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Freedom's fighters

On the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, we honor those who fell – and the few we’re lucky enough to still have with us.

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Female WWII vet gets 'rightful' place among Legionnaires

Female WWII vet gets 'rightful' place among Legionnaires

After nearly 70 years, Gladys "Bunny" Strong, a Marine, became a member of The American Legion.

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World War II veteran running across U.S.

World War II veteran running across U.S.

Legionnaire’s goal is to help warship return to Normandy. But along the way, he is inspiring others and re-energizing interest in the war’s history.

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Longtime Illinois adjutant, Legion Rider passes away

Longtime Illinois adjutant, Legion Rider passes away

Terry Woodburn served 15 years as the state adjutant and was involved with the Legacy Run from its beginning 10 years ago.

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A decade of honoring military families

A decade of honoring military families

Indiana Blue Star Salute has spent the past 10 years growing, reaching out to military families in the state.

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'A big opportunity'

Commissioner says that Legionnaires have a part to play in marking the Great War’s centennial.

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Veterans History Project nearing milestone

Veterans History Project nearing milestone

Legion-supported oral history collection nearing 100,000 records.

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Where veterans feel like rock stars

Where veterans feel like rock stars

La Fiere Bridge commemoration dedicated to the 82nd Airborne and its role in D-Day success.

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‘Time Shall Not Diminish Their Deeds’

‘Time Shall Not Diminish Their Deeds’

Legion delegation visits Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

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Legion-adopted graves revive tradition at Flanders Field

Legion-adopted graves revive tradition at Flanders Field

Commander and national president lay wreaths, learn how Belgian post is honoring the fallen of World War I.

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Tears for the fallen of World War II

Tears for the fallen of World War II

Battle of the Bulge heroes remembered by American Legion Family group in ceremonies at Luxembourg and Bastogne.

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40th anniversary return to Koh Tang

40th anniversary return to Koh Tang

Forty years to the day, three veterans of the operation returned to the tropical island 29 miles off the coast of the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, in a large power boat as guests of the Cambodian government.

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Commander Helm sends message of sympathy to Vice President Biden

Commander Helm sends message of sympathy to Vice President Biden

Vice president's son, an Iraq War veteran and Bronze Star recipient, passes away after battle with cancer.

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Legion Rider's nostalgic journey one for the history books

Legion Rider's nostalgic journey one for the history books

A Marine Corps veteran's remarkable, bittersweet cross-country motorcycle ride concluded in the natio'ns capital - just in time for Memorial Day obeservances.

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Return to Koh Tang Island

Return to Koh Tang Island

Veterans of last battle in the Vietnam War gather to heal at the site of their 14-hour firefight with the Khmer Rouge.

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Idaho community honors Iraq, Afghanistan war dead

Idaho community honors Iraq, Afghanistan war dead

Post 4 and hundreds of volunteers created a 'mini Arlington' to remember all 6,832 servicemembers killed in wars since 9/11.

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Obama honors sacrifices of three Americans

Obama honors sacrifices of three Americans

President memorializes three fallen servicemembers from Afghanistan War during Memorial Day at Arlington.

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Legion Riders make Memorial Day dream a reality

Legion Riders make Memorial Day dream a reality

Members of Bicentennial Post 1976 rallied together with Riders from other posts to give one of their supporters a once in a lifetime Memorial Day opportunity.

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Nation’s capital, Legionnaires pay respects on Memorial Day

Nation’s capital, Legionnaires pay respects on Memorial Day

Washingtion, D.C., was a popular, historic hub for Memorial Day observances over the extended weekend.

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Legion places wreath at original Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Legion places wreath at original Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Four Legionnaires, including a World War II veteran, placed the wreath near Lee Mansion at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Alabama father creates post to honor late son

Alabama father creates post to honor late son

Army veteran Matt Blount remembered for his self-sacrifice, passion to help others and perseverance, even when cancer ravaged his body.

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The Legionnaire that changed the world

Harry Colmery was tailor-made to assemble the original GI Bill.

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Broad Stripes, Bright Stars

For 170 years, Annin & Co. flags have been sewn into key moments in our nation’s history.

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'Spirit of 45' rides into Indianapolis

'Spirit of 45' rides into Indianapolis

Dr. Bruce Heilman, 88, made a stop on his 6,000-mile motorcycle ride to lay a wreath with other Okinawa veterans at city's World War II memorial.

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Riders laying wreath at Civil War monument

Riders laying wreath at Civil War monument

On May 23, American Legion Riders will conduct a formal wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery's Civil War Unknowns Monument.

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Legion ‘champion’ Pete Wheeler passes away at age 92

Legion ‘champion’ Pete Wheeler passes away at age 92

The Georgia Legionnaire served veterans for more than six decades.

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America at war

A chronology of U.S. military interventions and the prices paid.

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'Veterans cannot suspend death'

As Memorial Day approaches, I take great pride in one of The American Legion’s more recent victories, which restored the burial of veterans in one of our nation’s overseas cemeteries.

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'Why Memorial Day'

Before his 30-year tenure as a U.S Supreme Court justice, for which he is often remembered as the “Great Dissenter,” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. fought in the Civil War on the side of the Union. A first lieutenant in the 20th Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers, he was seriously wounded at the battles of Ball’s Bluff, Antietam and Chancellorsville. On May 30, 1884, Holmes gave the following address to his fellow veterans at John Sedgwick Post No. 4, Grand Army of the Republic, in Keene, N.H. It is the first of his two famous and oft-quoted Memorial Day speeches.

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Doolittle Raiders give Congressional Medal to museum

Doolittle Raiders give Congressional Medal to museum

The group's last two surviving members presented the honor to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

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