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7:53 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Reliving D-Day, With Paintballs And Referees

Allied Gen. John Holme, aka "Mad Kow" (left), and Nicky Angel Valor are seen at the "Invasion of Normandy" paintball battle — the largest event of its kind in the world. "This is our Superbowl," Valor says.
Rob Sachs for NPR

Thousands of people traveled to a field near Jim Thorpe, Pa., earlier this month to re-create one of the most famous battles in history: D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. But with live ammunition — paintballs — and no predetermined winner, it wasn't a typical re-enactment.

In the paintball world, the invasion of Normandy isn't just an event, it's the event.

"This is our Super Bowl," says Nicky Angel Valor.

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Around the Nation
3:45 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Honey, Stop The Car: Monuments That Move You

You know the feeling: You're driving and you spot a little-known memorial that makes you want to pull over and find out more. It could be a monument to some local hero or to a long-forgotten historical moment. NPR is taking a summer-long road trip and exploring the deep — and sometimes mysterious — histories of these spots. Click on the icons below to explore the series.

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The Impact Of War Project
9:14 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Military Dogs Enjoy Brighter Future After Service

Marine Cpl. Daniel Cornier and his colleague, Chaak, in Afghanistan. "Pretty much trust him with my life," Cornier says.
Courtesy of Daniel Cornier

The military's four-legged warriors now have a more hopeful future in store.

Military working dogs were once euthanized when their service days were over.

But, their fate is changing as military and civilian families pressure the Defense Department to make it easier for handlers to adopt their canine colleagues.

Looking out over Camp Pendleton's K-9 training field in California, Marine Cpl. Daniel Cornier shares stories about Chaak, the dog he deployed with to Afghanistan.

His words are halting and emotional.

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