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1. A look back at Memorial Day in years past. NorthShoreOfLongIsland.com The federal holiday was originally called “Decoration Day” and began shortly after the Civil War ended, with people decorating the graves of the fallen, according to the website of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Public and …
2. Bagpipes are ideal instruments for Memorial Day ceremonies. The solemn sounds come first, often followed by tears. Bagpipes will be played at Memorial Day services on Monday, producing mournful and moving music in memory of lost comrades.
3. Photos: Memorial Day ceremony at American Cemetery in France. A steady rain did not deter a group of U.S. and French military and civilian dignitaries from attending a Memorial Day ceremony Sunday at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial.
4. For Miss. veteran, Korean War is not a forgotten war. Just ask Derril Silkwood about the Korean War, and the memories come flooding back — the reason he volunteered, the bitter-cold winter of fighting, the squad leader he admired but lost so soon after they arrived, the bunkers and the trenches along the front line. And the men who didn’t come back.
5. Teens create touching exhibit on local veterans at History Museum. Ruth Ponciroli has lovingly saved her father’s diary from World War I along with his pocket-size prayer book, rosary and an ornate framed roster listing those like him who served in the 128th Field Artillery. Their names appear under the banner: “Defenders of Humanity.”
6. Ceremony today repatriates remains of 10 US airmen downed in 1969. One day in 1969, when Paul Clever was 6, he came home to find his mother crying as two Air Force officers stood by. After they left, his mother told him and his sister that their father, Sgt. Louis Clever, had been lost.
7. MOH recipient Jared Monti’s memory is foremost in father’s mind. When Paul Monti is asked where his own son lies in the mammoth graveyard, it is apparent the section and number of his son’s gravesite are branded on Monti’s soul as indelibly as a tattoo.
8. Native American veterans push for recognition. The Navajo Code Talkers are legendary. Then there was Cpl. Ira Hamilton Hayes, the Pima Indian who became a symbol of courage and patriotism when he and his fellow Marines raised the flag over Iwo Jima in 1945.
9. Honoring veterans as monuments decay, funds dry up. A corroding monument to soldiers from Hawaii who served in World War I has challenged the community to maneuver a delicate question: How do we honor those who have served when memorials deteriorate and finances are tight?
10.Political Capital With Al Hunt. Hyperlink to Story BLOOM (Video): In this 1:45 minute video, Al Hunt of Bloomberg News interviews former Department of State Sec. Colin Powell. Sec. Powell expresses confidence in Sec. Eric Shinseki’s ability to end the Backlog