VFW http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Biden Defends Withdrawal Of Troops From Iraq, Afghanistan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/biden-defends-withdrawal-troops-iraq-afghanistan <p>Vice President Joe Biden today lauded the nation’s military veterans who have fought battles overseas, but he made clear that there’s a limit to what the United States’ military can do.</p><p>“It’s time for those we liberated to stand up and put themselves together,” Biden said at the end of a lengthy speech to about 12,000 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars gathered in St. Louis at the America's Center convention hall downtown.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:43:43 +0000 Jo Mannies 38224 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Biden Defends Withdrawal Of Troops From Iraq, Afghanistan Alton continues longest-running Memorial Day Parade http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/alton-continues-longest-running-memorial-day-parade <p>The small town of Alton, Ill. boasts of having the longest consecutive Memorial Day Parade in the country. The community has honored the sacrifices of its sons and daughters in uniform for 145 years.&nbsp;</p><p>Korean War veteran Harry Kortcamp&nbsp;says he was a boy the first time he marched in Alton&rsquo;s Memorial Day Parade.</p><p>&ldquo;When they had victory in Germany, I marched in that parade,&quot; he said. &quot;When they had victory in Japan, I marched in that parade as a member of the Alton Legion Drum and Bugle Corps.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 23:27:16 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3795 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Alton continues longest-running Memorial Day Parade