Posts Tagged ‘memorial

04
Oct
15

President Obama Honors Fallen Firefighters

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President Barack Obama speaks during the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland. President Obama honored 84 firefighters that were killed in the line of duty last year and an additional three firefighters killed in previous years

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25
Jul
15

The President’s Saturday In Kenya

President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives to deliver a speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations Compound, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives to deliver a speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations Compound in Nairobi. President Obama’s visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation

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President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations Compound, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) take part in a roundtable with young businesspeople at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations compound in Nairobi, Kenya July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to help by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta take part in a roundtable with young businesspeople at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations compound in Nairobi, Kenya July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to help by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. He told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to help by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption

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President Barack Obama, left, takes part in a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations Compound. Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama pauses before delivering a speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations Compound, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) depart the stage after speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations compound in Nairobi July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to help by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama looks at a mobile payment platform and solar exhibit during the Power Africa Innovation Fair, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama looks at a mobile payment platform and solar exhibit during the Power Africa Innovation Fair

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President Barack Obama, left, looks at a solar powered lamp during a tour of the Power Africa Innovation Fair, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama, left, looks at a solar powered lamp during a tour of the Power Africa Innovation Fair

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President Barack Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, at Memorial Park in honor of the victims of the deadly 1998 bombing at the U.S. Embassy.  Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony in Nairobi, at Memorial Park in honor of the victims of the deadly 1998 bombing at the U.S. Embassy

President Barack Obama reflects as he participates in a wreath laying ceremony, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, at Memorial Park in honor of the victims of the deadly 1998 bombing at the U.S. Embassy.  Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama inspects the honor guard after arriving to meet with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, July 25, 2015.  Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move" while visiting Kenya Saturday, the East African nation where he has deep family ties.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

President Barack Obama inspects the honor guard after arriving to meet with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House

REFILE - REMOVING EXTRA WORDS U.S. President Barack Obama (L) takes part in a reception ceremony next to Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) as he visits the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to assist by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption.  REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shake hands with Kenya's Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathathe (R), next to Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (2nd R), as he arrives to visit at the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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U.S. President Barack Obama inspects the honor guard after arriving to meet with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, July 25, 2015. U.S. President Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move", as he visits Kenya  Saturday, the East African nation where he has deep family ties. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, on his arrival at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, July 25, 2015. U.S. President Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move", as he visits Kenya  Saturday, the East African nation where he has deep family ties.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) as he arrives for a visit at the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, stands next to Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, 2nd left, as the Kenya Air Force military band passes by, at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, July 25, 2015.  Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move" while visiting Kenya Saturday, the East African nation where he has deep family ties. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

U.S. President Barack Obama reviews a Kenya Defence Forces honour guard during a visit to the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to assist by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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President Barack Obama is escorted into a bilateral meeting by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama is escorted into a bilateral meeting by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House

President Barack Obama arrives for a bilateral meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta participate in a joint press conference

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U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions from the media, after meeting with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, July 25, 2015.  Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move", as he visits Kenya  Saturday, the East African nation where he has deep family ties. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a joke while answering a question from the media about the dinner he had with his Kenyan relatives, after meeting with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, July 25, 2015. Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move", as he visits Kenya  Saturday, the East African nation where he has deep family ties. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

29
Jun
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama, surrounded by Cabinet officials and members of Congress, signs a series of bills during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Included in the bills signed is the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

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President Barack Obama's signature is seen on H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White Hous in Washington. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama’s signature is seen on H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 29, 2015, before signing H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Law makers and cabinet officials applaud President Barack Obama after he signed H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is at right.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Surrounded by Cabinet officials and members of Congress, President Barack Obama applauds after signing H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 , Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. From left are, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Rep. John Delaney, D- Md., Rep. David Reichert, R-Wash., Sen.. Chris Coons, D-Del., Rep. Ron Kind, D- Wis., Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., Rep. Donald Beyer, D-Va., Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Surrounded by Cabinet officials and members of Congress, President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 29, 2015. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama smiles after signing ceremony for H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets attendees in the crowd after signing House Resolution 2146, the "Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act and Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015,"  during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama and President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff  visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at 2015 MORE Impact Awards Luncheon at The Newseum

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04
Jun
15

The Biden Family Pays Their Respects

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Dr. Jill Biden comforts Vice President Joe Biden during a viewing for their son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware. Standing with Dr. Biden are Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie, and granddaughter Natalie

An honor guard carries a casket containing the remains of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden as members of the Biden family, left, look on, Thursday, June 4, 2015, before a viewing at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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An honor guard carries the casket containing the remains of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden

Vice President Joe Biden, bottom center, leads his family to a viewing for his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Walking alongside Biden are his granddaughter Natalie, from bottom left, daughter-in-law Hallie, grandson Hunter and wife Jill. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Vice President Joe Biden and his family arrive for the viewing of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden at Legislative Hall before a viewing in Dover, Del. Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46.  (Jason Minto/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)  NO SALES

Vice President Joe Biden consoles Hallie Biden wife of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden before a viewing at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46.  (Jason Minto/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)  NO SALES

Vice President Joe Biden comforts Beau Biden’s wife, Hallie Biden

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Vice President Joe Biden comforts his granddaughter Natalie

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Vice President Joe Biden lays his hand on his son’s casket

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As our thoughts go with the Bidens …

People make the father smile
One heart to another heart
Helps him walk another mile
Briefly helps his tears depart

The loving son has gone on first
A proud family waves farewell
He was here but for a time
Until he heard the angel’s bell

Now they know they all can cling
To each other’s hands, not alone
Later they’ll smile in the knowing
God just called their loved one home

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A long line of mourners wait to pay their respects to the Biden family

Vice President Joe Biden, left, hugs a mourner as they stand near a casket containing the remains of Biden's son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, during a viewing, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Governor Jack Markell speaks at the viewing of Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III in the Senate Chambers at Legislative Hall in Dover

Vice President Joe Biden, left, greets mourners near a casket containing the remains of Biden's son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, during a viewing, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

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Governor Jack Markell holds a military medal awarded to Beau Biden

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Firefighters create a flag arch for Beau Biden’s procession in Dover

People stand on line next to a family portrait of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden during a viewing for Biden on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del.   Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46.  (Jason Minto/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)  NO SALES

25
Jan
15

Namaste President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

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President Barack Obama inspects a guard of honor during his welcoming ceremony

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Wing commander Puja Thakur of the Indian Air Force leads the guard of honor

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First Post: Wing Commander Puja Thakur Leads Guard Of Honour for Obama, Scores A Win For Modi Govt

US President Barack Obama’s visit to India for the Republic Day parade is on the path of turning out to be a gigantic public relations success for the Narendra Modi government. Just two days after the Prime Minister launched the government’s ambitious ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign, the country witnessed the first guard of honour in the country’s history led by a woman officer. Wing commander Puja Thakur of the Indian Air Force led the guard of honour in the Raj Bhavan in what is being hailed as a inspiring move by the Modi government.

NDTV reported: “President Obama was given a 21-gun salute at the forecourt of the majestic presidential palace, after which Wing Commander Thakur walked him for the inspection of the Guard of Honour. She is the first woman officer to lead a tri-services Guard of Honour.” Thakur told NDTV that while she was proud of the fact that she was allowed to lead the guard of honour, she really hoped that the incident inspired more women to join the armed forces in the country.

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President Barack Obama pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

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President Barack Obama folds his hands in a traditional Indian greeting gesture, as Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi laugh during a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential Palace in New Delhi

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05
Oct
14

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama is presented a plaque by philanthropist Lois Pope and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, during the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial dedication ceremony in Washington. President Obama paid tribute to disabled U.S. veterans on Sunday, pointing to the dedication of a new memorial honoring those severely injured in war as a symbol of the nation’s perseverance and character.

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Military veterans stand as they are recognized by President Barack Obama and are applauded during the dedication of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

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Veterans and invited guests listen to President Barack Obama speak

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with actor, musician and military advocate and National Spokesman for the American Veterans Disabled for Life (AVDL) Foundation Gary Sinise

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President Barack Obama stands with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Vietnam war veteran and Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation co-founder and President Arthur H. Wilson

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30
Sep
14

The President And First Lady’s Day

@dougmillsnyt: President Obama walks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during a surprise visit to the MLK Memorial

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President Obama hosts a meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office

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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India en-route to the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit the Martin Luther King Memorial

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 First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a luncheon in the East Room of the White House to honor of the winners of the 2014 National Design Awards

22
Aug
14

Ferguson Honors Michael Brown

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pd_shutterspeed: anonymous group lays 60 plus yards of roses at #MichaelBrown #Ferguson memorial; community lights candles in memoriam

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Koran Addo: Roses being laid down in the street outside the Canfield Green Apts. for #MikeBrown. #Ferguson

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rlippman: Flowers in the street for Mike Brown #Ferguson

07
Jun
14

The Warmest of Tributes

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks at the Memorial Service for Dr Maya Angelou

Thank you so much.  (Applause.)  My heart is so full.  My heart is so full.  Bebe — Oprah, why did you do that?  Just why did you put me after this?  (Laughter.)

To the family, Guy, to all of you; to the friends; President Clinton; Oprah; my mother, Cicely Tyson; Ambassador Young — let me just share something with you.  My mother, Marian Robinson, never cares about anything I do.  (Laughter.)  But when Dr. Maya Angelou passed, she said, you’re going, aren’t you?  I said, well, Mom, I’m not really sure, I have to check with my schedule.  She said, you are going, right?  (Laughter.)  I said, well, I’m going to get back to you but I have to check with the people, figure it out.  I came back up to her room when I found out that I was scheduled to go, and she said, that’s good, now I’m happy.  (Laughter.)

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It is such a profound honor, truly, a profound honor, to be here today on behalf of myself and my husband as we celebrate one of the greatest spirits our world has ever known, our dear friend, Dr. Maya Angelou.

In the Book of Psalms it reads:  “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the Earth.”  What a perfect description of Maya Angelou, and the gift she gave to her family and to all who loved her.

She taught us that we are each wonderfully made, intricately woven, and put on this Earth for a purpose far greater than we could ever imagine.   And when I think about Maya Angelou, I think about the affirming power of her words.

The first time I read “Phenomenal Woman”, I was struck by how she celebrated black women’s beauty like no one had ever dared to before.  (Applause.)  Our curves, our stride, our strength, our grace.  Her words were clever and sassy; they were powerful and sexual and boastful.  And in that one singular poem, Maya Angelou spoke to the essence of black women, but she also graced us with an anthem for all women –- a call for all of us to embrace our God-given beauty.

And, oh, how desperately black girls needed that message.  As a young woman, I needed that message.  As a child, my first doll was Malibu Barbie.  (Laughter.)  That was the standard for perfection.  That was what the world told me to aspire to.  But then I discovered Maya Angelou, and her words lifted me right out of my own little head.

Her message was very simple.  She told us that our worth has nothing to do with what the world might say.  Instead, she said, “Each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.”  She reminded us that we must each find our own voice, decide our own value, and then announce it to the world with all the pride and joy that is our birthright as members of the human race.

Dr. Angelou’s words sustained me on every step of my journey –- through lonely moments in ivy-covered classrooms and colorless skyscrapers; through blissful moments mothering two splendid baby girls; through long years on the campaign trail where, at times, my very womanhood was dissected and questioned.  For me, that was the power of Maya Angelou’s words –- words so powerful that they carried a little black girl from the South Side of Chicago all the way to the White House.  (Applause.)

And today, as First Lady, whenever the term “authentic” is used to describe me, I take it as a tremendous compliment, because I know that I am following in the footsteps of great women like Maya Angelou.  But really, I’m just a beginner — I am baby-authentic.  (Laughter.)  Maya Angelou, now she was the original, she was the master.  For at a time when there were such stifling constraints on how black women could exist in the world, she serenely disregarded all the rules with fiercely passionate, unapologetic self.  She was comfortable in every last inch of her glorious brown skin.

But for Dr. Angelou, her own transition was never enough.  You see, she didn’t just want to be phenomenal herself, she wanted all of us to be phenomenal right alongside her.  (Applause.)  So that’s what she did throughout her lifetime -– she gathered so many of us under her wing.  I wish I was a daughter, but I was right under that wing sharing her wisdom, her genius, and her boundless love.

I first came into her presence in 2008, when she spoke at a campaign rally here in North Carolina.  At that point, she was in a wheelchair, hooked up to an oxygen tank to help her breathe.  But let me tell you, she rolled up like she owned the place.  (Laughter.)  She took the stage, as she always did, like she’d been born there.  And I was so completely awed and overwhelmed by her presence I could barely concentrate on what she was saying to me.

But while I don’t remember her exact words, I do remember exactly how she made me feel.  (Applause.)  She made me feel like I owned the place, too.  She made me feel like I had been born on that stage right next to her.  And I remember thinking to myself, “Maya Angelou knows who I am, and she’s rooting for me.  So, now I’m good.  I can do this.  I can do this.”  (Applause.)

And that’s really true for us all, because in so many ways, Maya Angelou knew us.  She knew our hope, our pain, our ambition, our fear, our anger, our shame.  And she assured us that despite it all –- in fact, because of it all -– we were good.  And in doing so, she paved the way for me and Oprah and so many others just to be our good, old, black-woman selves.  (Applause.)

She showed us that eventually, if we stayed true to who we are, then the world would embrace us.  (Applause.)  And she did this not just for black women, but for all women, for all human beings.  She taught us all that it is okay to be your regular old self, whatever that is –- your poor self, your broken self, your brilliant, bold, phenomenal self.

(Dr Angelou’s final tweet)

That was Maya Angelou’s reach.  She touched me.  She touched all of you.  She touched people all across the globe, including a young white woman from Kansas who named her daughter after Maya, and raised her son to be the first black President of the United States.  (Applause.)

So when I heard that Dr. Angelou had passed, while I felt a deep sense of loss, I also felt a profound sense of peace.  Because there is no question that Maya Angelou will always be with us, because there was something truly divine about Maya.  I know that now, as always, she is right where she belongs.

May her memory be a blessing to us all.  Thank you.  God bless.  (Applause.)

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First Lady at Dr Maya Angelou Memorial Service

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14

Dr Maya Angelou: Memorial Service, Part 2

Starting at 10:0 AM EST – First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at the service at Wake Forest University

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14

Dr Maya Angelou: Memorial Service

Starting at 10:0 AM EST –  First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at the service at Wake Forest University

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President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. President Obama is leading the nation in remembering its war heroes, the fallen and those still defending the flag, in a Memorial Day tribute

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Tony Lee: Solemn Tributes Mark Anniversary Of Boston Marathon Bombing

An emotional year of recovery from the Boston Marathon bombings culminated with a stirring tribute on Tuesday to the victims, survivors and all those who helped the city overcome the tragic events of April 15, 2013. With the families of the four victims of the bombings and their aftermath sitting in the front row of the event hall at Hynes Convention Center, there were speeches from survivors, dignitaries and elected officials, as well as musical interludes led by the Boston Pops Esplanade and the Boston Children’s Chorus. Later, a ceremony in Copley Square included a moment of silence, a flag-raising at the marathon’s finish line and the toll of church bells at 2:50 p.m., the moment the bombs went off exactly one year ago. The theme was set by the first speaker, Rev. Liz Walker of Roxbury Presbyterian Church, who began by uttering the words, “There is a rising.” The reference, of course, was to the community’s remarkable rise from the ashes, as well as each of the victim’s personal journeys from pain and sadness to triumph and resolve. “There is no way to walk to Boylston Street without being reminded of the evil spilling of precious blood, the hateful strike on a world treasure,” Walker continued. “But we are also reminded of the amazing capacity of the human spirit to rise in heroism, compassion and sacrifice. “An ascension of the human spirit, left to its own devices, its divine design, it will rise, despite anything, despite everything.”

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Walker was the first to reference the victims by name. She touched on the remarkable qualities of Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell, Sean Collier and 8-year-old Martin Richard, qualities their loved ones retain in their memories. “Although the memories still bring tears to our eyes, our heart aches for those who were lost, it still is a comfort to be here with family and friends who got us through that tragic day,” Menino said. “I want you to hear this solemn promise,” he began. “When the lights are dim, know that our support and love for you will never waver. Whatever you have to do to recover and carry on, know that the people of Boston and I are right there by your side.” Others who were injured graced the stage at the convention center, providing some of the more poignant words of the two-hour event.

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First up was Patrick Downes, who — along with his wife — lost their left legs in the attack. Downes discussed the “humbling” degree of love that he and fellow survivors have received over the year. He would not wish the trials of recovery on anyone, but sees merit in the triumphs. “We do wish that all of you, at some point in your lives, feel as loved as we have felt over this last year,” Downes said. He also took comfort in knowing, even if only in spirit, the four “guardian angels” that were lost a year ago. “We will carry them in our hearts. To their families, know that you will never be alone. We remember those who died as pieces of us. The intellectual charm of Lingzi. Sean’s commitment to justice. Krystle’s infectious smile. And the childhood charm of Martin. We will choose to think of them not in association with hate, but forever connected to our commitment to peace. “Peace. That will be their lasting message to us.”

As rain fell and wind blew through the Back Bay, hundreds left the convention center and strolled under umbrellas toward the finish line to help reclaim that territory. With law enforcement officials lining Boylston Street and the stands in front of the Boston Public Library packed, relatives of victims emerged — followed by Menino, Biden, Walsh, Patrick and Grilk — and took a spot in front of the finish line. There, they stood at attention in the rain to take in a rendition of “God Bless America” by noted tenor Ronan Tynan. Then came a moment of silence and bells tolled from the Old South Church, steps from the finish line. An American flag was pulled skyward as the crowd sang the national anthem. MBTA transit police officer Richard Donohue Jr. helped raise the flag high above what Menino labeled as “hallowed ground.” Indeed, a year removed from the unthinkable, there was a rising.

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Fort Hood

@petesouza: President Obama accompanied by the First Lady lays a coin for each of the victims at Fort Hood

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are greeted by former President George H.W. Bush upon their arrival on Air Force One in Houston, Texas




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