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Vern Buchanan honors Memorial Day by laying wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

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In honor of Memorial Day, Vern Buchanan laid a wreath Friday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Joining the Sarasota Republican, who represents Florida’s 16th Congressional District, was his wife Sandy. “America must never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country,’’ Buchanan said. “Our nation owes a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid to the brave men and women of our armed forces.” Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is…

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NASA, Space Coast remember Apollo 1, Challenger, Columbia disasters

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The end of January to the first day of February — starting Wednesday and running through Monday — is always a most somber time for NASA and America’s space program. Those dates mark anniversaries of three of the nation’s most visible tragedies: Apollo 1, the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia disasters. It also reminds us of the resilience of space agency and Florida’s Space Coast, where people took each setback personally. Every time, NASA faced fierce criticism that American heroes…

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