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Photo of Barack Obama's Irish Immigrant 3rd Great-Grandfather, Fulmoth Kearney, Discovered

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

It was seven years ago when I identified Fulmoth Kearney of Moneygall, Ireland as the most recent immigrant on the maternal side of Barack Obama's family tree. Inheriting land in Ohio from a brother, Fulmoth's father, Joseph, left Ireland for the United States in 1849.

Fulmoth Kearney, President Obama's Irish Immigrant Ancestor, Gets a Tombstone

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Back in 2007, I researched then-candidate Barack Obama's roots and identified one of his third great-grandparents, Fulmoth Kearney of Ireland, as the most recent immigrant on his mother's side of the family.

Protecting the Lands We Swore to Defend

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 12.12.2014 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

As service members, we joined the military to ensure that our distinctive American identity remains robust. That identity includes the iconic landscapes that Americans can enjoy on our public lands, from sea to shining sea.

The Miracle On 34th Street- 1 Year Later

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.09.2014 | Good News
Patrice Bendig

The most appropriate thing I can do to commemorate Weston's transplant anniversary is to urge others to be part of a miracle for a family waiting for the life-saving gift of organ and tissue donation.

Retired VA Employee Shows Pride for New Disabled Veterans Memorial

Major Miguel Reece (Retired) | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Major Miguel Reece (Retired)

I am a veteran with more than 30 years of service both as an enlisted servicemember and as an officer. I served in Vietnam and the Middle East, in ad...

Melvina's Descendants, Michelle Obama's Cousins

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.20.2014 | Black Voices
Megan Smolenyak

Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.

Burial and Memorial Benefits Available to Veterans

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.01.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The Veterans Administration offers a number of burial and memorial benefits to veterans if their discharge from the military was under conditions other than dishonorable -- which will need to be verified.

Singer Shelley Fisher's Stunning Musical Tribute to Her Jewish Ancestry

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
Xaque Gruber

We Remember reminds us, that regardless of religion, we are fundamentally similar. As the Jewish High Holidays have returned, I thought what better time to chat with the Hebrew Hillbilly herself.

Death of a Civitas

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Schwennesen

Yes, it's the better part of ghoulish to spend a birthday's morning in a graveyard, but that's where the sidewalk ended and the walk wasn't over...

The Right Way to Tour NYC's 9/11 Memorial

Ethan Gelber | Posted 11.18.2014 | New York
Ethan Gelber

Isn't what matters most that we all remember? That we remember not just the drama and the tallies of lives lost, but the individual moments and people. And the efforts by those who love them to create lasting temples to their memory.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Finding and Saving World War I Memorials

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.28.2014 | Hawaii
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Mark Levitch, Art Historian and Founder, World War I Memorial Inventory Project Architect John LeRoy Marshall designed the Rosedale World...

Today I Saw an Embalmed Corpse, How About You?

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Sidonie Sawyer

As part of a valuable experience I was seeking for a story, I worked part time for a week in a funeral home. You know, just to get a feel of what Six Feet Under was like. I have to admit that there is no monkey business to report after a few days, all is calm and regal.

Daily Meditation: Memorial

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Ground Zero: Memorial Museum's Invisible Ingredients

Paul Gunther | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Paul Gunther

This anonymous little store will endure as the truest testament of what was there and all that was lost. It stands as the purest expression of memory possible: A memory encased in continuing function at the service of architecture and its modern demands.

Stand by Me: Memorial Day and the Healing of Souls

Mary Hinkle Shore | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Mary Hinkle Shore

Jesus loses his life, and he is not the only one to suffer loss. Those he leaves behind lose him, and without him, they lose whatever security they might have felt in the world. After his death, they take refuge by hiding.

Religion Not Needed to Cope With Death

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Roy Speckhardt

While the prospect of permanent nonexistence is terrifying for some, it can also be comforting. As humanists, we don't bank on an afterlife unsupported by the evidence.

Three Bobcat Claps for Jon

Stacy Bare | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Stacy Bare

Jon, in his own particularly Midwestern Buddha like way, wanted you to know he didn't care what you did as long as you cared what you did. He was a friend to all of us, the freaks, the geeks, the jocks, the theater kids, band nerds, the stoners and burnouts and dropouts.

Celebrating a Magnificent War Memorial on the International Day for Monuments and Sites

Bonnie Burnham | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
Bonnie Burnham

April 18 is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, a day when we remember and celebrate the places that mean the most to us. This year's theme is commemorative monuments.

Veterans Build Touching Fort Hood Memorial From Scraps

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact

Bob Butler and Bob Gordon are proving a soldier's service to his or her country never truly ends. Butler is an Army veteran who lives just a few mi...

Sharing Grief, Community Service and Living in the Gray Space

Jennifer White | Posted 06.02.2014 | Good News
Jennifer White

Grieving can be an isolating and confusing journey. Sometimes seeing other people grieve and sharing experiences with them can be just the thing we need to clarify our own feelings.

A Veteran Falls Again at Iwo Jima -- But This Time in the Hands of U.S. Marines and Japanese Allies

P.J. Dermer | Posted 06.02.2014 | Good News
P.J. Dermer

As fellow veterans and medically trained tour staff moved quickly to assist John, a strong and forceful call was heard, one heard countless times decades before.

From Teeth to Dog Hair Sweaters to Nose Necklaces: Unique Ways To Memorialize Your Pets

Aimee Heckel | Posted 05.07.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

For a few hundred dollars, you can mold your pet's nose and turn it into a sterling silver necklace.

Eternity in an Hour: In Tribute to Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

This has been the hardest eulogy for me to write. I cried almost every step of the way. I miss him greatly. I know we all do. His smile, sense of humor, warmth, wisdom and vision. We have lost a giant.

Fleeting Loves, Enduring Loves

Stephen Henry Fox | Posted 04.26.2014 | Hawaii
Stephen Henry Fox

Maui bid a hui hou, until we gather again, to one Harlan Masuda under a gentle mantel of vog and low clouds today. Harlan's passing was sudden, with n...

Emotions, Memories and Reflections

Michael Hafftka | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

I am drawn to painting war because I fear it, I fear losing my life or living without freedom. My parents survived the gas chambers and pogroms in which their families perished. The infinite oscillation between victor and vanquished is as present in our world as it was 2000 years ago.