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Arizonans in ‘Old Guard’ say honoring the fallen is the greatest service

Units of the Old Guard stand in formation during an Army retirement ceremony on Nov. 1 at Fort Myer. (Cronkite News Service photo by Chad Garland)

Former Phoenix residents Tyler O’Connor and Enrique Garcia took different paths to the Army.

O’Connor knew at age 7 that he wanted to be a soldier and spent four years in Army ROTC at Arizona State University to earn a commission in the infantry. Garcia decided much later to enlist, about a year after high school. O’Connor wound up serving in Afghanistan, Garcia was deployed twice to Iraq.

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Opposite of infamy: Arizona to dedicate its WWII memorial (access required)

Gun barrels from the USS Arizona (left) and the USS Missouri have taken their spots for display to the public in Wesley Bolin Plaza. The World War II artifacts will be unveiled to the public Dec. 7, ending a two-year effort by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett to save the gun barrels from the scrap heap. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

One day after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, thrusting the United States into World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt told the nation that Dec. 7, 1941, was “a date which will live in infamy.”

Seventy-two years later, on Dec. 7, 2013, at an event that represents the opposite of infamy — appreciation, honor and respect — Arizona dedicates its World War II memorial at the east end of Wesley Bolin Plaza. It features two huge gun barrels resting side by side — one from the USS Arizona and the other from the USS Missouri, symbolically representing the beginning and the end of World War II.

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Border chief says new strategy focuses on risks

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher unveiled parts of his agency's new strategic four-year plan to tackle border security on Wednesday, saying that agents will focus on better responding to risks. Fisher addressed a crowd of law enforcement and those working in the border-security field at a major border expo in downtown Phoenix.

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