WBEZ | memorial http://www.wbez.org/tags/memorial Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Charlie Trotter memorial service details announced http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/charlie-trotter-memorial-service-details-announced-109104 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP377000332056[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Late chef Charlie Trotter&#39;s memorial service will be held Monday, November 11th at 10 A.M. in the sanctuary of Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, located on North Michigan Avenue at Delaware Place, according to a family spokesperson. &nbsp;</p><p>The famed Chicago chef was pronounced dead Tuesday morning after collapsing in his Lincoln Park Home. An autopsy conducted by the Cook County Medical Examiner Wednesday came up inconclusive.</p><p>The Chicago Tribune reported that the examiner would conduct further tests whose results could take 6 to 8 weeks.</p><p>Wednesday night, WBEZ received a statement on Trotter&#39;s death from friend and fellow retired chef Ferran Adria whose El Bulli restaurant in Spain was voted the best in the world.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Charlie&#39;s death has left us immersed in an indescribable sadness. It is an immense loss for the world of gastronomy because both, his professional and human greatness. All our love and thoughts are with Rochelle, Dylan and all the family and friends and he will always be&nbsp;remembered as one of the Greats of the Cuisine.&quot;</p></blockquote></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/charlie-trotter-memorial-service-details-announced-109104 War and remembrance in downtown Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-08/war-and-remembrance-downtown-chicago-108371 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P5042601.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 466px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">I&#39;ve always liked the siting of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located west of Wabash Avenue on the Chicago River.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">You are down by the river, enjoying one of the most breathtaking skylines in the world, and right in the middle of it is a war memorial: a reminder that all of this comes at a painful sacrifice.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">I thought about this while walking through the memorial with my camera recently. Built in 2005 and designed by architecture firm Ross Barney Jankowski (now Ross Barney Architects) the memorial is a major component of the still-developing riverwalk system. It&#39;s a solemn, contemplative space with a reflection pool and a granite wall with the names of 2,900 Illinois service personnel who were killed or are missing in Vietnam.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">We are still healing from the wounds of that war &mdash; and the others. Nearly 40 years after the war&#39;s official end, people leave their own tributes to the fallen, as the photos above and below show:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P5042630.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 410px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P5042657.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 671px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The memorial cost $4.3 million.</div></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-08/war-and-remembrance-downtown-chicago-108371 My personal jihad: Defending Islam after 9/11 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-09-10/my-personal-jihad-defending-islam-after-911-91798 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/IMAG0745.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="299" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-09/American Flags.jpg" title="(Photo by Maham Khan)" width="500"></p><p><em>Editor’s Note: Maham Khan was a freshman at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine on September 11, 2001. As president of the Muslim Student Association on campus, she became part of an integral movement to educate Harper students and faculty about Islam.&nbsp; This year, to commemorate 9/11’s tenth anniversary, Harper College hosted a memorial program and invited back Maham Khan to speak about - and reflect on - the Muslim-American experience since.&nbsp; Here are her remarks:</em><br> <br> <br> Good Afternoon, Asalamo –Walaikum: Peace be unto you.<br> <br> When Harper asked me to speak a few months ago, my first thought was: do we really still need to talk about Islam on 9/11's anniversary? I thought, Americans get it; they know they can’t blame an entire religion for the actions of a few mad men. And yet, the answer to my question became clear when I chose a title for my speech. I had wanted to call it <em>10 Years and Counting: My Jihad against Ignorance</em>. But this title was met with concern by a few involved parties. They felt it was “insensitive,” so they changed it.&nbsp; I understood where they were coming from, but that's also when I realized we still have a lot to talk about – and a lot&nbsp; to understand about Islam and about jihad.<br> <br> Merriam-webster.com defines jihad:</p><p>1.&nbsp; A holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; also: a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline.&nbsp; 2.&nbsp; A crusade for a principle or belief<br> <br> Perhaps I should have used the word crusade instead.&nbsp; Might have been less, well, insensitive.<br> <br> But for the record, I wasn't trying to be insensitive or controversial - especially not today. I merely wanted to point out the full context of the word jihad. You see, for the last 10 years, I and millions of other Muslims have been fighting the actual jihad that Islam prescribes for the modern day we live in. It's the jihad of self-improvement through the actions I take to better my community.&nbsp; It’s a jihad against misconceptions and hatred and injustice. It's jihad against the adulteration of my beautiful faith. Every time I stand up here to reiterate that Islam does not condone murder, destruction or suicide--I am a jihadist. And I'm fighting with my heart, words and actions standing before you today. Just like Merriam-Webster says, it is my religious duty as a Muslim to defend my faith.&nbsp; And it’s my duty to defend it, most importantly, against the perpetrators who attacked my faith – indeed, every faith - and my country on 9/11/2001.</p><p>It’s a day none of us will ever forget.<br> <br> Strangely, I remember almost everything leading up to the towers crashing. The day was absolutely beautiful, sunny with clear skies. I wore a red shirt and black pants. I had a bagel and cream cheese while driving because I was running late for my 9:20 public speaking class, right here at Harper. I ran up the stairs of Building L thinking of an excuse, because I knew my teacher would ask why I was late before marking me down a letter grade. But when I reached my classroom, everyone was crammed into the corner around the TV, fixated on the images we all wish we could forget.&nbsp; Then the hallways filled with confusion and fear. Campus security officers worked their way through the hallways informing us that there was a bomb threat.&nbsp; Then in an eerie, silent chaos we all rushed to go home to our families.<br> <br> In the weeks following 9/11, once it became clear that the villains in this story had an identity defined solely by the same religion as mine, I knew my life was going to change-and not necessarily for the better.&nbsp; I had a feeling that now people, including myself, would want to know everything about Islam. I was right.<br> <br> My friends and I brought the Muslim Student Association on campus back to life (which had been in hibernation for some time). Every Thursday we held an hour-long meeting and open discussion.&nbsp; Almost every week, dozens of non-Muslims showed up. They wanted to know what was the meaning of all this? What role did Islam play?&nbsp;</p><p>As we clarified Islam’s stance, I realized how lucky we were to be in an environment that was conducive to learning and discussion.&nbsp; My time at Harper College was truly enlightening because I learned a lot about the nature of people in the wake of tragedy. I saw the power of compassion and cooperation rise above the destruction that happened on 9/11.</p><p>Even so, the last decade has been filled with incidents of “Islamaphobia,” city-wide Quran burnings, and misleading debates over the so-called&nbsp; Ground Zero Mosque. And when I hear and see these things, I think: they're winning. The bad guys are winning. Because this is exactly what they want to happen. They want Americans to be divided, fighting against each other and against their Muslim countrymen and women, so that they can undermine our ideals of freedom and equality for all.</p><p>I am also hurt and disappointed with the conditions of the world around us. It's disappointing that while Facebook and Twitter have reminded us that the world is really very small, a great disconnect between the East and the West still remains.&nbsp; It hurts to see legally proven innocent Muslims—fathers and sons-come out of Guantanamo Bay after being tortured for years. And it hurts even more when people continue to die in the name of Islam or jihad.&nbsp; Ten years after 9/11, it's safe to say it's not easy being Muslim anywhere in the world today.</p><p>But despite this I am optimistic about the future, because&nbsp; I have so much faith in the American people. I love this country - because this country gives me the freedom to be who I am: a proud Muslim American. This country fights for my freedoms. This country is fighting a constant jihad to better the lives of its people.<br> <br> Ten years from today, I hope and pray that on 9/11’s 20th anniversary, we will look back and be relieved, celebrating a world without fear of terror. We will look back and be proud of how far we have come—how truly united we stand.&nbsp;</p><p>I believe that is the best way to honor all the lives that were lost on September 11th.</p><p>Thank you.</p><p><em>Maham Khan is a Production Assistant for WBEZ's Front and Center.</em></p></p> Sat, 10 Sep 2011 08:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-09-10/my-personal-jihad-defending-islam-after-911-91798 Virtual memorial remembers lost Illinois residents http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/virtual-memorial-remembers-lost-illinois-residents <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//candelight vigil.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The Illinois chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has created a virtual memorial wall of those lost to suicide.</p><p>The state's chapter says the wall posted on its web site allows people to publically remember loved ones and to let other survivors know they aren't alone.</p><p>Each month is represented by a photo of a brick wall that can be clicked on to access a list of names, dates and descriptions.</p><p>To have a name included on the memorial wall, survivors can send the person's name, the date where the name should be listed and a donation in an amount of some significance to the donor.</p><p>The Illinois chapter's other programs include a community walk and a team in the Chicago marathon.</p><p>---</p><p>Online:</p><p>www.afsp.org/ilwall<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 17:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/virtual-memorial-remembers-lost-illinois-residents