Holidays

Prosser to celebrate Juneteenth with "History Hour"

PROSSER, Wash. — Experts and storytellers will come together for a Juneteenth celebration to educate people on the history of Washington state's most recently recognized holiday. According to a press release issued by Prosser Social Justice, visitors will gather at…

Biden honors war dead at Arlington, implores nation to heal

President Joe Biden has honored America's war dead at Arlington National Cemetery. In sober Memorial Day remarks, the president extolled the sacrifices of the fallen for the pursuit of democracy, which he called “the soul of America.” Biden invoked the iconic battles of history and joined them to the present as he implored Americans to rise above the divisions straining the union. He described those divisions in stark terms — as a perennial battle between “our worst instincts” and “our better angels." Biden laid a wreath at the hallowed burial ground, cupping it in his hands in silent reflection as cicadas chattered loudly.

Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary online amid pandemic

Holocaust survivors are commemorating their lost loved ones as the world marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The coronavirus pandemic means that International Holocaust Remembrance Day events have moved online for the first time, but what remained unchanged was the drive of survivors to deliver the message of “Never again.” Auschwitz is the most notorious of the German Nazi death camps operated by Adolf Hitler's regime to carry out the planned destruction of Jews and the mass murder of many others, including Roma and Poles. In Austria and Slovakia, hundreds of survivors were offered a vaccine against the coronavirus on Wednesday in a gesture both symbolic and truly lifesaving.

Biden, Harris take break from inaugural prep to mark MLK day

Two days from the inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are pitching in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects. Their work comes as a militarized and jittery Washington prepares for a swearing-in that will play out under extraordinary security. Biden and his wife, Jill, joined an assembly line in a Philadelphia parking lot, filling food boxes for people in need. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also took part in a service event in Washington. Some 25,000 National Guard troops were being dispatched across the city to bolster security. Monuments — including the King memorial — are closed to the public until after Wednesday’s inaugural events.

Tri-Cities organizations celebrate MLK Day by aiding homeless

RICHLAND, Wash. — Three Tri-Cities community organizations are partnering to assist the local homeless population on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. HAPO Community Credit Union is collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations to contribute through January 11, 2021. They're…