Entries in Memorial Service (9)


Memorial Held for Slain Wisconsin Police Officer

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- Police officers and others across southeast Wisconsin are paying their respects this Saturday to Officer Jennifer Sebena.

The 30-year-old was found dead of multiple gunshots earlier this week as she patrolled the streets of Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee.

Sebena's husband has been charged with her death.

Associate Pastor Steve Sonderman eulogized Sebena as one whose life dream was to become a police officer and said, “Her life was about protection, service, sacrifice and investing in others.”

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Connecticut School Shooting: Tears, Resilience at Memorial Service

Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(NEWTOWN, Conn.) -- Mourners packed the Newtown High School auditorium in Newtown, Conn., on Sunday with a sense of resilience and a vow to never forget the 20 first graders and six adults whose lives were lost in a shooting last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"We needed this.  We needed to be together, here in this room, in the gymnasium, outside the doors of this school, in living rooms around the world," said Rev. Matt Crebbin, senior minister of the Newtown Congregational Church.  "These darkest days of our community shall not be the final word heard from us."

Twenty-six candles rested on stage in front of the presidential podium, a reminder of each of the lives lost.

President Obama, who met with the victims' families privately before the memorial service, tried to console the crowd, speaking as both the president and a parent.

"I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation," the president said.  "I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts.  I can only hope it helps to know you are not alone ... and that all across this land we have wept with you."

Obama also met with first responders before the memorial service to offer his gratitude for their service.

The evening interfaith service came after a rollercoaster day.  Parishioners attending midday mass at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church received a shock when they were told to evacuate after a church official became aware of a credible threat.

About 1,000 people were gathered inside the church at the time observing one of four memorial services being held there.

Witnesses said police entered the church and told parishioners that a threat had been made against the church and the surrounding area and that everyone had to leave immediately.

More than a dozen state troopers armed with assault rifles entered the church's education center next to the church, but after a short time it was determined that threat was over.

Brian Wallace, director of communications for the Diocese of Bridgeport, said that after the massacre on Friday, he felt the evacuation was a vital precaution to take.

"I don't think any of us could be surprised about anything after what has happened," Wallace said.

Plans for three of the 26 funerals were also announced on Sunday.

Noah Pozner, the first grader whose twin sister survived the massacre, and 6-year-old Jack Pinto, will be laid to rest in separate ceremonies Monday afternoon.

The funeral for Jessica Rekos, 6, will be held on Tuesday at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church.


While the families grieve, federal and state authorities are working around the clock to answer the question on so many minds: "Why?"

ABC News has learned that investigators have seized computers belonging to Adam Lanza from the home he shared with his mother Nancy, the same place he killed her before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he fatally shot students in two first-grade classes along with teachers and staff.

Authorities are forensically investigating those computers and are also examining devices owned by Ryan Lanza, the gunman's older brother, to see if they can learn anything more about Adam and what caused him to snap.

The magnitude of Adam's arsenal was confirmed on Sunday by Connecticut State Police, who said the 20-year-old had hundreds of rounds and used multiple high capacity magazines when he went on the rampage at the elementary school.

After shooting at victims in two classrooms and a hallway with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle, Adam put a bullet into his own head with a handgun.

"The weapon that was utilized most of the time during this horrific crime was identified as a Bushmaster AR-15 assault weapon," Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said.  "The trajectory of the shots and all of the ammunition used in the horrible crime will be examined."

Vance said three weapons were found at the scene, while a fourth -- a shotgun -- was recovered from Adam's vehicle.

ABC News has learned that both the shooter and his mother spent time at an area gun range, however it was not yet known whether they had shot there.

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Neil Armstrong Memorial: First Man on Moon Eulogized Friday

NASA/Newsmakers(CINCINNATI, Ohio) -- Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 astronaut who died last weekend, was remembered Friday as a space pioneer, a reluctant hero and a man who bore with dignity the burden of being a national icon.

A private memorial service, in suburban Cincinnati not far from Armstrong's last home, was attended by family, longtime friends and fellow astronauts. Some of them spoke publicly or released statements before or after the service. Sen. Rob Portman, the Ohio Republican who counted Armstrong as a friend, delivered the eulogy, said NASA.

"He was a groundbreaking Naval aviator and the world's most famous astronaut," said Portman in a statement after Armstrong died, "but it was his humble and gracious response to the torrent of attention that followed his accomplishments that may have set him apart most."

President Obama ordered that flags be flown at half-staff today, and a spokeswoman for Armstrong's family said there would be a public memorial in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12.

Two of Armstrong's fellow Apollo astronauts, James Lovell and Eugene Cernan, spoke at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Friday morning, where a research fund was to be set up in Armstrong's memory. The Armstrong family also urged people to donate to scholarship funds organized by the Telluride Foundation and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Charles Bolden, a former astronaut who is now administrator of NASA, was in Cincinnati for the memorial and issued a statement. "A grateful nation offers praise," he said, "and salutes a humble servant who answered the call and dared to dream."

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Mary Richardson Kennedy's Body at Center of Family Dispute

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- A dispute is brewing between Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and the family of his estranged wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, over where she will be memorialized and laid to rest.

Mary Kennedy's body was found on Wednesday in an outbuilding on the couple's property in Bedford, N.Y.  She died of asphyxiation by hanging, New York's Westchester County Medical Examiner's office announced Thursday.

The Kennedys were planning to hold a wake for Mary Kennedy on Friday at the family's mansion in Bedford, with funeral services to follow Saturday morning at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Bedford.

Her family, however, wants a private memorial service in Manhattan.

There are also reports that the Kennedys want Mary Kennedy to be buried in Hyannisport, Mass., where the Kennedy family has long resided.

The medical examiner has refused to release Mary Kennedy's body until the dispute is resolved.

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Large Memorial Service Planned for Joe Paterno

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- More than 10,000 people will gather at Penn State's basketball arena Thursday afternoon to remember the university's head football coach Joe Paterno, who died last Sunday at the age of 85 from lung cancer complications.

Tickets for “A Memorial For Joe” went on sale Tuesday and sold out in less than 10 minutes.

Thursday's memorial follows two days of grieving for the winningest coach in Division 1 football, who was fired last November because of child abuse allegations against his former defensive coordinator.  Public viewings were held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, before "Joe Pa" -- as Paterno is affectionately known -- was buried Wednesday afternoon.

 “A Memorial For Joe” will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center at 2 p.m. The event will also be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and

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Full House Expected at Memorial Service for Joe Paterno

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- The list is long of those who wish to pay their final respects to former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, who died last Sunday at age 85.

Over 10,000 tickets to Thursday's memorial service at Penn State's basketball arena were distributed in no more than seven minutes on Tuesday.

Penn State's athletic department made the tickets available on its website with just two tickets allowed per user.

Some ticket holders tried to profit off of the memory of Paterno, who was fired last November because of child abuse allegations against his former defensive coordinator, by hawking the tickets on eBay.  The auction website quickly pulled down the postings because it does not allow users to sell free merchandise for a profit.

Meanwhile, thousands of mourners turned up Tuesday to view Paterno's coffin at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, a religious sanctuary that Paterno's family helped build and worshipped in every Sunday.

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Private Memorial Service for Steve Jobs Slated for Sunday

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- A private memorial service for Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs will be held Sunday night at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has invited some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley as well as those close to Jobs, according to a copy of the invitation and several invitees.

Apple is planning to host an event for Apple employees to celebrate the life of Jobs, who died Oct. 5 after battling pancreatic cancer, at its company headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Oct. 19.

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Private Service to Be Held in California for Betty Ford

Ron Galella Archive/Getty Images(PALM DESERT, Calif.) -- Former first lady Betty Ford, who passed away last Friday from natural causes at the age of 93, will be remembered on Tuesday in a private service in California.

First lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, and former first ladies Rosalynn Carter and Nancy Reagan are all expected to be on hand to pay tribute to Ford, who is best remembered for her White House stay and for making her struggles with breast cancer and substance abuse public.

The service will be held at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert at 2 p.m.  Rosalynn Carter and journalist Cokie Roberts will be among the people who will deliver Ford's eulogies.

On Wednesday, Ford's casket will be flown to Grand Rapids, Michigan where a public memorial and funeral service are scheduled to be held on Thursday.  After Thursday's funeral, she will be laid to rest alongside her husband on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford presidential museum.

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Vigil Held for South Carolina Boy Killed in Amusement Park Crash

ABC News(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) -- A candlelight vigil was held in South Carolina Tuesday night to remember Benjamin Easler, the six-year-old boy who was killed in an accident at an amusement park a few days before.

Hundreds attended the memorial service in Spartanburg, including Rodney Morrison, one of the 18 people injured in the crash.

"I was only on the floor for like a minute or something," said Morrison, describing the accident.  "And I stood up and looked around and I saw people all over the place on the floor and stuff.  It was crazy."

On Saturday, Easler, Morrison and 26 other passengers -- ranging in age from three to 54 -- were aboard a children's train ride at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg when the train derailed and crashed.  Matt Conrad, the driver of the "Sparky" ride, later told police he had been driving too fast at the time of the accident.

Easler, who was visiting the amusement park with a group from Corinth Baptist Church, where his father is a pastor, was the only person killed.

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