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With my Memorial Day visit today I wasn’t at all disappointed not to initially find any new gravesites in the supposedly at-capacity Los Angeles National Cemetery. In fact I was almost relieved. But I knew that was to be short-lived. Especially when I came down one of the back roads in the northernmost area of the cemetery and found the above headstone gleaming, its engraving standing out in sharp contrast to the much older ones around it.

Walter Freeman, Jr. of Lancaster was killed last month in Baghdad. He was 20 years old.