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U.S. war dead are given honors in annual rite


    In commemoration of what organizers called the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a special collaborative Memorial Day Ceremony was held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl on Monday under the gaze of the statue Lady Columbia. Above, Gen. Arthur Logan, left, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. laid wreaths.


    Battery C, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, fired a 21-cannon salute.

A sea of American flags fluttered across 38,000 graves on the green grass of Punchbowl cemetery Monday as the nation’s war dead were remembered and an overdue debt of gratitude was paid to Vietnam veterans decades after the contentious Southeast Asian war was fought and debated back home. Read more

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