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A monument to Air Force Col. Edgar Whitcomb

A monument to Air Force Col. Edgar Whitcomb

Some lives are worth commemorating because of the inspiration they give to future generations. Ed Whitcomb is one of those. From his dramatic escape out of the Philippines during World War II, to abandoning politics for the thrills of sailing solo around the world, Whitcomb is an explorer with an independence that makes him a truly unconventional and unique Hoosier. In the twilight of life Ed has settled in the small Ohio River town of Rome, Ind.

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Honoring those who serve in Missouri

Honoring those who serve in Missouri

This Veterans Day event was held at the Nixa Community Center in Nixa, Miss. Our American Legion Post 434, together with VFW Post 6758, American Legion Auxiliary Post 434, and American Legion Riders, Post 434 organized and participated in this event.

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United States Marine Corps Combat Helicopter Association Memorial Bell Ceremony

United States Marine Corps Combat Helicopter Association Memorial Bell Ceremony

My brother John and I will conduct a Veterans Day ceremony at the State Capitol Rotunda in Sacramento, California, with the USMC Combat Helicopter Association Memorial Bell. The bell, created by and under the custodianship of my brother John A. Gordon, U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, will be rung at a 1 p.m. ceremony on Veterans Day in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Sacramento. This will mark the second annual ceremony at the Capitol recognizing all U.S. veterans of all military branches.

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"What do you See" - Poem by Leon Kohler

"What do you See" - Poem by Leon Kohler

Our fellow comrade Leon Kohler (from Post 4 in Lakeland, Fla.) has written a very moving poem after viewing the “Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.” It is worth noting that Leon himself served in Vietnam, so he understands the sacrifice that was made by so many and is grateful for this memorial. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. It is a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War and was made for the purpose of helping to heal and rekindle friendships.

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POW/MIA remembrance in South Tampa

POW/MIA remembrance in South Tampa

Post 138 in Port Tampa City held a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20, to commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day and honor our fellow comrades still missing from our nation’s past wars, returned POWs and their respective families. Commander Ron Duncan led the ceremony, assisted by Acting Chaplain Shelli Romeu and Sergeant-at-Arms Dan Carter. Each detail of the POW/MIA chair, table and items was recounted so that all in attendance knew the meaning and importance of the symbolism of the POW/MIA chair.

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POW/MIA remembrance ceremony, Post 25, El Centro, Calif.

The ceremony was held Friday, Sept. 20 at Boyce Aten American Legion Post 25 located in El Centro, Calif. Although this night seemed pretty normal, with more than 50 dinners served from 6-8:30 p.m. and karaoke begining at 8 p.m., this was a night remembered. At about 9 p.m. with 50+ people in attendance, instead of performing karaoke, the post commander took the mic and held a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony. Assisted by the Area 5 commander, the ceremony was unexpected yet well appreciated and touching, as tears flowed from many attendees.

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Post keeps memory of member's World War II KIA uncle alive

Post keeps memory of member's World War II KIA uncle alive

Owen Coffman Legion Post 519 (Palm Springs, Calif.) recently dedicated its main hall room to one of World War II’s lost heroes, Roaul Prieto. While a deceivingly simple gesture, it is an honor that has been a long time coming, much in thanks to Roaul’s nephew, Legionnaire Eugene R. Prieto. Eugene was a young boy, 6 or 7, when his grandparents received the letter from the Army Air Corps that changed his whole life: it said simply that Roaul had been killed.

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Hometown heroes

Hometown heroes

The highest honor that can be awarded a man in the military is the Congressional Medal of Honor. About 3,400 of these medals have been awarded to members of the military in the five branches of service since 1861. Elizabethtown has the honor of being the home of record for not one but two such heroes: Lt. Robert Dale Reem of the United States Marine Corps and Sgt. William David Port of the United States Army. Reem graduated from Elizabethtown High School in June 1943, joined the Marine Corps in August 1943 and was selected to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

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Oakdale Veteran's Memorial enhanced by hardscapes

Oakdale Veteran's Memorial enhanced by hardscapes

The new Veteran’s Memorial at Oakdale City Hall creates an enduring space for citizens to honor military friends and family, enhanced by the use of retaining walls, paver surfaces and natural stone. The city celebrated its first official Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, said Park Superintendent Randy Bastyr, so that local VFW and American Legion post members who were already booked at other observances could participate. The event included a flag ceremony, color guard, gun salute, bugler, guest speaker Col.

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Wisconsin town raises $250,000 to honor veterans

Wisconsin town raises $250,000 to honor veterans

The Wisconsin town of Bloomer may have less than 4,000 residents, but it came together to create a memorial that honors nearly 3,000 veterans, who represent every war era in the United States except the Revolution. Between the donated land, the donated materials, labor and monetary gifts, the city and its veterans groups raised an estimated $250,000 to see the five-year project through from vision to dedication. "In my mind, it’s not just a veterans memorial.

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Paintings honor veterans at Minnesota cemetery

Paintings honor veterans at Minnesota cemetery

The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery committal hall is getting a unique memorial: five 8-by-10-foot oil paintings representing the five different military branches. The Army painting is finished and displayed; the Navy painting is almost finished; and the artist, Charles Kapsner, is making plans for the upcoming Coast Guard project. The project, which will take nearly a decade to complete, is funded totally by donations.

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Veterans work together to raise unique memorial, funds

Veterans work together to raise unique memorial, funds

What began as an artist's tribute to his late father-in-law, a Korean War POW, is growing into a community veterans memorial in Montrose, Mich.

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Loretto (Pa.) honors deceased veterans

Loretto (Pa.) honors deceased veterans

Under a bright sunny sky people lined the streets of Loretto, Pa., to watch the annual parade and take in the Memorial Day activities. It was a joint effort of the Loretto American Legion and Auxiliary Post No. 748. Kenneth Clark, commander of the Loretto Legion, welcomed everyone. The parade with many participants made its way down the Main Street. Then everyone went to the local cemetery where a program was held.

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Marion County Quarterly Memorial

Marion County Quarterly Memorial

At the quarterly Memorial Ceremony (April-June 2013) held on July 13, 2013, American Legion Post 284 of Belleview, Fla., was honored to read of the names of all the deceased veterans Of Marion County. There were 116 names to be read. The ceremony was held at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala, Fla. Pictured from left to right: Bill Furlow, Lee Rush, Bud Barbier, Ron Ciampi, Pam Styx, Jerry Montgomery and Post Commander Ed Jaworski.

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Illinois town bands together to fund veterans memorial

Illinois town bands together to fund veterans memorial

In 2006, the village of Sheridan, Ill., approved the construction of a veterans memorial. The first phase consisted of a flagpole and an American flag. After a number of phases over the last six years, we are now entering the memorial’s completion. The last two items will be a 4’ wide, 6’8”-high stone monument and we're contemplating an artillery piece. The post helped to organize raffles and garner donations. The park is public-funded. The whole community is pretty proud of it. We have a large amount of veterans here, and an awful lot of veterans in our cemeteries, so it’s important.

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New Hampshire honors Vietnam veterans

New Hampshire honors Vietnam veterans

It was a beautiful day on March 30, 2013, one that I am sure that the Vietnam veterans will never forget. For the first time New Hampshire officially welcomed home those who served their country in Vietnam. In 2007, both the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate passed resolutions proclaiming March 30 the official “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” One of American Legion Post 39’s members, Steve Winter, was the House sponsor of Senate Bill 398, a bill “proclaiming March 30, 2013, as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” The bill was signed by Gov.

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Nebraska Post 35 dedicates memorial

Nebraska Post 35 dedicates memorial

A new Veterans Memorial at American Legion Post 35 in Madison, Neb., was dedicated on Memorial Day. The memorial is located adjacent to Post 35 headquarters and consists of 10 columns containing individual engraved bricks with the names, branch and years of service for more than 315 local veterans. Other local businesses and individuals are also represented. The interior of the memorial is a lighted, paved patio for parties and other functions.

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Post 344 uncovers forgotten World War II memorial

Post 344 uncovers forgotten World War II memorial

We were vacating our old post building. It had been sold to the county in 1975, then we had rented it for our meetings. In 2011 the county sold it, and so that September we had to get out and remove our stuff from the storage spaces. I was helping in a real dark closet with a chain-pull light in the ceiling. When I turned it on, I could barely make out what was in there. As I was removing a box, I saw a memorial for the “men of the community who lost their lives during World War II.” There were 38 names. We were astonished.

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Small Ohio town pays tribute to homegrown Medal of Honor recipient

Small Ohio town pays tribute to homegrown Medal of Honor recipient

More than four decades after Pfc. Melvin Newlin was killed in action during the Vietnam War and posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor, his hometown of Wellsville, Ohio, still celebrates his service through its many memorials that keep his story alive. But when Melvin enlisted in the Marines in 1966, he was only 18, fresh out of high school, and the war in Vietnam was escalating. “He said he wanted to do something for his country,” said Mary Crago, his sister.

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Pennsylvania township dedicates memorial to honor fallen soldier

On Sept. 17, 2007, Lowhill Township (Pa.) dedicated a memorial to honor the fallen. It is a beautiful black granite monument, made from the same piece of granite as the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. There was only one name on this monument, that of our son, Cpt. Mark T. Resh, July 22, 1978 - Jan. 28, 2007, Silver Star recipient. I was surprised to see only our son's name, but questioned why there were no others, as surely there must have been someone killed in action from a previous war.

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