COLUMBUS, Ohio — The nation's newly dedicated veterans' museum is offering a panel discussion to mark Veterans Day weekend. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum says Sunday's event will feature five veterans with different perspectives on military service. Panelists include a U.S. Army Ranger, a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a Navy Seal, an Army veteran of Iraq and an Army intelligence officer. Veterans and their families who attend the panel discussion will receive free admission to the museum, located on Columbus' downtown riverfront. Others who attend will receive discounted museum admission. Tickets are free, but reservations are required due to space limitations. The $82 million, 53,000-square-foot museum opened to the public last month. The attraction is neither a war memorial nor a traditional military museum but emphasizes experiences veterans share. … [Read more...] about National veterans’ museum marks Veterans Day with free panel
Paris, the City of Light, always was the grandest prize of World War I, either to conquer or defend. So it is only fitting that when victors and vanquished meet to mark the centennial of the armistice this weekend, the biggest ceremony should be on the famed Champs-Elysees at the Arc de Triomphe. About 60 leaders will mark the cease-fire that came on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Such was the symbolic importance of the French capital that victorious U.S. Gen. John J. Pershing said it was his "desire that every man in the American Expeditionary Forces should be given the opportunity to visit Paris before returning to the United States." Top News Pics: Community Grieves for Victims of Bar Shooting Jae C. Hong/AP Far from every surviving U.S. soldier from the 1914-1918 war made it to the French capital, but on Sunday, President Donald Trump will join his French counterpart and host, Emmanuel Macron, and others to remember the millions who died during … [Read more...] about 100 Years After WWI’s End, Leaders to Mark Armistice in Paris
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has a moral duty to fight rising anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday in an emotional speech at a Berlin synagogue to mark the 80th anniversary of a Nazi campaign of attacks on Jews. Dressed in black, Merkel told Jewish leaders that violence against Jews, blamed on far-right militants or Muslims, was growing in Germany now, eight decades later. "Jewish life is blossoming again in Germany - an unexpected gift to us after the Shoah," she said, using the Hebrew word for the Holocaust. "But we are also witnessing a worrying anti-Semitism that threatens Jewish life in our country." Germany and Austria on Friday marked "Kristallnacht", a wave of killings of Jews and looting and destruction of property launched on Nov. 9, 1938. The name refers to the broken glass which littered streets outside synagogues and Jewish shops and homes. Shortly before Merkel spoke, an appeal court in Berlin overturned a decision by police to ban a far-right march in the … [Read more...] about Merkel marks Nazi “Kristallnacht” against Jews with synagogue speech
HOLOCAUST survivors and Jews are remembering the anniversary of Kristallnacht when some 1,000 synagogues and 7,000 Jewish-owned businesses were targeted in two horrific nights of violence. The hate-fuelled attacks signalled the beginning of Adolf Hitler's so-called "Final Solution" to what he infamously referred to as the "Jewish problem." What is Kristallnacht? On November 9 to November 10, 1938, Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalised Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. In the aftermath of Kristallnacht, also called the Night of Broken Glass' after all the windows which were smashed, some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps. German Jews had been subjected to repressive policies since 1933, when Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. However, prior to Kristallnacht, these Nazi policies had been primarily nonviolent. After Kristallnacht, conditions for German Jews grew … [Read more...] about What is Kristallnacht, how is the anniversary marked and what happened on the Night of Broken Glass?
Beamish Museum will mark Armistice Day a century on with a weekend of events. On Sunday, the museum will hold activities to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War as its workers and visitors remember those who lost their lives.At 11am on Sunday, an Act of Remembrance will take place in The 1900s Town, when families, costumed staff and re-enactment groups will gather in the park to observe a two minutes’ silence.Buglers will play the Last Post and there will be a reading and wreath laying.The silence will be observed across the museum, after which bells will ring out around the site.Re-enactors from Durham Pals, 16th Lancers, Gordon Highlanders, Scots at War and the 29th Field Kitchen will be part of the commemorations over the weekend.A display of poppies, created by Beamish Craft Club, will be on show in the Masonic Hall in The Town. Beamish Women's Institute will be in The 1900s Pit Village over the weekend talking about the Motherhood, Loss and First World War … [Read more...] about Armistice 100: Weekend of events to see Beamish Museum visitors mark Remembrance Day