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Helen McDermott visits the grave marker of her husband, U.S. Army Sergeant Tom McDermott, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Paducah, Ky. McDermott said her husband, a Vietnam War era veteran, passed away in September of 2014. (John Paul Henry/The Paducah Sun via AP)

U.S. Navy chaplain faces Memorial Day special obligation

- The Washington Times

Memorial Day will not be a day off for Navy Lt. Loren Crone, but it will also not be just another Monday at the office. As millions of Americans prepare for a day filled with beer and barbecues, Lt. Crone, a chaplain at Marine Base Quantico, will be delivering an invocation at a memorial service at Quantico National Cemetery, which will take place at 11 a.m.

This 1966 file photo is the last official portrait taken of the entire King family, made in the study of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. From left are Dexter King, Yolanda King, Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King, Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King III. (AP Photo)

Reconstructing the black family

For a selected few in the know, the elections of President Obama and the passage of his signature health care act mark not the pinnacle (as is widely assumed) but rather the twilight end of a golden era of racial progress and progressive social policy in America. If the civil rights-era legislation and government programs could be characterized as the second Reconstruction, then Mr. Obama's presidency marks its wane. An essential question that blacks must ask at this point: How will they adapt to post-progressive America?

On a mission: Gary Sinise, in a heavy understatement, says "it's a busy time" for his efforts to support active-duty service members and military veterans. (Associated Press)

Hollywood, star Gary Sinise now entertains only for veterans

- The Washington Times

Gary Sinise began providing free performances and dinners for Vietnam veterans -- what he called "vets nights" -- in the late 1970s, long before he was a household name thanks to his Oscar-nominated portrayal of the man who loses his legs in the jungles of Vietnam.

The birth control pill remains the most common method of female contraception in the U.S.  (Associated Press) **FILE**

Court refuses to rehear Obamacare contraception case

- The Washington Times

A federal appeals court said Wednesday it will not reconsider a pro-life ministry's plea for relief from Obamacare's birth control mandate, dealing a second blow in as many days to religious nonprofits who say the administration is ignoring its strongly held beliefs and signals from the Supreme Court.

Members of a South Korean musical band perform as Pope Francis, center, arrives for his weekly audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Francis to parents: Come out of 'exile' and educate your children

- Catholic News Agency

In his general audience Pope Francis spoke of the essential role parents play in educating their children -- a role he said has been usurped by so-called experts who have taken the place of parents and rendered them fearful of making any correction.