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Britain’s Last Living WWI Vet Harry Patch Dies at 111

July 27, 2009

Britain’s last living World War I veteran died on July 25, 2009. Harry Patch served in the trenches as a machine gunner. Read more about Harry Patch.


President Dwight D. Eisenhower Named to World Golf Hall of Fame

June 26, 2009

President Eisenhower was named to the World Golf Hall of Fame for his promotion of the sport. Read more.

Major General David F. Wherley, Jr. and Wife Killed in DC Metro Crash

June 24, 2009

Major General David F. Wherley, Jr. and his wife, Ann, were killed in the Metro crash in Washington, DC on Tuesday. General Wherley had participated in the 2007 National Memorial Day Parade.

Read more about Wherley. Read more about the crash.

Medal of Honor Recipient George E. Wahlen Dies

June 10, 2009

Recipient of the Medal of Honor for gallantry at Iwo Jima during World War II George E. Wahlen died on June 5, 2009. Wahlen was a Navy medical corpsman and served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He also worked for the Veterans Administration for over a decade.

Read more in the Spectrum or Salt Lake City’s KSL or the Navy Times.

Wahlen’s Medal of Honor citation.

“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the Second Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Group on 3 March 1945. Painfully wounded in the bitter action (more…)

Don Albury, co-pilot in atomic bomb mission, dies at 88

June 5, 2009

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2009 National Memorial Day Parade Press Release

May 13, 2009

2009 Parade Logo

Tim Holbert
(703) 302-1012 ext 220

Washington, DC, Monday, May 25, 2009 2:00 p.m. EST – The National Memorial Day Parade will take place on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets in Washington, DC. This will be the 6th annual parade since a Memorial Day parade in Washington.was reborn after the nation’s capital went nearly 70 years without a Memorial Day parade. Pre-parade entertainment will begin at 1:30 pm at 7th and Constitution.
This year’s parade will feature:
· Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen as reviewing officer.
· Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna as Honorary Marshals.
· Actor Ernest Borgnine will serve as the Grand Marshal of World War II.
· Country singer Lee Greenwood will perform “God Bless the USA” in the pre-parade program and will also sing in the parade.
· MLB Hall of Famer Bob Feller
· Captain Dick Couch (ret.), author and former Navy SEAL
· The legendary Tuskegee Airmen
· Lt. General Julius Becton
· American Widows Project
· Active Duty Military Personnel
· Be televised on the Pentagon Channel and News Channel 8
· Be the largest Memorial Day event in the world
· Over 250,000 spectators and over 3,000 participants

If you would like to read bios of the VIPs, click the following link. (more…)

Country Music Super Star Toby Keith Finished 7th USO Tour

April 30, 2009

Country Music Singer Toby Keith finished his seventh USO tour on April 27, 2009. His most recent tour was composed of fifteen shows over the course of five days in Afghanistan. Keith and a few band members spent their time performing in small shows around the country while the remainder of the crew set up the stage for the bigger shows to a few thousand troops.

Read more.