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‘I Have Waited 68 Years to See This’: How Honor Flights Help Veterans Reflect

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From across the nation, private planes and commercial airliners ferry veterans to the capital to see the monuments honoring them.

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How Did Armistice Day Become Veterans Day in the United States?

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The holiday, which originally marked the end of World War I, was broadened in the 1950s to honor veterans of all wars.

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Arctic Blast Promises a Frigid Veterans Day in Midwest

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A cold snap is expected to break temperature records in much of the U.S. this week.

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A Middle-Aged Woman Has Gray Hair. So?

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Readers react to an Op-Ed article about the actor Keanu Reeves’s choice of a date. Also: The drawbacks of the Democrats’ drug bill; veteran suicides.

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The Soldiers We Leave Behind

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War, immigration and what it means to be American.

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Did you know?

A veteran’s family must request a United States flag.

A flag is provided at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran. Generally, the flag is given to the next of kin. Only one flag may be provided per veteran. Upon the request of the family, an “Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes” (VA Form 21-2008) must be submitted along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers. Flags may be obtained from VA regional offices and most U.S. Post Offices.