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Month: May 2006

Purple Heart

Purple Heart

Ceremonies for the winner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Letters to the Front contest were held Thursday. The winner was 13 year old Fatima Faisal of West Genessee Middle School in New York. At the presentation, she was given certificate, a t-shirt, and a savings bond. Staff Sgt. Phillip Trackey stood before the crowd, holding up the Purple Heart he earned from wounds suffered in Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. He walked up Faisal after she received her prizes. He…

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Swims Like a Fish

Swims Like a Fish

Add Braxton Bilbrey to the list of people who have conquered the waters surrounding Alcatraz Island. At just 7 years old, Bilbey swam the 1.4 miles in the freezing waters of from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park. He completed the swim in 47 minutes. His coach and two other adults swam the distance with him. Bilbrey was reading a magazine story when inspiration hit him. It was a story about Johnny Wilson, the 9 years old, who swam the distance in…

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Next Best Thing to Being There

Next Best Thing to Being There

We have many soldiers overseas who will be unable to see their children graduate this year. Over 250 graduates in the Fort Campbell, Tennessee region will attend commencement with a parent overseas. By the time their GI parents see the graduation photos, they kids will probably be off to college. High schools near Fort Campbell decided to make sure that these parents would see their children at commencement. They hired a company called XOS Technologies videa tape the ceremonies and…

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His Machine Guns Make Melodious Music

His Machine Guns Make Melodious Music

Cesar Lopez is a classically trained musician. For years, he heard more gun fire than music as the decades old war battered his country. In 2003, he witnessed the bombing of a nightclub while his group was playing music in the street nearby. After that incident, he knew that he had to do something to change his world and change perspectives. His idea is original and incredibly powerful. He transforms the machines of war: rifles, AK-47s, and so forth into…

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever

The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever

Laura Gooder was separate from her husband, Eric Nielson. He took their daughter for an overnight visit and never returned. That was 1976 and it was Mother’s Day. Laura Gooder kept on hoping for her daughters return, but the authorities turned up nothing. She kept waiting for the phone call that never came. 30 years passed and she still held on to a glimmer of hope. Nielson told his daughter that her mother had been killed in a car accident….

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