- Associated Press - Saturday, May 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - The names of the nearly 7,000 service members who have died since 9/11 will be read on the National Mall ahead of Memorial Day.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America are hosting the name-reading ceremony Saturday. The organizations say more than 450 people will take part in reading the names including former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and retired Gen. David Petraeus, the former CIA Director.

The reading of the names is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. A closing ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m.

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