THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW: At sunrise, on every Memorial Day for the past 20 years, Wes Anderson is alone in Spokane’s Riverfront Park, scrubbing clean the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
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WFSU: Gov. Rick Scott is touting a 47-year low in the state’s crime rate after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its annual statistics. Ryan Dailey reports the Governor said he is ‘disappointed’ in the legislature over cuts to the Department of Corrections.
FSU NEWS: Florida State University continues to take a stance on human rights issue like labor and sextrafficking. Amnesty International at FSU hosted its third annual Human Rights Conference with a theme of “Born to Be Free.”
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FSU NEWS: Aug. 7, 2017, will mark 75 years since the beginning of the battle of Guadalcanal, the first significant Allied offensive against the Empire of Japan and a major strategic turning point in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
FSU NEWS: As we approach the 73rd anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, also known as D-Day, historians in Florida State University’s Institute on World War II and the Human Experience continue to work diligently collecting, preserving and archiving artifacts and documents that tell the stories of the thousands of lives that were forever changed on that momentous day.
FSU NEWS: Florida State University’s Institute on World War II and the Human Experience and the Department of History will host the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History (SMH) from Thursday, March 30, through Sunday, April 2, in Jacksonville, Fla.
TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT: Air Force veteran Richard Decoteau had only been in his new home on Rankin Avenue two days when his son called his attention to something curious in the shrubs bordering the house.
CGTN AMERICA: To take a deeper look at China’s commemoration of Japan’s surrender and the end of World War II, as well as the nation’s involvement, CCTV America’s Asieh Namdar spoke to Kurt Piehler Director, Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at Florida State University.
CGTN AMERICA: Many Americans aren't familiar with China's name for the war: the "War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression." For more about some of these untold parts of World War Two. CCTV's Asieh Namdar spoke to Kurt Piehler He's the Director of the Institute on World War Two and the Human Experience at Florida State University.
THE DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL: Morgan Welch’s mother had read about a pilot whose life had been saved when flak fragments lodged in a steel-jacketed Bible he had in his pocket instead of slicing into his heart. She figured her son — then a 25-year-old Army lieutenant about to take part in the Allied forces assault on the beaches of Normandy, France during World War II — could use some similar protection. So she sent him a clipping of the article along with a steel-covered copy of the New Testament. It was just days before the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.
CGTN AMERICA: CCTV America interviewed Kurt Piehler, the author of several books on World War 2. He's also the Director of the 'Institute on World War 2 and the Human Experience,' and a professor at Florida State University.
TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT: A nightgown made from a parachute. Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Mauldin’s cartoons. Hundreds of photos of Japan just after the war. Reading wartime love letters on Valentine’s Day. An author whose babysitter was Anne Frank; another author talking about military training at historically black colleges and universities.
Photo: From collection of Patrick Rowe
WCTV: Local veterans and their families commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion this morning, June 6th, in front of the Leon County Courthouse. The stories of young men who stormed those beaches can be found down the street.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: They were “the Jackson 5” long before Motown arrived. In a span of 10 months in 1943, Genevieve and Samuel Jackson of Lackawanna sent five of their eight sons to the military.
Image: Buffalo Evening News article of May 16, 1945, about “Jackson Boys Overseas” cites war service of five brothers, from left, Pfc. Samuel, Sgt. Robert, Pvt. Sharon, Pfc. Glover and Pfc. Edward.
DALLAS NEWS BY THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: In summer 1945, before World War II drew to a close, 17-year-old Willard Williams was ready to join the fight. His first choice was the Army Air Corps. But he said recruiters told him he should come back once his right leg, injured falling off the high dive at a Vickery Park pool, healed up. The Army, Navy and Marines told him the same. Williams, who now lives in Rowlett, didn’t want to wait. So he went to the Merchant Marine, the support system for the armed forces that shipped supplies and equipment all over the world.
Photo: Veteran Willard Williams of Rowlett was 17 when he joined the Merchant Marine in 1945. (Photo submitted by WILLARD WILLIAMS)
WASHINGTON POST: Honor: so intangible, yet so powerful. The glue, some soldiers say, of any fighting force; the raison d'etre of many a soldier. The Honor Code. The Honor Guard. "Honor-bound to defend freedom." That's from a placard at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay. And that catchphrase from the Vietnam War, about an oh-so-elusive "peace with honor."
WASHINGTON POST: With more than 800 U.S. military personnel killed and more than 4,600 wounded, U.S. casualties in Iraq over the past 14 months now compare to those of several of the smaller wars in the nation's history.