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Obama: First Memorial Day in 14 years that U.S. not fighting a major war

Obama remembered Wyatt Martin, a Mesa solider who was one of the last two Americans to die in combat in Afghanistan, in his remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. "This may be the first Memorial Day since the end of our war in Afghanistan. But we are acutely aware, as we speak, our men and women in uniform still stand watch and still serve, and still sacrifice around the world."... Read more»

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Remembering the fallen giants I served with in Iraq

Ten years ago I was a few months into my first tour in Iraq, a 25-year-old know-nothing specialist in the Army, carrying two cameras and a rifle into east Baghdad every day. Now I’m a photojournalist, covering the war in Afghanistan since 2010. The soldiers I meet now in Afghanistan — many of them joined the Army when I did — reenlisted a couple of times, and now they’ve done five or six tours.... Read more»

Our Fallen: Tucsonans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars

After more than a decade of war, dozens from Tucson and Southern Arizona have died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. ... Read more»2

What's open, what's closed on Memorial Day

Most government offices will be closed Monday as the nation observes Memorial Day, and several cemeteries in Tucson will hold commemoration ceremonies.... Read more»

Presidential Proclamation - Prayer for Peace

Obama: Build a nation worthy of heroes honored on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, the United States pauses to honor the fallen heroes who died in service to our nation. With heavy hearts and a sense of profound gratitude, we mourn these women and men — parents, children, loved ones, comrades-in-arms, friends, and all those known and unknown -- who believed so deeply in what our country could be they were willing to give their lives to protect its promise.... Read more»

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Ducey: Flags at half-staff for Memorial Day

"For as long as we've had independence, we've had heroes who risk everything to protect it. There is no cause more noble, no calling more selfless."... Read more»

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Arizona says goodbye to Gov. Raul Castro

Arizona said its final goodbyes to Gov. Raúl Castro last week with memorial services in Tucson and Phoenix, including a special event at the state Capitol hosted by Gov. Doug Ducey.... Read more»

Rick Perry says he would not have ordered U.S. invasion of Iraq

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday weighed in on the latest issue to animate the GOP's 2016 presidential field, volunteering that he would not have invaded Iraq knowing what he does now. Perry raised the issue while discussing the news that the Islamic State group had seized control of the key Iraqi city of Ramadi.... Read more»

Nominations due for Gabe Zimmerman Awards

The Center for the Future of Arizona is accepting nominations for the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards, which recognize non-elected public employees and are named in honor of Gabe Zimmerman, who was one of the six people killed on Jan. 8, 2011.... Read more»

Senate OKs naming Douglas crossing for former Gov. Raul Castro

The port of entry in Douglas will be named after Arizona's late Gov. Raul Castro, pending the president's signature. Castro, first and thus far only Mexican-American governor of Arizona, died in April. Memorial services are scheduled for this week.... Read more»

Arizona State Museum sifts through collections to decide what to return to tribes

It's slow going as the Arizona State Museum sifts through decades of its collections to figure out which items are sacred and which human remains should be returned to tribes. But it's important, officials say. “These were people," said one worker at the museum.... Read more»

Tribes: Law requiring return of remains, relics, hasn’t met promise

Tribes had hoped the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act would bring the return of sacred items and human remains from museums. But 25 years later, more than 70 percent of tribal remains haven't been turned over. Critics say the law is falling short. ... Read more»

Tombstone banks on history to attract visitors

In Tombstone, history is a part of the fabric of everyday life, one that draws visitors from all over the world. Reenactments, museums, and tours are big business here. The “Town Too Tough To Die” survives on its history.... Read more»

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Tearing down the house: 820 E. Grant Road

I wonder if our old house on Grant Road will come down carefully, brick by brick, as it was built up in 1948 by a young World War II veteran and his pregnant wife — my parents. Or whether it will be quickly beaten down by some residential wrecking ball and rolled over by a gigantic bulldozer as the street is widened.... Read more»5

Mexicans don't understand why you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo

South of the border, Cinco de Mayo is no big deal.... Read more»1

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