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Bronze shoes honoring Post 9/11 veterans stolen from war memorial

The New Mexico Veterans Memorial is shoeless. That's after five pairs of military shoes made of bronze were taken from the Albuquerque memorial the night of Sept. 27. "They were bronze shoes at the bottom of five pillars," said James Lehner, vice president of the New Mexico Veterans Memorial...
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World War II Texas vet seeks 100 birthday cards

All this soon-to-be 100-year-old World War II veteran wants for his birthday is cards. James South will hit the centennial mark on Oct. 7. His wish is to receive 100 cards in honor of the milestone and the assisted living facility where he lives in Watauga, Texas is helping to make that wish come...
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The history of POW MIA Bracelets

The late 60s and early 70s found America fiercely divided over the Vietnam War. As our nation was torn by the political and social unrest of the time, the men and women of our military made incredible sacrifices. However, their sacrifices did not go unnoticed. The love and support of many grateful...
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Veterans Day Discounts and Deals 2019

Veterans Day is this coming Monday! Here is a listing of some of the great discounts and deals offered to veterans and active duty service members on Veterans Day to thank them for their great service. Free Food: Applebee's | Free meal for active duty and veterans on November 11, 2019. Aspen Creek...
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Personal tragedy leads to POW/MIA flag

The POW/MIA Flag was born out of one woman's determination to provide the nation with a way to remember its service members being held either as prisoners of war or those missing in action. Lt. Cmdr. Michael's Hoff's plane crashed in Laos in 1970 and his body was never recovered. His widow, Mary...
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How the bombing of Pearl Harbor led to the birth of Smokey Bear

"Only you can prevent forest fires." It's a message we've spent our whole lives hearing and hopefully obeying. But, did you know that without World War II Smokey Bear may never have been created? A couple of events in 1942 helped bring the iconic preventer of wildfires to life, explained Maureen...
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World Series played in 1918 as MLB players went to war

World War I almost disrupted the 1918 World Series, but not even the sound of gunfire in Europe could silence the bats of the fall classic. According to MLB Historian John Thorn, "the fate of the 1918 season and its championship contest was in doubt as an influenza pandemic would proceed to take...
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National Museum of the United States Army to open in 2020

June 4, 2020. That's the opening date for the National Museum of the United States Army. "The Army has served American citizens for 244 years, protecting the freedoms that are precious to all of us. Millions of people have served in the Army, and this museum gives us the chance to tell their...
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Amtrak now offers military discount

All aboard! Amtrak is now offering a 10 percent discount for military veterans. The new discount is valid for travel across Amtrak's entire national network, including the Northeast Regional from Washington, D.C. to Boston; on all state-supported trains; and on the California Zephyr, Southwest...
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MIA World War II airman accounted for by DPAA

Seventy-six years after being shot down over the Pacific, an Army Air Corps staff sergeant is finally returning home, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The DPAA announced Friday that the remains of Paul Cybowski, 25, of South Plainfield, New Jersey, have been identified as the...
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