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Fallen Heroes Memorial transforms dog tags of the fallen into a traveling American flag

A 28-foot wide American flag that is comprised entirely of the dog tags of fallen service members is traveling the country to "raise awareness of the sacrifice paid by our nation's heroes." According to Veterans & Athletes United, the group behind the Fallen Heroes Memorial, it symbolizes the...
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Civil War epic 'Glory' back on the big screen 30 years after its debut

"Glory" is making a return to theaters around the nation next month, three decades after the Academy Award-winning motion picture was released. The Civil War epic stars Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick, Andre Braugher and Cary Elwes and was originally released in July 1989. The...
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Trump awards Staff Sgt David Bellavia the Medal of Honor

"Were it not for David Bellavia I would not be sitting here today. We couldn't get out. Couldn't do anything. We were stuck there. I asked David to help me out and he did that. He put himself in line of that fire and laid down a base of fire, overwhelmed the enemy long enough for me to get myself...
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15 years after he killed a house of insurgents saving his squad, soldier receives Medal of Honor

"Were it not for David Bellavia I would not be sitting here today. We couldn't get out. Couldn't do anything. We were stuck there. I asked David to help me out and he did that. He put himself in line of that fire and laid down a base of fire, overwhelmed the enemy long enough for me to get myself...
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Play Ball Doughboys and baseball during WWI Al Barnes interview The CV Report podcast

Marine Corps veteran and author Al Barnes takes us back to 1917 and describes the era where there were 2 kinds of men; professional baseball players, and men who wanted to be professional baseball players. But the path to baseball stardom went through the battlefields of WWI, and along the way,...
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Honoring Old Glory on Flag Day and every day

With the 4th of July just days away, there's no shortage of the Stars and Stripes wherever you look. But Old Glory has been making headlines all year -- did you catch these stories? Long may she wave Old Glory is flying high once again in a private residential community in Henrico County Virginia,...
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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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Fathom Events showing 'Forrest Gump' in honor of 25th anniversary

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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