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Buddy helps etch Vietnam War casualty into local memory

Buddy helps etch Vietnam War casualty into local memory

A member of my 1967 high school class was left off the Vietnam Memorial in our local Fort Walla Walla Park. Coming home after being gone for 27 years, I saw the memorial and realized that Orla D. Hammack, who died in Cambodia, was not listed. Working with the Parks Department of Walla Walla, we realized how this was missed. His name is now on the memorial.

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Veterans memorial in South Dakota repurposes former military chopper

Veterans memorial in South Dakota repurposes former military chopper

The Watertown Veterans Memorial in Watertown, S.D., began as an idea two vets scribbled on a napkin in a local coffee shop, and came to fruition in 2006. It includes veterans from all conflicts from the Civil War through the present — with about 2,700 names, from 38 different states, already engraved on its granite wall and a plan to add more. The inscriptions list years served and branch of service alongside the names without a rank. "We treat them all alike," said Ordean Bierman, memorial treasurer. For $125 and with proof of service and honorable discharge, names can be added.

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America's tallest flag dedicated in Sheboygan, Wis.

America's tallest flag dedicated in Sheboygan, Wis.

The "world's tallest tribute to freedom," is a 400-foot tall flagpole waving an American flag that's 7,200 square feet. The pole is about 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, its flag is four stories tall, and it stands in an unlikely location: an insurance company campus in Sheboygan, Wisc. "The purpose No. 1 was to sincerely thank veterans. No. 2 was to be a source of inspiration," Sheboygan resident and Acuity CEO Ben Salzmann said.

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Legion rallies community around new veterans memorial in Oxford, N.C.

Legion rallies community around new veterans memorial in Oxford, N.C.

Veterans in Granville County, N.C., are now honored with a memorial thanks to Post 90 in Oxford, N.C. The Granville County, N.C., Veterans Memorial, which cost about $25,000, was paid for through donations, selling commemorative bricks to honor veterans and a T-shirt campaign, said Frank Strickland, Post 90 fundraising chairman. "We started at a low budget, but once the project started and the support from the community caused us to change our plans.

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Iowa Post 389 thinks up unique projects to promote patriotism

Iowa Post 389 thinks up unique projects to promote patriotism

In Anthon, Iowa, a new Iwo Jima Memorial stands beside Post 389. Legionnaire Marvin Hansen served at Iwo Jima on a supply ship. "He said they woke up that morning and they could see that flag and it put a whole new light on everybody's face," said Joe Harbaugh, Navy veteran. The monument was Harbaugh's brainchild. It was an idea he couldn't shake, then began overtaking his basement in 2007. He wanted to honor Hansen, a friend and active member, as well as see through one of his preoccupations.

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At Hall of Honor, Afghanistan veteran will receive Purple Heart on Appreciation Day

At Hall of Honor, Afghanistan veteran will receive Purple Heart on Appreciation Day

Purple Heart Appreciation Day, Aug. 7, is a date to remember and honor those who have been wounded or killed in service to the United States. But at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, N.Y., that commemoration happens every day. Afghanistan veteran Capt. Aristeas K. Tzovaras will receive the Purple Heart at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Hall. Lt. Col. Mark Baaden, who received the Purple Heart last year and served under Tzovaras, will present it.

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Korean War veteran makes memorial to fallen comrades

Korean War veteran makes memorial to fallen comrades

A Korean War veteran who wishes to remain anonymous still wishes to honor his fallen comrades with this beautiful monument. He had this large rock on his property, and hauled it to where it sits now. He made this beautiful artwork with real materials. His helmet from the war is also in the display.

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Purple Heart Memorial dedicated in Freeland, Pa.

Purple Heart Memorial dedicated in Freeland, Pa.

On July 13, 2014, American Legion Post 473 and VFW Post 5010 of Freeland, Pa., honored recipients of the Purple Heart with a dedication service. The dedication was hosted by Post 473 Commander Gerald Gaffney and Post 5010 Commander William DeFrancesco. Speaking at the ceremony were congressman Louis Barletta and Judge Thomas Munley. During this ceremony at the beautiful Freeland Public Park, a shining new monument was unveiled. Under the shade of the park's grand old oak trees, the monument was dedicated to those who have earned one of America's most honored medals: the Purple Heart.

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Fourth of July flag posting

Fourth of July flag posting

The Lutz-Land O’Lakes American Legion Post 108 places small American flags on the grave of each identifiable veteran at the Lutz cemetery three times a year. We do this on each Independence Day, Veterans Day and Memorial Day and have been doing these postings for many years. We posted approximately 165 flags during the last posting in the Lutz cemetery on July 3. The flags remain for about three days and are recovered by the post for use on the next occasion.

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Our veterans crosses

Our veterans crosses

Henderson County, Ky. - home of two Medal Of Honor winners, World War II veteran Luther Skaggs Jr. and Vietnam War veteran Gary Littrell (still living) - honors all our fallen soldiers in Henderson County by placing crosses in Central Park. At last count there were approximately 4,700 crosses, which has grown from the original 49 first honored in 1947 when this began.

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Hiawatha Post 66 dedicates fallen Vietnam hero's marker

Hiawatha Post 66 dedicates fallen Vietnam hero's marker

On Memorial Day 2014, a day on which we remember those who made their final call while on active duty, American Legion Homer White Post 66 of Hiawatha, Kan., made a special dedication to a fallen Vietnam hero and a tribute to all veterans with a U.S. flag pole and a special carved stone. The stone reads, “DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF CPL JAMES “JC” STRUBE US ARMY KILLED IN ACTION JUNE 11, 1969 VIETNAM A TRIBUTE TO HIM AND ALL VETERANS LET US NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES.” The post's Memorial Day activities included speeches by Lt. Col. Erich Campbell and Col. William W.

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Fallen American soldiers of WWII receive a face in the Netherlands

Fallen American soldiers of WWII receive a face in the Netherlands

Almost 70 years after the end of World War II, a new Dutch project will remember the thousands of soldiers who have been buried in the American War Cemetery and Memorial Netherlands in Margraten, Netherlands. This is the year in which the Netherlands celebrates and commemorates the 70th anniversary of its liberation and Operation Market Garden.

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2014 Flags Over the Dam

2014 Flags Over the Dam

Each year, Paradise Post 149 participates in the annual Flags Over the Dam, a procession from Hoover Dam to the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev. Nearly 1,000 riders from across the community converge on the Arizona side of Hoover Dam and are then escorted across the dam and to the cemetery for memorial services. There are no speeches from politicians, only the heartfelt remembrance of those who served before us, with simple ceremonies by veterans for veterans.

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Colorado Freedom Memorial honors state's war dead

Colorado Freedom Memorial honors state's war dead

Photo | Bruce Quackenbush for the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation Radio show host and Air Force veteran Rick Crandall broadcasted his Memorial Day show in 2000 from the Normandy Cemetery at Omaha Beach to honor the fallen at the site. The message, spanning the Atlantic, sparked a discussion between Crandall and listeners back home in Colorado: How many fallen Coloradans, buried around the world, had visits from home? “It just sat with me wrong ... nobody had been to see them.

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Flying 125 flags to honor individual Kansas veterans

Flying 125 flags to honor individual Kansas veterans

More than 100 flags representing area veterans fly on Memorial Day weekend at the city cemetery in Westmoreland, Kan., thanks to Post 186. The decades-long tradition of flying one flag for each Westmoreland-area veteran originally used the casket flags, donated by families for the event. The City Fathers began the tradition, but Post 186 adopted it.

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Petroleum-contaminated site to veterans park and memorial

Petroleum-contaminated site to veterans park and memorial

What was once a petroleum-contaminated property was cleaned up and is being reused in a way that has both enhanced the environment and enriched the community of Seymour, Wis. Recreational park space in many downtown areas is limited and does not always meet the needs of the local community.

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Virginia museum recreates Vietnam soldier experience

Virginia museum recreates Vietnam soldier experience

Photo | Vietnam War Foundation Museum from the Vietnam War Foundation Craig LaMountain returned from Vietnam, but his brother Betal didn’t. Craig went first, and after his return, Betal was stationed in Danang. He was a naval aviator who went missing. He was never found. “He wanted to fly from day one. Fate took him, but that’s life,” Craig said. “I had a welcome back party my cousin attended, and he left the next day for Vietnam,” Craig said.

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Illinois post commemorates Memorial Day

Illinois post commemorates Memorial Day

Members of Post 1941 (La Grange, Ill.) commemorate Memorial Day.

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Forgotten for 95 years, fallen veteran will be honored

Forgotten for 95 years, fallen veteran will be honored

The community of Trafford, Pa., was founded in 1904 by inventor and entrepreneur George Westinghouse. When the country was thrown into the first World War, the citizens of Trafford answered the call and sent hundreds of their boys off to fight. Community members rallied behind their men and pitched in to provide support for the nation. Most of the men from the Trafford community returned home. A few men did not. To honor all those who served in the war, a bronze tablet and granite stone were created by the citizens to be installed in Trafford’s community park.

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Florida monument honors all vets who served in wartime in Iraq

Florida monument honors all vets who served in wartime in Iraq

Cape Coral, Fla., claims to have the first monument (not memorial) that honors veterans from both Iraq wars: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-2011, and Gulf Storm 1991. The town has a penchant for honoring veterans. Four Mile Cove Eco Park, where the monument stands, actually has four others honoring veterans of different wars.

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