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15 years after he killed a house of insurgents saving his squad, soldier receives Medal of Honor

"Were it not for David Bellavia I would not be sitting here today. We couldn't get out. Couldn't do anything. We were stuck there. I asked David to help me out and he did that. He put himself in line of that fire and laid down a base of fire, overwhelmed the enemy long enough for me to get myself...
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Honoring Old Glory on Flag Day and every day

Flag Day is here, and what better way is there to celebrate Old Glory's birthday than to look at some of the stories featuring the Stars and Stripes that have made news over the past year. Long may she wave Old Glory is flying high once again in a private residential community in Henrico County...
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Think Betsy Ross designed the flag? Think again

Did she or didn't she? Legend says Philadelphia seamstress and upholsterer Betsy Ross used her skill with a needle and thread to create Old Glory at George Washington's request more than 240 years ago. But, historical facts don't necessarily back up that claim. "As far as the big question is...
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25 years later, 'Forrest Gump' will be in theaters again

This year, on July 6, Forrest Gump, Lieutenant Dan, and the rest of the characters that Robert Zemeckis' film brought into the world turn 25. To celebrate the anniversary of "Forrest Gump," Fathom Events is showing the movie in select theaters on June 23 and 25 across the country. "Forrest Gump"...
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Rambo is back!

John Rambo is back. Sylvester Stallone will return to the big screen as Vietnam veteran and all around badass John Rambo in "Rambo Last Blood, " on Sept. 20. Here's a sneak peek of what you can expect from the Lionsgate film: In the film, Rambo, a former Army Special Forces soldier who is an expert...
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Meet the real-life brothers who inspired 'Saving Private Ryan'

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Fathom Events is hosting showings of "Saving Private Ryan" at 600 theaters across the nation -- but do you know the true story that inspired Steven Spielberg's 1998 film? See 'Saving Private Ryan' in theaters 75 years after D-Day Brothers Edward,...
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Driver unveils new race car honoring Soldier's memory, family

By Katie Lange Jumping into the driver's seat of a Humvee -- that's right up a race car driver's alley. But strapping into a parachute? Not so much. NASCAR driver Ryan Newman figured that out when he spent the day with paratroopers from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North...
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Marine Corps veteran wins WBO junior lightweight world title

By Ben Krimmel Jamel "Semper Fi" Herring had time to let out just one "Oorah!" during his post-fight interview before the jubilation had to momentarily stop. That's because Herring's friends, family, and several exuberant U.S. Marines who joined the celebration had broken the ring. In front of a...
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Honoring the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery

Maj. Stephen Von Jett of the Army's Old Guard stopped by to talk with an old friend Thursday and place a flag at his gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. "I took a moment, said a few words, and told him I missed him," he said. Von Jett was one of nearly 1,000 Old Guard Soldiers who honored the...
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Memorial Day can be a painful trigger for veterans

For most veterans, Memorial Day naturally brings about a wave of emotions, reminded of our brothers and sisters in arms who've made the ultimate sacrifice. While civilians are celebrating the start of summer and barbecue season, we military veterans understand the solemnity of the observance. But...
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