ThumbIn this article presaging the 2011 AASLH Annual Meeting theme of Commemoration: The Promise of Remembrance and New Beginnings, Ed Linenthal discusses the sensitivity of commemorations and anniversaries for horrific events in American history, events such as: the Oklahoma City bombing, September 11, the atomic bombings of Japan, the Holocaust, and the end of WWII.

And while these events certainly did not only affect Americans, the author emphasizes that historians and those who study and research these events should never stop revisioning exactly how and why it happened.

He says the revisioning is not abandoning the truth, but further uncovering it. He makes suggestions about ways to effectively remember and commemorate these events in such a way that is significant and comprehensive.