May 2, 2011 |
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson was sent to start the air assault to topple the Taliban government in Afghanistan and bring Osama bin Laden to justice. Starting Oct. 7, 2001, the carrier launched 4,000 combat sorties, playing a key role in removing the Taliban grip on the Afghan capital, Kabul. Now the Vinson, whose home port is now San Diego, has played another significant role in the Afghanistan war: as the platform from which Bin Laden's body was buried at sea. The burial, Navy officials said, followed Muslim custom, with the body washed and placed in a white sheet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1985
Cartoonist Paul Conrad's latest foray into religious symbolism (Oct. 8) shows a large coffin in the form of a cross with the legend, "At last, 16,000 fetuses rest in peace." He is referring to a stunt burial organized by Americans Committed to Loving the Unwanted. And guess whose initials (ACLU) they have appropriated? The American Civil Liberties Union, that's who. Incidentally, this outfit invited a Marine Corps color guard--under false pretense, according to the Marines--to participate in the event.
April 9, 2003 |
The body of Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Antonio Gutierrez was returned home to Guatemala, a day after he was honored in his adopted state of California. Gutierrez, 28, one of the first U.S. troops killed in combat in Iraq, will be recognized today in a private official ceremony, said a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman. His burial is being arranged by his only surviving relative, a sister, Engracia Sirin. Gutierrez, a legal resident of the U.S., was posthumously awarded U.S. citizenship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2013 |
Community leaders, chaplains and dozens of others gathered on a chilly Wednesday morning in Boyle Heights to remember more than 1,400 people whose remains were left unclaimed at the county's crematory. Their ashes were buried in fresh soil covered with flowers, the mass grave surrounded by teal-colored sheets. One small stone marked the grave, reading 2010, the year they died. Los Angeles County has buried its unclaimed dead in plots at the corner of 1st and Lorena streets since the late 1800s.
January 21, 2012 |
When Jeon Gyeong-suk lost her husband to cancer three months ago, she agonized over how to keep his remains. Because land is at a premium, burial was out, and she found the idea of a heap of ashes stored in an urn sort of creepy. So the 51-year-old widow paid $900 to transform her husband's ashes into a few handfuls of tiny bluish beads that have the look of beluga caviar. Even though the beads look like pebble-sized gems, they aren't meant to be strung into a necklace.
December 4, 2013 |
Community leaders, chaplains and observers gathered on a chilly Wednesday morning in Boyle Heights to remember more than 1,400 people left unclaimed at the county's crematory. The ashes were buried under fresh soil covered with flowers at Evergreen Memorial Park. The grave was surrounded by teal sheets. One small stone marked the grave, reading 2010, the year they died. Los Angeles County has buried its unclaimed dead in plots at the corner of 1st and Lorena streets since the late 1800s.