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Honoring Old Glory on Flag Day and every day

Flag Day is here, and what better way is there to celebrate Old Glory's birthday than to look at some of the stories featuring the Stars and Stripes that have made news over the past year. Long may she wave Old Glory is flying high once again in a private residential community in Henrico County...
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Vietnam veteran is on a quest to find helicopter pilot who saved his life

The date: April 20, 1971. The location: A massive firefight between American forces and the Vietcong, somewhere in Vietnam. One of the heroes: A helicopter pilot known only as "Arizona" to then-Lt. Frank Guidara. "Our guys were getting hit pretty badly and they were running out of ammunition and...
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Think Betsy Ross designed the flag? Think again

Did she or didn't she? Legend says Philadelphia seamstress and upholsterer Betsy Ross used her skill with a needle and thread to create Old Glory at George Washington's request more than 240 years ago. But, historical facts don't necessarily back up that claim. "As far as the big question is...
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25 years later, 'Forrest Gump' will be in theaters again

This year, on July 6, Forrest Gump, Lieutenant Dan, and the rest of the characters that Robert Zemeckis' film brought into the world turn 25. To celebrate the anniversary of "Forrest Gump," Fathom Events is showing the movie in select theaters on June 23 and 25 across the country. "Forrest Gump"...
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WW II veteran recalls what it was like as a medic on the beaches of Normandy

Ray Lambert can tell you exactly where he was 75 years ago. On June 6, 1944, he was a 23-year-old Army medic sitting near the front of a Higgins boat with 26 other men as it approached the shores of Normandy on D-Day. "I knew we were going to face machine gun fire," Lambert, who is now 98 and lives...
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13 tolls for the 13 D-Day Medal of Honor recipients

The National Medal of Honor Museum is recognizing the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a bell tolling -- across the entire country. There are 13 American men who earned the Medal of Honor for actions on June 6, 1944. For that reason, church bells everywhere from New York to California will toll 13...
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"They put up one hell of a fight. They tried to kill us all.": Veteran returns to Normandy 75 years after D-day landing

Jake Larson stormed the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1945. Monday, he'll board a plane with his sons to France for the 75th commemoration of the D-Day landings. "When I stepped on Omaha Beach, I was a 21-year-old soldier who thought I knew everything," Larson said. "I guarantee you, I never thought...
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Meet the real-life brothers who inspired 'Saving Private Ryan'

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Fathom Events is hosting showings of "Saving Private Ryan" at 600 theaters across the nation -- but do you know the true story that inspired Steven Spielberg's 1998 film? See 'Saving Private Ryan' in theaters 75 years after D-Day Brothers Edward,...
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3 remarkable women warriors to honor this Memorial Day

Women veterans are the fastest growing segment of the veteran population and have been serving in the Armed Forces since the Civil War. With Memorial Day around the corner, it's only right to recognize a few of the women who dedicated their lives to serving their country, some of them making the...
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Five Interesting facts about Memorial Day

Memorial Day is seen as the unofficial start of summer and has become synonymous with trips to the beach and backyard barbecues. Often overlooked is the real reason behind the holiday - honoring the nation's fallen service members. With that in mind, here are five interesting facts about Memorial...
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