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Iraq War Vets Reflect on Mission Amid Continuing Unrest

Paris, Illinois is a patriotic town awash in red, white and blue. American Legion Post Commander Tom Noel said it’s been that way since the Iraq War began in 2003.   “Instantly, the flag sales went up, you see flags flying everywhere,” said Noel.   Noel said that while the patriotism has not faded, the mood did change in 2004, when news of the mounting casualties from the town’s Illinois National Guard unit - the 1544th Transportation Company - starting filtering...

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