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French and British paratroopers congratulate each other after successfully landing on the drop zone during exercise Falcon Leap Sept. 15, 2017, at the Houtdorperveld Drop Zone, Netherlands. Approximately 750 paratroopers from eight different countries participated in exercise Falcon Leap and the commemoration of Operation Market Garden. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Codie Collins) Operation Market Garden honored 73 years later: Jump to remember
Freedom isn't free; the price isn't paid by one country alone. Allied troops wearing different uniforms, originating from different countries were transported on a C-47. Sitting shoulder to shoulder, they prepared to jump from side doors of the aircraft into the unknown. Confident their mission would be a success, they had no idea the majority of
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Gold Star children reach for a platform during a team building exercise June 15, 2017, at the Hearts of Our Heroes Camp in Little Rock, Ark. Gold Star members are family of service members who died in defense of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron) Hearts of our heroes
“It was a normal day when we got the phone call,” said Tristan Ellis, a Gold Star daughter. “I didn’t understand because I was only 5 years old. I didn’t want to believe I no longer had a daddy.” When a service member joins; they join willing to make sacrifices. A family member’s only choice is to support.   For Gold Star families, that sacrifice
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