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A cloth banner hangs in Bonnie Schreiner’s home. It is white with a red border and gold star. The simple design is completed with her son’s name and branch of service, the U.S. Marine Corps. Known as the Gold Star Banner, this simple flag honors the ultimate sacrifice Stephen John Wilson mad…

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World War II dominated American life in the 1940s. Even tiny rural farm communities like those in Douglas County were deeply affected. For my mother, Martha Buell, childhood was shaped by war.

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Local World War II veteran, James "Hoppy" Hopkins, was captured in a picture which is now displayed at the WWII National Museum of the Marine Corp in Quantico, Virginia. The picture was taken in 1944 and not discovered until 1987 by one of his daughters, purely by accident.

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A world-wide epidemic caused by influenza viruses led to between 50 and 100 million deaths in 1918 and 1919 (as much as one in every 18 people). Because neutral Spain was not censoring news, it became associated with Spain, but its origins are more likely to be the U.S. or France.

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In the first part of December 1965, we left Subic Bay and headed north. It was time for our quarterly readiness exercise. This exercise involved loading strike aircraft, pilots manning their planes and positioning planes on the flight deck just as though they were about to fly off on a strik…

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I was drafted into the United States Army and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 before being honorably discharged. We were always doing search-and-destroy village sweeps. It required us to search through the village for the enemy and destroy anything that the enemy could use.

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As the blast of a Civil War replica cannon echoed above the headstones, members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War marched to a drum beat while balancing long firearms against their shoulders.

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be held Friday, Sept. 15. The National League of POW/MIA Families notes that “the annual event honors our missing service members and their families, and highlights the government’s commitment to account for them.” Local POW/MIA events are held around th…

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OAKLAND — For a couple of days, Tammy Smith was happy to be home in Oakland, visiting her father, a few friends and the community. She was all smiles in her role as grand marshal of Oakland’s Fourth of July parade Tuesday morning, waving to the spectators along the route that started at the …