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All Eyes photo gallery: On Memorial Day, the nation pays tribute to its war dead

Makenna Meyer, 3, places flags on graves Monday at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. Makenna was with her mother, Air Force Maj. Jena Meyer.

Jay Janner | Austin American-Statesman via AP

Makenna Meyer, 3, places flags on graves Monday at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. Makenna was with her mother, Air Force Maj. Jena Meyer.

Today we remember and honor all the service men and women who died in service of their country.

The first official observance of Memorial Day was May 28, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. 

After World War I, the holiday was extended to all soldiers who had fallen in all American wars.

Here are some of our Memorial Day articles:

• Since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the remains of those military personnel killed at the Pentagon and nearly 7,000 killed in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere around the globe have arrived at Dover Air Force Base, Del., to be identified and turned over to their families. John Harper talks about the high toll that work takes on those who serve there.

• Just days before William Branch left for a second combat tour in Vietnam, his wife bought him a black leather Bible. Last year, his daughter found it packed away in a box labeled "memories." In this piece, Jennifer Denard remembers her fallen father, verse by verse.  …

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All Eyes: The story behind the €'American Dream'€™ photo at West Point that went viral

Tears tream down the face of West Point Cadet Alix Idrache during the 2016 commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant | U.S. Army

Tears tream down the face of West Point Cadet Alix Idrache during the 2016 commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy.

As 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache stood at attention during the commencement ceremony at West Point, N.Y., on Saturday, he was overcome with emotion. Tears rolled down both cheeks, but his gloved left hand held firm on his white, gold and black "cover," the dress headgear that Army cadets wear.

The photograph of Idrache, by Army Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant, was published Tuesday on the Facebook page of West Point's U.S. Military Academy, and it almost immediately went viral. Part of that is Idrache's background: He worked his way through one of the nation's most prestigious military schools after immigrating to the United States from Haiti, earning his citizenship and serving for two years as an enlisted soldier with the Maryland Army National Guard, according to Army records.

"I woke up this morning and found my face all over Facebook and with it myriad of amazing comments about my accomplishments," Idrache wrote Tuesday on Facebook. "I am humbled and shocked at the same time. Thank you for giving me a shot at the American Dream and may God bless America, the greatest country on earth." …

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All Eyes photo gallery: Photos from Game 6 - Lightning vs. Penguins

Pamila Kaufman, of Tampa, left, and Don "Skully" Bradshaw, of Tampa, hang out at Ferg's Live before the start of Tuesday's (5/24/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins for game six of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.

[DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

Pamila Kaufman, of Tampa, left, and Don "Skully" Bradshaw, of Tampa, hang out at Ferg's Live before the start of Tuesday's (5/24/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins for game six of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Three Tampa Bay Times photojournalists and three on-location photo editors tackled game six of the NHL playoff game at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL yesterday. The Lightning lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins, pushing the series to a seventh game to be played in Pittsburgh on Thursday. In case you missed the game, here are some photos that captured the heartbreaking defeat.

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Behind the lens: Baseball photographs away from the action

East Lake outfielder and pitcher Travis MacGregor (center) gathers his teammates for a pregame huddle before a Class 8A region final baseball game against Steinbrenner at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, Fla., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Steinbrenner went on to win the game 3-0.

[LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

East Lake outfielder and pitcher Travis MacGregor (center) gathers his teammates for a pregame huddle before a Class 8A region final baseball game against Steinbrenner at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, Fla., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Steinbrenner went on to win the game 3-0.

I have a confession: my favorite lens for shooting high school baseball is a 24-70mm. A super telephoto lens, usually a 300mm or 400mm, is the first lens photographers turn to for this sport. The long focal length is key for getting in tight on action around the field. You'll never find me at a baseball game without at least a 300mm, but there's always a 24-70mm or 35mm hanging around my neck too.

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All Eyes photo gallery: The Tampa Bay Bucs visit Bevis Elementary

Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander greets students at Bevis Elementary School in Lithia, Fla., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Bucs players, personnel and representatives from the American Heart Association visited the school after it won the 2015-16 Buccaneers PLAY 60 Challenge, a program that encourages healthy lifestyles for students at local schools through physical activity.

[LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander greets students at Bevis Elementary School in Lithia, Fla., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Bucs players, personnel and representatives from the American Heart Association visited the school after it won the 2015-16 Buccaneers PLAY 60 Challenge, a program that encourages healthy lifestyles for students at local schools through physical activity.

I was recently given the opportunity to become the Tampa Bay Times' Buccaneers beat photographer. Covering a team in this capacity is about so much more than just showing up at games every Sunday. With the first game of the season happening on September 11, I have four months to begin forming relationships with team personnel and, to a lesser extent, players.

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All Eyes photo gallery: Eckerd College's 4th Annual Pet Graduation (w video)

From left, Jennifer Lincoln holds her tabby cat, Sneezy, and Danielle Becker holds her bearded dragon, Mushu, before the 4th Annual Eckerd College Pet Graduation at Eckerd's Fox Hall in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Eckerd College, the first school in the nation to accept on-campus pets, holds the ceremony to honor the animals that support the school's students.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

From left, Jennifer Lincoln holds her tabby cat, Sneezy, and Danielle Becker holds her bearded dragon, Mushu, before the 4th Annual Eckerd College Pet Graduation at Eckerd's Fox Hall in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Eckerd College, the first school in the nation to accept on-campus pets, holds the ceremony to honor the animals that support the school's students.

Graduating seniors donned caps and gowns. Brushed their hair. Smiled proudly for photos. And cleaned their scales? Classmates brought their pets to a ceremony celebrating the 4th Annual Eckerd College Pet Graduation at Eckerd's Fox Hall in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Eckerd College, the first school in the nation to accept on-campus pets, holds the ceremony to honor the animals that support the school's students.

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All Eyes photo gallery: Born to Run - Action and scenes from the Florida High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships.

Runners prepare for the 200 meter dash preliminary race during the FHSAA statewide track and field finals on Friday afternoon, May 7, 2016 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton.

ZACK WITTMAN | Times

Runners prepare for the 200 meter dash preliminary race during the FHSAA statewide track and field finals on Friday afternoon, May 7, 2016 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton.

A gunshot rings out across the stadium, the crowd goes wild. Tears, shouting, hugging; somehow this all seems like an under reaction to the athleticism portrayed at the FHSAA Track and Field finals.

Athletes from all around the Tampa Bay area competed recently at the IMG Academy, some arriving before sunrise and most staying until well after dark. Dashes and relays, shot-put and discus, long jump and high jump, each competition pushing the limits of the human body.

When you see the commitment and athleticism these students put forth, it's easy to forget that they're so young. They're all still in school, balancing their schoolwork, social life, and jobs, while still maintaining the discipline to be among the best athletes in the state.

I left the IMG stadium after more than 20 hours of work over two days. I felt nothing but appreciation and respect for these young athletes. Officia Harold Pierce said it best, preluding the shot-put finals on Saturday afternoon: "I just want you all to realize that you've already made a huge accomplishment: you're here. The only reason you're here is because you're among the best in the state of Florida, one of the leading states in track and field. That might not seem like a lot to you, I know you're all here to win. I just want you to remember how impressive you all are. Now let's get started, good luck!"

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All Eyes photo gallery: Rising Stars showcase

Jonathan O'Brien, a junior in the Pinellas County Center for the Arts program at Gibbs High School, performs in the instrumental category on stage at the Mahaffey Theater, in St. Petersburg Monday afternoon (05/09/16). Students from all over Pinellas County were rehearsing at Mahaffey Theater Monday afternoon in preparation for Monday night's annual Walker's Rising Stars Scholarship Program Showcase. The main sponsor is the Pinellas Education Foundation. The categories of performers included culinary, instrumental, dance, theater, visual arts and vocal music.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Jonathan O'Brien, a junior in the Pinellas County Center for the Arts program at Gibbs High School, performs in the instrumental category on stage at the Mahaffey Theater, in St. Petersburg Monday afternoon (05/09/16). Students from all over Pinellas County were rehearsing at Mahaffey Theater Monday afternoon in preparation for Monday night's annual Walker's Rising Stars Scholarship Program Showcase. The main sponsor is the Pinellas Education Foundation. The categories of performers included culinary, instrumental, dance, theater, visual arts and vocal music.

Students from all over Pinellas County were rehearsing at Mahaffey Theater Monday afternoon in preparation for Monday night's annual Walker's Rising Stars Scholarship Program Showcase. The main sponsor is the Pinellas Education Foundation. The categories of performers included culinary, instrumental, dance, theater, visual arts and vocal music.

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April 2016 ‘Reader Photo of the Month’ poll: 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers

1. Red-Shouldered Hawk at Raptor Fest (Published April 3, 2016)

[Submitted by Larry Cote, Madeira Beach, FL.]

1. Red-Shouldered Hawk at Raptor Fest (Published April 3, 2016)

Fine-feathered friends and foggy morning weather are featured in this month's batch of reader-submitted photos. Help pick the one that will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

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72 hours in Cuba for 'Times' sports photographer Will Vragovic

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throws hats into the crowd before the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team in Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana, Cuba on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throws hats into the crowd before the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team in Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana, Cuba on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

Times photographer Will Vragovic had three days to document life in Cuba as he followed the Tampa Bay Rays and President Barack Obama on their historic trip this spring. The state ofsports, politics, history and community dominate in 19 of Vragovic's best images. They're a look at what was -- and what is developing.

See the narrative "graphic novel piece" for Floridian Magazine - Hard deadlines, slow internet: Photographer explains how he and his photos got out of Cuba on time

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NFL Draft Day #TBT: Following Vernon Hargreaves' route from Wharton High to UF to the NFL

(May 7, 2012) Wharton High School football player Vernon Hargreaves III runs drills during practice on Tuesday.

[DANIEL WALLACE | Times]

(May 7, 2012) Wharton High School football player Vernon Hargreaves III runs drills during practice on Tuesday.

I am coming up on my four year anniversary of being a photographer at the Tampa Bay Times. One thing you quickly learn after being in this area during the fall is that high school football is king. When our football stars move onto college, they often show loyalty to teams in Florida. Some have even returned to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Local law enforcement members run with a 'flame of hope' for Special Olympics

St. Petersburg Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Kovacsev, right, carries the Special Olympics Florida torch on Wednesday as the group runs west on First Avenue N in St. Petersburg, with other members of the department.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

St. Petersburg Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Kovacsev, right, carries the Special Olympics Florida torch on Wednesday as the group runs west on First Avenue N in St. Petersburg, with other members of the department.

On Tuesday morning, a group of about 50 law enforcement officers and department personnel began the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Florida.

Officers from nine local area law enforcement agencies — including the police departments of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Largo, Kenneth City, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and Belleair; the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office; and the Florida Highway Patrol — participated in the relay run that began at the St. Petersburg Police Department and ended at the Paul B. Stephens School in Clearwater.

"This is a great way for department members to give something back to our community," said Assistant St. Petersburg Police Chief Michael Kovacsev. "We have been participating in the run for over 25 years."

The event brings community awareness and attention to the various sports programs available to the intellectually disabled, said Laura Collins, director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Special Olympics Florida.

"The run is one of our largest grass roots efforts worldwide. Seventy-five-hundred to 10,000 officers participate in moving the 'flame of hope,' across this state during various events," she said.

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Sing Out! Tampa Bay

Performers practice during the rehearsal for Sing Out! Tampa Bay at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The performance will be on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. and admission is pay what you can at the door. This is the first ever completely community-based sing-along concert with The Florida Orchestra.

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Performers practice during the rehearsal for Sing Out! Tampa Bay at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The performance will be on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. and admission is pay what you can at the door. This is the first ever completely community-based sing-along concert with The Florida Orchestra.

Sing Out! Tampa Bay will be on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. and admission is pay what you can at the door at the Mahaffey Theater. This is the first ever completely community-based sing-along concert with The Florida Orchestra. Songs performed will include “La Bamba”, Selections from The Music Man and  Amazing Grace.

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All Eyes photo gallery: Portrait of a trailblazing Tampa Little League coach

Coach "Ms Ann" Sullivan was honored with the 'Pioneer Award' from the Belmont Heights Alumni Association for being the first woman to coach and her contributions to the game in the Belmont Heights minor baseball league in Tampa on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Sullivan broke barriers becoming the first woman to coach a championship winning team for 8 years against other male coaches around the Tampa area. Several of Coach Sullivan players went on to play Major League Baseball such as Gary Sheffleld, Derek Bell, and Vance Lovelace to name a few. Also newly appointed Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward played for Coach Sullivan.

[OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

Coach "Ms Ann" Sullivan was honored with the 'Pioneer Award' from the Belmont Heights Alumni Association for being the first woman to coach and her contributions to the game in the Belmont Heights minor baseball league in Tampa on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Sullivan broke barriers becoming the first woman to coach a championship winning team for 8 years against other male coaches around the Tampa area. Several of Coach Sullivan players went on to play Major League Baseball such as Gary Sheffleld, Derek Bell, and Vance Lovelace to name a few. Also newly appointed Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward played for Coach Sullivan.

"Ms. Ann" Sullivan, 78, coached professional baseball players such as Gary Sheffield, Derek Bell, Vance Lovelace and countless others when they played little league baseball in Tampa's Belmont Heights. Sullivan, a trailblazer, was honored for being the first woman to coach in Belmont Heights Little League and for the sacrifices she made for those young boys from 1971 to 1979.

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All Eyes photo gallery: An evening with Prince – January 3, 1985, Atlanta, GA. (Purple Rain tour)

Prince in concert during the Purple Rain Tour at the Omni International Arena, Atlanta, Ga. on January 3, 1985.

[CHERIE DIEZ | Times]

Prince in concert during the Purple Rain Tour at the Omni International Arena, Atlanta, Ga. on January 3, 1985.

After hearing that Prince had died at the young age of 57, Tampa Bay Times staff photographer Cherie Diez went through her files and scanned 20 great images, all from a single concert at the Omni International Arena in Atlanta, GA., on January 3, 1985.

Taken together, they create a fitting tribute to a very colorful and dramatic artist.

 

 

 

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