Mackenzie Byles graduated in 2010 from Mount Ida College with a degree in Funeral Home Management. She's taking over the family business from her dad, Don. StoryCorps hide caption

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Following In The Family Footsteps

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Members of the Congress of Racial Equality leaving Brooklyn en route to the March on Washington, on April 15, 1963. At 16, Lawrence Cumberbatch (fourth from left, in back wearing a white hat) was the group's youngest member. Orlando Fernandez/ World Telegram & Sun/Library of Congress hide caption

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At 16, Making A Trek To Make The '63 March On Washington

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Happy Dodson (left) and Taz Roman are president and treasurer, respectively, of the Connecticut chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse. StoryCorps hide caption

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Riding Choppers And Harleys To Protect Kids In Need

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For a Stop-And-Frisk Plaintiff, A 'Heartbreaking' Birthday

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Marine Cpl. Paul Wayman, left, and former Navy SEAL Nathanael Roberti met through a program in California that helps veterans readjust to civilian life. StoryCorps hide caption

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How Two Veterans Helped Each Other With A Second Chance

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Ondelee at home before his prom. In Chicago, prom night is a big deal. Fifty percent of African-American Chicago high school students end up dropping out of high school before senior year. Ondelee graduated from Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago on June 15, and is planning to attend college. Carlos Javier Ortiz/Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting hide caption

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Surviving Tragedy: 'It Brought Us Closer'

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Liza Long's son, 13, struggles with rage and violent outbursts. After the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., Long wrote a blog post advocating for better care for mentally ill youth. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Mother And Son Live, And Cope, With Mental Illness

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For A Young Paramedic, Saving A Life Meant A Lifelong Bond

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Leonard Carpenter in Kentucky, where he grew up, in the early 1940s. Photo courtesy of Lynne Bruschetti hide caption

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Grandpa's Story: A Comb, Penknife And Handkerchief

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Monica Velez and her two brothers, Freddy (left) and Andrew, in 1996. Freddy died in Iraq in 2004, and Andrew died in Afghanistan in 2006. Courtesy of Monica Velez hide caption

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Brothers Lost On Deployment; Sister Mourns 'Soul Mates'

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A Father And Daughter 'Keep The Faith' During Cancer Fight

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The island that serves as home to the Statue of Liberty — shown here in 1952 — was called Bedloe's Island until 1956, when its name was changed to Liberty Island. It recently reopened after suffering damage from Superstorm Sandy. John Rooney/AP hide caption

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Two Brothers Remember Lives Spent With Liberty

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After Samuel Taylor came out to his mother, Connie Casey, the pair had several very difficult years. But in time, Connie realized she had to re-examine her feelings about homosexuality. StoryCorps hide caption

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For A Mom, Learning To Accept A Gay Son Was 'Nonnegotiable'

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On a visit to StoryCorps in Phoenix, Gilbert Zermeno told his wife, Pat Powers-Zermeno, about what it was like to grow up poor while yearning to join the school band. StoryCorps hide caption

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For A Boy With Little, Learning To Love A Castoff Trombone

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Dad Follows The Moon To Find Military Son's Resting Place

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