September 13, 2001 |
The Ronald Reagan Peace Garden, which was built to mark the end of the Cold War and memorialize its threat to the nation's security, became a place of mourning in Eureka as that security was shattered by terrorism. Candles burned at the base of the monument built by Eureka College, where Reagan graduated in 1932. The retaining wall is plastered with notes students and others wrote about the attacks.
September 9, 2002
I was saddened to read that each year about 120,000 hunters kill about 1.8 million doves in California ("Hunters Mourn Lack of Quarry," Sept. 2). Doves have a hard life as it is, dealing with crows, hawks and starlings; they are peaceful birds, which makes them easy targets. Doves are native birds. In my opinion, even though I am against killing any living creatures, shooting starlings would be better because they have caused the demise of many native birds and they don't belong on this continent.
April 12, 2010 |
The body of their president was finishing a long journey home Sunday, and by the tens of thousands, Poles poured into the streets of a paralyzed capital to watch it pass. It seemed as if nobody could bear to sit at home, as if they had to take some physical part in a national tragedy that happened in a place that was braided into the Polish psyche -- and yet lay distant, on the far side of a geographic border and an ideological boundary. The remains of President Lech Kaczynski were recovered from the site of the plane crash in Russia that killed 96 people Saturday, including many top Polish officials and leading figures from the nation's recent history.
August 19, 2009 |
The hearses roll through with grim regularity now, bearing the heavy weight of flag-shrouded caskets and a nation's accumulating grief. When the jet-black cars reach Wootton Bassett's modest monument honoring the dead of wars past, the cortege stops. Bystanders bow their heads. A church bell tolls into the aching stillness. This small town, inhabited since Saxon times, is now the epicenter of national mourning over the fallen of a 21st century war. Over the weekend, the number of British service personnel killed in Afghanistan passed 200, a tally that has risen sharply over the last several months amid intensified fighting.
June 5, 1989 |
Muslims the world over mourned the death of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran, and leaders of several governments proclaimed periods of mourning. "Leaders like Imam Khomeini are born but once in centuries," Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said in a message to Iran before her departure for a visit to the United States. "The people of Iran have lost a divine guide and the world of Islam a spiritual leader of unique qualities and strength," she said. In a 10-day period of state mourning for Khomeini, the Pakistani flag will be flown at half-staff at government buildings and at its missions abroad, the government said in a statement.
May 19, 2008 |
As health concerns intensified and aid poured in from across China and the world, Beijing on Sunday began three days of mourning to commemorate the likely 50,000 deaths from the massive earthquake in Sichuan province. The toll continued to rise, with a report today by the official New China News Agency that more than 200 relief workers had been buried by mud. Details were not immediately available. This afternoon, exactly one week after the magnitude 7.
March 3, 2007 |
As Enterprise High School's football field swarmed with Black Hawk helicopters and armed National Guard soldiers Friday, Ben Powell thought of the last time he saw Katie Strunk. "We were sitting in history," the 10th-grader said. "She was smiling. She always smiled." Ben had a crush on Katie, who was among eight students who died at their school Thursday when a tornado slammed into the main building, ripping off concrete roofs and flattening cinder-block walls.
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June 22, 2005 |
Southern California's Filipino community on Tuesday mourned the death of Cardinal Jaime Sin, the retired Catholic archbishop of Manila, and pledged to remember the religious leader who helped inspire his countrymen to overthrow a corrupt government. Sin, who died Tuesday at age 76 after a long kidney illness, was a driving force in the "people power" movement that pushed Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos into exile in 1986.
December 6, 2013 |
Dressed in black against a twilight-blue background, a somber South African President Jacob Zuma appeared on television to give his countrymen the news they had long dreaded. "My fellow South Africans," he intoned. "Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. " With that announcement, delivered about 11:35 p.m. Thursday, South Africa learned that it had lost its greatest figure: its first black president, the leader of the movement to end the apartheid system of racial discrimination and a man known to most as simply Madiba.