In Remembrance
July 18, 2020

The late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was known for his humble, calm demeanor, as well as his penchant for forgiveness. The civil rights leader famously met with and accepted an apology from a Ku Klux Klan member who beat him in 1961, and in 1998 he penned an op-ed in The New York Times saying that while he could not forget that former Alabama Gov. George Wallace championed segregationist policies, he "deserves to be remembered for his effort to redeem his soul" in the later years of his life.

That attitude seemed to carry over to Lewis' days in Congress, where he was revered by Democrats and Republicans alike and did not appear to let partisan disagreements seep over into personal discord. Indeed, there are stories of newly-elected GOP lawmakers who sought out Lewis' advice when they got to Washington, D.C. Lewis also shared a friendship with former Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), who retired from the upper chamber last year over health concerns.

Isakson invited Lewis to attend his final Senate floor speech, in which he called the Democratic congressman "one of my real heroes." A few days before that, the two men embraced each other on the House floor after Lewis gave a speech honoring Isakson.

Isakson issued a statement Saturday following Lewis' death on Friday, saying "his legacy and the lessons he leaves behind have touched us all." Tim O'Donnell

July 18, 2020

Following the death of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Friday, fellow activists took to social media late Friday and early Saturday to pay tribute to his life and memory.

Rev. Jesse Jackson, who in 1965 participated alongside Lewis in the famous protest march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol in Montgomery to demand voting rights protection for Black Americans, called the congressman "the gift that kept on the giving" and the "valedictorian" of the class of civil rights leaders who "broke out of the bubble of segregation in the 1960s."

Andrew Young, another early civil rights leader who previously represented the same Georgia district as Lewis in Congress and later served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and the mayor of Atlanta, lauded his friend's ability to always remain calm, grounded, and humble, even in heated situations. Young said Lewis didn't have a "trace of arrogance or hubris about him."

Rev. Al Sharpton called Lewis his role model and said "he changed the world without hate, rancor, arrogance," while Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of Martin Luther King Jr., said Lewis "was an American treasure" who "gave a voice to the voiceless." Tim O'Donnell

January 27, 2018

President Trump marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Saturday with a statement honoring survivors, mourning victims, and condemning perpetrators.

"We take this opportunity to recall the Nazis' systematic persecution and brutal murder of six million Jewish people," the statement says. "In their death camps and under their inhuman rule, the Nazis also enslaved and killed millions of Slavs, Roma, gays, people with disabilities, priests and religious leaders, and others who courageously opposed their brutal regime." Quoting himself, Trump pledged, "We will stamp out prejudice. We will condemn hatred. We will bear witness, and we will act."

Another White House article on the subject also included comments from the first lady, who said it is "through our shared humanity that we come together now in commemoration, strength, and love."

The president's statement's length and specificity contrast with last year's message from Trump, which came under fire for failing to mention Jews. At the time, White House representative Hope Hicks said the omission was intentional because the administration "took into account all of those who suffered" and is an "incredibly inclusive group." Bonnie Kristian

May 18, 2017

Fox News anchor Sean Hannity tweeted Thursday in remembrance of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, who died Thursday morning at the age of 77. In a series of tweets, Hannity remembered how Ailes forever transformed the world of media over his decades-long career, culminating in the launch of Fox News in 1996:

Ailes' wife confirmed her husband's death in a statement to Drudge Report on Thursday.

Ailes was ousted as Fox News CEO last summer amid allegations of sexual harassment. After former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a harassment lawsuit against Ailes, multiple other women came forward with similar allegations. Becca Stanek

December 14, 2016

Singer Robin Thicke is remembering his father Alan Thicke, who died Tuesday at age 69, as being "always a gentleman."

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he confirmed his dad suffered a heart attack earlier in the day while playing hockey; Alan Thicke was with one of his other sons, Carter, and had just complimented Carter on making a nice shot. Alan Thicke was "the greatest man I ever met," Robin Thicke added, and supported his decision to go into music. "The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure," he told the Times. "I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him." Catherine Garcia

September 27, 2016

President Obama is honoring the late Shimon Peres, the former president of Israel who died Tuesday at age 93, calling him a "Founding Father of the state of Israel and a statesman whose commitment to Israel's security and pursuit of peace was rooted in his own unshakeable moral foundation and unflagging optimism."

"There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves," Obama said in a statement. "My friend Shimon was one of those people." Obama recounted that he first met Peres in Jerusalem when he was a U.S. senator, and that he'd asked him for advice. "He told me that while people often say that the future belongs to the young, it's the present that really belongs to the young," Obama said. "'Leave the future to me,' he said. 'I have time.' And he was right." He described Peres as a "soldier for Israel, for the Jewish people, for justice, for peace, and for the belief that we can be true to our best selves."

In 2012, Obama presented Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, and said Americans are "in his debt because, having worked with every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy, no one did more over so many years as Shimon Peres to build the alliance between our two countries — an unbreakable alliance that today is closer and stronger than it has ever been." Peres never gave up on the "possibility of peace between Israelis, Palestinians, and Israel's neighbors," Obama said, adding he believes there is "no greater tribute to his life than to renew our commitment to the peace that we know is possible." While a "light has gone out," Obama said, "the hope he gave us will burn forever." Catherine Garcia

March 9, 2016

Not even Mr. T is tough all the time, and on Twitter, he shared a sweet remembrance of former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Reagan died Sunday at the age of 94, and Mr. T recalled his relationship with both Nancy and former President Ronald Reagan. In December 1983, Nancy Reagan invited him to the White House, and after their initial meeting, she asked him if he would help her with the "Just Say No" anti-drug program. "I gladly accepted with humility and honor," Mr. T wrote, adding that working with the "First Family on such a great cause" was the highlight of his career.

Reagan was "very special to me," he tweeted, before declaring that he's not a Republican or a Democrat, "just a Christian brother from the hood trying to do some good." He will "truly miss" Reagan, he wrote, and won't soon forget her as he continues "her work in trying to keep kids from the dangers of drugs." Catherine Garcia

September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015, marks the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that left nearly 3,000 dead and a nation roiled by fear and grief. On that clear, blue morning in 2001, two hijacked passenger planes crashed into New York City's World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon in Washington. A fourth was diverted and crash-landed in a field in Pennsylvania.

While the memory of that fear and grief lingers, The New York Times aptly points out that there is certainly some light in the darkness. "But there is joy, too," reporter David W. Dunlap writes. "New York City did not merely bounce back. It roared back, seemingly more vital than ever." The nation proved its resilience, and Americans united.

Here's how Americans across the country — and the world — remembered.

In California:

(Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

In Washington, D.C.:

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In New Jersey:

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(Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

In Afghanistan:

(Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

In Pennsylvania:

(Mark Makela/Reuters) Becca Stanek

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