26 May '12, 8pm

Veterans honor lost comrades on Memorial Day

ST. LOUIS -- Memorial Day for Thomas Korth is a rare time to drink. He has his own ritual for the occasion. To prepare, he grabs a can of Budweiser — colored red, white and blue, like a U.S. flag — and writes the name of a serviceman on it. Then he grabs another can and writes a different name, with the same black marker, and keeps doing so until he has about a dozen. During the long weekend, Korth, 28, goes off somewhere outdoors with the cooler of memorial beers. He reaches in, pulls one out, looks at the name on the can and opens it. As he sinks the beers over the weekend, he reflects on each person who didn't come home, including two who were killed in his Army convoy in Baghdad. Advertisement "This may sound corny, but when I draw one out and I've got that name on there, it's like I'm toasting them, drinking a beer for them," said Korth, of St. Charles. "With the ones...

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