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Remembering men like Bob Clark is what Memorial Day is about

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There has long been a well-meaning, but wrong, impression of Memorial Day. While the gesture of “honoring our veterans” in late May is a kind thought, veterans are not the ones to be cherished on this day. The fundamental difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day is that veterans served until they became veterans. Those we collectively remember on Memorial Day gave their lives for this country. They were not able to choose when their military service would end. The…

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Bombs away? Possible WW II-era munition unearthed in Florida

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Authorities say a neighborhood near Florida State University had to be evacuated as a precaution after construction workers unearthed what appeared to be a World War II-era bomb. Tallahassee police say they located the munition when called to the site Wednesday. Officers called in the bomb squad, saying it could indeed be an unexploded bomb. The department has asked officials at Eglin Air Force Base, located about 150 miles to the west, to help it determine what exactly was unearthed.…

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1st Vietnam Veterans chapter plans for its eventual demise

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The first chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America is preparing for the day when there won’t be any members left to care for the monument to their service. The chapter is offering the city of Rutland at least $10,000 to set up a fund that will provide perpetual care for the monument, which includes a sarcophagus-like white marble carving of a soldier lying on his back. “Basically what we’re looking at is the fact that all of us Vietnam…

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Dominic M. Calabro: Take time to remember sacrifices of soldiers on Memorial Day

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I remember my Dad telling me stories of World War II when I was a kid. He told me about his friends who died to preserve the American way of life and to rid the world of a madman. Stories like my Dad’s remind me that nothing in our life in America comes without a price. Men and women of all backgrounds fought and died because they took an oath to defend their country from those who wished to harm…

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A hero in war and fife        

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JJ Corbett is a hero of World War II, but, more importantly, he is a hero of the human spirit. He served on a mission kept so secret that only in the last decade or two have the American citizens known of it. And he was injured on that mission. But Corbett, now 92, from Bartow, was never allowed to fight overseas because of his color and the political climate of the time. He was a member of the 555th…

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Tuskegee Airman Willie Rogers honored by St. Petersburg on Veterans Day

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St. Petersburg City officials gathered in Williams Park this Veterans Day morning to honor Willie Rogers, of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Rogers, who achieved the rank of Master Sergeant during his military career, was presented with the city’s 2015 Honored Veteran Award. The accompanying ceremony featured a Presentation of Colors by the St. Petersburg Police Honor Guard, songs from the Gibbs High School choir, and speeches from U.S. Rep. David Jolly and St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, among others. “You…

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Florida commemorates Veterans Day with online World War II exhibit

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With Veterans Day falling in the middle of the week, it can be hard peel away and recognize how large an influence veterans have had on Florida. The Florida Department of State this week announced the release of a new webpage chronicling the World War II era in Florida, complete with pictures, articles and even video of how the Sunshine State and its residents contributed to the war effort. Florida deployed nearly 250,000 soldiers during the war, and more than…

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