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Honoring Armed Forces Day; Vets Volunteer



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    U.S. Army honor guard members stand at the gravesite of Army Pvt. William Christman, who was the first military burial at the cemetery, marking the beginning of commemorations of the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Christman, 20, enlisted in the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry and was hospitalized for measles five weeks later, dying on May 11, 1864 and buried at Arlington on May 13. (AP Photo)

    There will be a special service in honor of Armed Forces Day at Arlington National Cemetery.

    Members of the armed forces will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The service begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    President Harry Truman led the effort to establish Armed Forces Day to thank our military members for their service to our country.


    They've already served our nation, but about 100 veterans will give of their time to help folks here in D.C.

    "Mission Continues" program allows former service members to transition to civilian life through leadership and community service. This weekend, the vets will take part in a training conference.

    All the veterans will then volunteer for 6 months at nonprofits around the country.


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