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Female vets remembered on eve of Veterans Day

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A group of female veterans gathered at the Vietnam Women's Memorial Sunday night to listen to the songs of unsung heroes. 

On the eve of Veterans Day, the women took part in the 20th anniversary ceremony commemorating the sacrifices of women during the Vietnam War.

Many women tended to the countless numbers of wounded soldiers left on the battlefields, but they weren't always recognized or praised. 

"It was kind of a quiet time for us all, even though we served and wanted to serve. We volunteered to serve. No woman was ever drafted," said one female veteran.

This group of veterans won't soon forget their memories. Thankfully, though, they're a thing of the past. 

"We paved the way but we were working on the shoulders of those before us."

Reminders of those shoulders aren't hard to find around town. 

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USPS honors WWII Vets with stamp series

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY/WUSA9) -- The U.S. Postal Service is unveiling its newest stamp on Veterans Day.

The faces of 12 WWII Medal of Honor recipients will provide the backdrop for what the Postal Service is calling the most iconic stamp in history: the Medal of Honor stamp.

"This is the most prestigious stamp issuance that we will ever undertake," says Susan McGowan, who manages stamp services for USPS. "There is so much to tell and honor. How do we communicate it all on a 1-by-2-inch box?"

Originally, the Postal Service considered putting medal recipients' faces on the stamps, but it wanted to make sure the stamp package honored all 464 World War II recipients.

Each package consists of 20 stamps on a souvenir sheet. It lists the names of every recipient and includes two stamp designs depicting Medals of Honor for the Army and Navy, the only service branches that awarded the medal at the time.

Starbucks, Palisades Pizza, food truck spot cited

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)-- WUSA9 cameras spot DC food trucks at a Virginia kitchen inspectors suspended for rodent violations.  The Arlington cafe is one of seven restaurants ordered closed in this report.

Updated: To see a photo gallery with hundreds of Washington area restaurant closures since 2012 click here.

Inspectors temporarily closed: Starbucks, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, DC; Palisades Pizza, 4855 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, DC; Lindy's 2040 I Street, NW, DC; West Wing Cafe at Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, DC; Roger Miller Restaurant, 941 Bonifant Street, Silver Spring, Md.; Wok Express, 9615 Lost Knife Road, Gaithersburg, Md.; Nell's Carryout, 1199 Fern Street, Arlington, Va.

Caught on cam: DC cafes defy close orders

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A new caught-on-camera WUSA9 investigation documents DC restaurants, including high-end French cafe Paul Bakery, defying closure orders - and continuing to serve customers - despite "health hazard" suspensions designed to keep customers safe.

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DC restaurants are also failing to abide by city regulations requiring that they post the most recent health inspection in a location easily visible to customers.


To see a list showing hundreds of DC restaurants ordered closed for health violations, click here.

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GWU Hospital holds pumpkin decorating contest

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Decorated pumpkins are on display in the cafeteria at George Washington University Hospital.

The pumpkins are part of the employee pumpkin decorating contest. Judging for the contest began at 2 p.m. Thursday. 

The results are in and the Operating Room team wins today's pumpkin decorating contest.

There were a total of 42 entries from different departments across the Hospital: OR, ICU, Security, Environmental Services, Engineering, Emergency Room, Occupational Therapy, were just some of the entries. 

The decorated pumpkins include trauma pumpkin, Jimi Hendrix pumpkin, wound care pumpkin and many more. Click through these photos to see the rest.

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Washington Monument scaffolding to come down

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Sunday is your last night to see the scaffolding on the Washington Monument in lights.

The National Parks Service will turn off the decorative lights on Monday in preparation for taking down the scaffolding.

Deconstruction of the scaffolding, which is up for workers to repair damage from the August 2011 earthquake, will begin the week of November 11 and will take about three months to take down completely.

"I know the decorative scrim and lighting are popular and will be missed, but we are excited that this brings us one step closer to reopening," said Bob Vogel, Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. 

Officials say the Monument is expected to reopen to the public in Spring of 2014. 

The exterior work is about 80 percent complete. Cracks at the top of the Monument, where most of the damage occurred, have been filled. Work will continue on the lower portions as the scaffolding is removed.

Police identify body found in Metro station

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Metropolitan police have identified a man whose body was found behind a platform wall in the Judiciary Square Metro station.

Officers said Friday that 35-year-old Okiemute Whiteru of southeast D.C. apparently fell off a wall between the platform and the side of the station, landing on the platform level. It was not known how long Whiteru's body had been there before it was found Wednesday afternoon.

The Washington Post reports that police say Whiteru's death from blunt force trauma has been ruled an accident.