Candice Easton was worried that no one would come to her father's memorial service, but thanks to media coverage and social media attention of the late World War II veteran, more than 100 people came to pay their respects on Saturday.
"Our stories are important to others. We are all connected. We all feel compassion. Your compassion, for me, will impact me for the rest of my life," Easton told attendees of the service in honor of her father, Pfc. Cornelius Cornelssen VIII, who died Dec. 17 at age 93, according to The Gainesville Times.
Easton had previously told the paper she was worried that nobody would be at the service besides herself, given Cornelssen's advanced age and that most of his fellow World War II veterans had passed away. Cornelssen, who enlisted in the Army at 18, had served during World War II and had earned the Purple Heart twice for combat wounds, along with a Bronze Star for heroism in 1945.
His story, and his daughter's request for veterans to attend, inspired many to come out — such as Don Hemphill, an Air Force veteran who drove from almost three hours away.
"We're losing so many World War II-era veterans and so many people don't understand the sacrifice and the things that they did. Why we are the way we are in the world today is because of those folks," Hemphill told The Times.
Dan Caldwell, the executive director of Concerned Veterans for America, and Jon Soltz, the chairman for VoteVets on MSNBC's Morning Joe on March 18 discussing their campaign to see Congress end America's Forever Wars. (MSNBC/Youtube)
Two veteran political action committees, one conservative, the other liberal, have spent millions fighting each other on various fronts, from Department of Veterans Affairs reform — what one group calls "choice" and the other calls "privatization" — to getting their pick of candidates into office.
But they've found common ground on at least one issue: It's time for Congress to have an open debate about ending the Forever Wars.
Up to 1,000 U.S. troops could remain in Syria — more than twice as many as originally announced, according to the Wall Street Journal.
President Donald Trump initially announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but U.S. officials said in February that several hundred troops are expected to remain in Syria to create a "safe zone" along the border with Turkey and to man the al-Tanf garrison, which is located along a supply rote that would allow Iran to supply its proxies in Syria.
On Sunday, Dion Nissenbaum and Nancy Youssef of the Wall Street Journal first reported that the U.S. military is considering leaving as many as 1,000 troops in Syria to prevent Turkey from attacking the United States' Kurdish allies. So far, the United States and Turkey have failed to agree on how to secure the proposed safe zone.
U.S. Army Sgt. James R. Moore of Portland, Ore., a logitstics NCO with the 642nd Regional Support Group, shoots at the Fort Pickett rifle range as part of the Mortuary Affairs Exercise Aug. 15, 2018. (U.S. Army/Sgt. 1st Class Gary A. Witte, 642nd Regional Support Group)
White supremacists take part in a march the night before the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, VA. (Associated Press photo)
Seven U.S. service members have reportedly been identified as members of Identity Evropa, a white nationalist group founded by a Marine veteran and tied to the 2017 Charlottesville rally, according to leaked online chat logs examined by HuffPost.