05/27/16 12:00pm
PETER WALDNER ILLUSTRATION

PETER WALDNER ILLUSTRATION

It’s not news to say we associate our holidays with material things and comforts rather than what they were intended to mean when inaugurated.

Memorial Day and its summer bookend, Labor Day, have struggled to keep their original meanings. Memorial Day has recovered some of its essence because of a younger generation remembered for their service and sacrifices in Iraq and Afghanistan these last, long, bloody 13 years. (more…)

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JULIE LANE PHOTO It’s Dr. Charles Crane’s marker, but is the inscription true?

JULIE LANE PHOTO
It’s Dr. Charles Crane’s marker, but is the inscription true?

It’s a story every American knows.

On April 15, 1865, 150 years ago next Wednesday, the greatest figure of the age, mortally wounded with a gunshot to the head while attending the theater with his wife, was carried across the street and placed in a bed at the back of a nearby house. A crowd of people packed into the small room around the deathbed. (more…)