Thousands lay flowers at Tomb of the Unknowns to mark Veterans Day
Thousands of people joined a solemn procession at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, following a path trod for decades by only the Old Guard, to lay flowers and pay respects to the nation's military dead at the Tomb of the Unknowns in honor of its centennial.latimes.com
Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 29: Former Sen. Bob Dole attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Senator Bob Dole revealed Thursday he has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. “Recently, I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. “While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own.”STATEMENT BY SENATOR BOB DOLE ON HEALTH CHALLENGES pic.twitter.com/ndRxqNWb30 — Senator Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) February 18, 2021Dole unsuccessfully ran for U.S. vice president in 1976 alongside President Gerald Ford. He ran a final time for president in 1996, winning the Republican nomination this time but ultimately losing the race to President Bill Clinton.
Slain Capitol Police officer honored: 'We will never forget'
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – Congressional leaders paid tribute Wednesday to slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick in the building he died defending, promising his family and his fellow officers that they will never forget his sacrifice. Sicknick died after an insurrectionist mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, interrupting the electoral count after then-President Donald Trump urged them to “fight like hell” to overturn his defeat. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sicknick was a patriot who will be remembered by lawmakers each day as they enter the Capitol. The 42-year-old officer was only the fifth person to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, a designation for those who are not elected officials, judges or military leaders. Also in attendance was Wenling Chestnut, widow of slain Capitol Police Officer Jacob Chestnut, one of two Capitol Police officers killed by a gunman in 1998.
Wreaths Across America tradition introduced in Bedford Township
This year's ceremony took place in Lambertville Cemetery; there are plans to expand the Bedford Township observances in 2021. The theme is “Remember, Honor and Teach.”This year’s Wreaths Across America took place Dec. 19. In addition to being the first ceremony held in Bedford Township, his family reports, this was the first Monroe County cemetery visit on Wreaths Across America day. The plan is that on the 2021 date, Dec. 18, there will be wreath placements at veteran gravesites at all four Bedford Township cemeteries. To make a donation toward or keep up with plans for next year’s event, go to the Bedford Wreaths Across America page at wreathsacrossamerica.org/MI0228.monroenews.com
Army secretary says wreath-laying event at Arlington back on
WASHINGTON – Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has reversed the COVID-related cancellation of an annual wreath-laying event at Arlington National Cemetery next month, following criticism on social media and pleas to the White House. President Donald Trump said later Tuesday it was he who had reversed “the ridiculous decision” to cancel the event. Each year, volunteers around the country place wreaths on the tombstones and markers of veterans as part of Wreaths Across America. The tradition began in 1992 when a Maine wreath maker donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington. On Monday, Arlington National Cemetery announced that it was “with great regret,” cancelling the Wreaths Across America event scheduled for Dec. 19, due to COVID-19.
The Latest: Aide says Biden will appoint 'COVID coordinator'
Joe Biden has chosen his longtime adviser Ron Klain to reprise his role as his chief of staff, installing an aide with decades of experience across. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local):10:45 p.m.Incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain says President-elect Joe Biden will appoint a “COVID coordinator” who will lead the administration’s pandemic response. ___3:25 p.m.President-elect Joe Biden has spoken with the top two Democrats in Congress — but not their Republican counterparts yet. ___1 p.m.President-elect Joe Biden has spoken by phone with Pope Francis as he continues to talk with leaders around the world. Democrats already control the House, and Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect after beating President Donald Trump in their White House contest.
President Trump makes first formal public appearance since election defeat
President Donald Trump made his first formal public appearance since he was defeated in the 2020 presidential race. The president had not held an official appearance since last Thursday, when he falsely claimed victory in the election and accused his critics and the media of stealing the election from him. Mr. Trump made no remarks at the cemetery, where it was raining, instead silently honoring the moment. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your InboxPresident-elect Joe Biden offered his thanks to veterans in Philadelphia, too. He and future first lady Jill Biden visited the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial.cbsnews.com
Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol
A hearse carrying the casket of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives at the U.S. Capitol, where her body will lie in state in Statuary Hall in Washington, U.S., September 25, 2020. The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday made history once more as the first woman and first Jewish person to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. Read more: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at age 87On Wednesday and Thursday, Ginsburg had lain in repose at the top of the Supreme Court's front steps. Notably absent from the Capitol service were top congressional Republicans Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. As the nation remembers the late justice, a contentious political struggle continues, with Republicans racing to fill the empty Supreme Court seat before the 2020 election.cnbc.com
Congressman seeks to end park's designation as Lee memorial
But Democratic Rep. Don Beyer, whose district is home to Arlington House, said it's time that Lee's name be stripped. Beyer's plans for legislation comes as descendants of a family enslaved at Arlington House have been lobbying for a name change. Surrounding the mansion is Arlington National Cemetery, which draws nearly 4 million visitors a year. Craig Syphax of Arlington is one of the descendants of Arlington House slaves who requested Beyer take action. He said learning his family history in his adult years helped give him a new outlook on life.
Trump responds to critics of him playing golf amid pandemic; calls for schools to reopen
Trump responds to critics of him playing golf amid pandemic; calls for schools to reopen President Trump commemorated Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery and Baltimore's Fort McHenry. It comes just after the Trump administration imposed new restrictions on travelers to the U.S. from Brazil, as that country sees a surge of coronavirus infections. CBSN political contributor and White House reporter for The Associated Press Zeke Miller joins CBSN with the latest developments.cbsnews.com
Trump honors fallen soldiers on Memorial Day in twin events
President Donald Trump turns after placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, in honor of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON President Donald Trump honored Americas fallen service members on Monday as he commemorated Memorial Day in back-to-back appearances in the midst of the pandemic. Presidents on Memorial Day typically lay a wreath and speak at the hallowed burial ground in Virginia. But Trump is intent on accelerating his schedule as he portrays the country as returning to its pre-pandemic ways. That President Trump is deciding to pursue nonessential travel sends the wrong message to our residents," he said. Baltimore and the Washington area have the nations highest percentages of positive cases, according to Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force.
2 runners battle 500 mile marathon to raise awareness of veteran suicides
Update: Brian Tjersland and Josh Milich arrived at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. Baltimore, Maryland Marathon enthusiasts Brian Tjersland and Josh Milich are on the longest run of their lives. They are running 500 miles in 12 days, from Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. They're averaging more than 40 miles a day, braving rain, snow and injury, to raise awareness of veteran suicides. He helps Mission 22 counsel other veterans and he's also backing Tjersland and Milich on their mission to spread hope.cbsnews.com
Eternal flame to be dedicated for veterans at Michigan Memorial Park
An eternal flame will be dedicated and lit in honor of U.S. veterans at a public outdoor ceremony Thursday at Michigan Memorial Park. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Veterans Bowl near the front entrance of the cemetery, 32163 W. Huron River Dr., Huron Township. While most people are familiar with the eternal flame dedicated to John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, this will be the only one in an independently operated cemetery in Michigan, Dwyer said in a press release. The Downriver Honor Guard also will participate in the ceremony along with active duty representatives from the U.S. armed forces including Army Staff Sgt. Retired Col. Jack Lechner, former executive officer and deputy superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery, will give the keynote address.monroenews.com
Arlington ceremony honors U.S. general killed in Afghanistan
Arlington ceremony honors U.S. general killed in Afghanistan Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery after being killed by a lone gunman thought to be an Afghan soldier; Greene was highest-ranking U.S. officer killed in combat since Vietnam Warcbsnews.com
Ex-senator and Vietnam POW Jeremiah Denton buried at Arlington
Ex-senator and Vietnam POW Jeremiah Denton buried at Arlington Laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Denton is remembered, among other things, for blinking "T.O.R.T.U.R.E." in Morse code during a broadcast propaganda interview while a POW in Vietnam.cbsnews.com
Ex-senator and Vietnam POW Jeremiah Denton to be buried
Ex-senator and Vietnam POW Jeremiah Denton to be buried Ex-senator and Vietnam POW Jeremiah Denton will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery today. He is remembered, among other things, for blinking "T.O.R.T.U.R.E." in Morse code during a broadcast propaganda interview while a POW in Vietnam. WKRG's Tiffany McCall recalls his service.cbsnews.com
New technology helps restore order at Arlington National Cemetery
New technology helps restore order at Arlington National Cemetery Four years after revelations of misplaced remains and misidentified graves, David Martin reports on how Arlington National Cemetery’s new management is bringing a 19th-century burial ground into the 21st.cbsnews.com
5/26: Cops had contact with Santa Barbara shooter three times in last year; New technology helps restore order at Arlington National Cemetery
5/26: Cops had contact with Santa Barbara shooter three times in last year; New technology helps restore order at Arlington National Cemetery Police had three run-ins with Elliot Rodger three times over the last year, but Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley says there was nothing in those incidents, or a series of Internet videos, that signaled the 22-year-old was planning to kill; and, four years after revelations of misplaced remains and misidentified graves, David Martin reports on how Arlington National Cemetery's new management is bringing a 19th-century burial ground into the 21st.cbsnews.com
Obama honors "profound sacrifice" of nation's fallen service members
Obama honors "profound sacrifice" of nation's fallen service members The country must do more to keep faith with veterans and their families, President Obama said in a nod to the VA scandal during Memorial Day remarks on the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery's opening.cbsnews.com