Monthly Archives: April 2022

This Memorial Day, Honor and Remember Your Loved One.

An item from the Wreaths Across America organization.


Memorial Day is a holiday set aside to remember those who died in service to our Country. Breaking that down further, that service to the country and the sacrifice of their lives is what allows us as Americans to live in freedom.

While many Americans will take advantage of the warming weather to celebrate an unofficial start to summer, at Wreaths Across America, we will share in the unity that Military Appreciation month grants to continue to recognize our nation’s military and veterans. We will honor the sacrifices of so many heroes, say their names, share their stories and understand that though Memorial Day is about remembering those who died, the lessons we learn from them and pay forward are for our children.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

Remember – Honor – Teach

With gratitude,


Karen Worcester

Executive Director

Let Us Never Forget Our Solemn Pledge

It’s often said that for those who have served “every day is Memorial Day,” a traditionally silent observance in the Veteran’s mind that can best be described as an impossible trinity made up of an overwhelming sense of guilt, grief, and grit.


Usually, a moment of silence on this day is a welcomed and solemn way to honor the voices from our past, but for myself, after losing three former soldiers to suicide in the past few months, silence is no longer an option and the freedom to use our voice is the greatest gift that our veterans have to offer this Memorial Day.

Read Wreaths Across America’s full Memorial Day message written by Joseph Reagan, Director of Military and Veterans Outreach, by clicking on the button below.

Ways you Can Honor and Remember a Loved One Who Served 

Give the Gift of Remembrance.

With every $15 veteran’s wreath sponsorship, you have the opportunity to dedicate it “In Memory Of” a loved one who served. In addition to placing the wreaths each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, Wreaths Across America hosts a virtual “Remember Wall” for each participating location. You can post photos, memories and personal messages on these pages as a year-round display of remembrance for your loved ones.

Dedicate a Living Memorial Through the Remembrance Tree Program.

Wreaths Across America established the Veteran’s Remembrance Tree Program as another way to remember and honor our veterans. In Columbia Falls, Maine, where the balsam tips are harvested each year to be made into the wreaths that are placed on veteran’s graves, families can participate in the Remembrance Tree Program by finding a tree that will become a living memorial to their loved one and placing a customized dog tag on the trunk of the evergreen tree. These trees are kept in production and their balsam tips are harvested every three years and made into veterans’ wreaths that are placed each December. Participation in this program is FREE and open to all families who have had a loved one in the military.

TEACH the Next Generation the Value of Freedom


ICYMI: Earlier this month we announced the launch of our expanded TEACH program and collaboration with like-minded organizations that focuses on character development and service programs for youth of all ages, with lesson plans for all grade levels and learning abilities – including Memorial Day projects! To learn more and download the curriculum, please click the button.

Wreaths Across America Radio

Coming up on April 30, it’s a Gold-Star Saturday on Wreaths Across America Radio! Tune in to hear Jeff Pierce and Director of Military and Veteran Outreach Joe Reagan broadcast from the New York State Gold Star Mothers Convention. Our coverage begins at 8 am on Saturday, as we take the show on the road to the New York State Gold Star Mother Convention exclusively on Wreaths Across America Radio.

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Make sure to follow Wreaths Across America official channels on social media for the most up-to-the-minute news on the mission throughout the year:


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Neil Dukas – New Book Release May 1st – Sometime in Africa

Note this new book from one of our own members.


NEW from Neil Bernard Dukas

the author of “A Military History of Sovereign Hawai’i” and “The Battle of Nu’uanu, 1795”

Sometime in Africa



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Mariupol steelworks siege echoes 1942 fighting at Stalingrad tractor plant

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Legion Magazine
Front Lines
Mariupol steelworks siege echoes 1942 fighting at Stalingrad tractor plant

Photo credit:Mariupol City Council- Reuters

Mariupol steelworks siege echoes 1942 fighting at Stalingrad tractor plant


A desperate band of Ukrainian fighters and more than 1,000 terrified civilians have been holed up beneath a sprawling factory complex for more than seven weeks—the last defenders of the besieged city of Mariupol.

Facing an unrelenting barrage of bunker-busting bombs from the air and missile strikes from the sea, the holdouts were surrounded by Russian troops and in dire need of food, ammunition and medical supplies.



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Military Milestones
The last of the Allied convoys to the Soviet Union

Photo credit:

The last of the Allied convoys to the Soviet Union


In the summer of 1941, Nazi Germany launched an invasion on the Soviet Union, despite a non-aggression pact signed by the two countries in 1939.

The Soviets were unprepared when some 3.5 million German troops attacked along a front stretching nearly 3,000 kilometres. The USSR turned to the Allies for help.




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Thursday: A Canadian teacher fights American nativism; One week to immigration conference!

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In This Issue:
Program News & Events
  • 2022 Thomas G. Barnes Lecture: “‘Practically American’: What a Canadian Schoolteacher’s Fight Against California’s Anti-Alien Laws Reveals About the Boundaries of American Identity”
  • 2022 conference: “Implementing Migration Policy: Excavating the Administrative and Bureaucratic Processes Behind Migrant Admissions and Deportation”
External Events
  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Displacement
  • Canadian authors at the Bay Area Book Festival
“Practically American”: What a Canadian Schoolteacher’s Fight Against California’s Anti-Alien Laws Reveals About the Boundaries of American Identity
Thursday, April 28 | 12:30 pm PT | 223 Moses | RSVP here
Former Hildebrand Fellow Brendan Shanahan explores the case of Katharine Short, a Canadian immigrant to California who challenged early 20th-century anti-immigrant laws. In 1915, Short found her job as a California schoolteacher at risk when the state began enforcing a law barring non-citizens from public employment. She responded with a vigorous legal, public relations, political, and diplomatic campaign to save her job and those of other non-citizen schoolteachers in the state. Shanahan will discuss what the case shows about the disparate impact of the state’s anti-alien hiring laws, comparing the experiences of favorably portrayed immigrants (like white, middle-class Canadians) vs. less favored non-citizens (such as Mexican blue-collar laborers).
Brendan Shanahan is a socio-legal historian focusing on (North) American immigration and citizenship policy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from UC Berkeley, received a Hildebrand Fellowship for work in Canadian Studies, and won the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. He is currently a postdoctoral associate at the MacMillan Center and visiting lecturer in the Department of History at Yale.
2022 Conference: Implementing Migration Policy: Excavating the Administrative and Bureaucratic Processes Behind Migrant Admissions and Deportation
May 2-3 | 1:00-5:00 pm PT | IGS Library, Moses Hall | Learn more and RSVP here
The question of how to effectively manage international migration is one of the most difficult tasks facing governments in today’s globalized world. While much attention is paid to the ways politicians and activist groups influence immigration policy, commentators have often ignored the importance of administrative actors, such as bureaucrats, tasked with implementing these decisions. Often hidden from public view, these individuals operate behind the scenes to transform formal policy into on-the-ground practices which impact migrant populations in a variety of ways.
This conference will bring together acclaimed senior and emerging scholars to evaluate different immigration policies in a global context. Participants will discuss how bureaucratic agencies and civil society organizations influence immigration policy and resettlement in developed countries in North America, Europe, and East Asia. Comparisons will be drawn between countries with relatively liberal immigration policies, such as Canada, with those that maintain more restrictive regimes. The conference will be organized into the following sessions:
May 2:
May 3:
The panel discussion portions of this event will be livestreamed. For in-person attendees, a public reception will also be held on the evening of May 2. To view the full list of speakers and RSVP, please visit our conference page.
Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Displacement
Monday, April 25 | 5:00 pm PT | Zellerbach Hall | RSVP here
Canadian Studies faculty affiliate Daniel Aldana Cohen joins other faculty members in Berkeley’s new cluster in climate equity and environmental justice for a special panel of the global impacts of climate change. The World Bank estimates that by 2050, 216 million people from the developing world will be forced to leave their homes due to climate-induced disasters and social unrest caused by scarcity. This conversation, moderated by University of Toronto professor Karen Chapple, will discuss the adaptation challenges facing both the sending and receiving regions from the perspectives of sociology, city planning, geography, engineering, and urban policy.
This event will be livestreamed and recorded for later viewing; learn more here.
Canadian Authors at the Bay Area Book Festival
May 7 | Berkeley | View full schedule here
The Bay Area Book Festival is one of the world’s premier celebrations of writers, readers, and the written word. Now back in person after two years online, the festival line-up includes two exciting literary voices from Canada thanks to the generous support of the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco.
“We Read in Order to Come to Life”: Grief, Joy, and the Magic of Literary Form
2:00 pm | Buy tickets here
In this panel, Pik-Shuen Fung will discuss her acclaimed debut novel Ghost Forest, which explores the narrator’s grief for her “astronaut” father, one of many such fathers who remained in Hong Kong while the rest of the family emigrates to Canada.
What’s New in Native American Literature for Kids
2:45 pm | More information
Cree children’s author David A. Robertson (On the Trapline, The Great Bear), two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, will participate in a panel on exciting new trends in Native American literature for young people.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720