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SPECIAL REPORT

(CNN) -- As CNN celebrates its anniversary by highlighting the most memorable news stories of the past 25 years, we've asked readers to participate by sending in their comments about the events that had an impact on their lives.

To contribute your top story picks from the past 25 years, complete this form.

The list is organized according to reader picks.

2000 presidential election

Sidney Trantham: The 2000 election had a significant impact on my life and reinvigorated my social activism. As an African-American in my mid-30s, I had read of how my ancestors were denied the right to vote, first through slavery and then through Jim Crow laws. Seeing the gross violations of civil rights during the 2000 election made real the struggles of my ancestors, and spurred me to speak out against a corrupt political system.

AIDS

Whiney Douglas-Weddell: I remember when the first cases of AIDS, called GRID then, were reported, and everyone panicked. Little by little we all began to learn about T-cells and B-cells and potease and cell walls. The average citizen had to become a scientist just to be informed. It was such a relief when researchers confirmed that HIV is not spread through casual contact; we could go back to being civil human beings again. It was sad that the government of Ronald Reagan chose to ignore this epidemic for so long. There were two silver linings in this disaster: the gay men's community became more united with the lesbian community;and the Gay Rights movement, initially reactionary, became much more assertive in its battle to seek full equality for lesbian and gay people.

Cheryl: AIDS. I went from an innocent little girl to handing out condoms on street corners. You talk about "news events." I qualify the book "And The Band Played On" as a news event in and of itself because it highlighted exactly how little news there WAS about AIDS/HIV.

Airbags

Teresa: The event I found most remarkable actually had it's start over 30 years ago -- when I opened my Weekly Reader in school and there was a story that "someday" cars would have "airbags" to protect people when they were in accidents. Although they are commonplace now, I remember the first time that I read a story in which two unsecured drivers were involved in a head-on collision, and both survived. Each car was equipped with those "airbags" that seemed like science-fiction when I was eight.

Baby Jessica trapped in the well

Barbara Frake: Not so much news that shaped my life but that shaped the way we watched breaking news events: the first that comes to mind was the little girl trapped in the well, it was the first time I watched news on TV nonstop for an extended period of time.

Bombings in Beirut

Bill Short: I was onboard the USS Dwight D Eisenhower in Palma, Spain. Morning of October 23, 1983, we heard about the bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, and were underway that afternoon. Arrived on the coast of Lebanon, morning of October 24. Behind us as far back as you could see was nothing but ships from many countries. They all backed off as we cruised up and down the coast, all fell silent from the coast. Our F-14s and F/A-18s were in the air but were ordered not to fire. The pilots had a better idea.......they flew over Beirut, breaking the sound barrier many times!!!....Will never forget....lost eight friends in the barracks.....

Rick Cunningham: Beirut was our time in hell, but sadly most Americans have forgotten about us. April 18, 22 years ago our embassy in Beirut was bombed. I remember that day, I was there. In the years 1982-1984 273 servicemen lost their lives, in one single day 241 gave their lives for peace. I remember Beirut everyday of my life, I have passed on stories to my children so they will remember that the price of freedom really is.

Joanne Nanna: A watershed moment in my life was the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut. When I first heard the news, I was waiting at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, N.Y., to start my first marathon. My husband of less then a year was stationed there at the time, and had actually lived in that building for three months. Fortunately, my husband made it home safely, but the Marine who took his place in the building didn't make it. I found myself a week later at his funeral in Arlington, a moving experience I will never forget. Years later, when I saw the first television reports of the bombing in Oklahoma City, all the emotions connected with Beirut came flooding back. The pictures and video of that incident were so eerily similar to the earlier one.

Challenger explosion

Tisha Havens: Now 30, I first started becoming aware that there was a world outside my [own] about 25 years ago. ... So all the news of the last 25 years has shaped my life.

But the news closest to me is probably the space shuttle program. I remember watching the first shuttle launch on TV, and every launch they televised. My brother and I were so fascinated, we studied star charts and astronomy, so we could figure out where and when to look in the dark rural Indiana sky to see the shuttle pass. We learned science so we could follow the experiments they took on board. We learned writing so we could write letters to the astronauts to tell them how great we thought they were. As I watched Sally Ride go up, I understood that I could be and do anything when I grew up, even if I was a girl.

When the Challenger exploded, I felt my first grief... and I found out what it was for a country to pull together and comfort each other.

As an adult, I see our cooperation with the rest of the world... and especially Russia!...to make the space station a truly borderless little world. And I hope against hope that our quest into space will continue, that it might continue to teach children to reach for the stars... and beyond them.

Clover Negles: I feel that the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986 was the most significant news event in my life. The feeling of loss and sorrow for the family's of the crew still crosses my thoughts after all these years.

Kimberly Monroe: January 28, 1986, had to be one of the most memorable days of my life within the last 25 years. I will never forget sitting in my fourth-grade class at Gloria Floyd Elementary (Miami, Florida), just minutes after my class finished singing "Happy Birthday" to me. We all sat down to watch the space shuttle Challenger lift off from Cape Canaveral. What happened next was one of the most shocking days in history. My classmates, teacher and I watched in horror as the shuttle exploded. Even now at age 28, that remains one of the most memorable news events of my life. My heart still goes out to the families of those lost on that fateful day.

Kate Barron: January 28, 1986. I was seven years old, home sick, I suppose, from elementary school. From another room I heard my mother, who had been watching the space shuttle Challenger lift off, begin to weep. Coming in, I saw the replay of the shuttle exploding. Too young to understand anything then but my mother's sadness, that image still stayed with me...and contrary to the fear those memories might have engendered, I am today dedicated to and excited by the human exploration of space. It challenges what is best in all of us, and gives us, as a species, a reason to hope, to dream, to strive to be greater than we are.

Chernobyl

Natalie Therrien: The 1986 Chernobyl accident still affects children today. People might go on about Kobain's suicide, the Internet, or various shootings, but fact of the matter is, people are still suffering, despite the fact that it happened just under 20 years ago. Bullet wounds can heal; cancer doesn't.

Columbine shootings

Doug Breese: The Columbine shootings was the last piece I needed to commit completely to becoming a teacher. Up to that point I wasn't sure if it was something I wanted to do. After Columbine I decided that as a teacher I had the best chance to make a positive change.

Deborah: The Columbine shootings had an impact on me as a parent. I had 3 children in high school at the time -- the same ages of those who were killed. I turned on the TV and saw the special report from the beginning of coverage. I watched and cried. My emotions vacillated back and forth between concern for the students and parents in Columbine and my own children's safety.

Leah: The Columbine shootings will forever be held in America's heart, a reminder of what evil we beckon when rejection and tolerance, indifference and compassion lose their meaning to us. That marked a day when the nation paused as a whole, looked back a generation, and questioned what this world was coming to. But as the new reports ended, and the story was complete, the world's superpower was forced to ask what had gone terribly wrong in this generation. Columbine was a day that made me realize school was a place to learn more than history and math, it was a place where history was made and bodies were counted, it was a place where you learned about tragedy and could experience pain and sorrow that would last a lifetime. I hope we never forget the influence each of us has over others, and never takes it for granted.

Death of Len Bias

Helen Benefield: I am by no means a basketball fan, never watching the sport at all. But I will never forget (how) the death of Len Bias has affected my life. This young man was only a year younger than I was at the time of his death, and I can remember thinking how useless his death was, however the reality of it all is that I can honestly say that due to his death, I never attempted to try any sort of drugs. Perhaps, others were also affected as I was.

Persian Gulf War

Barry Harper: I was a student in 1991 and was glued to the TV for the coverage of the first Gulf War. As a long time news junkie, this was the ultimate for me. We anticipated the possibility of a more negative outcome, so the relief at the actual outcome was amazing. I did not have the same glued-to-the TV interest with the OJ trial, the Clinton impeachment or even 9/11 and other ongoing stories since then. The impeachment, 9/11 and the 2000 election controversy all had great interest for me, but the first Gulf War coverage showed us the potential of 24 hour news to affect our lives and viewing habits.

Charles F. Focht: I think the event that changed my view was when Bernard Shaw and John Holloman were reporting first from the bombing during the first Gulf war.

Jamie Johnson: The news coverage on Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm shaped my life. I was in the eighth grade when it happened. I had a pen pal that was a soldier in Iraq and I kept a scrapbook of newspaper articles and pictures. I still have that scrapbook. I remember being so scared of what was going to happen as Desert Shield kept building into Desert Storm. Our local National Guard and reserve units were called up and as that fall turned into winter, more and more of my friends' dads left town in sand colored fatigues. I watched the news every night and I read anything I could find on the war. When Desert Storm finally started, we all braced ourselves for the worst. I remember hearing on the radio that the ground war was over in just 100 hours.

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Gary Beaubouef: The fall of the Berlin wall lifted a long, dark shadow that had intimidated the world since JFK was in office. The world sighed a breath of relief when the wall finally fell.

Melany Barnes: My Catholic grandmother prayed her whole life every day at 3:00 p.m., as did her German immigrant parents for religious freedom in East Germany. When she was 89 years old, we watched the fall of the Berlin Wall from her hospital bed and her prayers were answered. It changed our lives.

Boyd Estabrook: The tearing down of the Berlin Wall. I went to visit my parents and said, "Can you believe they are tearing down the Berlin Wall?" My parents didn't believe me so I turned on the TV. It was certainly an historic moment in my view for many reasons but was taken back as to how it had affected my parents and their reaction.

Tom Gandley: The tearing down of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It was an event I never anticipated happening in my lifetime and gave me hope for a better world at that time. I liken being alive at that time to being around during the late 1700s and early 1800s when the United States and France had changes of government through people's revolutions. Well, the re-unification of Germany was just that and the CNN images of Germans on both sides of the wall pushing it down and breaking it apart was invigorating.

William Boos: The fall of the Berlin Wall. As a soldier stationed less than 50 miles from the border, and visiting it at times, to say that I was stunned to see the East come pouring over the borders without a single shot being fired would have to be the biggest understatement of my life. It's one of those things I'll never forget.

Holliann Cooper: Being from Oklahoma City, you would probably think the most defining moment in my life was the Oklahoma City bombing. While that is certainly an event that changed my life forever, the one thing I most remember of my 22 short years is the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. My father is a huge history buff, so I was educated quite young about the horrors of World War II and the military sanctions imposed on Germany after the war. I'm sure that I could not fathom the implications of such a massive and atrocious barrier cutting through the hearts of the German people at the young age of seven. However, I vividly remember my father getting me up out of bed to watch countless Germans destroy that ugly concrete with whatever they could get their hands on. There was an intensity and desperation in their work; an urgency fueled by the hope of seeing family members they had long been separated from on the other side. I can remember watching the whole scene play out on the television with awe as Daddy explained everything that was going on and the why of it all. I have never known the anxiety of such a painful separation or the pain of a long, fruitless and deceiving war; but in that moment and forever after, I realized that people are people the world over. Most of the German citizens whose lives were destroyed by that wall were not Nazis responsible for the deaths of millions. They were just ordinary people trying to survive in a time of war. With the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, yet another one of the ugly scars in Germany was erased, allowing the people to continue to heal.

First space shuttle launch

Steve Judy: I remember very well the spring of 1981. I was a sixth-grade teacher in Green Bay, Wisconsin, when the first space shuttle was launched and came back to earth. I was so excited, being a child of the space age, about the launch and landing of the first "true space ship" and I thought my students would share in the excitement. We talked about what made the shuttle different from missions like Apollo and why it was such a "big deal" that it was going to go up, come back and be used again. On the day the shuttle was set to land, I and two other teachers had a television brought into a classroom and we had our students watch the landing. I was much more excited about the event than my students were. It was then that I realized that I was excited because I had grown up with NASA. I remembered the space walks and all the docking practices through the Gemini years that led up to the Apollo program and landing on the moon. But my kids hadn't. So while they enjoyed getting out of class for a while to watch the shuttle land, they thought it was funny that their teacher made such a big deal out of an "airplane" landing.

Gay rights

Robert S. Levine: On March 10, 2004, under the mayor of San Francisco and his staff, I was married to my partner, William Paul Norgaard. I was among 4,000 people whose lives were forever changed in concert with a country whose view of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals was also changed, for better or worse. History was forever changed, moving forward a dialogue that will continue in earnest until all citizens of this country are treated as equals under our constitution.

Hallam, Nebraska, tornado

Laura Dragoo: Although it seems like a tiny drop in the bucket compared to other natural disasters, the event that changed my life was the Hallam, Nebraska, tornado. My life, my town, my family, the F4 left not one corner in my world untouched. We, as a small community, continue to struggle to rebuild our little town and lives. So much is left to do that it seems the task will never be completed. We are however, grateful for our lives and for the help that we have received. It is in times like these that the true goodness of mankind shine bright. It makes me proud to live in Hallam, Nebraska, and proud to live in the USA!

Hillary Clinton as first lady

Marie Dealing: To me it was and is Hillary Clinton! Hillary proved to millions of women that a first "lady" was not a "puppy" that follows her president hubby!! Hillary NEVER forgot "herself" even though she is a wife and mother. Even though majority of woman work today, at home and in general, we are considered 2nd class citizens!! Hillary proved that a woman is and can be an "equal" to a husband without losing the "qualities" of a wife and mother!!!

Internet

Dana A. Poulin: The Internet and cable news has allowed us to be better informed/educated. This has allowed us to challenge our elected officials and governing bodies. Access to information that has previously been denied by those who govern us so the "We the People" govern ourselves.

Ben Pratt: I would have to say the introduction of the Internet to the public. It has grown to be the way people communicate and the way business is done. It's also given me a career, which is why it's changed my life.

Iran hostage crisis

Theresa McShane: When the hostages were being released from Iran it was the first time viewers were able to see "live" the events as they happened. I was mesmerized and spent the night watching from my bed. I then realized that we finally had the technology to show what was happening in the world without waiting for a newspaper or the evening news report. Since that night we tune to CNN daily to see what is happening in our world before our day begins.

Jennifer Schaefer: Iran hostages. I was nine years old and thought at the time how horrible it would be to be away from home, held by unknown people, and not know what the outside world was doing to help. We sure thought about them a lot. Each night, my sister and I would ask our parents to wish a good night to us and the hostages.

Kurt Cobain's suicide

Darren Thornberry: April 8, 1994. The postman had just delivered a Nirvana CD from BMG when the phone rang and a friend was on the line telling me Kurt Cobain had been found dead. It was perhaps the most surreal moment of my life. I was 18 and a great fan of Nirvana's honest and revolutionary music. A sad, sad day.

James Vaughn: My peers -- I am 27, born in 1977 -- and I were the first generation to grow up with MTV. Before the Internet and when cable TV was pretty much three extra movie channels, MTV was the pop culture influencing our social behaviors. When our teen zeitgeist Kurt Cobain killed himself, this was our first major negative pop cultural experience after a time of Reagan-Bush-Clinton bliss. I think it jarred many of us back into reality and the peers I know pretty much avoided pop culture around then. It took a few years for the kids who were too young to experience his death to grow up and provide MTV and other outlets with the beyond-gangsta hip hop culture youth are living in today.

John Lennon's assassination

Dawn Beamer: It has been 24 years since John Lennon was brutally murdered in NYC. Unfortunately for all of us, that has been in the last 25 years. There are just some cold dark December nights that are a little colder and darker that he is no longer in our midst.

Todd: The murder of former Beatle John Lennon. It was not so much that he died as it was how he died. I loved his music and his honesty, and to this day I cannot hear it and not feel pain at his loss. I have been anti-gun supporter ever since.

Heather: My event had to be the death of John Lennon. It was the first time (I was 18) that violence entered my world and shattered it. I remember standing in the cold on Parliament Hill with so many others during the moment of silence, all of us with frozen tears on our faces, trying to understand WHY? It also brought home the indifference in some people as I was working at a record store at the time and was shocked at all the people lined up at the door the next day, grabbing for Lennon albums, as "they would be worth something now that he was dead." These days I feel so sad for all those who never heard him or don't know what he stood for -- he was flawed but honest, and I miss that.

Tammy Parker: John Lennon's murder marked the end of innocence for me. The attack highlighted human cruelty and stupidity. I moved from my hometown, dropped out of college (temporarily) and changed my career path all because of how my outlook had been altered by Lennon's pointless murder.

Los Angeles riots

Emily: I'm only 19 years old, so I haven't even been alive for the last 25 years that this covers, and though I did not understand the significance of the events that I have witnessed in my lifetime, I remember being a four-year-old watching people atop the Berlin wall ripping it down, I remember the Oklahoma City bombing, and I watched the World Trade Center fall just one month after I stood atop the north tower, but the event that I remember most vividly was the Los Angeles riots. I was only 7 years old, so I had no idea what it meant at the time, but I remember seeing Reginald Denny being pulled from his truck and having a brick thrown at his head, I remember the footage of the Rodney King beating, I remember watching my city burn, my parents unable to go to work, the dry cleaner that my dad had left his suit at going up in flames, and the overwhelming feeling that, for the first time, I wasn't safe.

Jorge: An event that shaped my life was the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. When I was 12 years old I remember seeing my community in flames. I didn't know what it meant, all I knew was that it hurt to see what people did to my hometown.

Mother Teresa

Sherrie LaFemina: Mother Teresa: Overall in my lifetime Mother Teresa's humility, love and caring have given me a daily example of love for all stages of life from the unborn to the elderly and dying. Her selfless acts of love and kindness to the poorest of the poor, and her message of appreciating all of life, have impacted my life with a deeper faith in God!

Nelson Mandela's release from prison

Dar Red Hawk: Release of Mandela -- His release from prison, was a touching event for me, because as a Native American we are sometimes subjected to civil rights violations, and still being punished for things that we think are right. I feel that we as a free nation need to help each other with whatever problems we may encounter concerning civil rights. Especially for the younger generations who are coming up.

The Oklahoma City bombing

Susie Simon: The Oklahoma bombing impacted me more than any other story. It was the first time I really felt insecure in our great country. If this could happen in Oklahoma it could happen anywhere. And in fact it did, in 2001 in NYC.

Lynn Abel: The Oklahoma federal building bombing by McVeigh. It was the first time in my entire life that I realized we weren't invincible living in the United States. It was almost a comfort to learn it was a wacko American, rather than terrorists within our borders. How sad.

The personal computer

Gregg Jenkins: The introduction of the personal computer. It changed the way we conduct business, education, and entertainment. It ushered in the era of "small component" electronics, mobile technology, and was the precipice to global communication and commerce.

Paul Montesino: The invention of the microcomputer in the early '80s had the greatest impact in my life not only intellectually but also financially. The advent of the Internet was the icing on the cake.

Princess Diana's wedding and death

Christopher Kermani: The death of Princess Diana had the biggest impact on my life and still do not forget the day it happened; and as of today, every time this comes up it still brings tears to my eyes. She was the first influential person who acknowledged AIDS and it's impact on all of us as human beings. God rest her soul.

Susi: While not of the highest importance here, news of Princess Diana had a profound effect on me here. She was a beautiful, inspiring person, a person to watch and emulate. Her wedding was a fairy tale, following her life inspiring and her tragic death heartbreaking. Our hearts still go out to her dear boys.

Ronald Reagan getting shot

Aristea Vlavianos: I remember the day President Reagan was shot. I was in 10th grade, and we were waiting for our history class to start after lunch, and the teacher was uncharacteristically late. Finally he rushes in, apologizes for being late, and announces the president has been shot. I remember the shock I felt, and the shock on the faces of my classmates. The rest of the day was a blur till I got home and became glued to the TV to find out what was happening and how President Reagan was. Thank goodness he survived and was able with Margaret Thatcher to bring an end to the Cold War.

Ronald Reagan's election

Kevin Gleed: The great President Ronald Reagan challenging Gorbachev to "...tear down this wall;" it was the catalyst to the end of the cold war with the Russians -- something I thought I would never see in my lifetime. Indeed, the election of President Reagan in 1984 was the most important in the last 50+ years.

Rwanda

Wendy Betts: I think the Rwandan genocide of 1994 will haunt me for years to come. To think that almost 1 million people perished because of inaction of all countries offends my sensibilities. It is just inconceivable that unrestrained carnage went on for just 100 days yet so many perished. Was it because they were Africans? This was not an African problem, this is a humanity question. Please pay attention to Sudan. We cannot sit by and watch it happen again.

Henry Derenoncourt: The massacre of Tutsis by Hutus in Rwanda. It made me realize how prejudiced we are on this planet. A similar event in any white-only country would have experienced a much earlier intervention by the outside world.

Kevin Hadduck: The massacre in Rwanda, 10 years ago, deepened my conviction that those who choose not to act, not to intervene for fear of dire consequences, do not necessarily hold the moral high ground. North American and European complacency and fear contributed to the loss of nearly a million lives.

Same-sex marriage bans

Gretchen van Ness: Perhaps the most important news story in my life (I'm 46 years old) was the announcement of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision which found the prohibition of same-sex marriage unconstitutional. I did not know until that moment, when the court affirmed the full humanity and citizenship of gay and lesbian persons, how profoundly the hostility towards our relationships had burdened my heart and soul. This was truly a ground-breaking experience, and it was a news story I never expected to see in my lifetime.

September 11, 2001

C. Esser: The 911 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon really shaped my life. I was celebrating my 50th birthday exactly at the time the first plane hit the first tower. Every time I opened up a gift, more bad news came out. When the second tower was hit, we stopped celebrating anything as for these horrific moments, the world had stopped for many people. Every year from now on when my birthday comes up, I think of how exactly I felt as well as my friends did, when that awful news came out. I say a silent prayer for all of the victims and their families now first before I even think of being happy at any birthday celebration. To me it is terribly ironic that many people died at the same time I was celebrating my life. My birthdays never will be the same anymore and time does not diminish the awful tragedy that occurred that fateful day. My heart will always be with the people who perished at the time of my birthday celebration.

Joyce Campbell: Undoubtedly, turning on the TV on 9/11/01 at 9:15 a.m. changed my life. We call it the 10/11 syndrome. What was normal on the 10th was gone forever on the 11th.

Rachel Elzufon: Each generation shares a 'moment' that changed their life. For me, an 18-year-old college freshman, and my generation, it is 9/11. That day changed our outlook on life, our nation, our world and ourselves.

Andrew McDonald: Watching CNN in London as the twin towers fell was easily the most memorable experience of a truly global event being watched by so many people as it happened. I remember calling friends and family across five continents and every single person was glued to their TV sets. My parents often spoke about remembering exactly what they were doing when they heard the news of JFK's assignation. September 11 was even more powerful because the images were live, frightening and extremely traumatizing. Nobody on the planet can honestly say they were not moved by the horrific event.

Aisha: Being in Pakistan getting text messages about "New York is burning" and my heart sinking as I watched live TV miles and miles away at the time of September 11th. And then coming back to a country that was to be scarred forever by the events of the day along with the rest of the world. One year later when Iraq was attacked that too was a world changing event.... those are painful memories ...the solution to achieving world peace seems to be through bombs ( suicide and aircraft bombers) and war, more war and yet more war nowadays. Indeed the world has changed.

O.J. Simpson acquittal

Mike Poirier: Up until 9/11, my generation's watershed question was, "Where were you when OJ Simpson was found not guilty." Sad but true.

Tiananmen Square

Dan Campbell: The news event that most shaped my life was the Tiananmen Square protest in China. This was really the first look we got at the repressive government of China in action. It was very disturbing to watch and has hooked me on current events ever since.

Rick Zinda: Tiananmen Square had a profound impact on my beliefs and made me realize to no longer take the freedoms I had for granted. Watching the broadcast of the man facing down the tank for freedoms I took for granted changed my views for the rest of my life

Tylenol poisoning

Linda Galloway: Many news events have made an impact, but the one for me was the Tylenol scare of 1981. Someone tampering with over-the-counter medicine and people dying because you couldn't tell if it had been tampered with, stays with me even now. I still to this day look for the tamper-resistant sealings not to be disturbed.

Tsunami

Lorraine Scott: I have many memories that come to mind over the past 25 years. However, the tsunami over the Christmas holiday is by far the one that stands above all other events. I pray to God that nothing like that ever happens again.

Waco, Texas, standoff

Joshua Howton: The Branch Davidians and the standoff in Waco. I was about 14 when it happened and I remember coming home from school being glued to the television every day to find out what was going on in Waco. It was the first time I knew that what was going on was just an hour away and it hit home. Since then, I've been attracted to TV news and will soon be completing my journalism degree at the University of Texas.

War in Iraq

Autumn Fife: The most memorable event that happened in the last 25 years is the declaration of war in Iraq. This affected my family so much because my brother is a Marine, who was recently deployed to Iraq.

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