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Contesting Confederates in Charlottesville: The Hidden Histories Behind a Contemporary Debate

Ben Railton | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Ben Railton

That's the most vital point of the memorials debate: these statues and sites don't simply capture history, but rather the process by which we have constructed and remembered it.

Plans Emerge To Commemorate 20th Anniversary Of Princess Diana's Death

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 03.23.2016 | Good News

Here is some news that will make smiles blossom. A plan is in the works to build a memorial garden in honor of the late Princess Diana, according to B...

Memorials to Shattered Myths, New Book Examines Monument-Building

Kate Kelly | Posted 02.23.2017 | Books
Kate Kelly

As a nation, what do we commemorate, and how do we commemorate it? This is the thoughtful question posed by Harriet F. Senie in her new book, Memor...

Top Spots to Travel Back in Time in the Tawases

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 11.18.2016 | Travel
Lisa Carpenter

Tawas City and East Tawas -- "the Tawases" -- are picturesque sister communities on the east coast of Michigan. The quaint area on the shores of Lake Huron's Tawas Bay offers fun and sea and sand to both the residents and year-round visitors.

A Modest Suggestion to Make Americans Confront the Scourge of Gun Violence

Mike Weisser | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Yesterday, I read about a new project to place memorial markers at the 4,000 sites where African Americans were lynched in the South. It awoke the emotions I felt when I first viewed plaques on buildings in Paris memorializing Jews who were sent East by the Nazis and never seen again.

Changing Names Doesn't Change History -- It Just Hides It

Jennifer Delton | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Jennifer Delton

It makes sense to remove the Confederate Flag from government space. Though there are people who believe it stands for heritage and a unique Southern culture, that flag is also an active symbol of hate in today's world. Ben Tillman and John Calhoun are not active symbols of hate. Few today even know who they are.

Skip Fake Flowers This Memorial Day: 5 Eco-Friendly Options

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 05.20.2016 | Green
Annie L. Scholl

The woods are dotted with brilliant red roses, bright yellow sunflowers and pale purple hydrangea. Spring is here, but these flowers have been with me all winter long. I've watched them grow -- not in size but in number.

Celebrating The Life Of A Changemaker: Steve Muthee

Michael Chertok | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Michael Chertok

Steve worked tirelessly to create dignity and opportunity in the lives of thousands of young men and women from poor families in Nairobi.

The End of Shared Sacrifice Set in Stone: Yale As Metaphor

Paul Gunther | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Paul Gunther

It behooves Americans not only to pause and consider their war dead, even if just doing so by pondering the anonymous tale of a single lapidary name, but also to think about a contemporary society where the whole concept of such binding sacrifice is equally dead.

How To Make an Online Memorial for a Departed Loved One

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.06.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Online memorials have become increasingly popular over the past decade, as millions of people have created them for their departed loved ones as a way to recognize and remember them.

10 Confederate Monuments You Probably Didn't Know About

Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel

Did you know that Confederate monuments and memorials stand in many states today? Here are ten you may not have known about... 1. Confederate ...

I Am Honored

Enid Borden | Posted 12.17.2013 | Impact
Enid Borden

There are moments in one's life that stand apart from the rest. There are magnificent highs and terrifying lows. But then there are those other moments when you know that something seemingly ordinary turns out to be, well, extraordinary.

Tools of a Mighty Heart: Pearl Polishers and Soul Sharpeners

Bridget Fonger | Posted 12.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Bridget Fonger

We humans need our most annoying intimate relationships to scrub and polish the insides of our hearts to reveal the precious gems awaiting us there. Only our loves can help us scour away the most caked-on muck and shine up the jewels.

Wildfire Stories: Mortal Work

W. Scott Olsen | Posted 10.23.2013 | Green
W. Scott Olsen

People and equipment move around the country, prepositioned or responding to threats, and the result is a community where openness is as natural as breathing. You might think firefighters have tremendous and selfish egos. Nothing is farther from the truth.

Behind Every Streetside Memorial Is a Life That... Was

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 09.19.2013 | Impact
Lorraine Devon Wilke

We look and we feel something human and compassionate, and we wonder: who was this person? What happened here? Who left this memorial with its tableau of sorrow and windblown plastic flowers?

Washington's Monuments in Minutes? Yes, You Can!

Kari Haugeto | Posted 08.07.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Did I say "all" the monuments in one day"? Yeah, more or less.

In the New Year

Robert M. Randolph | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Robert M. Randolph

What if in this new day the story can be one of working together to build a better future for us all? Barack Obama has made it clear that he will commit to the possible rather than demand the perfect. I share his vision of the common good.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving -- Veterans Day Is More Than a Mattress Sale

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

With over two million active and reserve personnel currently in our Armed Forces and over 22 million veterans, it is more important than ever to let them know we support them. What are you doing to be M.A.D. this Veterans Day?

National Monument to Peace and Peacemakers

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.23.2012 | DC
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The United States embodies a beautiful and noble concept, a vibrant idea, a vital and enduring vision. While we as a country may be involved in a process and a progression toward that vision, we have not yet attained and reached it. The country is, rather, still a work in process.

The Secularization of the MLK Monument

Ken Blackwell | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Even though Dr. King was a Baptist minister and his history-altering speeches about civil liberties are saturated with references to natural rights and profound theological constructs, all 14 quotes carefully etched into his stone monument completely eschew references to God.

Visiting Santiago's Parque Por La Paz

BJ R. Siasoco | Posted 06.13.2012 | Travel
BJ R. Siasoco

The park was a living embodiment of the healing many in this country are still going through.

PHOTOS: Top 10 Veterans Day Destinations

Cheapflights | Posted 01.11.2012 | Travel

If you're looking for a new way to honor the nearly 25 million United States vets this coming Veterans Day, consider a trip to one of these profound memorials, museums and battlefields in cities across the country.

Is Berlin The Most Interesting City In Europe?

Melissa Biggs Bradley | Posted 11.28.2011 | Travel
Melissa Biggs Bradley

The city's creative scene is permeated by an unmistakable sense of exploration and risk-taking.

Dr. King's Misleading Memorial Inscription Is in Good Company

Tim Krepp | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Tim Krepp

Memorials on the Mall (and elsewhere for that matter) have an at best imperfect track record on accuracy.

The Greatest "Heritage Site" of All

Robert Eisenman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Eisenman

Jews know how to commemorate the dead, but do they know how to commemorate the living?