Ellen Davies, 75, of Indiana, PA, sits by her husband, Charles Davies, grave at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA on Sunday afternoon, May 30, 2010 before the start of the cemetery's Memorial Day program. Davies says she is proud of her husband's service. He served in the US Army and fought in the Korean War. "My life goes on, but I wish it was with him," she said as she sat by his grave. "We were married 53 years, but we'll meet again," she says with a smile.

(From right to left) J.C. Carter, Robert Timet, and Bill Howrilla, United States Marine Corps veterans, and members of the Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment 310, salute during a service on board the USS Requin along the banks of the Ohio River on the North Side on Sunday afternoon. The memorial service remembered those sailors who lost their lives aboard submarines by tolling a bell for each submarine that is on "Eternal Patrol."

Colonel Gordon H. Elwell Jr., commander of the 911th Airlift Wing, shakes hands with members of the Patriot Guard at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA on Sunday afternoon, May 30, 2010 before the start of the cemetery's Memorial Day program.

Karen Shoaff of Beaver Falls kisses her hand before she touches her father's headstone at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA on Sunday afternoon, May 30, 2010 before the start of the cemetery's Memorial Day program. Shoaff's father, Edward Ellefson was a veteran of the Air Force and served in Vietnam and Korea.


Me, Madden and Grandma have our yearly fun with smoke bombs and fireworks!

Patriotic Play

A young girl runs through newly placed flags on veteran's graves at Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville on Wednesday evening, May 26, 2010.

Emil Winter's Grave

I was driving through Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville on Wednesday evening and was intrigued by Emil Winter's mausoleum. The Egyptian style caught my eye, and seemed a bit odd for a Pittsburgh cemetery. At a closer look I noticed the sphinxes and thought it was even stranger. What an odd choice of design to have mark ones grave for all eternity. A little more into on Emil Winter...he died in 1935. He was president of the Workingmen's Savings Bank and Trust Company and head of numerous other companies having to do with metal production. He had a large plant in Austria for processing magnesite ore, financed the Harsgirg process for producing magnesium from the ore, and introduced the Ottobriede process for seamless steel tubing into the United States. He was one of those who formed the Pittsburgh Steel Co., whose plant was at Monessen. His mortal home, "Lyndhurst" on Beechwood Boulevard in the Squirrel Hill part of Pittsburgh, was as grand in its way as the tomb is, having been built first for William Thaw and greatly remodeled for Winter.

Turkey Trot

A wild turkey runs through Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville on Wednesday evening, May 26, 2010.

$12 Million Announcement

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine announced Tuesday during a conference at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, that it was awarded a $12 million contract to support human studies of novel treatments for battlefield injuries and scars. One of the projects involves the use of a calcium phosphate cement to fill defects and regenerate bone in the skull.

Fire Drills

Dormont Volunteer Fire Department firemen drill on Monday evening, May 24, 2010.

Remembering Veterans

World War II veteran Clarence "Code" Gomberg, 86, and his wife Jerry, 85, put flags on veteran's graves at Beth Abraham Cemetery with a group of volunteers in Brentwood on Sunday afternoon, May 23, 2010.

Abigail Busis

Abigail Busis, 11, of Squirrel Hill is a big Hannah Montana fan, but her mom teaches her not to look to everything Hannah Montana does as wise and good.

Class of 2023

The future class of 2023, preschoolers from Penn Hill's Title 1 Preschool, (from left to right) Ava Jones, Annabelle Little, Hope Lyons, Lilah McDonald, Taylor Roach and Aalona Snell react as they graduate on Thursday morning, May 20, 2010.

Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf, best known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from 1967 to 1983, performs at Mr. Smalls in Millvale, PA on Wednesday evening, May 19, 2010.

Some interesting facts about Wolf...he was married to actress Faye Dunaway from 1974 to 1979, he was a roommate of well-known surrealist filmmaker David Lynch at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and he studied painting with Norman Rockwell as a boy.

4th Congressional District

TOP: Keith Rothfus, candidate for the 4th Congressional District, right, looks at incoming election results with campaign volunteer Mike Farnan, left, at his campaign party at Blue Water Tavern in Wexford on Tuesday evening, May 18, 2010. BOTTOM: Mary Beth Buchanan, former U.S. Attorney, stands with her husband, Thomas, at her campaign headquarters after losing her race against Keith Rothfus for the 4th Congressional District on Tuesday evening.

Life in Prison

Darlene Lee speaks to members of the media after the sentencing of Andrea Curry-Demus who suffocated, Lee's daughter, Kia Johnson in July 2008 and then cut her baby out of her womb. Curry-Demus was convicted of second-degree murder in January and was sentenced Monday to life in prison plus an additional 10 to 20 years.

Armed Forces Salute

TOP: Cindy Bakow holds a photo of her son, Sgt. Justin Bakow, who recently returned from a deployment in Afghanistan, during "An Armed Forces Salute & Concert" at North Allegheny Senior High School on Sunday, May 16, 2010. BOTTOM: Jessica Lynch speaks during "An Armed Forces Salute and Concert," an event that helped to raise money for the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing to families of hospitalized service members. Lynch, was taken captive during the first days of the Iraq war and became the first American prisoner of war to be rescued since World War II.

Joe Hoeffel

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Hoeffel addresses supporters during a rally at the Schenley Ice Rink in Oakland on Thursday evening, May 13, 2010.

Truckin with Sam

Lee Gukind and his son, Sam, sit in their truck in Squirrel Hill on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. The two have traveled across the U.S. as well as the world and Lee has written a book, "Truckin with Sam" about his journey's with his son.

George Yochem

George Yochem, 87, a decorated World War II veteran, and recipient of the prestigious Silver Star, the nation's third-highest award for gallantry, sits in his Greentree home on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Mr. Yochem earned the Silver Star for fighting in five battles starting at D-Day on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.
He has visited the National World War II Memorial in Washington for the past two years, and each time, he sees the faces and hears the voices of fallen soldiers. "I can hear the war," he says. "I hear the echoes and voices of soldiers. I hear scraping. I hear bombing. I hear screaming." Yochem is among 950 World War II veterans who have taken a free bus trip to the D.C. memorial, thanks to a group of local residents grateful for their service. The next trip will be May 25. About 30 are expected to go. For more read:

Deer Rescue

A white-tailed deer tries to evade two Pittsburgh Water & Sewage Authority workers as they attempt to rescue the distressed deer from the waters of Highland Reservoir No. 1 in the Highland Park neighborhood on Monday afternoon, May 10, 2010. It is unknown how the deer fell into the reservoir, but eventually was captured and released into the nearby woods.

Sgt. Nathan Kennedy

Family, friends, and members of the community line Main Street in Claysville, PA to mourn the loss of Sgt. Nathan Kennedy, 24, during funeral services for the fallen soldier on Sunday, May 9, 2010. Sgt. Kennedy was a U.S. Army Ranger who served as a sniper assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colorado. He served in Iraq from 2006 to 2007 and began his tour in Afghanistan in June of 2009. He was killed in action in Afghanistan on April 27, 2010.


Enlistees and ROTC cadets line up outside of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum on Thursday evening, May 6, 2010 before the start of a ceremony to honor the and recognize the enlistees.

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Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist has spent more than a decade traveling the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters and civil unrest. His work has appeared in leading national and international publications and he has received numerous top journalism awards. After covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville – Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military and its War on Terror. He has followed this story across the US and into the war zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome, the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution and subsequent unrest, and most recently, Russia's invasion of Crimea and the international crisis that unfolded in Ukraine. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancĂ©, Stephanie Strasburg.

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