Tag Archives: Obituaries

Saluting our veterans

Veterans Day is this Friday, November 11. Veterans Day falls on November 11 every year – unlike other federal holidays that switch dates to always fall on Mondays – in honor of the signing of the armistice that ended World … Continue reading

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Charitable giving via obituaries

Approximately half of all obituaries published by Legacy.com’s newspaper affiliates include a request to donate to charity in lieu of sending flowers to the family.  Sometimes the family selects a charity related to a particular disease or health issue, and … Continue reading

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The mighty Electron Boy

I have read thousands of obituaries in my 9+ years with Legacy.com. But few have struck me or stayed with me as much as the obituary for Erik Martin, aka Electron Boy, who passed away at age 14 from a … Continue reading

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Writing your own obituary

It’s a popular assignment in journalism and English classes – write your own obituary.  And life coaches sometimes suggest writing your own obit as a way to figure out how you want to live your life. By starting at the … Continue reading

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September 11: Paying tribute in quilt blocks

In the months following the attacks of September 11, 2011, quilters joined together to create memorial quilt squares that paid tribute to each victim. Each quilter created a block in honor of a specific victim, and the blocks were combined … Continue reading

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September 11: A day of mourning

The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was recently back to work after having taken a long honeymoon vacation. I was working in HR at the time and entered my boss’ office to prepare for a meeting. I overheard some … Continue reading

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September 11: Meditating on a piece of steel

On September 11, I will remember the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks as I have every year since that awful day: I will be in church, meditating on a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center, and praying … Continue reading

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September 11: How will you remember and pay tribute?

I’ll be spending Sunday helping out at a local farm. It might seem like an odd thing to do, totally unrelated to the anniversary, and maybe on the surface it is. I didn’t plan it as a 9/11 tribute; it … Continue reading

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September 11: Ordinary people doing ordinary things

September 11, 2001 was a beautiful, sunny, late-summer day in northern Virginia. It was Tuesday morning, and I was busy getting ready for work when my husband called up the stairs and told me there was something on TV that I should come down … Continue reading

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September 11: Where were you?

When I heard about the first plane, that’s all I thought it was… just a fluke. I was at the Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek, VA. At the time, I was attached to a 10-man search and rescue team in the … Continue reading

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