Blogs tagged "Memorial Day"

Visiting the Seaman’s Bethel

Tower of Seaman's Bethel, New Bedford
In the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park lies an area of streets paved with sett stones—a brick-shaped version of cobblestones dating back to the 1800s.Read More »
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Memorial Day: Commemoration, Rediscovery, and Reconsideration

Photo of poppy field
On the last Monday in May the nation celebrates Memorial Day. It is, of course, a day off from school and work and the unofficial beginning of the summer. There are cookouts, picnics, and always a televised concert on the National Mall.Much more important, it is an occasion to pay tribute to those men and women who have died in defense of the homeland. There is a rich literature of speeches, stories, poems, and essays about these sacrifices. Read More »
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A Visit to The Whaleman’s Chapel from “Moby-Dick”

Interior of the Seamen's Bethel
What could be more full of meaning?—for the pulpit is ever this earth’s foremost part: all the rest comes in its rear; the pulpit leads the world …—Moby-DickRead More »
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