What is the Mortuary Affairs Service (US)?

Introduction Mortuary Affairs is a service within the United States Army Quartermaster Corps tasked with the retrieval, identification, transportation, and burial of deceased American and American-allied military personnel. The Air Force has a similar facility at Dover AFB in Delaware. Until 1991, the army’s mortuary affairs was known as the Graves Registration Service (GRS or… Read More

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What is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission?

Introduction The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is an intergovernmental organisation of six independent member states whose principal function is to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military service members who died during World War I and World War II. The commission is also responsible for commemorating… Read More

What is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial?

Introduction The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (広島平和記念碑, Hiroshima Heiwa Kinenhi), originally the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, and now commonly called the Genbaku Dome, Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム, Genbaku Dōmu), is part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The ruin… Read More

What is the National Aboriginal Veterans Day?

Introduction National Aboriginal Veterans Day is a memorial day observed in Canada in recognition of aboriginal contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. Background It occurs annually on 08 November. The memorial was inaugurated in Winnipeg in 1994, and has since spread nationwide.

What is Decoration Day (Canada)?

Introduction Decoration Day is a Canadian holiday that recognises veterans of Canada’s military. The holiday has mostly been eclipsed by the similar Remembrance Day. Background Decoration Day began on 02 June 1890. Originally, the celebration served as a form of protest for veterans of the Battle of Ridgeway who felt that their contributions to the… Read More

What is the Marine Corps War Memorial?

Introduction The United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) is a national memorial located in Arlington County, Virginia, in the United States. The memorial was dedicated in 1954 to all Marines who have given their lives in defence of the United States since 1775. It is located in Arlington Ridge Park within the… Read More

What is the Statue of Freedom?

Introduction The Statue of Freedom, also known as Armed Freedom or simply Freedom, is a bronze statue designed by Thomas Crawford (1814-1857) that, since 1863, has crowned the dome of the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Originally named Freedom Triumphant in War and Peace, a US government publication now states that the statue “is… Read More