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'Missing Hero Table': Fallen soldiers honored with empty seat at table on Memorial Day

Hot dogs and burgers appear on menus. And as families prepare to pull out the paper plates and slice the watermelon, they may consider adding a simple tradition to make Memorial Day truly meaningful.VETERAN OF IRAQ WAR SHARES INSIGHTS ON IMPORTANCE OF HONORING FALLEN HEROES THIS MEMORIAL DAYCreating "The Missing Hero Table" — or setting an extra place and empty chair at the family table — is a way to remember the soldier who never came home. FILE - US flags are set next to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund for Memorial Day, in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 26, 2023. (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images) Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend, of course. It’s the federal holiday set aside each year to honor and mourn those who gave their lives for our country’s freedoms.

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Human Rights, Climate Change, Trade Integration are key challenges – President tells Nikkei Forum
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has highlighted three major challenges facing Asia in his address at the Nikkei Forum on the Future of Asia in Tokyo. Wickremesinghe said democratic values and human rights, climate change, & trade integration are key challenges.The President also emphasized the importance of respecting the diverse political systems and definitions of human rights across Asian countries.FUTURE OF ASIA is an international gathering where political, economic, and academic leaders from the Asia-Pacific region offer their opinions frankly and freely on regional issues and the role of Asia in the world. Held by Nikkei every year since 1995, it is considered to be one of the most important global conferences in Asia.Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe held bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Japan on Thursday (25).President Wickremesinghe expressed his appreciation for the support extended by Japan to Sri Lanka in recovering from the economic crisis, said the President's Media Division.Earlir, President Ranil Wickremesinghe met former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.The President outlined the economic recovery in the country and invited Japanese investments to return to the country, said the President's Media Division.The President will also meet the officials of the Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship League, which is engaged in strengthening relations between the two countries, while promoting mutually beneficial cultural ties. During the visit, President Wickremesinghe also plans to engage with the Business Community during a Business Forum organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo, in collaboration with the Japan External Trade