JONESBORO â€” Dr. Harold Copenhaver didn't know what to expect when he auditioned for the Army Air Force Band.
"I knew I'd be drafted, and music was what I loved. So I thought this may be a good opportunity," said Copenhaver, who was 20 at the time.
He passed the audition and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in April 1942, beginning a career in the military music program that would last more than two decades.
Americans planned to gather at cemeteries, memorials and monuments nationwide to honor fallen military service members on Memorial Day, at a time when combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of World War II veterans dwindles.
President Barack Obama was expected to lay a wreath Monday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington. Earlier in the morning, he and first lady Michelle Obama planned to host a breakfast at the White House with "Gold Star" families of service members who have been killed.
FORT SMITH â€” When Southside High School graduate and former Fort Smith resident Greg Karber saw and heard what he calls "a social ill," he was appalled. So he grabbed his cell phone, hopped into his car and dove into film-making action.