Tens of thousands of mourners gathered at Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium to pay their respects at a memorial service for fallen South African leader Nelson Mandela. They were joined by about 100 World leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, who spoke of Mandela’s legacy.
America commemorates the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with solemn ceremonies in Washington, New York and Shanksville, PA.
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.”
‘These tragedies must end’ says President Obama as Connecticut community copes in aftermath of shooting
Memorials sprang up, and U.S. flags were flown at half-staff a day after 28 people, including 20 children, were killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. On Sunday, President Barack Obama, Conn. Governor Dannel Malloy, and a united clergy spoke at an interfaith vigil to console a community and nation shaken by tragedy.
To honor the King of Rock-n-Roll on the anniversary of his death, we’ve compiled a photo collection of recent Elvis memorials mixed with a variety of Elvis impersonators, many from within Maryland’s own hunka-hunka-burnin’ talent pool. So, if you’re lonesome tonight and looking to keep the King’s memory alive, there are plenty of impersonators willing to be your teddy bear.
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.
The direct environmental implications of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan will not be known for some time, if at all. Those potentially exposed to the small amounts of radiation that escaped during the long struggle to contain the melting nuclear cores have only a few points of reference to draw from. On the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, many are looking toward the people of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine as they continue to monitor the health and well-being of their loved ones with increasing concern.