Jeannie Walden has been performing all of her life. At least since age 4, when she stood on the counter doing an impression of Mae West at a Piggly Wiggly store in her hometown of Lenoir NC, she has held many roles. From “Showboat” to Shakespeare, Jeannie Walden has a rich theatrical history.
Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, a group of Indians attempt to break a world record of the largest gathering of laughing senior citizens, teams of four in England race by rolling wooden “cheese,” and more in today’s daily brief.
As he leads the Pledge of Allegiance at Monday’s Memorial Day Ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, retired Air Force Capt. Thomas Sheehan will have a special appreciation for the anticipated 1,000 reverent voices joining his.
In 1966, a Memorial Day ceremony in Pennsylvania was so poorly attended that Sheehan wrote a letter to the editor of his local paper decrying the lack of respect for fallen soldiers. Forty-seven years later, the mere thought of it brings him to tears.
“I didn’t cry then,” Sheehan said. “I was mad.”
Planting flags, laying wreaths and gathering at solemn ceremonies were among the ways Americans observed Memorial Day. The day to honor those killed serving their country was established 145 years ago. It became a federal holiday in 1971.
May 24 Photo Brief: Saddam’s torture masks, self-immolating monks, baby animals and Buddah’s birthday celebration continues
Baby animals continue to be adorable, torture devices from Saddam Hussein’s regime go on exhibit at the Martyrs Monument in Baghdad, Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Bowatte Indaratane self-immolates in protest of cattle slaughter, Buddhists continue the annual celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death and more in today’s daily brief.
ATTENTION: VISUAL COVERAGE OF INJURY SCENES
For many, Memorial Day marks a day of remembrance, honoring military men and women who died while serving their country. It has been celebrated since the end of the Civil War. Here are scenes from around the country of Americans remembering the fallen.
Festivities for the 25th annual Fleet Week celebration kicked off in New York Harbor yesterday, May 23, 2012. Fleet week began in 1984 to celebrate the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps with a week of ship visitations and military demonstrations. A military flyover on Memorial Day completes the celebration to honor those killed while serving in the military.