The Last Full Measure

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President Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, said that those soldiers who had given “the last full measure” would not have died in vain if those left behind continued fighting for what they believed in.

Seniors Celebrate Soldiers

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by Michael Barone Without the Athens Community Council on Aging, many of their clients wouldn’t be living the lives they experience today. Lacking family members to care for them or means of transportation, most would end up stuck at home, alone. “The senior center is for low-income clients… and we provide transportation, a hot meal […]

Anarchists and Veterans

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by Stephen Terry Memorial Day is a holiday many people observe by visiting memorials and cemeteries of fallen veterans and giving thanks to those who serve. Others spend it by watching the Indianapolis 500 while having a barbeque with family and friends. Gabe Benson, 22, from Watkinsville, Ga., does not celebrate Memorial Day, at all. […]

VFW Honors Those Who Answered the Call

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by Randi Hildreth VFW Post #4706 in Decatur, Ga., paid tribute to soldiers in a brief ceremony. The service was held Monday, May 30, 2011. Vietnam Veteran, Harold Roberts, presided over the ceremony. Roberts noted that although the Post does not have long ceremonies, they do take the day very seriously and value the importance […]

I Made It Back

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by Megan Graves Capt. Josh Darnell returned from Afghanistan with a new view on what Memorial Day meant to him. “Before I was deployed, like most Americans I viewed Memorial Day as an interchangeable holiday with Veterans Day,” says Darnell, “After I got hurt and I lost those two soldiers that were under my command […]

Following the Family Footsteps

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by Lauren Allen Benjamin Baker, 23, of Peachtree City, Ga. is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps as pilots for the U.S. military. Baker has just begun the preliminary steps to join the U.S. Air Force Reserves where he plans to carry on the family business as a pilot. […]

Controlling the Air, Controlling Emotions

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by Lisa Glaser Darrell Chaisson, a 67-year-old Air Force veteran, worked on Memorial Day, just as he works every Monday as the air traffic control tower chief at the Athens-Ben Epps airport. He understands firsthand the day’s meaning though. Chaisson served in the Air Force from 1967-70, which included a year at a base in […]

Pappy Harmon and the Cannon

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by Mark Stephenson They’re just firing a half load of powder, Pappy says. Nearby Marietta wouldn’t appreciate being bombarded twice on the hour, every hour, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Memorial Day weekend. Still, the cannon creates a sonic boom impressive enough to make the audiences at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park collectively […]

Front Lines and the Football Field

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by Casey Bruce In the small town of McKeesport, Penn., four black boys grew up in a tiny apartment with a single mother who emphasized discipline and focus in their studies. Like most boys their age, they roughhoused, playing with neighborhood kids, imagining themselves triumphing in the big leagues. In 1964, two of the boys […]

Supporting Our Troops

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by Brooke Goodson John Heathcock, 67, from Alpharetta, Ga., is no stranger to the hostility shown towards soldiers in controversial wars. Having served in the Army during the Vietnam War in 1968, Heathcock understands the importance of supporting U.S. troops no matter how unpopular a war may be. “I was definitely shocked to see the […]

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