Defense Department Chief Management Officer Lisa W. Hershman salutes with officers of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency at the unfurling of an American flag at dawn at the Pentagon on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, Washington, D.C., Sept. 11, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)
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Pentagon Honors Victims of 9/11 Attacks

Defense Department Chief Management Officer Lisa W. Hershman salutes with officers of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency at the unfurling of an American flag at dawn at the Pentagon on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, Washington, D.C., Sept. 11, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

View of Battery 223 located in Lower Township, N.J., Sept. 3, 2020. The battery was built in 1943 and was one of three 200-series fortifications that were part of the Delaware Bay harbor defense system. The battery had two 6-inch guns, which had a nine-mile range, and had six-foot thick reinforced concrete walls designed to survive direct hits from battleships and aircraft. Battery 223 was decommissioned in 1944. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places June 25, 2008. (New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs photo by Mark C. Olsen)
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Battery 223

View of Battery 223 located in Lower Township, N.J., Sept. 3, 2020. The battery was built in 1943 and was one of three 200-series fortifications that were part of the Delaware Bay harbor defense system. The battery had two 6-inch guns, which had a nine-mile range, and had six-foot thick reinforced concrete walls designed to survive direct hits from battleships [Read More …]

The New Jersey Korean War Memorial honors the 191,000 New Jerseyans who served in the conflict, and stands where Park Place meets the Boardwalk on land donated by Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 24, 2020. The Memorial was dedicated Nov. 13, 2000, and features bronze figures of heroic proportions, representing servicemen and women who fought in Korea. The most memorable being the 12 foot tall "Mourning Soldier" who is clutching several dog tags and remembering his lost comrades. Also represented are a Soldier and nurse helping a wounded Soldier and two battlefield reliefs behind sheets of water cascading into reflecting pools. Beneath a sculpted eternal flame is a wall with the names of all New Jersey service members killed or missing in action. In addition, a bas-relief sculpture wall honors the five New Jersey servicemen who were awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in Korea. (New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs photo by Mark C. Olsen)
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New Jersey Korean War Memorial

The New Jersey Korean War Memorial honors the 191,000 New Jerseyans who served in the conflict, and stands where Park Place meets the Boardwalk on land donated by Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 24, 2020. The Memorial was dedicated Nov. 13, 2000, and features bronze figures of heroic proportions, representing servicemen and women who fought in Korea. The most memorable being [Read More …]

Memorial statue of Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone at the intersections of West Somerset Street and Colle Sannita Way in Raritan, N.J., Aug. 25, 2020. Basilone received the Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle for Henderson Field in the Guadalcanal Campaign, while serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, in the Lunga Area, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Oct. 24 and 25, 1942. Basilone was killed in action Feb. 19, 1945, and was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was the only enlisted Marine to receive both decorations in World War II. On June 6, 1948, the John Basilone American Legion Post in Raritan dedicated the life-size statue of Basilone holding a water-cooled Browning machine gun. The statue was sculpted by childhood friend Phillip Orlando. (New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs photo by Mark C. Olsen)
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John Basilone Statue

Memorial statue of Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone at the intersections of West Somerset Street and Colle Sannita Way in Raritan, N.J., Aug. 25, 2020. Basilone received the Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle for Henderson Field in the Guadalcanal Campaign, while serving with the [Read More …]

World War II style aircraft supporting the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII arrive at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, Aug. 27, 2020. The aircraft will be conducting aerial parades from Aug. 29 - Sep. 2.
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Warbirds Arrive

World War II style aircraft supporting the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII arrive at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, Aug. 27, 2020. The aircraft will be conducting aerial parades from Aug. 29 – Sep. 2.

A firework display concludes the Salute to America celebration at Mount Rushmore hosted by the state of South Dakota July 3. DoD’s participation during the event included aerial flyovers by the Blue Angels, based out of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., the B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base; South Dakota Air National Guard F-16 Falcons from the 114th Fighter Wing, Sioux Falls; and HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from Company C, 1-189th Aviation Regiment, in Rapid City, S.D. Additionally, the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, from Colorado Springs, Colo., and the 147th band, from Mitchell, S.D., provided musical entertainment. The events celebrated the 244th year of the Independence of the Nation and provided the DoD an opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the Armed Forces.
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Salute to America

A firework display concludes the Salute to America celebration at Mount Rushmore hosted by the state of South Dakota July 3. DoD’s participation during the event included aerial flyovers by the Blue Angels, based out of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., the B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base; South Dakota Air National Guard F-16 Falcons [Read More …]

A B-52H Stratofortress flies over the Royal Danish Navy Absalon-class support ship HDMS Esbern Snare (L17) as part of a long-range, long duration strategic bomber mission during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2020, June 15, 2020. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 49th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (Courtesy Photo by Danish Navy)
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B-52 trains with Danish Navy

A B-52H Stratofortress flies over the Royal Danish Navy Absalon-class support ship HDMS Esbern Snare (L17) as part of a long-range, long duration strategic bomber mission during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2020, June 15, 2020. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 49th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing [Read More …]