offices and doctors' rooms and a waiting area with a big screen TV.


Survivors share memories to mark Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish military veterans and Holocaust survivors shared their triumphs and tragedies with about 80 honor students and ROTC students Friday from four high schools. It was in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, celebrated in May since 2006.


Spc. Pat Tillman, right, a former Arizona Cardinal, walks next to Capt. Christoper Deale, company commander of B Company 1st BN 19th Infantry Regiment, during graduation ceremonies on Oct. 25, 2002 at Fort Benning, Ga. Tillman was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2004.
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Spc. Pat Tillman, right, a former Arizona Cardinal, walks next to Capt. Christoper Deale, company commander of B Company 1st BN 19th Infantry Regiment, during graduation ceremonies on Oct. 25, 2002 at Fort Benning, Ga. Tillman was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2004.
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Pat Tillman Foundation supports veterans' academic ambitions

The organization awards academic scholarships to military veterans and their spouses who demonstrate a profound commitment to serving others.


Teen honors fallen vets with pennies

Connor Ickes, 14, is using pennies to say “thank you” to deceased U.S. veterans. After researching online, he found that certain coins signify different sentiments toward the deceased. Pennies placed on a tombstone show a visitor’s gratitude for military service. After reading this, Connor decided he would like to put a penny on every veteran’s grave in a local cemetery.


Military history buff honors 2 World War I soldiers

Marlin Peterson of Mountain Lake has made sure the graves of two World War I soldiers were decorated in time for this year's Memorial Day observances.


John Anderson
U.S. NAVY

John Anderson
U.S. NAVY

Remains of sailor who died on D-Day to return to Minn. hometown

Oscar Anderson never recovered from the emotional heartbreak he suffered when a telegram arrived June 6, 1944, with the news of his son's death in the D-Day invasion of France. Hard too was the last official news that said Petty Officer 1st Class John E. Anderson had been lost at sea.


1st Sgt. David Ceballos, first sergeant for Company D, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, pays his respects to Staff Sgt. Justin L. Bauer during a memorial ceremony Jan. 16, 2009 at Forward Operating Base Loyalty.
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1st Sgt. David Ceballos, first sergeant for Company D, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, pays his respects to Staff Sgt. Justin L. Bauer during a memorial ceremony Jan. 16, 2009 at Forward Operating Base Loyalty.
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OPINION

Remembering the fallen soldiers on hero’s highway

Memorial Day often takes me down “hero’s highway.” This particular highway consisted of about a hundred feet of concrete from the helicopter-landing pad into the back door of the Air Force Field Hospital in Balad, Iraq.


Taps at Twilight draws thousands to Neptune Park

Taps at Twilight, the annual Memorial Day ceremony organized by the St. Simons Island Rotary Club and hosted at Neptune Park, drew a crowd of more than 1,000 people Monday to honor those that have sacrificed themselves for the countr


Harford's sons and daughters honored for their sacrifices at Bel Air's Memorial Day ceremony

Monday morning, more than 1,000 residents of Bel Air and surrounding areas paid homage to those who didn't return from the battlefields across the centuries and the world with a stirring Memorial Day ceremony in Shamrock Park.


Residents remember fallen soldiers

The Henderson War Memorial Foundation on Monday held its 70th Memorial Day ceremony in Central Park, and among the sea of white crosses and flags that dotted the lawn was a sea of people standing as one to remember those who served their country.


Hampton stands strong for fallen

The annual North Hampton and Hampton Memorial Day parades were canceled because of the weather, but resident still stood in the rain to watch the 8 a.m. ceremony at the Lady of the Sea Marine Memorial at Hampton Beach.


A day set aside to proudly observe Memorial Day

It can be easy to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day between the parades, marching bands and cookouts over the three-day weekend.It was time to honor the military men and women who gave their lives in the name of America.


NC communities celebrate Memorial Day

Communities in North Carolina honored the memory of fallen veterans with small ceremonies as part of a wider Memorial Day celebration.


NM community honors the fallen on Memorial Day

Several local events on Memorial Day underscored the debt the community has to veterans and the importance of remembering those who died in service to their country.


Father of fallen soldier heals by helping others facing the same grief

Jim Frazier, a former Marine who turns 67 this month, said his grief has been replaced with hope that he can help ease the suffering of their families.


3 brothers reflect on WWII experiences

The Mitchell men are: Marion, 98, who served in the Army; John, 96, who was in the Army Air Corps; and Roy, 92, who was in the Navy.


Military 'brotherhood' marks remembrance days with trips to the bar

What started as war stories over beers at Our Place Pub in Silverdale, Wash., has blossomed into a daylong event each Friday before Memorial Day and Veterans Day.


Ga. community shows its patriotism on Memorial Day

There was pomp and reverence, sadness and joy during Monday’s Roswell Remembers Memorial Day observance, a yearly event that has drawn as many as 8,000 to the picturesque downtown of this Fulton County city.


Veteran Army reservist recalls his time in Vietnam

The sound of crashing bowling pins only briefly interrupted the joyful laughter and conversation of patrons at the Fort Gordon bowling alley. The year was 1968 and a young Bill Patterson had recently been named the alley’s manager. Patterson was a U.S. Army reservist about to go to war.