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Memorial honors wounded veterans

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama paid tribute to disabled U.S. veterans on Sunday, pointing to the dedication of a new memorial honoring those severely injured in war as a symbol of the nation’s perseverance and character.

Obama marked the opening of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which honors disabled veterans both living and deceased from conflicts throughout the nation’s history. The president said the memorial would commemorate two centuries of Americans who have stepped forward to serve, leaving behind loved ones, and returned home forever altered by war.

“America, if you want to know what real strength is, if you want to see the character of our country, a country that never quits, look at these men and women,” Obama said to the crowd at the dedication.

LDS women attend all-male gatherings

SALT LAKE CITY – Ignoring rebukes from church leaders, members of a Mormon women’s group for the first time joined men at regional church buildings across the U.S. to watch a live broadcast of the male priesthood meeting.

Members of the group Ordain Women watched the session Saturday night at locations in Utah, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Texas and the Washington, D.C., area, according to its Facebook page.

The meeting is held in Salt Lake City and broadcast to regional sites around the world.

At the last two general conferences, the women marched to the meeting but were turned away at the door.

This time, Ordain Women supporters focused on gaining entry to regional church buildings where the session was being broadcast live on television.

Ordain Women is pushing for gender equality and for the church to lift its ban on female priests.