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Weekend SCOOP: A Special Memorial Day Newsletter

Weekend SCOOP: A Special Memorial Day Newsletter
Credit: SmartHER News photo taken at Arlington National Cemetery

Welcome to your special edition of the Weekend SCOOP, where we pause and reflect on the history of Memorial Day and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. And ... so you're equipped for any gatherings with loved ones this weekend, we also included Conversation Starters and a roundup of #ICYMI news.


More than 20 stories claim to have inspired Memorial Day, so which one is the "right" one? A couple of years ago, I took a closer look at the holiday by studying the remarkable journey to our shared traditions. Do you think these lessons still ring true today? Let us know at hello@smarthernews.com.

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β€οΈπŸ€πŸ’™ SmartHER INTERVIEWS:

πŸŽ™οΈ "Dear Soldier, ...": An Air Force veteran penned a heartfelt letter to unnamed heroes of the American Revolution after joining a team who excavated the remains of 14 soldiers.

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πŸŽ™οΈ The Battle of Gettysburg: The single most costly battle of the American Civil War happened in the early days of July 1863. Join Jenna as she speaks with retired Marine Col. Rob Abbott, one of the few Licensed Battlefield Guides of Gettysburg National Military Park.

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Important Warning: Southern California officials advise people "to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters" at popular beaches. Why? Bacteria levels.

Yay or Nay? A fashion trend from the Middle Ages makes a return. What do you think?

Graceland Showdown: Following a lawsuit from Elvis' granddaughter, Graceland's foreclosure sale halts. What's the value of the estate? Click HERE to find out. 😳

Graceland in 1957, the year it was purchased by Elvis Presley. πŸ“Έ: @visitgraceland

A Dumbphones Revival: Has the constant connectivity of modern smartphones made you long for the days of flip phones?

Interviews, Daily News, Updates to Developing Stories and more ...

A quick roundup of #ICYMI news we covered this week:

βœ“ The president of Iran and others die in a helicopter crash in a mountainous area with thick fog.

βœ“ Target announces price reductions amid still-elevated inflation ... and before its quarterly earnings report reflecting decreased sales. 🎯

βœ“ A record-breaking climb occurs on Mount Everest. πŸ—»

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And that's your weekend SCOOP!

Jenna and the SHN Team 

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"Burying him someplace where he would forever be honored as a fallen soldier, a member of the Armed Services, was important to us, that he be acknowledged for as long as the United States exists. Here was a young man who made an ultimate sacrifice."

Frances Griffin, 81, after her uncle’s remains were buried in a full military ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery. Frank Hryniewicz died at the age of 20 while serving at the naval base at Pearl Harbor in 1941. The military identified his remains as part of β€œa military DNA profiling project,” which seeks to identify soldiers who lost their lives in Pearl Harbor more than 80 years ago.

Rear Admiral Scott Pappano handing a flag to family of Frank Hryniewicz. πŸ“Έ: Megan Smith, USA Today