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Original Iwo Jima mold stands tall in Texas

Original Iwo Jima mold stands tall in Texas

The city of Harlingen, Texas, will pay tribute to the flag-raisers for the 70th anniversary of the event.

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The Smokejumpers

The nation’s first all-black parachute infantry battalion took on dangerous firefighting missions in the final months of World War II.

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Doolittle Raiders lose another of their own

Doolittle Raiders lose another of their own

Edward Saylor, a Legionnaire, participated in the legendary raid of Tokyo during a critical time in World War II. Only three other Raiders survive.

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The Sidney Center seven

The Sidney Center seven

Seven men from a tiny New York community were claimed by the Vietnam War in 90 days.

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Monument commission ending flower program

Monument commission ending flower program

American Battlefield Monuments Commission ending Floral Fund Program April 2; orders can still be placed for Memorial Day.

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More than a story

Acquaint, or reacquaint, yourself with the The Chapel of Four Chaplains.

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The battle remembered

Seventy years after the cold, snowy, bloody fight that led to victory in World War II, Bulge veterans continue to find each other.

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First Blood

Competition, controlledfears and a desperate craving for a shootdown put Eddie Rickenbacker on a path to become America’s “ace of aces.”

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The music of military service

Operation Encore blends the songwriting and playing talents of men and women who know the deeper meanings of service.

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Legion family big part of Wreaths Across America Day

Legion family big part of Wreaths Across America Day

On Dec. 13, Americans across the country placed wreaths on graves of fallen veterans during Wreaths Across America Day. The event commemorated the selfless service of troops from all generations.

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What Louie Zamperini meant to Angelina Jolie

The American Legion Magazine interviewed Jolie via email about meeting her hero, Louie Zamperini.

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‘Infamy’

‘Infamy’

73 years later, it’s the heroes of Pearl Harbor that are remembered.

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Dissension from within

Dissension from within

Hitler and Tojo had little concern about uprisings from the masses, even though their militaries suffered devastating defeats in 1944.

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'Vicious, terrible battles... forgotten now'

'Vicious, terrible battles... forgotten now'

  Top historians offer insights about conflicts worldwide in 1944 that led to the end of the Axis.

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'Tens of thousands of connected parts'

'Tens of thousands of connected parts'

Scholars explore, reexamine and offer fresh interpretations about the deadly invasion that led to Allied victory in World War II.

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Pearl Harbor: What it meant, why we remember

Pearl Harbor: What it meant, why we remember

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor destroyed the U.S. Pacific Fleet, or so many Americans believe.

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Legionnaire to Philippines: ‘Veterans Cannot Suspend Death’

Legionnaire to Philippines: ‘Veterans Cannot Suspend Death’

During his visit, National Commander Helm briefed on a a Filipino government agency's decision to suspend burials at the Clark Veterans Cemetery.

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Valor was everywhere

Ryan Pitts distinguished himself on the battlefield and in the heart of a young boy fighting for his life.

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The Man who was Unbroken

Louis Zamperini was many things in his lifetime, not the least of which was inspirational.

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Nation's capital, Legionnaires observe Veterans Day

Nation's capital, Legionnaires observe Veterans Day

On Nov. 11, the nation paused to honor its veterans. Like many other U.S. cities, Washington, D.C. was home to several events and festivites commemorating the sacrifce of past and present generations.

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Legion salutes former Illinois lawmaker

Legion salutes former Illinois lawmaker

Lane Evans, who fought for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange, is remembered by Legion as an ally in Congress.

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America's Most Beloved Veterans

As voted by American Legion media audience members

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Disabled veterans honored by memorial in D.C.

Disabled veterans honored by memorial in D.C.

Nation's first memorial dedicated to disabled servicemen and women allows tells the stories of their journeys and sacrifices.

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Memorial gives overdue recognition to nation's disabled vets

Memorial gives overdue recognition to nation's disabled vets

Legion a long-time supporter of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, the first memorial honoring country's 4 million disabled veterans.

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Spirit of The American Legion in St. Louis

Spirit of The American Legion in St. Louis

Commander leads ceremony to recognize location of historic St. Louis Caucus that helped launch The American Legion in 1919.

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Longtime NECman honored on Senate floor

Longtime NECman honored on Senate floor

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr pays tribute to fellow North Carolina resident Jerry Hedrick, who passed away Aug. 25 during the national convention in Charlotte.

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Heroes Welcome

Through the Citizen Honors program, Medal of Honor recipients recognize the extraordinary deeds of ordinary Americans.

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'Long May It Wave'

The American Legion has long championed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which outlasted other contenders to become our national anthem.

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Joy, sadness at Battle of the Bulge reunion

Joy, sadness at Battle of the Bulge reunion

Veterans share stories and lay a wreath at Fort Jackson to honor those who passed during one of Europe's coldest, largest and most important battles.

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'Missed for a long time by a lot of us'

'Missed for a long time by a lot of us'

Longtime Legionnaire Jerry Hedrick is remembered as a man with a big heart and a love for his family, country and The American Legion.

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