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May 30th, 2011
12:14 PM ET

NFL contingent climbs Mount Kilimanjaro with Wounded Warriors

At nearly 20,000 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. On American Morning this morning, former NFL star Chad Lewis and Nancy Schiliro from the Wounded Warrior Project  join Christine Romans and Alina Cho to discuss their incredible climb to the top of Africa's tallest peak.

The pair climbed with a group of wounded U.S. soliders and former NFL players to raise money and awareness for wounded service members.

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Filed under: Football • Memorial Day • U.S. Troops
May 30th, 2011
10:40 AM ET

Tributes to Vietnam Veterans: The items left behind at the memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited and moving sites in Washington, D.C. Since it was built and dedicated, people have been leaving behind personal letters and mementos for fallen soldiers - items that are gathered at the end of each day and placed in a storage facility.

On American Morning this morning, Jan Scruggs, the founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the man who conceived the idea to build the memorial, joins Christine Romans and Alina Cho from a storage facility where all these artifacts are being stored.

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Filed under: Memorial Day • Military
May 30th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

Mullen: U.S. and Pakistan have 'a vital relationship'

This morning, President Barack Obama is expected to name a replacement for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, who is retiring at the end of the summer.

Adm. Mullen has also just returned from a trip to Pakistan, where he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the relationship that has been strained since the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound.

Admiral Mullen joins American Morning live this morning with Christine Romans and Alina Cho to explain why this relationship with Pakistan is so important, and to share his Memorial Day message with the troops.

Filed under: Memorial Day • Military
May 30th, 2011
07:26 AM ET

Should women be fighting on the front lines in combat? A female Marine shares her experience

There are more than 200,000 women serving in the U.S. military around the world. While the U.S. still officially bans women from combat, many are still fighting and dying on the front lines.

In her book Hesitation Kills: A Female Marine Officer's Combat Experiences in Iraq Jane Blair reveals what it's like to be a female soldier experiencing combat first-hand. How did she deal with male superior officers? What type of prejudices did she encounter from male soldiers? How did she connect with the Iraqi civilians who saw her as "the enemy?"

Jane joins Alina Cho and Christine Romans on American Morning this morning to talk about her new book and share her experience fighting on the front lines.

Filed under: Memorial Day • Military
May 27th, 2011
05:45 AM ET

Memorial Day recipes courtesy of the Deen Brothers

On American Morning this morning, we're kicking off Memorial Day weekend and for many folks that means it’s time to break out the barbeque!

So to prep, CNN's Ali Velshi took a trip to see the Deen Brothers, Jamie and Bobby, who have a new cookbook out, called “Get Fired Up.” It’s all about grilling, tailgating, and food – all things we all love.

Watch the video below to see Ali's piece chronicling his attempts to become the next culinary member of the Deen family.

In the meantime, check out a few of the Deen Brothers' recipes from their new book.

Grilled Red Pepper and Bowtie Salad

Good Doggies

Bad Doggies

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Have you tried these recipes? Share you favorite Memorial Day recipes here!

Filed under: Memorial Day