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Memorial Day (observed on the last Monday of May) honors those American men and women who gave their lives in wars, both on the battlefield and the home front, while Veterans Day (November 11) is to remember all who have served their country honorably in wartime or peacetime.

Reflect on the contributions of our troops by viewing the many photographs and posters, and visiting the battlefields and memorials in the links below. Discover what many organizations are doing to keep their memory alive.

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World War II

The Second World War was truly a world war because it involved military action on all the populated continents. It was also the deadliest war with over seventy million killed, 58% of whom were civilians. Twenty-five percent of the deaths were the Allied military. As we distance ourselves from this conflict, we look back at the contributions of those men and women called "The Greatest Generation" for their selflessness on the battlefields and on the home front

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World War II Timeline

World War II General Resources

A large selection of sites on the war from the University of Washington Archives

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Photographs/Posters

World War II was the first war to have an extensive photographic record. Here is a representative sample of photograph from government and university archives

Pictures from the holdings of the Still Picture Branch of the National Archives & Record Administration. There are also thumbnails of selected photos from this collection.

Photo essay from the University of Illinois

Frontline photographs and images portraying life during World War II from Washington D.C, Italy, France and Saipan are presented by the Frank J. Davis Collection at the Southern Methodist University Library

Photographs of the Invasion of Normandy from the Naval Historical Center

D-Day Photographs of Robert Capa Classic photographs from one of the best-known combat photographers

Photographs of the Ration Coupon collection consisting of ration coupons, stickers and certificates for tires, bicycles, typewriters, sugar, shoes, fuel oil, gasoline, and food from the Duke Digital Library.

Comprehensive collection of posters issued by U.S. Federal Agencies from the Northwestern Archive Collection

Selection of posters that include purchasing war bonds, importance of national security and also posters from allied and axis powers.

Power of Persuasion: Poster Art from World War II

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Monuments and Memorials

World War II Memorial Official site for the Washington, D.C., memorial that "honors all military veterans of the war, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms."

U.S.S. Arizona The story of the USS Arizona and the events of December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor is shared through pictures and narrative. Includes links to separate lists of USS Arizona casualties (with rank, service, and home state), survivors, and Pearl Harbor casualties.

United States Marine Corps Memorial The Marine Corps War Memorial stands as a symbol of this grateful Nation's esteem for the honored dead of the U.S. Marine Corps. While the statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II, the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775.

National D-Day Memorial A monument where the legacy and lesson of D-Day can be remembered. It is located in Bedford, Virginia, the community that experienced this country's severest per capita losses on D-Day.

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial The cemetery site covers 152 acres of gently rising ground which culminates at the memorial In this cemetery are buried 17,206 of our military Dead, representing 40 percent of the burials which were originally made in temporary cemeteries in New Guinea, the Philippines and other islands of the Southwest Pacific Area, and also in the Palau Islands of the Central Pacific Area. Most of these losttheir lives in the epic defense of the Philippines and the East Indies in 1941 and 1942 or in the long but victorious return of the American forces through the vast island chain.

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Organizations

WWII U.S. Veterans Website This Internet website is dedicated to the millions of men and women and the over 800,000 mothers and fathers from the United States who made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of free people everywhere. At this site are a Veteran's Forum, a Memory Lane to share stories and a place to post your service information so that others can find you.

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Korean War

When North Korea attacked South Korea in June of 1950, the United Nations asked member nations to aid South Korea. The United States committed troops and war material to the war effort until 1953.

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Korean War History Guide Long list of web sites and a time line on the war. Good starting point for information on this war.

Korea: The Unfinished War Listen to oral histories and documentaries, read reporter's notebooks, examine maps and read articles by scholars to help understand this war and its relevance regarding the ongoing situation with North Korea

Korean + 50: No Longer Forgotten A joint project between the Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Libraries developed to provide access to Korean War materials related to the two administrations occupying the White House during that period." Find exhibits, photographs, primary sources, timelines, documents, oral histories, and much more.

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Photographs

Variety of photographs from the Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center

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Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial This memorial, dedicated in 1995, honors those Americans who fought under trying circumstances and those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom.

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Vietnam War

Between 1954 and 1975 American soldiers served in Vietnam. Fifty-eight thousand soldiers were lost during the war. West Virginia had the highest casualty rate in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Vietnam Veterans History Program The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

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Memorials

Vietnam Veterans Wall This is a website dedicated to those who died in battle. The wall is searchable. There is a long list of memorials, POW/MIA information, military units and educational sites. The breadth of information makes this a good starting point for information for and about veterans Wall USA website is dedicated to honoring those who died in the Vietnam W

The Virtual Wall The Virtual Wall is a commemorative Web site created to extend the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It allows families, friends and veterans to post photo, text and audio remembrances to those who lost their lives in the war or who remain missing in action.

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Organization

Vietnam Veterans of America Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam veteran's organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA's goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.

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Iraq Wars

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The Veteran's History Project The Veteran's History Project has oral histories from many wars. This search link takes you straight to interviews with veterans of wars in the Middle East.

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Organizations

Iraq War Veterans Organization Inc. The "Iraq War Veterans Organization" was created to organize and represent Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. It also provides information and support for: Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans, Global War on Terror Veterans, Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans, active military personnel and family members related to pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment issues and a number of other important services

Freedom Calls Foundation A non-profit organization whose mission is to deploy state of the art Wi-Fi, VOIP, Video Conferencing and Satcom technology to enable our troops to communicate without charge from their base camps with their families at home by internet telephone, instant messaging and video conference.

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Veteran's Organizations

Veterans of Foreign Wars This organization's program is devoted to the rehabilitation of disabled veterans, protection of national security through maximum military strength, and promotion of patriotism and community service activity.

American Legion The American Legion was chartered as a patriotic, mutual-help, and community-service organization. The primary goal of The American Legion is to maintain an ongoing concern, support and commitment to all veterans and their families

American Veterans Organization AMVETS is an organization whose two main goals are service to veterans and community service

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