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APPLAUSE FOR HOME FRONT

Three cheers for a sparkling event to honor the best of the American home front: family and friends of deployed service members, and those who care for wounded military veterans.

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation’s eighth annual “Night of Heroes Gala” at Washington’s historic Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Thursday evening has drawn such guests as Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012; actor Joe Mantegna; Ashton B. Carter, deputy secretary of defense; retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey; NBC Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski; and Dahlia Constantine, who cared for her then-fiance Justin Constantine, gravely wounded as a U.S. Marine in Iraq six years ago.

“I have such a deep and heartfelt sense of gratitude for the incredible sacrifices made by our wounded soldiers, our courageous veterans, and their devoted families,” Miss Kaeppeler says.

The color theme for the evening is gold, with a hint of blue, organizers say, with white orchids and hydrangea on the tabletops. Curious about the menu? It includes “wedge” lettuce salad with crumbled cheddar cheese, bacon, red onion, tomato and ranch dressing; ancho chili-roasted beef tenderloin with tomatillo sauce; leek mashed potatoes; jumbo asparagus; oven-roasted tomato; and seven-layer chocolate fudge cake with salted caramel sauce and lemon sorbet.

Visit the nonprofit foundation at www.pentagonfoundation.org

POLL DU JOUR

• 60 percent of Americans say the Republican Party is most attuned to religious conservatives; 9 percent cite Democrats, 11 percent say the parties have equal sensitivity, 11 percent say “neither.”

• 31 percent say Republicans are most attuned to military personnel; 23 percent cite Democrats, 31 percent say the parties have equal sensitivity, 10 percent say “neither.”

• 37 percent say Republicans are most attuned to small-business owners; 31 percent cite Democrats, 15 percent say the parties have equal sensitivity, 10 percent say “neither.”

• 29 percent say Republicans are most attuned to retirees; 31 percent cite Democrats, 20 percent say the parties have equal sensitivity, 16 percent say “neither.”

• 30 percent say Republicans are most attuned to “you and your family”; 37 percent cite Democrats, 15 percent say the parties have equal sensitivity, 16 percent say “neither.”

• 27 percent say Republicans are most attuned to the middle class; 40 percent cite Democrats, 17 percent say the parties have equal sensitivity, 14 percent say “neither.”

• 5 percent say Republicans are most attuned to gays and lesbians; 63 percent cite Democrats, 13 percent say the parties have equal sensitivity, 14 percent say “neither.”

Source: An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted May 16-20.

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