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Honoring Heroes: 90th Anniversary of the First Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is one of the most significant acts of recognition among American service members. The medal is awarded for "being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States, or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces." It is one of the only U.S. military distinctions that is awarded to all who fit the criteria — not just those who receive a recommendation from a higher-ranking official.
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Who is Eligible to be Buried in a Veterans Cemetery?

For military Veterans and their loved ones, one of the highest honors is receiving a final resting place in a Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemetery. To be laid to rest among fellow soldiers, where family and friends can visit your gravestone, is something most members of the United States Armed Forces are qualified to receive.
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 100 Years Later

In Arlington National Cemetery, a soldier takes 21 steps along a rubber mat. When he reaches the end, he pauses for exactly 21 seconds. He turns 180 degrees, shifts his rifle to the opposite shoulder, then makes the same journey to the other end of the mat. He is guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and his movements reflect the traditional 21-gun salute—the highest honor rendered in the armed forces.
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3 Ways to Commemorate Memorial Day

This weekend, the United States will commemorate Memorial Day. Viewed by many as the unofficial start of summer, families and friends often mark the day with picnics, BBQs, or a trip to the beach. But this patriotic holiday is set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military.