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Memorial Day Performance Military & Veterans News

Cover Story: “Truths Colliding”: Veterans & Dancers Perform on the Intrepid in NYC Memorial Day Weekend

“Uggggh!” moans Natalya as she tries to pick up a 6-foot tall man off the floor of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum aircraft carrier with only her forearms. Laughs abound. The assignment from Roman Baca, Iraq War veteran and Artistic Director of Exit12 Dance Company, was to trust another with weight sharing and support each other to and from the ground without using any hands. 
 New York City Armistice Day 1918 Military & Veterans Life

Cover Story: History of Veterans Day

Private Harry Atwood, a bicycle messenger in the 341st Field Artillery Regiment’s headquarters company, was carrying battle orders on a dismal 11 November 1918 while his regiment’s guns were firing in support of the 28th Division.  They were attacking German fortifications around the French city of Metz. At 1059 hours, all the regiment’s guns delivered a massive salvo of artillery rounds into the German entrenchments.  It was the last time the battalion fired a shot in anger. One minute later there was complete silence.
A history of Arlington National Cemetery Military & Veterans Life

Cover Story: History of Arlington National Cemetery

Perfectly aligned white marble tombstones dot green hills like pearls, strung together by memories of fallen military members. That’s the sight at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC, which is the resting place for more than 400,000 veterans and their dependents over approximately 640 acres on the Potomac River. This Memorial Day we remember the fallen soldiers buried at Arlington and across the nation. And this Saturday Arlington hosts the inaugural Flowers of Remembrance Day, where the public can bring flowers to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to pay tribute to the sacrifice of so many veterans. 
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Cover Story: 57 Years Later, Reflections on the Olympics and Post-War Tokyo

The global pandemic that reshaped how we function and interact as humans left no corner of the world untouched. Every aspect of our lives changed on the personal level, but the cancellation or disruption of seemingly invincible cultural touchstones like the Olympics served as stunning reminders of the uncertain times we all endured. An event that intertwines and invigorates the world once every four years is needed now more than ever after a period of such isolating international disconnect and despair. After countless fits and starts threatened to condemn the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as collateral damage of the pandemic, we will soon get to enjoy what the Japanese refer to as the “Recovery Games” After all, Japan won the right to host the Olympics on July 16, 2011 just months after 18,000 Japanese lost their lives during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Memorials Abroad Military & Veterans News

Cover Story: Memorials Abroad

This year’s Memorial Day will be celebrated in the United States with solemn ceremonies marked by recognition of the sacrifices of American women and men in uniform at innumerable memorials located throughout the country.  These memorials are everyday reminders which really only come into sharp focus, however, on that one special day at the end of May.  Less in one’s consciousness, if indeed one is even aware of them, are the many memorials to deceased American service members in foreign countries which deserve attention.
Battle of the Bulge Military & Veterans Life

Cover Story: 75 Years Later, an Inside Look of Heroism During Battle of the Bulge

Seventy-five years ago this month, on 17 January 1945, the so-called “Battle of the Bulge” had pretty much ended.  American and British troops had flattened the December German protrusion into Luxembourg and Belgium.  A desperate German rear guard was trying to stem an inexorable Allied advance eastwards.  Nowhere was that more evident than in the tiny Luxembourg village of Oberwampach located close to the Belgian border.  The next step to the rear for the Germans was into their homeland.  Their commanders were determined to stop the U.S. Army’s 358th Infantry Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division from driving them out of their defensive positions.
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Military & Veterans Life

Cover Story: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

The launch of season two of the wildly popular Serial podcast caught millions of fans by surprise, chronicling the controversial capture and release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Serial’s ongoing coverage of the story brought the dramatic military account back to the forefront of the American public’s attention, and, by some accounts, the podcast’s in-depth study of Bergdahl and his capture may have spurred Department of Defense officials to take action.
Vincent Hancock Military & Veterans Life

Cover Story: From Combat Boots to Chef Toques

After Ben Lubin completed his service with the U.S. Marines in 2009, he returned to his hometown of West Palm Beach, Fla., and opened a wine bar. It didn’t take long for Lubin to realize that opening a wine bar without a restaurant background was like going into combat without proper training. To ensure The Blind Monk was successful, the former artillery officer enrolled in a six-month culinary program at the International Culinary Center.

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