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By Jake Pearson
Copyright: The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The U.S. Marine Corps’ chaplain, speaking Sunday to a congregation that has tied gold ribbons on the church’s fence in honor of fallen soldiers since the Iraq War began, lauded the sacrifice of veterans around the world as President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan for Memorial Day.
“What they have done has allowed us to be here,” Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben told the roughly 200 worshippers at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, including active duty servicemen and women in town for the annual Fleet Week celebration.