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Osama bin Laden's death resonates at Arlington Cemetery

Photographer Evan Vucci of the Associated Press was going to a funeral in Arlington National Cemetery when he saw another scene to photograph. Here he describes what he found:

Fighting back tears, former Marine Adam Furr looked at me and said, “It doesn’t seem like it’s in vain anymore.”  I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve photographed burials at Arlington since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  But I’ll always remember today.  Twenty minutes before I was to photograph the burial of Marine Sgt. Sean Callahan, I saw Furr kneeling by the grave of Lt. Col. Kevin Michael Shea and relaying, to his fallen friend, the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed. When Furr heard the news he knew that a visit to Arlington was in order, to let an old friend know.

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Former Marine Adam Furr, of Centreville, Va., visits the grave of his friend Marine Lt. Col. Kevin Michael Shea at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 2, 2011.

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Friends of Marine Sgt. Sean Callahan, of Warrenton, Va., who was killed in Afghanistan, hug near his casket after a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 2, 2011.

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Marine Cpl. Daniel Callahan receives a flag during a burial service for his brother Marine Sgt. Sean Callahan of Warrenton, Va.,, who was killed in Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 2, 2011.