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California teen’s Marine brother surprises her on stage at graduation

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A California high schooler was brought to tears Wednesday when her older brother, a Lance Corporal in the Marines, surprised her on stage as she accepted her diploma during graduation ceremonies.

Kali Honeywood had no idea that her brother, Lance Corporal Christopher Honeywood, would be returning from his deployment at Camp Pendleton in Darwin, Australia to see her graduate.

US MARINE SURPRISES BROTHER AT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION BY PRESENTING HIS DIPLOMA

“Oh my gosh. My heart is pounding. I didn’t see this coming at all. So I’m just really happy,” Kali told reporters.

The Honeywood family coordinated with the U.S. Marine Corps and Elk Grove Unified School District to bring Christopher home for the special occasion.

“Oh man, it was great seeing my little sister graduate,” he said.

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“I was like, ‘What the heck?’ That’s literally what I thought,” Kali said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing here?'”

Christopher will be spending time with his family before leaving for his next deployment in Okinawa, Japan.

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California teen’s Marine brother surprises her on stage at graduation

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A California high schooler was brought to tears Wednesday when her older brother, a Lance Corporal in the Marines, surprised her on stage as she accepted her diploma during graduation ceremonies.

Kali Honeywood had no idea that her brother, Lance Corporal Christopher Honeywood, would be returning from his deployment at Camp Pendleton in Darwin, Australia to see her graduate.

US MARINE SURPRISES BROTHER AT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION BY PRESENTING HIS DIPLOMA

“Oh my gosh. My heart is pounding. I didn’t see this coming at all. So I’m just really happy,” Kali told reporters.

The Honeywood family coordinated with the U.S. Marine Corps and Elk Grove Unified School District to bring Christopher home for the special occasion.

“Oh man, it was great seeing my little sister graduate,” he said.

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“I was like, ‘What the heck?’ That’s literally what I thought,” Kali said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing here?'”

Christopher will be spending time with his family before leaving for his next deployment in Okinawa, Japan.

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Free to fly the big flag? North Carolina city considers rule change in fight with RV store

An RV company in North Carolina that ran afoul of city rules by flying a giant flag outside its store may be free to let the banner wave for a long time, as the city of Statesville announced Wednesday it’s considering a rules change.

The city had filed a lawsuit against Camping World, the parent company of Gander RV, demanding that it take down the 40 by 80-foot flag waving over the RV store because it doesn’t comply with a sizing limit on flags: 25 feet by 40 feet.

Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World and reality TV host of CNBC’s “The Profit,” claimed he would go to jail before removing the flag, even as the city hit the company with a $50-a-day fine retroactive since October 2018 if the company didn’t replace the flag with a smaller version.

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The giant American flag blows at Gander RV, in Statesville, N.C., in an undated photo. (Jennifer Munday/Camping World, AP, File)

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Gander originally applied for a permit in June 2018 to install a 40-foot-by-25-foot flag, which was compliant with the city code, but instead made plans to put up a larger flag, which the city had opposed, in September 2018.

“I don’t think there should be any ordinance of any kind regulating the size of the American flag” unless it poses a hazard, Lemonis told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The city’s change of heart may have come after a slew of social media support for the big flag being flown outside of Gander RV.

Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh recommended amending the ordinance, which will be voted on July 15 by the city council and needs two votes to pass.

“In speaking with city council members, I believe this is the direction the majority of council would like to go at this time,” Kutteh said in a statement Wednesday. “Some terrible things have been said about our wonderful town and it hasn’t come from our citizens.  But people from all over the country have jumped on this issue and called us names I can’t repeat.  When our community’s efforts to conduct business in an orderly, lawful manner begins to hurt our businesses, then it’s time to put a stop to it.”

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Lemonis, a Lebanese-born immigrant who was adopted by American parents, has 180 other stores with flags the same size as the one in Statesville.

He pegged the government intervention “a bunch of bureaucrats in a small town in North Carolina who decided that the size they deem appropriate is going to be in the ordinance.”

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Ohio veteran awarded military honors 50 years after service due to bureaucratic error

An Ohio veteran was given numerous military awards on Friday, nearly 50 years after he served in the Vietnam War.

Staff Sgt. Timothy Shelton, 70, received the Purple Heart among six other awards in a ceremony presented by Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican.

It took almost 50 years because of a clerical error made after he was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1971. Shelton had been injured in Vietnam, but the clerk who processed his information found no evidence he had been wounded. Instead of pushing back, he decided to leave and not speak of it again, according to Stars and Stripes.

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“I said the hell with it, and came home,” Shelton said. He never expected his military record would be changed.

According to Stars and Stripes, the series of events leading to the ceremony began when he needed help regarding a disability claim, so he reached out to Portman’s office for help.

They gave him a DVD of his military record, which showed he had been wounded.

It also gave Shelton the evidence needed to prove he was wounded in Vietnam, a necessary requirement for being awarded a purple heart.

Purpleheart.org defines the criteria for the award as “members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy.”

In 1968, Shelton decided to enlist in the Army after a weak job market. Stars and Stripes reported he was wounded in May 1968 when a land mine exploded during a patrol in Chu Lai, injuring six of his platoon members and killing one.

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A young Shelton poses for a photo in front of the American flag. He served in Vietnam from 1968-1969. (Fox 19)

The explosion launched shrapnel into his chest. He survived and was airlifted to safety, eventually returning to active duty before leaving in 1969. After Vietnam, he served as a drill sergeant for basic training at Fort Leonardwood in Missouri.

“He served his country in Vietnam,” Stars and Strips reported Portman saying at the ceremony. “He served honorably and he did his duty and for us he has earned the Purple Heart.”

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Other awards he received at the ceremony included: the Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and the Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar and Machine Gun Bar.

“I don’t think I need to be recognized,” he told Stars and Stripes before the ceremony. “This isn’t about me. The guys who need the credit didn’t come home.”

After the ceremony he realized how special the moment was to him.

“Appreciative for one thing,” Shelton told fox19. “Everything that was done here today was really an honor to me.”

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Substitute singer apologizes after ‘worst rendition’ of national anthem goes viral

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A North Carolina man issued an apology this week for what many have called the “worst rendition” of the national anthem, sung Sunday during an independent minor league baseball game.

Chuck Hayworth was a last-minute fill-in for the scheduled singer, who had gotten sick, when he belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a game between the Atlantic League’s High Point Rockers and Sugar Land Skeeters in High Point, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

In a Facebook post, Hayworth said “the heat had gotten to me” and that his “leg began to cramp” in the middle of his performance.

 MOST CONTROVERSIAL NATIONAL ANTHEMS DELIVERED BY A CELEBRITY

“By no means was this any disrespect to our country or our organization, nor all those who serve it,” he posted.

“By no means was this any disrespect to our country or our organization, nor all those who serve it.”

— Chuck Hayworth, substitute anthem singer

Hayworth noticeably struggled, as he botched up the words, took long, awkward pauses and asked the crowd to chime in.

The Barstool Sports blog tweeted a video of the performance. As of Friday morning, it had been viewed 173,000 times.

The Rockers issued a statement saying “the rendition was not up to organizational standards” and offered apologies to “any and all Americans,” WFMY-TV reported. Team officials said several voice coaches have reached out to offer their services to Hayworth in hopes that he would like to redeem himself, the paper said.

The team said it would consider having Hayworth come back once he’s had a few singing lessons.

Other singers more notable than Hayworth have also struggled with the nation’s most well-known song. Roseanne Barr’s infamous singing of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a 1990 baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres is considered one of the worst  — and arguably, most disrespectful – renditions ever.

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During her performance, Barr was showered with boos. She grabbed her crotch and spat on the pitcher’s mound afterward. President George H.W. Bush called her actions “disgraceful.”

Other less controversial, but cringe-worthy performances include track and field legend Carl Lewis and singer Fergie.

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High schools across US hosting ‘military signing days’

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High schools across the country are highlighting their soon-to-be graduating students’ intentions to join the military.

Similar to college or athletic “signing days” — in which high school students officially or ceremonially declare the place of higher education they’ve committed to — schools are increasingly hosting “military signing days.”

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At Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, Ala., on Thursday, 28 students enlisted in the military, according to Fox affiliate WALA-TV. It was the school’s first such event, where the students signed paperwork to join various branches including the Alabama National Guard, the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.

Four students at Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, N.J., did the same on Wednesday, also the school’s inaugural “military signing” day.

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Four students at Becton Regional High School in New Jersey signed their intent to join the armed forces at the school’s first “military signing day.” (Dario Sforza)

Dario Sforza, the school principal and acting superintendent, told Fox News on Thursday, “We hope this inspires leaders to have the courage to recognize and celebrate all students’ skills, abilities, talents and post-secondary selections — not only the academically and athletically gifted.”

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The principal told NorthJersey.com that the four students — 4 percent of the 100-student class — make up the largest amount of graduating seniors he’s seen enlist in the military during his time at the school.

Another eight students in Clarkston, Mich., committed to the armed forces once they graduate from high school during a ceremony at Clarkston High School on Wednesday.

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Alex Hunt, a student who will join the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Alabama, told WDIV-TV he feels as though his enlistment will be “more of a betterment for me.”

“I’m growing as a person,” he told the news outlet. “I’m going to become a better human being by coming through this. It’s going to make me grow.”

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NASCAR will stop the Coca-Cola 600 for moment of remembrance on Memorial Day weekend

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NASCAR will pause the Coca-Cola 600 in the middle of the race on Memorial Day weekend for a moment of remembrance.

Charlotte Motor Speedway officials requested that the series make the gesture, which it did in 2009 when the Sunday race was moved to Memorial Day due to rain.

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The Coca-Cola 600 is a Memorial Day weekend tradition in NASCAR. (Getty Images)

“People kept talking about that that was so impactful,” Charlotte Motor Speedway general manager Greg Walter told NBC Sports.

“So we asked can we do that again? Our sport is so prone to supporting the military and so prone to understanding what the Memorial Day is all about.”

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The 30-second break will take place at the completion of Stage 2 of the race, when the cars will park in pit lane and be joined by their crewmembers.

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The parents of Army Sgt. Dale Griffin joined Kyle Busch on Wednesday at the unveiling of the paint scheme his car will feature during the Coca-Cola 600. (AP)

As part of the weekend’s salute to America’s fallen heroes, Kyle Bush’s car will wear a red, white and blue paint scheme and carry the name of Army Sgt. Dale Griffin, who was killed by a roadside bomb in 2009 while serving in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Associate Press contributed to this report

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Cal Thomas: New book ‘The Pioneers’ is a gentle reminder of the ideals and grit that made America

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In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America’s greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book.

It’s called “The Pioneers” and the subtitle is its theme: “The heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west.”

Nowadays, while students at universities and public schools are learning a history often tainted by political correctness and revisionism, McCullough writes of a young country that might have been stillborn were it not for these pioneers.

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The founding fathers with whom most are familiar — Washington, Jefferson and Adams — play minor roles in McCullough’s book. Instead, we’re offered characters who are likely unfamiliar to most, such as Manasseh and Ephraim Cutler, Rufus Putnam and Samuel Hildreth. These and many others did the grunt work of nation building.

The land on which McCullough mostly focuses was called The Northwest Territory, the initial boundaries of which included the Ohio and Muskinghum Rivers. Its inspiration was The Northwest Ordinance, passed by the Confederation Congress in 1787. The document contained this sentence in Article 3, long since abandoned to our detriment: “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

What do we consider to be our American ideals in 2019? The pioneers would likely see them in conflict with their own.

McCullough details the enormous sacrifices of men, women and children, who cleared trees, endured harsh weather and conquered lands, expanding the boundaries of the new nation. Yes, Native Americans were displaced in ways that were disgraceful. McCullough notes all that remained were their tribal names, which were assigned to rivers and towns. Among the tribes were the Delaware, Miami, Ottawa, Shawnee and Wyandot. Among the rivers named for them were the Cuyahoga and Chippewa Creek — the creek being a tributary of the Cuyahoga River — as was the Tuscarawas River. It was small consolation to native people who believed land was sacred and not to be owned and who preceded white settlers.

As with his other books, McCullough’s writing style makes one feel a part of it all. What astounds is how much New Englanders were willing to sacrifice to explore foreign and hostile land and expand America’s borders. Many died of disease, accidents, bad weather and war with Native American tribes. Living conditions were harsh compared to what they had known in New England, but they persisted.

In summing up the contributions of these pioneers, McCullough writes: “(they) had finished their work, each in his or her own way, and no matter the adversities to be faced, propelled as they were by high, worthy purpose. They accomplished what they had set out to do not for money, not for possessions or fame, but to advance the quality and opportunities of life — to propel as best they could the American ideals.”

What do we consider to be our American ideals in 2019? The pioneers would likely see them in conflict with their own. Many of our forebears had a strong faith in God and were motivated by what they believed was His will in establishing a nation in which religious freedom and education were paramount. Most believed the Bible was the foundation of a good education.

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These pioneers also believed America had a purpose, sanctioned by God, which the world might wish to emulate. Slavery was abolished in Ohio by the state’s original constitution (1802), owing much to the anti-slavery efforts of Manasseh and Ephraim Cutler.

“The Pioneers” is a rebuke to the entitlement mentality of the 21st century. It should be mandatory reading for all seeking a better understanding of the way we were and how far we have departed from the ideals of those great and heroic men and women of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

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Remains of WWII airman identified, sent home to Massachusetts for burial

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The remains of a World War II airman shot down 75 years ago by Japanese anti-aircraft fire have been identified and sent home to be buried in Massachusetts.

U.S. Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Alfred Sandini was ID’d earlier this year using a combination of dental and anthropological analysis, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said. His remains had been interred at the American Military Cemetery in Kunming, China, before being sent to Hawaii for analysis.

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Sandini’s 94-year-old brother, John, told FOX13 Tampa the agency asked him six months ago to send it a DNA swab to help confirm the remains were his brother’s.

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Alfred Sandini’s remains were finally returned home after 75 years. (The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency)

“He deserved to come back to this country. This country is great because it never leaves anybody behind,” John Sandini said.

Alfred Sandini was a 25-year-old radio gunner aboard a B-25C aircraft when it was shot down on Feb. 15, 1944, near the Do Len Bridge in Thanh Hoa Province, French Indochina—now known as Vietnam, the DPAA said. He was a member of the 22nd Bombardment Squadron, 341st Bombardment Group.

“He deserved to come back to this country. This country is great because it never leaves anybody behind.”

— John Sandini, brother

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Sandini will be buried next to his mother on a family plot in Massachusetts on July 20, Spectrum News reported.

“There’s nothing worse than a mother losing a child, no matter how many children they have, and she was quite emotionally rocked after losing one son,” John Sandini told the outlet.

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UNC Charlotte shooting hero, an ROTC cadet, receives burial with full military honors

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte student and ROTC cadet — who died a “hero” during a confrontation with the gunman during last week’s shooting at the college — was laid to rest Sunday with full military honors.

Riley Howell, 21, died in his classroom on April 30 after charging and tackling the alleged shooter, identified as 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell.

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“His sacrifice saved lives,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said in a news conference. “What he did was he took the assailant off his feet, and then the heroes that we have here were able to apprehend him from there.”

Putney described Howell as “the first and foremost hero as far as [he’s] concerned” regarding the shooting, which also killed 19-year-old Ellis Parlier.

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David Belnap, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, displays a t-shirt in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in support of Riley Howell, a classmate who was killed while confronting a gunman inside a classroom on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)

Hundreds of people attended Howell’s memorial service Sunday in Lake Junaluska, N.C.

Howell, an ROTC cadet, was given a burial with full military honors, including an honor guard.

During the service, Howell’s friends and family remembered him as adventurous, affectionate and big-hearted, according to the Associated Press.

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Howell’s sister Iris said he “unapologetically lived as who he was” and set an example to be “bigger than the small things this world wants us to be hung up on.”

“My superhero doesn’t wear a cape, he wears Tevas,” said his brother Teddy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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