Gallery: World Refugee Day: Local Syrian refugees share memories of a war-torn country, hope for better future in the U.S. When the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, Faihaa Fuyome and her family's world was shaken to its core. For six months, they stayed in the bottom level of their home for 12 hours per day as bombs and bullets flew by, killing countless family, friends and neighbors. Fuyome, her husband and four children are one of several refugee families resettled in Chattanooga, but they're the only Syrian family. It took five treacherous years before the United Nations referred them to the United States for resettlement. Before the war, they had everything, she said. A nice home. A car. Her children were in private school. Her husband worked in carpentry, and she was a beautician. "We had an amazing life," Fuyome's oldest daughter, Yara Hourani, said. But when pro-democracy protests erupted across the country in March 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used violent tactics … [Read more...] about Local Syrian refugees share memories of a war-torn country, hope for better future in the U.S.
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Memorial Day is meant to be one of the most solemn American holidays.First known as "Decoration Day," it began three years after the end of the Civil War, when a former Union general called for a way to remember fallen service members. For decades, Americans marked the holiday on May 30. In 1971, the federal government officially designated the last Monday in May as Memorial Day.RECOMMENDED: 10 movies to watch on Memorial Day Here are ways you can honor those who have given their lives for this country. Take action: According to the Memorial Day Foundation, there are specific customs for paying respect to fallen service members on Memorial Day: Flying the US flag at half-staff until noon Observing a moment of silence at 3 p.m. local time Placing flags or flowers on veterans' graves How to help: Here are some charities aiding families of service members who died serving their country: … [Read more...] about How to pay your respects on Memorial Day
National 'I Want To Serve': Air Force Applicant Takes On President Trump's Transgender Ban Listen · 4:38 4:38 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/605282521/605401518" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Nicolas Talbott outside the barn on his family's family farm in Gavers, Ohio. Martha Bebinger/WBUR hide caption toggle caption Martha Bebinger/WBUR Nicolas Talbott outside the barn on his family's family farm in Gavers, Ohio. Martha Bebinger/WBUR Most weekday mornings, after feeding the chickens, goat and cows, Nicolas Talbott drives through the rolling hills of Columbiana County in eastern Ohio to one of the schools where he is a substitute teacher. It was a busy winter — lots of teachers out with the flu. And while Talbott enjoys teaching, he … [Read more...] about ‘I Want To Serve’: Air Force Applicant Takes On President Trump’s Transgender Ban
A training flight tragedy almost exactly 100 years ago robbed a family of their beloved son and the Royal Air Corps of a talented pilot. Grangemouth’s Second Lieutenant William Thomas Galbraith was killed on February 26, 1918, when his Sopwith bi-plane crashed into the ground and burst into flames in Upavon, Wiltshire, England. The son of Alice Galbraith, of Paris Street, was only 25-years-old.He was just about to fly over to Europe to serve with the R.A.C. and take on the Imperial German Flying Corps in the skies above France at the end of the First World War.Lt. Galbraith was laid to rest in Grandsable Cemetery in Polmont and on Monday, the 100th annivesary of his untimely death, Grangemouth 1333 (Spitfire) Squadron commander Flight Lieutenant Jim McFarlane and some cadets will be gathering in the afternoon to honour his memory by laying a wreath at his grave.Details of Lt. Galbraith’s death and his background were contained in Falkirk Herald article from the time which … [Read more...] about Remembering young pilot who died as he prepared to serve his country
close Video Kurtz: Trump takes heat for promoting his doctor 'MediaBuzz' host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the media frenzy surrounding Trump replacing VA Secretary David Shulkin with his doctor Navy admiral Ronny Jackson. This is how the firing of the VA secretary could have been framed: David Shulkin had gotten himself in a heap of trouble. The inspector general had spanked him for a $120,000 trip to Europe, changing a pretext so his wife’s airfare would be covered, and improperly accepting Wimbledon tickets. What’s more, Shulkin had gone to war with some of his top deputies, was increasingly isolated at the department, and the president concluded he had to make a change. Now some of that information was included in the B matter of various stories, but the main media themes are: More chaos at the White House! And how dare Donald Trump replace him with his personal doctor? Shulkin, as the New York Times noted, also generated bad publicity when he tried to … [Read more...] about VA chief’s firing portrayed as chaotic, but Trump had some good reasons