News this Memorial Day
"Powerful story: Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch never forgot," tweets Washington Post's J duLac, referencing Ian Shapira's Memorial Day piece on the Margraten practice of placing bouquets on the 8,300 headstones of Americans the Netherlands have adopted as their own ( at 24,000 shares and counting). "Going to send out this story by @ianshapira all day on Dutch families tending to American graves. Needs to be seen," announces Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch. "Damn, this story," reacts C.J. Ciaramella of the Washington Free Beacon and VICE. It's a tear-jerker, but a timely one.
As we spend this American holiday reflecting on those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, NPR's Elizabeth Blair admits that while it's impolite to stare, these portraits of wounded veterans are meant to be stared at. Colleague Renée Montagne urges, "It's hard to look, but look. David Jay's photos of war wounded. Images they want you to see." Meanwhile, one of the Iraq War's greatest critics, Jon Stewart, has quietly been running a program that helps vets enter TV.
This weekend we also lost several greats: the famed "A Beautiful Mind" mathematician John Nash, who was killed along with his wife in a taxi crash. "The tragic deaths of John & Alicia Nash prove how driving home from the airport is more dangerous than any flight," realizes Fast Company's Greg Lindsay. Hollywood is also mourning Anne Meara--Jerry Stiller's longtime comedy partner, Ben Stiller's mother, but most importantly, a gifted actress and one-half of one of the best male-female comedy teams of all time. "Much better headline than 'Ben Stiller's Moms Dies' She was more," reflects Eugene Kane with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.