Civil War

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Sri Lanka

April 25, 2019
Indian Ocean 1/1/05

The Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka reminded me of the two weeks I spent there as part of a construction team one year after the 2004 tsunami. As I wrote in Reclaiming Joy, “the people’s serenity as they faced the future without loved ones, without homes, and without other possessions awed me.” I was the cook and travel guide for a group from First …

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Remembering a Civil War Soldier

May 25, 2015

Today—on Memorial Day—we honor all those who gave their lives serving our country in the armed forces, but the day originally commemorated those who died in the Civil War. There were scattered observances decorating the graves of the fallen, both Union and Confederate, even before the war ended; but the first official Decoration Day took place at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868—established by …

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