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Total Strangers Gather to Celebrate Life of Korean War Vet on Memorial Day Weekend

America has not forgotten those who sacrificed it all for our freedom.

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Amid the barbecues and Budweisers, it can be difficult to temper our Memorial Day celebrations with the true reason for the remembrance.

Those of us with a three day weekend are likely gassing up the boat, gathering our grill supplies, and lathering on the sunscreen in anticipation of Memorial Day – a holiday that is far too often relegated to the realm of “hey it’s summer”-style shenanigans.

We mustn’t ever forget why we have the day off, however.

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Memorial Day is truly a day of solemn reflection on those we’ve lost in the line of American military duty – a fact that is all too often overshadowed by these celebrations.

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But not for the fine people of Ohio, who showed the world what compassion is all about this weekend.

A public call for mourners to attend the Ohio funeral of an unaccompanied 90-year-old Korean War veteran Saturday resulted in an overwhelming response.

“It being Memorial Day weekend it was the right thing to do to come up and honor his life,” Suzanne Koehne told Fox 19. She attended the funeral in Cincinnati after driving nearly 100 miles to get there from Louisville, Kentucky.

The turnout was incredible.

An estimated 400 strangers, like Koehne, showed up to pay final respects to Army veteran Hezekiah Perkins whose only family, a daughter, couldn’t make it because of poor health, Fox 19 and other media reported.

The gesture is just another reminder of the inherent greatness of the American public, and their reverence for those who sacrificed it all for our freedoms.

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Craft Beer Customers Leave Unopened Can of Pale Ale on Bar for Fallen Soldiers

The gesture did not go unnoticed.

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There really isn’t anything more American than craft beer. Before the experiment called “prohibition”, America was home to well over 2,500 breweries, with a vast majority of these businesses being family-operated and neighborhood-focused.  The banning of alcohol in the early 20th century brought this number down to around a half dozen or so companies, nearly all of whom converted their factories to produce medicine or dairy products in order to survive. Now, thanks to the resurgence of craft beer, Americans have their choice of nearly 4,000 smaller breweries to buy their swill from. And this doesn’t include brands like Coors, Miller, or Budweiser, who have all been gobbled up by giant, foreign conglomerates, making them no longer American-owned companies. In Atlanta, Georgia, the undisputed king of craft beer is Sweetwater – a brand usually focused on recreation and leisure. As visitors experience the brewery’s newly renovated taproom over Memorial Day Weekend, something special and spontaneous happened. To that, we simply say “cheers”.

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Missouri Teen Reminds Us About the Value of Compassion

Bravo, young man. Bravo.

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The world is full of dark and terrifying reminders about just how perilous our existence truly is. With the threat of war, terrorism, and political upheaval dominating the news cycle as of late it can be easy for the human race to get a little down on ourselves from time to time.  The dark and scary parts of the world tend to overwhelm the media, thanks to their addiction to conflict, putting an emphasis on the stories that make us feel good. Of particular concern is the behavior of the American youth, who at times appear to be fully bereft with angst and venom. But one Missouri teenager has restored our faith in humanity…at least for a few days. “Everyone kept telling me the storm is coming and you need to hurry up and get home,” Gregory Beck told KMOV4. Getting home, however, is not so easy for Beck, who lost both his legs last year and is legally blind due to diabetes. As Beck was attempting to cross a busy street to get to a nearby gas station, multiple drivers were honking and yelling at him — however, to one teen’s surprise, no one was helping. Seth Phillips, 16, spotted Beck and immediately asked his mother if they could stop to help. This is where things took a turn for the best. “This lady and her son were hollering at me like, ‘Are you okay?” Beck told the news outlet. “Very lovely lady driving and her son. Just the greatest people and very concerned about other people, which America needs to start doing more of.” Seth pushed Beck in his wheelchair up a hill to his home — a hill that Beck says takes him 25 minutes to traverse. He has to stop up tp 10 times to rest before he…

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