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Last Rites

As demand at national veterans cemeteries soars, VA scrambles to add burial space – and one community takes matters into its own hands.

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Vote for America's most beloved veterans

Vote for America's most beloved veterans

Choose from a list of 100 candidates, or write in a name.

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Wounded Vietnam veteran steps into painting that hung over his bed

Wounded Vietnam veteran steps into painting that hung over his bed

Army veteran Johnny Brooks was drafted only three weeks after his 20th birthday, three weeks after marrying his high school sweetheart, Flora.

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Renowned actor, veteran and Legionnaire remembered

Renowned actor, veteran and Legionnaire remembered

Mickey Rooney passed away Sunday in his Los Angeles home at the age of 93.

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MoH society bestows its highest civilian honor

MoH society bestows its highest civilian honor

Three Americans recognized by Congressional Medal of Honor Society for their selfless, heroic acts in assisting others.

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Doughboy statue symbolizes ‘victory over defeat’

Doughboy statue symbolizes ‘victory over defeat’

After being broken into pieces from a tornado, the World War I statue was restored and rededicated.

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A tribute on wheels

A tribute on wheels

Veterans and their families see the People’s Race Car as a way to celebrate service.

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Three citizens awarded for acts of heroism

Three citizens awarded for acts of heroism

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society will recognize the Citizen Service Before Self Honors recipients on March 25 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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'Justice' prevails for 24 Medal of Honor recipients

'Justice' prevails for 24 Medal of Honor recipients

National Commander Daniel Dellinger among spectators as President Obama presents Medals of Honor to 24 World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans.

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Legion post helps Korean War vet receive honor for valor

Legion post helps Korean War vet receive honor for valor

The medal was more than 60 years overdue when the Legion took the project on.

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Post museum honors vets, educates all

Post museum honors vets, educates all

A South Carolina post boasts thousands of artifacts dating back to Spanish-American War and uses them to teach students and others about military history.

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During his time as an Army photographer, Bill Jones documented the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities to end World War II. (Photo by Lucas Carter)

The Power of Pictures

Bill Jones kept his photos of the atomic bombs’ aftermath a secret for nearly 50 years before sharing them with the world.

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Iwo Jima flag-raising commemoration still growing

Iwo Jima flag-raising commemoration still growing

Department of Arizona Post 84 Legionnaires have seen the annual event, which started in 1984, grow from a few onlookers to more than 2,000 attendees.

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Students follow the footsteps of World War II heroes

Students follow the footsteps of World War II heroes

National World War II Museum’s Normandy Academy offers learning and leadership experience for students, including visits to New Orleans and Normandy.

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Nisei Remembrance Day marked in Washington

Nisei Remembrance Day marked in Washington

Heroism of Japanese-American veterans in World War II was celebrated on Annual Day of Remembrance.

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Arizona post plans Iwo Jima event

Arizona post plans Iwo Jima event

Post 84 to host memorial and parade honoring local Marine who was among those who raised the flag on Iwo Jima.

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Dellinger recalls Abraham Lincoln’s vow

Dellinger recalls Abraham Lincoln’s vow

During his speech outside Lincoln’s tomb, Legion national commander calls on Congress to remember the 16th president’s vow to care for veterans.

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Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient befriends, assists young girl with limb disability

Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient befriends, assists young girl with limb disability

Vietnam veteran Gary Wetzel and his wife, Kathy’s, act of kindness would sprout a seemingly unlikely but deep friendship with a “boisterous” and “sassy” 4-year-old and her family.

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One decade, $700K of fundraising leads to unique monument

One decade, $700K of fundraising leads to unique monument

It would take $700,000 and more than a decade, but this idea would be realized several-fold.

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New Mexico museum traces military history

New Mexico museum traces military history

Albuquerque complex honors Buffalo Soldiers, Navajo Code Talkers, Vietnam casualties, Medal of Honor recipients and others.

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PNC Pedro honored by New York governor

PNC Pedro honored by New York governor

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directs that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff Jan. 16 in recognition of PNC Pedro, who passed away Jan. 10.

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A leader well beyond New York

A leader well beyond New York

Richard M. Pedro – who passed away Jan. 10 – served as Department of New York adjutant for 29 years, but his national presence was commanding.

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Past National Commander Pedro passes away

Past National Commander Pedro passes away

The longtime Department of New York adjutant had been a member of The American Legion for nearly 70 years.

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One brother recalls story of seven WWII vets from his family

One brother recalls story of seven WWII vets from his family

Richard Reuss was the youngest of his family to be drafted during World War II. He had five brothers and a brother-in-law who all had been taken before him.

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Pilot, bomber jacket reunited after 60 years

Pilot, bomber jacket reunited after 60 years

A history buff’s $17 purchase at a Goodwill store and some Internet research helped reconnect World War II veteran with his leather bomber jacket.

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Painting a tribute to veterans

Painting a tribute to veterans

SAL member and artist Mike Sekletar paints his second war mural, a rendition of ‘Reflections’ by artist Lee Teter.

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8th and I Marines gather to honor leader

8th and I Marines gather to honor leader

Retired Maj. William F. Lee was honored for his leadership.

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Air Force museum plans major expansion

Air Force museum plans major expansion

The project will add a 224,000-square-foot building that will open to the public in 2015.

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Legion says goodbye to war hero, baseball icon

Legion says goodbye to war hero, baseball icon

World War II veteran, MLB pitcher and former national Legion Baseball director Lou Brissie passes away.

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‘Different kinds of wars’

‘Different kinds of wars’

Retired Gen. David Petraeus ends World War II conference with a discussion of differences between war fighting then and war fighting now.

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