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After public outcry, annual wreath laying allowed at Arlington National Cemetery

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The people have spoken. Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy has directed Arlington National Cemetery to reverse course and allow the annual wreath laying at veterans’ graves by Wreaths Across America and its many volunteers. Cemetery officials announced Monday that the Dec. 19 annual wreath laying would be canceled because of COVID sparking an “outpouring” of […]

Public to comment on Army’s Yakima Training Center cleanup plans

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YAKIMA, Wash. — Environmental officials in Washington state have asked for public comment on plans to clean up more than a dozen polluted sites at the U.S. Army’s training center in Yakima. The state Department of Ecology said the plans address 21 different areas on the base that do not meet federal soil and groundwater […]

DoD reports would be public under new amendment to must-pass defense bill

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WASHINGTON ― All unclassified Pentagon reports ordered by Congress could be made public under an amendment Rep. Jackie Speier will propose to the annual defense policy bill, Defense News has learned. The amendment, which is supported by a broad bipartisan group of government accountability and transparency groups, was drafted by Reps. Katie Porter, D-Calif., and […]

VA cemeteries will open to the public on Memorial Day, but wreath-laying ceremonies will be closed

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Veterans Affairs officials will continue the tradition of holding wreath-laying ceremonies at department cemeteries on Memorial Day later this month but will not open those events to the public because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, visitors will be allowed to visit the cemeteries over the holiday weekend to place flowers or flags at the […]