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The Annual Veterans Day Program was held in the Wade Hampton High School Auditorium, Wednesday, Nov. 11th.

The program was conducted by the Air Force JROTC Cadets.

Cadet/Lt. Col. Isaac Beam was Master of Ceremonies.

The Colors were presented by the AFJROTC Color Guard.

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The 15th Annual Honor Flight carrying 85 Korean and World War II veterans left Greenville Thursday morning October 29th.  Very few World War II and Korean era veterans able to make the all day trip remain.

Each veteran had a guardian to assist them on the journey and they were greeted with much fanfare both in Washington and upon their return to Greenville.

The vets visited the World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where they observed the Change of the Guard ceremony.

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Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. Grew up in Greenville, Commissioned in USAF From Clemson AFROTC, Only Casualty of Cuban Missile Crisis

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When the founding officers of American Legion Post 214 in Taylors were deciding on a military hero to honor with the name of the new post, Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. was the perfect choice. The post was dedicated to the memory of Major Anderson at the site of the memorial erected in his memory on October 27, 2015, the 53rd anniversary of his death at the controls of a U-2 reconnaissance plane several miles in the sky over Cuba.

Major Anderson was both the hero and the only American casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis. His sacrifice produced photographs of Soviet missiles that were eventually withdrawn from the island by the Soviet Union. Major Anderson’s ultimate sacrifice may have saved millions of lives by producing intelligence that helped avert a nuclear war.

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The Ugly Side of the Obama Military

A two time Bronze Star winning Army Special Forces Sergeant First Class is being booted out of the Army, November 1, 2015.

Sergeant Charles Martland is charged with interfering in the rape of a young Afghan boy by a member of the Afghan police on a United States Military Base.

A 12 year-old Afghan boy’s mother told Sgt. Martland that an Afghan police leader had chained her son to his bed in order to repeatedly rape him.

The Sgt. and a fellow soldier confronted the Afghan adult involved who laughed at their complaint and said, “it was just a boy.”

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Officials at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Colorado want the Confederate battle flag completely removed from a mural.

The Grand Junction medical facility features a mural of the Civil War painted by 72-year-old artist Lee Bowerman and shows a Confederate and Union soldier staring each other down. Bowerman thinks the decision to remove the flag is unfortunate, but has agreed to do as officials ask. In the meantime, officials have placed a banner to cover part of the display until Bowerman has time to finish the job and remove the offensive elements.

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The American Legion Department of S.C. takes pride in presenting “Palmetto Boys’ State” 2015.

This annual program is being held on the Anderson University Campus, Anderson, SC. As of Sunday, there were 1,042 boys registered. This is a record enrollment for the Palmetto Boys’ State Program. These young men are sponsored by American Legion Posts from across South Carolina. One of the requirements is that all boys must have completed the 11th grade of high school. These young men either attended public or private schools.

The “citizens” of Palmetto Boys’ State arrived Sunday afternoon, and graduation will be held Saturday morning.

Sunday afternoon the Boys’ State Citizens were divided into two political parties, the “Nationalist” and the “Federalists.” Some of the boys have decided to run for political office, and they have to convince the other boys in their “Party” to vote for them.

Palmetto Boys’ State is composed of seven “counties.” Each county has a “population” of approximately 125-175 citizens. There are three cities in four counties, and four cities in three counties.

The governmental organization of Palmetto Boys’ State consists of one state, seven judicial circuits, seven counties, twenty-four cities, and twenty-four election precincts.

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