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Memorial Day, A Reflection on Honor, Sacrifice, and Duty

Sometimes, I wonder if the sacrifices of our soldiers are forgotten because of time, the remoteness of many wars, and the volunteer status of our armed forces.  Memorial Day is a national holiday and a time for remembrance of those who gave their lives in order to preserve our freedoms.

The poem below was written by one of our alums, Joe DeCree.  

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American Public University System Participates in Wreaths Across America

This past Saturday, hundreds of students, staff, and faculty from American Military University and American Public University honored American veterans by laying wreaths at grave sites in cemeteries nationwide as part of the Wreath Across America program.

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Veterans Day 2013

On Veterans Day, we celebrate and honor members of our nation’s armed forces for their tremendous commitment and sacrifices.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Allies and Germany announced a temporary cessation of all hostilities, signaling the end of the Great War, World War I.

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Aon and Wounded Warrior Project Salute America’s Wounded Warriors

The state of the economy is a well-known story these days and the unemployment rate is just one indicator of the trouble.  Unemployment rates linger around 8.3 percent (as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS] on March 9 for February 2012).  The number of long-term unemployed (classified as those unemployed for 27 weeks or more) remained unchanged in February, hovering at 5.4 million people (approximately 43 percent of the total unemployed). 

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Veterans Day 2011

Today is Veterans Day, a day designed to celebrate our nation’s armed forces, their commitment, and their ultimate sacrifices.  Though this day comes only once each year, the special individuals to whom it is dedicated deserve our thanks every day.  The last year has been a tumultuous one for the entire world and the men and women of the American military have been engaged in various theaters of operations beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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Commemorating the Ten Year Anniversary of 9/11

Aerial view of the planned 9/11 memorial on the site of the World Trade Center. (photo from 9/11 Memorial website)

It has been a decade since the unprecedented terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Despite the time that has passed, our memories of that day remain fresh and raw.  More than 3,000 lives were lost in the attacks at New York City and the Pentagon as terrorist hijackers flew two planes into the World Trade Center and one into the Pentagon. 

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An Online Memorial to an American Hero

I recently received an email that was quite touching and I thought worth sharing here (see below).  SSgt Darrell “Shifty” Powers served with the 101st Airborne Infantry Easy Company.  Anyone who has read Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers or seen the HBO hit series by the same name will recognize Shifty’s name.  Actor Peter Youngblood Hills portrays Shifty’s character on the HBO series.

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