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Muscling up to compete

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Muscling up to compete

Bodybuilders are athletes who, through hard physical work and planned nutrition, chisel their bodies into works of art. In talking about his attitude about bodybuilding, noted bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, "You look at your body and it doesn't even seem to belong to you. It's like a sculpture." On Saturday, June

Engineering for the future

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Engineering for the future

The engineers had completed their work, and yesterday morning they watched and listened as the result of their hard work was recognized. "There is a legacy here," said Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, I Corps Commanding General, moments before cutting a red ribbon to open the new Observation Point 10 Trench Training

Memorial Day’s Flower

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Memorial Day’s Flower

The red poppy has served as a symbol of remembrance on Memorial Day for almost a century. Millions of the red crepe paper poppies have been distributed in exchange for donations that support the welfare of veterans, active military personnel and their families. The wearing of red poppies on Memorial Day is

The merit of Memorial Day

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The merit of Memorial Day

Mike Brown held out his red cap. The words "Blue Max" bracketed a blue Maltese Cross with gold eagles between the arms. On the body of the cross appear the French words "Pour le Me'rite." They translate as "For Merit," and they characterize some of Brown's life and thinking. "I am an

Planning for respect and dignity

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Planning for respect and dignity

Foresight is the act or power of foreseeing, and it is characterized by prudence and planning. This ability is never clearer -- and more needed -- than for end-of-life planning. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory presents seminars which provide valuable information to veterans and their families to allow them

Cremation grows in popularity

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Cremation grows in popularity

Cremation is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for families and friends to pay their last respects to those who have passed. About half a century ago, nearly all who died in the United States were buried and only about four percent were cremated. Since then, economic, societal and religious perspectives have changed

The 13 folds of the flag

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The 13 folds of the flag

At military funerals, there is a storied history and etiquette that surrounds the folding of the American flag. Before being stored overnight or presented at a funeral, the Honor Guard will form a triangular pillow out of the flag with only the blue-starred field showing on the outside. The flag is

The Avenue of Flags at Mountain View

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The Avenue of Flags at Mountain View

Moving a wheelbarrow full of wet cement is a hard chore, especially on a recent, warm Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory. "Manual labor -- you have to respect it," commented Kimball Jardine as he sat on a pile of cedar lumber. "Not only do you appreciate the

Taking a knee

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Taking a knee

To take a knee means to pause to rest or make adjustments to a course of action. It also means to honor the fallen. Memorial Day presents an opportunity for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord and surrounding communities to take a knee and reflect on the service of those who gave the last

Compassionate service

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Compassionate service

To be compassionate is to see suffering and then work to alleviate it. "It takes a deep-rooted level of compassion to train for and respond to the needs of those who are suffering at all hours of the day," explained Ben Harris, chaplain and executive director of Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy (TPCC). "Chaplaincy

A woman’s touch

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A woman’s touch

A funeral is a solemn occasion characterized by tradition and respect. It is a day of dignified celebration of a life lived. "The process of death is as important a part of the life cycle as birth," said Savannah Luna. "The beginning and end of life require a great deal of

Riding in honor

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Riding in honor

Since 1868, Memorial Day has been a celebrated day in American history, one in which all fallen veterans are remembered. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory honors this sentiment, and it does so in an inclusive manner to embrace those soldiers that have given much to the country but

Coins, veterans, and first responders

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Coins, veterans, and first responders

Challenge coins are a tangible source of pride that extends back to the Greek and Roman armies. Some historians have commented on the fact that these soldiers carried coins to commemorate battles as proof of their bravery and unity in confronting an enemy. The record on the history of these coins became

Honoring the day

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Honoring the day

The honoring of passed veterans on Memorial Day is a responsibility that Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory and DuPont Cub Scout Pack 472 take seriously. "I've always been a big believer in American patriotism, and I think it is very important to not forget all of the heroes,

Project Welcome Home

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Project Welcome Home

In 2012, The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle launched Project Welcome Home. "This project is for Vietnam veterans and the sacrifices they made," said David Cable, a former Navy A-6 pilot who flew 100 missions over North Vietnam. The effort raised about $3 million, and it restored and relocated

Thanking those in the Armed Forces

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Thanking those in the Armed Forces

Armed Forces Day allows Americans to thank those who currently serve. That said, it is also a good time to express appreciation to those who have served. This act can take the form of a strong handshake, a solid pat on the shoulder, a long hug, or a noticeable nod

Working for children

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Working for children

Photo: From left to right: Sgt. Beija Condit (Incoming Special Victim Prosecutor NCO), Staff Sgt. Renee Grell (Special Victim Prosecutor NCO), Ms. Monica Ervin (Special Victim Prosecutor Victim Witness Liaison), Maj. Brittany Warren (Special Victim Prosecutor), and Cpt. William Lichvar (Special Victim Prosecutor). The Joint Base Lewis-McChord

A Buffalo Soldier’s Medal of Honor

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A Buffalo Soldier’s Medal of Honor

The application for a headstone was dated June 16, 1983, and it was for the unmarked grave of a veteran. In that final resting spot in the Old Tacoma Cemetery is John Buck, a soldier whose recommendation for the Medal of Honor is almost all but forgotten. His headstone -- and possibly

‘Birdies for the Brave’

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‘Birdies for the Brave’

With spring here and summer just around the corner, heading off to a favorite golf course is readily understandable. Combining that understanding with a desire to shoot "Birdies for the Brave" is the driving motivation for this year's 27th annual AUSA Golf Tournament. The Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the AUSA works to

A step ahead in early intervention

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A step ahead in early intervention

Parents of very young special-needs children often feel overwhelmed working with their little ones. "It can be very isolating and confusing," wrote Taylor Johnson, in an email. The wife of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, Taylor, and her husband have two young special-needs children. To help them, the Johnsons were referred by the

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