Wreaths Across America

Forget Not the Freedom Forgers

“Wreaths Across America” (Unsung: A Hardworking Series by Shell Rotella)
Published on Nov 4, 2016 – Shell Rotella [7,238+]

A boyhood visit to Arlington National Cemetery left a big impression on Morrill Worcester—one he never forgot. Decades later, in 1992, his company’s surplus of 5,000 wreaths and his desire to have them placed at Arlington kicked off an annual tribute that went on quietly for over ten years. With national interest in the project having grown so greatly, in 2007 a dedicated group of volunteers formed Wreaths Across America as a non-profit- Wreaths Across America – to continue and expand the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach. That vision that Morrill had so many years ago only came to manifest through the hard work and collaboration of all the parties who make it possible every year – from the truckers to the wreath makers to the volunteers in all the cemeteries across the United states and all over the world. [Read transcript – click on SHOW MORE]

Passing It On – Janet Reno

snip-janetreno-video-huffingtonpostJanet Wood Reno (b. 7/21/1938; d. 11/7/2016)
The first female and also the longest-serving attorney general of the 20th century.

Video posted by Huffington Post

Janet Reno, First Female U.S. Attorney General, Dies At 78

Article by Reporter Kim Bellware; editor Alana Horowitz Satlin
– Published on November 7, 2016

snip-janetrenobill-video-huffingtonpost Photo: snip from video -Janet with President Bill Clinton swearing in as U.S. Attorney General in 1993

Janet Reno, the first female attorney general of the United States, has died of complications from Parkinson’s disease, relatives told the AP and CNN.

She was 78.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Reno became attorney general under President Bill Clinton in 1993. She ran the Justice Department during some of the administration’s most prominent controversies, including the raid of a Waco, Texas, cult compound that left over 80 people dead and the decision to return 6-year-old Elián González to his father in Cuba. Reno was also caught in the crosshairs of many of Clinton’s personal legal troubles.

But Reno’s career wasn’t only defined by scandal. The longest-serving attorney general of the 20th century, she was a staunch advocate for women’s rights and pushed Congress to pass stronger laws protecting abortion seekers and providers.

“I think we should do everything we can under federal law to protect a woman’s right to choose from physical restraints that people would try to place on it,” Reno told CNN at the beginning of her DOJ tenure.

She also oversaw the capture and conviction of some of America’s most notorious criminals, including Ted “Unabomber” Kaczynski and Timothy McVeigh, the man behind the Oklahoma City bombing.
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Reno was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1995. Despite her illness, she ran for governor of Florida in 2002 as a Democrat, campaigning in a pickup truck years before former Republican Sen. Scott Brown ever did. Though she lost, the primary race was noted for being “kind of a lovefest.”
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“Outspoken, outrageous, absolutely indifferent to others’ opinions,” Paul Anderson wrote in his biography, Janet Reno: Doing The Right Thing. “Janet Reno was truly one of a kind.”
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