Soldier Walks 13 Miles in Full Gear to Honor Fallen Comrade

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Sergent Hille explained, “We have to do our best to continue to remember the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice for what we have the privilege of doing in this country.”

Memorial Day: Through the Eyes of a Veteran

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Sean Davis remembers the fallen soldiers he served with and looks ahead to new challenges.

Veterans Urn Project Honors Soldiers with Handcrafted Boxes

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In Tampa, a group of woodworkers has organized to craft urns for indigent veterans whose remains would otherwise be relegated to cardboard boxes.

The Memorial Day Mission: Destroying the Strongholds of Low Self-Esteem

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What about you? What has been the outcome of the wars you’ve been fighting from one year to the next? What have you won and lost? And how have the memories of your battles affected you?

Memorial Day 30 May 1868 / Memorial Day 30 May 2013

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What we owe United States veterans of war has changed since the original Decoration Day honoring Civil War dead.

Why I Am Actively Supporting the Boy Scouts

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If my greatest sin in the end is that I’ve been too open, too loving, that I’ve drawn the circle of inclusion to large, I’m willing to take that chance.

On Soldiers: Memorial Day 2013 [Video]

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The writers who bring the battles home, on the bonds of war.

From Dork to Combat Killer in 14 Weeks

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Matt Crowder looks back at the moment he knew he had to join the U.S. Military—the morning of September 11, 2001—and how that has turned him into the man he is today.

Respecting My Daughter’s Growing Body

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The ways that Ahmed Youssef plays with his daughter are changing as she grows up, and he wonders whether this is really such a good thing.

Dads Make Memories (Whether We Try To Or Not)

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J.R. Reed is starting to feel time fly by, and in watching his daughter grow into her teen years, he realizes just how important her memories of him will someday be.

Be Present to Win

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You have to be present in order to win at life. Seven years sober, Brandon Ferdig is grateful to the people who have been there for him.

‘The Man with the Signs’ – A Breathtaking Tribute to Fallen Soldiers

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Filmmaker Max Esposito tells the story of a man who, twice a year, creates a tribute to the service people who have given their lives in the previous six months.

“Yesterday, I didn’t honor the institutionalized violent aggression.”

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This is a comment by Kirsten on the post “What do Pacifists do on Memorial Day?”

I’m Home! Air Force Dad Surprises Family at Braves Game

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Jamie Reidy shares a heartwarming video of a surprise reunion between an Air Force Master Sergeant deployed in Afghanistan and his family at an Atlanta Braves game.

“At least the thinking end of the military recognizes some of the waste of blood.”

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This is a comment by The Wet One on the post “West Point Debates War in Light of Failures in Iraq and Afghanistan”.

Off The Soldier

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What’s an appropriate way to honor our soldiers? Hint: It doesn’t necessarily involve a barbecue or mall sales.