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Beyond 9/11: President Bush’s new initiative to help the vets he sent to war | Power Players. On the Radar Nearly 13 years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, that terrible day continues to shape the work of President George W. Bush. The former president sat down exclusively with “On the Radar” to discuss his new Military Service Initiative to help post-9/11 veterans integrate back into the workplace. And he grew emotional remembering the attacks and the nation’s response. “I don't think about the day as much as I used to,” Bush said. Bush said he takes inspiration today from the resilience of hundreds of veterans he’s met over the years who’ve overcome post-war trauma and injuries to lead productive lives.

“I said to Gade, ‘I'm sorry you got your leg blown off,'” Bush recalled. Bush was joined by Marine Corps veteran Jacob Wood, who is collaborating with the former president on his Military Service Initiative. Bush also said that he wants to remove the “D” from PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, to help de-stigmatize the illness. Alice Herz-Sommer Dead: World's Oldest-Known Holocaust Survivor Dies At 110. LONDON (AP) — Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest-known survivor of the Holocaust, died Sunday morning in London at age 110, a family member said.

Herz-Sommer's devotion to the piano and to her son sustained her through two years in a Nazi prison camp, and a film about her has been nominated for best short documentary at next week's Academy Awards. She died in a hospital Sunday morning after being admitted Friday, daughter-in-law Genevieve Sommer said. "We all came to believe that she would just never die," said Frederic Bohbot, producer of the documentary "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.

" ''There was no question in my mind, 'would she ever see the Oscars.'" An accomplished pianist, Herz-Sommer, her husband and her son were sent from Prague in 1943 to a concentration camp in the Czech city of Terezin — Theresienstadt in German — where inmates were allowed to stage concerts in which she frequently starred. "When we can play it cannot be so terrible.

" WW2 Medal of Honor recipient Walter Ehlers dies. LOS ANGELES (AP) — During the historic D-Day invasion of World War II, Walter D. Ehlers accomplished some of the most awe-inspiring acts of bravery imaginable, earning a Medal of Honor for knocking out two German machine-gun nests and saving countless Allied soldiers' lives. The 23-year-old staff sergeant charged through enemy gunfire to kill seven enemy soldiers, chase away several others, put a halt to mortar fire and carry a wounded comrade to safety, even after he been shot in the back.

Yet for years, Ehlers rarely talked about those accomplishments; not until word got around that it was his Medal of Honor heroics that were getting him invited to every presidential inauguration since Dwight D. Eisenhower's. Ehlers died Thursday at a Long Beach hospital of kidney failure, his wife, Dorothy, told The Associated Press on Monday. "He would always tell you his brother, who was killed on D-Day, was his hero," she said. View gallery Politics & GovernmentWalter D. Normandy landings - Google Cultural Institute. Hispanic Heritage Resources for Teachers. National Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources. Six Hispanic Literary Giants. Poetry of the Seventeeth Century Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra (1547–1616) Born in Alcalá de Henares, Spain in 1547, Cervantes is best known as the author of one of the most important novels ever written, El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha.

This masterpiece has been translated into other languages more than any other Spanish text. An article from Humanities Magazine, “One Master, Many Cervantes” explores this celebrated work. Cervantes was also an outstanding poet of the Spanish Golden Age. — Back to Top — Luis de Góngora y Argote (1561–1627) Born in the city of Córdoba in southern Spain and one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Golden Age (El siglo de oro español), Góngora was an inspiration to another outstanding poet of this period, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz from New Spain (Mexico).

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648(?) Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, born 1648(?) Poets and Nobel Laureates of the Twentieth Century Gabriela Mistral (1889–1957) Pablo Neruda (1904–1973) Famous Women In History. Information, Timeline, List, Resources and Articles About Famous Women In History Page Links:Introduction to women’s history List of famous women from history Featured article: Heroines of Women’s History Women’s history resources Women’s history suggested reading Articles featuring famous women in history Introduction To Women’s History: Beyond Famous Names Women’s History is more than the sum of its outstanding players: Rosa Parks, Susan B.

Anthony, Sacagawea, Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, et al. These women enjoy a firm place in society’s collective consciousness. But like other subsets of history, Women’s History is more than just a loose collection of headlines about the intermittent monarch, the suffrage movement, the occasional outstanding writer, the trailblazing aviatrix, the pious religious figure, the angry form of feminism that led women to set their underthings ablaze. Their stories are full of adventure, romance, loss, and triumph. Womens History Month Susan B. Aphra Behn. JFK assassination: When a nation coming of age lost its youth. The flag-draped casket of President John F. Kennedy lies in state on November 23, 1963, in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C.

Abbie Rowe/White House Photographs, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (CBS News) The images of that long weekend of shock and mourning made a lasting impression on countless young people just coming of age . . . our contributor Bill Flanagan among them: Those of us who were children when President Kennedy died absorbed the assassination through the effect it had on the grown-ups around us. The shock in the faces of the teachers as they whispered to each other before dismissing school . . . the grief we encountered in adults we met on the way home . . . and most of all, the pained reactions of our parents.

Looking back across 50 years, it seems to me that November 22, 1963, marked the moment when the World War II generation stopped thinking of themselves as young. When those veterans came home they were in a hurry.