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Celebrating Independence Day

I have the great fortune to live in a community that celebrates the Fourth of July in true Norman Rockwell form. In this small town on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, families gather along tree-lined streets to watch the parade, with gracious houses draped in bunting serving as backdrop. 380 more words

Cultural Institutions

What the Chaplain Said

We gather this warm summer’s morning upon this hill to lay to rest the remains of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, Highlander, dear neighbor and faithful friend, United States Coast Guard Captain  Paul Reed Peak, Jr. 327 more words

Full Honors

“I want to walk,” my mother said.

It was 90 degrees in Northern Virginia, and we were standing in the  hot sun.

“It’s a half-mile,” I warned. 722 more words

10 U.S Memorial Day Facts you might not know

This is from War History OnLine.

For Gold Star families every day is Memorial Day.

I am a Gold Star family member.

The Memorial Day in United States commemorates all those men and women who lost their lives while protecting the nation. 398 more words

FALLEN HEROES - U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. John W. Herb

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. 238 more words

Department Of Defense



“Americans they come.

We’re drawn here

One by one.

To walk the past,

Revealed in paths

Its quietness resides.

On hallowed ground

We stand surround… 101 more words


Remains of WWII fighter pilot killed in 1944 crash in Germany identified

This is from Stars and Stripes.

R. I. P. Army Air Corp 2nd Lt. Alvin Beethe.

Gods Speed and Hand Salute. 

STUTTGART, Germany — The remains of a U.S. 512 more words