July 3, 2004 |
The nation ends its formal mourning over the death of President Reagan today, when flags lowered to half-staff can again be flown at full staff. President Bush ordered flags flown at half-staff for 30 days after Reagan's death on June 5 at age 93. A proclamation by Bush on Friday did not say why the flags were being raised early.
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.
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October 12, 2011 |
Hundreds came to the South Gate city auditorium Tuesday to mourn Cindi Santana, a 17-year-old South East High School student whose life was hailed as a miracle and death decried as a tragedy. Santana, a senior, was allegedly stabbed by her ex-boyfriend Sept. 30 during a lunchtime attack on campus. Another student and a dean were injured when they tried to restrain Abraham Lopez, 18. He remains in custody. The crowd lined the sides of the hall, crying and wiping away tears.
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.
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September 6, 2008 |
To the sounds of "Amazing Grace" and the soft sobs of mourners, pallbearers Friday rolled three white caskets draped in white cloth down the aisle of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in downtown Los Angeles. The coffins carried the bodies of three siblings -- the only children of Antonio and Janis Cordova -- all killed in a high-speed crash last week in Eagle Rock. Family members, friends and fellow students nearly filled the cathedral's pews for the funeral of Cristyn Nicole Cordova, 19, who was pregnant; Toni Marie Cordova, 16, and Andrew Cordova, 15. Cristyn's unborn son, who also died in the crash, was to be named Carlos Antonio Campos, according to the program for the service.