Virginians pay their respects to the thousands of soldiers who shed their blood that the rest of us may live in peace.
A vintage plane calls to mind five military men killed on a LOCAL mountain top in 1943.
Tonight on News 7 Sports, Venus Williams is knocked out of the French Open in the opening round.
Mark McGwire returns to the lineup and goes yard against the Brewers.
Shannon Taylor is in the house on this Memorial day.
And it took an extra day and some late hole dramatics, but the Kemper Open crowns Frank Lickliter its 2001 champion this afternoon in Maryland.
The latest weather trends point to some drier days ahead. We see how long that will last. Forecast details coming up.
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On a national day of remembrance, western Virginia honors its own heroes.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
Throughout the nation today, Americans paid tribute to fallen heroes... men and women who died while serving their country in the armed forces.
That was also the case today in western Virginia,
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And Joe Dashiell is here with more on one of those ceremonies.
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Shannon... every Memorial Day, Roanoke Valley Veterans Groups gather near the War Memorial.
But there's nothing routine about this observance or the sacrifice it honors.
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[OUT Q=gave their country their life.]
((Service men and women of every stripe gathered at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church... for a service and ceremony honoring soldiers and sailors who've given their lives for their country.
[IN Q=No braver men]
((NO BRAVER MEN EVER WORE AN AMERICAN UNIFORM THAN THOSE YOUNG LADS WHO STORMED THE BEACHES AT OMAHA, IN A PLACE CALLED NORMANDY.))
[OUT Q=in a place called Normandy.]
With the dedication of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford scheduled for June 6th... Rear Admiral John Summers focused on the young men from western Virginia who died in that battle...
But he also spoke of others who gave their lives in World War I, Korea, Vietnam and many other conflicts.
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((AND THAT'S WHAT I THINK WE NEED TO GET ACROSS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS IS JUST NOT MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 28TH, 2001. THIS IS MEMORIAL DAY FROM YEARS PAST. MEN THAT SOMETIMES DIDN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT WAR WAS. AND YET GAVE THEIR COUNTRY THEIR LIFE.))
[OUT Q=gave their country their life.] ))
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And, that's also why, Summers says, permanent memorials to the nations war dead are so important.
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Shannon... many of the men and women at the ceremony today say there is little that will keep them from the dedication of the National D-Day Memorial on June 6th.
As America remembers its fallen soldiers, the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is preparing to honor all who served in "Operation Overlord." The dedication ceremony is scheduled for a week from Wednesday.
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And we hope you will join us at 11:00 AM, June 6th for a program we're calling: "Their Sacrifice, Our Freedom" .. live coverage of the dedication ceremony.
This Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be less deadly than last year... but still... SIX people have lost their lives in Virginia this holiday weekend.
That's compared with 12 who died in car accidents in 2000.
One of those accidents claimed the life of a Brookneal man.
Police say 42 year old Eric Bryant Yuille (Yule) was a passenger in a Ford Mustang that ran off the road around 2:30 this morning.
The accident took place on Route 40 east of Brookneal.
The car overturned after hitting a culvert and becoming airborne.
The victim was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car.
The driver, William Yuille, was injured.
Charges have yet to be filed.
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President Bush is urging Americans to remember ''the price that was paid'' for freedom.
He spoke after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery today.
President Bush said that any time an enemy left the country no other choice but to fight, brave Americans have been ``ready to pay the ultimate price.''
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[IN Q=Today we honor those who fell from the line...]
((TODAY WE HONOR THOSE WHO FELL FROM THE LINE, WHO LEFT US NEVER KNOWING HOW MUCH THEY WOULD BE MISSED. WE PRAY FOR THEM WITH AN AFFECTION THAT GROWS DEEPER WITH THE YEARS, AND WE REMEMBER THEM, ALL OF THEM, WITH THE LOVE OF A GRATEFUL NATION.))
[OUT Q=with the love of a grateful nation.]
Earlier this morning, the president signed a bill to allow construction of the controversial World War Two Memorial on the National Mall in Washington.
Critics say the design will detract from the open space between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
But supporters say World War Two was so significant that it should be remembered with its own memorial.
Not all of America's war dead honored today died on a foreign battlefield.
Some lost their lives right here at home.
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A vintage B-25 bomber was part of the ceremonies today in Lynchburg honoring five Army Air Corps men killed during a training mission during World War Two.
Their own B-25 bomber crashed into Sharp Top Mountain in Bedford County in 1943.. a local pastor has spent the past year contacting relatives and raising money for a memorial honoring the crew.
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((REV. JEFF CLEMENS/B-25 MEMORIAL ORGANIZER: AS IN THE AFTERMATH OF ALL WARS, THE FALLEN ARE OFTEN FORGOTTEN, AND THOSE WHO RETURN ARE FREQUENTLY IGNORED. HOWEVER, AFTER 58 YEARS, WE ARE RECOGNIZING A DEBT WHICH WE ARE UNABLE TO REPAY EXCEPT THROUGH A SINCERE SENSE OF GRATITUDE.))
((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: WE CAN DO NO LESS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IN BEDFORD, VIRGINIA, TO ENSURE THAT OUR COMMUNITY ENSURES THAT THE STORY OF THE B-25 BOMBER AND THESE FIVE ARMY AIR CORPS MEN ARE FOREVER REMEMBERED, THEY ARE NO LONGER FORGOTTEN.))
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[OUT Q=no longer forgotten.]
Relatives of two of the crewmen attended today's ceremony.
They were honored with proclamations and flags that had been flown over the U-S Capitol.
Will local tourist spots suffer because of steep gas prices?
We'll take a look , still ahead...
And... one of those nearby attractions is looking to expand...
We'll tell you why officials with the Booker T- Washington National monument want to buy up more land - before someone else gets it...
Stay with us.
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The Booker T. Washington National Monument is trying to expand, but since the park falls under the Department of Interior, the plan will need congressional and presidential approval.
Richard Lesko has more.
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((When Booker T Washington was a little boy...))
It's a growing problem, commerce expanding onto historical sites. The Booker T. Washington National Monument sits just a fraction of a mile away from Westlake Corner, one of Smith Mountain Lake's fastest growing areas. Monument officials say this sort of growth can attract more visitors, but can also hinder the educational aspects of the park. That's why they are trying to buy a 15 acre slice of land between the monument and what will eventually be businesses.
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((REBECCA HARRIETT/MONUMENT SUPERINTENDENT;IT'S A COMBINATION OF THE HISTORICAL AND THE VIEWSHED, AND THAT'S WHY WE DESIGNATED THAT PIECE OF PROPERTY AS THE TOP PRIORITY))
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The land holds about 7 acres which were originally part of the Burrough's Plantation in the 18-hundreds, but were left out of the park when it was established in 1957. But with construction getting closer, monument officials are taking a pro-active stance toward protecting the view.
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((REBECCA HARRIETT/MONUMENT SUPERINTENDENT; I THINK IN THE PAST WE'VE LET THINGS COME TO US AND THEN DEAL WITH THE IMPACTS))
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((NOW WE'RE GETTING OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY, WORK ON THE PLANNING TEAMS BECAUSE WE DO HAVE AN INTEREST TO PROTECT THE RESOURCES. THAT'S OUR JOB))
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((RICHARD LESKO/REPORTING; Caretakers of the Booker T. Washington monument hope this land will act as a buffer from continuing construction at the Westlake area. But it could be YEARS before the park could even buy the land.))
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Fifth district congressman Virgil Goode has introduced legislation to allow the expansion. But the monument's boundary will not change until the plan receives a thumbs up from both houses of congress and the president.
[IN Q=Once we have the authority...]
((REBECCA HARRIETT/MONUMENT SUPERINTENDENT;ONCE WE HAVE THE AUTHORITY THEN WE CAN APPROACH THE FINANCIAL ASPECTS. BUY YOU CAN'T GO AFTER THE APPROPRIATION UNTIL YOU GET THE AUTHORITY TO DO SO. IT'S A LONG PROCESS))
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And now piece by piece, monument officials are making sure the scenery visitors see today is as close as possible to that seen by Booker T. Washington.
RL, N7, Franklin County...))
With the start of the summer travel season, Virginia tourism officials are hopeful that rising gas prices won't put the pinch on local attractions.
Most of Virginia's tourists come from nearby states. And an estimated 85 percent travel by car.
Tourism officials say they're cautiously concerned, but also cautiously optimistic that the state's tourist attractions won't suffer.
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((BUT I WAS AROUND IN THE LATE 70S WHEN THE OIL EMBARGO HAPPENED THE FIRST TIME. AND WHAT WE FOUND THEN WAS PEOPLE WENT ON VACATIONS. THEY MAYBE WENT ON SHORTER TRIPS, STAYED A LITTLE CLOSER TO HOME, BUT THEY IN FACT WENT.))
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Despite rising gas prices and economic uncertainty, State tourism officials say they expect tourists to take shorter and more frequent vacations. And that could benefit many of Virginia's attractions.
Dive teams are searching an area lake for a missing woman- in the Natural Bridge area.
A Rockbridge County Sheriff's Captain says the 37-year old woman was last seen at a camp ground at Cave Mountain Lake Saturday night.
When family members woke up Sunday morning they realized she wasn't there.
Sheriff's deputies used dogs and a helicopter to search the area- and at this hour they've focused the search on the lake using a dive team.
The woman is described as five feet seven inches tall and weighs 190 pounds.
She has brown shoulder- length hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray sweatshirt with the word Marlboro on the front and a blue jean jacket.
If you have any information call the Rockbridge Sheriff's department.
Virginia officials are considering ALLOWING fecal matter to remain in some state streams.
We'll explain, ahead.
And despite some scares... nice weather is holding out for Roanoke's Festival in the Park .
An update, coming up.
One of the baby snow leopards at the Mill Mountain Zoo has died.
Zoo officials made the announcement this afternoon, .... but say the baby leopard died Saturday afternoon.
That's when zoo officials noticed the mother carrying one of the cubs, who was lifeless and removed it from the den area.
The cub might have suffocated by the mother or had died from some other cause.
Zoo officials say the remaining two cubs were examined and the veterinarian found them in good health.
The Department of Environmental Quality may NOT clean fecal bacteria from all of Virginia's streams in the future...
The state is considering allowing elevated levels of the bacteria to remain in remote waters that people don't play in or retrieve drinking water from... The move would save the money it would cost to remove the fecal bacteria.
The State Water Control Board would have to approve the proposal before it could take effect.
An iffy forecast isn't keeping crowds away from Roanoke's Festival in the Park.
Festival go-ers flocked to Elmwood Park today for a variety of food, and arts and crafts.
The festival kicked off Friday night with a performance by the Marshall Tucker Band.
There had been some concern about rain, but organizers say Mother Nature is cooperating.
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((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK :THE WEATHER HAS BEEN FABULOUS. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY BROUGHT SUNNY DAYS. FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE WE OPENED VICTORY STADIUM THE SKIES CLEARED. IT'S BEEN A GREAT, BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND.))
[OUT Q=It's been a great, beautiful weekend.]
Festival in the Park will run through next weekend.
Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - we'll crown a champ at the Kemper Open a day late.
Venus is rudely ousted in Paris.
McGwire comes back and hit a dinger.
And we'll get caught up with former Patrick Henry Patriot Shannon Taylor - who is trying to make a living with the San Diego Chargers.
Frank Lichliter has been banging around on the PGA Tour since 1994 looking for a win.
So waiting an extra day was nothing to him.
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Rain played havoc with the Kemper Open this past weekend at the TPC at Avenel course.
Lichliter led by three shots with three holes to play today, but he bogeyed 16 and 17, before steadying himself and draining this knee-knocking putt to win his first tour event.
And when you win you always get to hug the blonde - in this wife Diane.
In Paris, the show is over almost as soon as it started for the reigning US Open and Wimbledon women's tennis champ.
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In her first round French Open match American Venus Williams was eliminated.
Venus, who was the second seed on the women's side, was ousted in her first round match today losing to Austria's Barbara Schett in straight sets 6-4 and 6-4.
You would like to say that Schett deserved to win, but it's more like Venus deserved to lose.
She committed a very uncharacteristic 43 unforced errors
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrated this Memorial day for more than one reason.
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Mark McGwire, who had been out of the lineup since April 15th, returned this afternoon and responded by going 2 for 3 with a single and homerun.
McGwire hit second today, for perhaps the first time in his career.
The Cardinals beat the Brewers 6-to-2.
Plenty of Memorial Day action in the big leagues this afternoon.
As the Cubs won their 8th straight game.
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Slugger Matt Stairs helped power the Cubs attack as he jumped on this pitch and gave it a ride out of Cinergy Field.
Stairs three run homer with two outs in the third scores Sammy Sosa and Ricky Gutierez. It's 4-to-3 Chicago.
Then in the bottom of the 6th, Kelly Stinnett got the Reds back on top with this two run double that plates Sean Casey and Juan Castro.
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That puts the Reds on top 5-to-4 in the 6th.
But the Cubs take it 9-to-6 in 13 innings.
Philadelphia beat the Mets.
On the Junior circuit, the Tigers beat the Indians 12-to-6, the Rangers doubled up the Orioles 6-to-3 and Seattle pounded the Royals 13-to-3.
The Carolina League action was in the afternoon today as the Avalanche opened up a 7 games homestand with a 3-to-1 win over the Myrtle Beach pelicans.
The Hillcats came up a little short this afternoon losing to Potomac 6-to-5.
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Former Friday Football Extra player of the week Shannon Taylor is one of many San Diego Chargers looking forward to the upcoming season.
Steve Mason caught up with the UVa grad recently back in Charlottesville.
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((Taylor participated in mini camp earlier this month and after 12 tackles in 8 games last year, mostly on special teams, 2001 looks better to the former Patrick Henry star.
While Taylor shares practice duties with Seau, he's a ways away from the future hall of famer's level, but the Chargers like Shannon's potential.
((MIKE RILEY/CHARGERS HEAD COACH:))
Taylor is in the second year of a two year deal. He is working for a sizable contract this year.
Coach Joe and Shannon talk once a week and he sent his former AAU Roanoke Hawks basketball coach a signed autographed picture of his prot�g�.
Gaither and Taylor are now working together to buy Shannon's mom a house in Roanoke. The Chargers open the season September 9th against the Redskins, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
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Perhaps no one understands the true meaning of Memorial Day more than veterans and their families.
Tonight we'll meet a local man whose brother is Missing in Action.
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Jean Jadhon joins us with more...
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Shannon... The Korean War claimed some 4-MILLION lives since its start in 1950...
Freeman Lindsey is just one man missing in action since the Korean War....
His brother, Charles, lives in Pulaski ... And hopes D-N-A will eventually lead to his brother's remains being brought back home.
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Shannon... we'll explain and have much more on that story tonight... on News 7 at 11.
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