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Historical Coincidences

May 1, 2011

May 1, 2003 — President Bush announced “Mission Accomplished”

May 1, 2011 — President Obama announced Osama Bin Laden dead

May 1, 1945 — Adolph Hitler announced dead


Whether this is a coincidence or divine intervention, May Day will always be a historic date in my mind. A day that justice is served and that freedom can ring.

I will never forget this evening — sitting in my family room listening to President Obama announce that America’s No. 1 enemy, Osama Bin Laden, is dead. The President gave one of the most eloquent and moving speeches I’ve heard (a speech he penned himself). Tears ran down my face as I heard his voice and thought about the terror and heartache of September 11, 2001, and now the relief and moving forward.

While the immediate future is uncertain – and certainly frightening – I am proud to be part of “one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

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  1. May 1, 2011 10:38 pm

    Thanks for the reminder, and thanks for the optimism.

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  4. May 2, 2011 7:09 am

    Thank you, Leah, I debated about writing about this historic event (I didn’t)–and I’m so glad you did! So important to all of us.

  5. May 2, 2011 7:30 am

    Ditto, Leah!

  6. May 2, 2011 8:17 am

    Thanks for the fascinating facts about May 1st. What an important date! Let’s hope with him gone this was will at last be over. My nephew is in Afganistan.

  7. May 2, 2011 9:10 am

    I was actually reminded of Hitler this morning when I heard about Osama’s death. What a strange coincidence, indeed. Thanks for sharing this, Leah; I must now go share it with my husband!

  8. May 2, 2011 9:16 am

    Thanks for making the connections, Leah! And then there’s mayday! mayday! Whew! What a day! As for me, I think I’ll stick with a basket of posies on my neighbors doorsteps! Do kids still do May baskets up there?

  9. May 2, 2011 12:41 pm

    This is a day of celebration for our country,however my heart hurts that we are celebrating the death of a man who never knew Jesus. How sad for him.

  10. May 2, 2011 2:14 pm

    A day to remember in more ways than I remembered. Thanks for this Leah!

  11. May 2, 2011 7:15 pm

    You are so right about the future being uncertain. But I believe the right thing was done, and we had no choice but to do what we did. We’ll just have to keep “moving forward,” no matter what.

    Interesting facts about this day I didn’t know! Thanks.

    • Leah permalink*
      May 4, 2011 10:29 pm

      I agree, and I think “moving forward” is key. Thanks for commenting.

  12. May 2, 2011 10:41 pm

    Isn’t it funny how some days just “mean” more than others? May 1st will always be that way.

    • Leah permalink*
      May 4, 2011 10:29 pm

      Agreed. And thanks for commenting.

  13. May 3, 2011 6:36 am

    I hadn’t realized the significance of May 1st. That’s interesting.

    Last night I finished reading, “Those Who Save Us,” by Jenna Blum. The book is set in Nazi Germany so Hitler and his horror have been on my mind as I read the headlines about bin Laden.

    While I can’t celebrate the death of a human being, I am truly relieved there is one less evil person on the earth.

    Thanks for a great post, Shari

    • May 3, 2011 6:53 am

      Sorry about that, Leah! Apparently I thought I was over at Shari’s place. Now that I think about it, you guys do sort of look alike. 🙂

    • Leah permalink*
      May 3, 2011 8:57 am

      I read “Those Who Save Us” and really enjoyed it too. It was haunting, but a wonderful story. I try not to look at Bin Laden’s death as a celebration. But more of closure and a historic moment.

  14. May 3, 2011 10:39 am

    Wow, I had no idea those all happened on May day. Fascinating. G-d willing, May Day will always be a day of good news for the world.

    • Leah permalink*
      May 4, 2011 10:30 pm

      Someone else pointed out to me that May 1 was Yom Hashoa this year. Lots of historical connections!

  15. May 4, 2011 10:41 am

    Saying hi from SITs! And it was Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. So fitting as another mass murderer was killed. Yes, it was a very memorable end of the weekend indeed!

    • Leah permalink*
      May 4, 2011 10:38 pm

      That is right! Thank you for the reminder about Yom Hashoah. Very fitting indeed.

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