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Belcher Veterans Memorial

Belcher Veterans Memorial

Whayland H. Greene, a World War II veteran who earned a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars, had a dream of building a memorial for those who did not come home. With the help of his wife, Jo Ann, the citizens of Belcher, Louisianna state representatives, veterans and others, his dream came true 60 years after the end of WWII. The Belcher Veterans Memorial's formal dedication was Aug. 17, 2002.

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Colorado posts join forces to remember

Colorado posts join forces to remember

American Legion posts 15 and 2000 in Loveland, Colo., joined forces in honoring those who served on Dec. 7, 1941. Today not very many communities do more than lower their flags to half staff to pay tribute and memorialize Dec. 7, 1941, and the event that led us in to World War II. Marilee Rayome wanted to do more and build on a long standing tradition in Loveland of honoring and remembering the day that will live in infamy.

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Vietnam memorial vault lowered

Vietnam memorial vault lowered

A memorial made after the Vietnam Wall came to Waco more than five years ago was finally lowered in the ground recently. A memorial service was held at American Legion Post 121 in Elm Mott. Vietnam veteran and event organizer Bill Mahon describes how they came up with the vault idea. "Folks would leave mementos, pictures, letters, notes, flowers, teddy bears. Each day we would collect them and would put them in this vault that was on site and we had promised that we would bury it with dignity somewhere in the community," said Mahon.

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Small Missouri town honors veterans with large unique memorial

Small Missouri town honors veterans with large unique memorial

In Stella, Mo., you can't miss the veterans' memorial. Though the population of the village hovers around 150, the town is the home of a $51,000 memorial, Legionnaire and former memorial chairman Charles Dalbom said. "When you come down the road from anywhere it is a focal point in the town," Dalbom said.

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Air Force vet honors Legion, late wife with mural on post building

Clovis Ordogne did something his late wife, Judy, would have never believed. He had a mural commissioned on the outside of the American Legion Post 11 in Thibodaux, La., in her honor. Clovis is an Air Force veteran who, among other jobs, served running supplies to the Germans during Stalin's Berlin Blockade after World War II. Clovis and Judy met in 1979 at the restaurant where she was working at the time and hit it off. They shared that distinct Louisiana love for Saints football. They went to see some games at the Superdome. They both spoke French. He was a member of the Legion.

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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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