In 1942, the US and Mexican governments created the Bracero Agreement
, allowing Mexican agricultural workers to come into the United States for a limited time, to provide farm workers while the US was involved in World War II. The program was extended as a series of a series of laws and diplomatic agreements that finally ended in 1964
. Probably the most famous popular memorial to the broad program was a poem by Woodie Guthrie
, "the last great song he would write
," after hearing about a plane crash in Los Gatos, which was reported as a flight full of nameless "deportees."
A decade later, a young school teacher/folk singer named Martin (or Marty) Hoffman put the words to music, and Pete Seeger made the song popular
, with numerous covers performed and recorded since
. 65 years after the crash, those "deportees" were finally named
, and that tombstone for "28 Mexican citizens" replaced with the names of those who died
. [more inside]
"The exhibition starts with one shining, unfathomably terrible morning and winds up as all of our lives, as banal and constant as laundry, bottomless.
. . . I think now of every war memorial I ever yawned through on a class trip, how someone else’s past horror was my vacant diversion and maybe I learned something but I didn’t feel anything. Everyone should have a museum dedicated to the worst day of their life and be forced to attend it with a bunch of tourists from Denmark." [more inside]
How to Honor the Dead We Cannot Name
: The problems with the Sept. 11 memorial museum.
The John Stevens Shop
in Newport, Rhode Island is a 3 century old family business that primarily carves lettering in stone buildings and memorials
using traditional designs, including the John F. Kennedy Memorial
in Arlington. It is astounding to see the high quality of their work over time, from the documentary Final Marks
(1979) to fonts designed for Adobe
, to perhaps the greatest task: training those
that will follow
so they may lead.
The Things They Leave Behind.
"When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened 30 years ago, something unexpected happened: People started leaving things at the wall. One veteran has spent decades cataloging the letters, mementos, and other artifacts of loss — all 400,000 of them." (Via.) [more inside]
"From off the streets of Cleveland" goes the tagline for American Splendor
, but in fact, from 1972 to the end of his life, Harvey Pekar lived in nearby Cleveland Heights. Much of that time was spent inside the Cleveland Heights Library.
On October 14, a memorial and statue honoring Harvey Pekar's work will be dedicated
inside the library, "Harvey's first love and second home
". [more inside]
Shelagh was here - an ordinary, magical life
: The Toronto Star dedicated unprecedented coverage to the funeral of 55-year-old Shelagh Gordon – interviewing more than 100 of her friends and family – to show how a modest life can have a huge impact. "She didn’t have a great job, she wasn’t married and never had children, so she wasn’t successful in either the traditional male or female sense, Ms. Porter said. But people would keep telling stories about her kindness. 'She had a lot of magic in her life, and that’s reassuring... That you can live a full, interesting, ordinary life.'" The link includes an extensive interactive photograph of stories from those at Shelagh's funeral, and a video with clips from the memorial
as well. Via the NYT: Redefining Success and Celebrating the Unremarkable
. (previously: you are not special)
"Such are the exquisite sensitivities that surround every detail in the creation of the National September 11 Memorial Museum
, which is being built on land that many revere as hallowed ground. During eight years of planning, every step has been muddied with contention. There have been bitter fights over the museum’s financing, which have delayed its opening until at least next year, as well as continuing arguments over its location, seven stories below ground; which relics should be exhibited; and where unidentified human remains should rest. Even the souvenir key chains to be sold in the gift shop have become a focus of rancor. But nothing has been more fraught than figuring out how to tell the story."
"iZombie will be the last time I’ll ever write for DC... I decided quite some time ago, but waited until after the cancellation
of my book was announced to discuss it. The short version is, I don’t agree with the way they treat other creators and their general business practices." writer Chris Roberson ends his relationship with DC Comics
, pointing at a post
by David Brothers as a summation of his ethical concerns. Roberson's work at DC has included turning around Superman after J. Michael Straczynski left mid-story
, iZombie and a spin-offs from Vertigo's Fables featuring Cinderella as a super spy
. He is currently working on the creator owned Memorial
, published by IDW.
The Titanic Guide to New York City.
An exploration of traces of the disaster, revealing history still written on the landscape.
“Obituaries are not about death. They are a celebration of life." The Art of the Obituary [more inside]
A year ago this August, 72 migrant workers -- 58 men and 14 women -- 'were on their way to the US border when they were murdered by a drug gang
at a ranch in northern Mexico, in circumstances that remain unexplained. Since then, a group of Mexican journalists and writers have created' a "Day of the Dead-style Virtual Altar" Spanish-language website, 72migrantes.com
, to commemorate each of the victims, some of whom have never been identified. The New York Review of Books has English translations of five of their profiles. [more inside]
The Memorial. "People talk a lot about the "healing process." Well, this is New York. In the aftermath of a tragedy of monumental proportions, the healing process has been noisy and rude, with elbows out, redolent of greed, power, and the darker forces that drive human existence. And most of the shouting has been about how to make a fitting monument to what happened here. But in a hundred years, all the shouting and all the politics will be forgotten. What will be remembered is what is built here, now, on these sixteen acres." [more inside]
"Three days after the September 11 attacks, reporters at The New York Times, armed with stacks of homemade missing-persons fliers, began interviewing friends and relatives of the missing and writing brief portraits of their lives to create “Portraits of Grief.
” Not meant to be obituaries in any traditional sense, they were informal and impressionistic, often centered on a single story or idiosyncratic detail." As we near the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the Times has revisited some of the people they interviewed back then, for Profiles Redrawn
. [more inside]
Every year since 2005, Nicholas Feltron has logged the progress of his life – his meals, locations, conversations, pets, travel, everything – in minute and exacting detail, summarizing his activities in what he calls "Annual Reports" featuring beautiful infographics
Last year, Feltron's father died. Rather than talking about himself for the 2010 Annual Report, Feltron memorialized the entire life of his father
“It was a computer-science problem, but it was also a big, crazy typography problem,” An algorithm for the names at the 9/11 memorial.
was a Russian musician
, best known for her work in the band Eleven
and with Queens of the Stone Age
. She lost her battle with cancer in July of 2008
, at the age of 52. Now, her husband of 25 years and bandmate Alain Johannes has released his solo debut album "Spark
," a tribute to her. [more inside]
An estimated 10,000
migratory birds whose flight path took them through Manhattan earlier this month became (temporarily) disoriented
in the 88-searchlight glare of the 9/11 Tribute in Light
"Reading 'Our tribute to a brave little boy,' you will also find 65 cents in nickels and dimes melded to the plaque."
Some mismatched bricks on an unremarkable building in Park Slope and a plaque in a hospital are the clues to an astonishing story of two airplanes, a mid-air crash, and a little boy traveling alone. [more inside]
Rolling Thunder XXIII
- A seemingly endless line
of more than 250,000 motorcycles roared across Memorial Bridge
into Washington, DC yesterday. The 23rd annual ride, drawing riders from all over the world, wound its way from the Pentagon parking lot
near Arlington National Cemetery, around the National Mall, past the Lincoln Memorial
to the Vietnam Memorial
in an emotional gathering at the West end of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial. [more inside]
Deep Grief: Creating Meaning From Mourning (Article from NPR.)
How some parents have channeled their grief over the loss of their children into memorial efforts that provide for others. [more inside]
Every evening since July 2nd 1928
*, at precisely eight o'clock, the Last Post has been played under the Menin Gate
in Ieper (Ypres, "Wipers" as it was known to British tommies), Belgium. The ritual - performed by buglers from the local fire brigade - honours British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the five battles at Ypres
in the First World War. Today is the 27,888th day of the Last Post ceremony
. [more inside]
"What we are seeing in this project is that all of Europe was a camp."
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum just released
the first volume of a projected seven-volume Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945
. "They assumed the finished work would be massive, featuring a staggering 5,000 to 7,000 camps and ghettos. They underestimated by 15,000." [more inside]
Today marks the first National Famine Memorial Day in Skibbereen, Co. Cork.
Actually the first day in a week of activities (.pdf
), Skibbereen was one of many areas in western Ireland hard-hit by the famine (or Great Hunger). [more inside]
As was noted previously
, Robert Rauschenberg left us ealier this year at age 82. The webcast of a private memorial for Robert Rauschenberg’s friends and family will be viewable tonight
for one time only at 9 p.m EST.
it seems is getting a bad name in recent years. But as the politicos run around like crazies, we mustn't forget the little things
about the holiday, its history and what it stands for
, and even its more traditional customs like grilling
, and of course flag etiquette
The Joseph Curseen, Jr., and Thomas Morris, Jr., Processing and Distribution Center opened
in December 2003 with little fanfare. Formerly the Brentwood (D.C.) Post Office, it was renamed by House Resolution 3287
in honor of the two postal workers killed after two letters containing anthrax passed through on their way to Capitol Hill. [more inside]
In many Commonwealth countries, today is Remembrance Day.
From Wikipedia, it's "a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war". Today it's worth reading a few famous wartime poems,
and pausing in thanks to those who have fought for your country.
“Iraq War Memorial: Death of Prince Harry"
features the in fact hale and hearty royal scion
"laid out before the Union Jack with pennies placed over his eyes and head rested on the Bible...Prone with his unfired gun still holstered, Prince Harry is represented clutching a bloodied flag of Wales, and holding to his heart a cameo locket of his late mother, Princess Diana, while a desert vulture perches on his boot...a bronze casting of Prince Harry’s 'severed ears' also set for display at the Trafalgar Hotel will be offered on eBay." Via
Updatefilter: Apparently a poppy was the cause of espionage accusations. As reported here on the blue
, some US contractors were apparently freaked out
by a novel Canadian coin which featured a red poppy
. The coin was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint
, an organization that makes Canadian cash as well as currencies for other countries. The Mint, which is definitely worth a tour if you're in Ottawa
, won an award
for the coin. The coin was issued to honour Canadian war dead
; the poppy is the symbol of the Royal Canadian Legion
104 year-old Herb Hamerol
was the lone survivor on hand
at this year's 101st memorial for the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
. To some people he's a celebrity
. Truth is, to attend the memorial he took the day off from his long-held job as a stock clerk
at Andronico's supermarket. Yes, read that paragraph again.
The Lives They Left Behind.
Previously on MeFi, the Village Voice article
. Related are efforts to restore cemeteries located on the grounds of old "insane asylums," creating memorials See information from Washington
, New Hampshire
, and Georgia
The Iraq Veterans Memorial
is "an online war memorial that honors the members of the U.S. armed forces who have lost their lives serving in the Iraq War. The Memorial
is a collection of video memories from family, friends, military colleagues, and co-workers of those that have fallen." A project of the Brave New Foundation
. [Via Bushflash.]
Leslie Harpold Remembered
When her annual advent calendar
was not updated after December 7th people all over the web started to express concern over Leslie Harpold's
absence. Sadly it has been confirmed
that she died sometime last week. I think Leslie
would be touched to see the way friends
have spontaneously posted remembrances
of her via a medium she loved and help mold.
The Air Force finally went and got themselves a proper memorial.
Although he’s now deceased, the man
who designed it also designed some other buildings
around town. It’s a unique structure, with time-tested big lead balls
to compensate for the wind. On opening day, a ‘sky-parade’ of old
aircraft paid tribute
, flying overhead in sequence. Some like it, some don’t
Canadian PM Stephen Harper expressed his "disgust"
over the Canada Day incident. Royal Canadian Legion spokesperson Bill Butt described it as “abhorrent” and “vile,” and demanded increased security.
Ottawa police described the case as a priority.
If only we had some sort of fence, or corral,
to prevent this sort of disaster. The virtual manhunt
has begun, but we need your help: have you seen this man?
A memorial ride
is taking place tomorrow in New York City in memory of a fourteen-year-old boy who was rundown on his bike last year. This man
is responsible for the death and there are many unanswered questions
. No charges have been filed, but what is more disturbing is the lack of remorse
from the young man who was responsible for this tragedy.
I've never posted a link before and don't mean to create any debate or make any statement. I just thought that before the day was out we do the obvious and remember.
NYC Remembers: Public Service Audio and Video Ads
"It's our big September 11 sale! Take 30 to 40 percent off every item throughout the store! Plus early birds take an additional 10 percent off! . . . Doors open early and stay open late!" (Video Ad 3)
The ad is the creation of One Day's Pay
from 9/11/04) a nonprofit group working to establish Sept. 11 as a national day of volunteering. [via]