Some may have missed it, but screen legend Olivia de Havilland celebrated her 101st birthday on July 1st. While we can recall the two-time Oscar winner's roles alongside Errol Flynn, or her turn in "Gone With The Wind," many are unaware of the seminal role she played in helping prevent a communist takeover of Hollywood in the years after World War II.
Celebrity graduation speeches are often surprisingly dull affairs that fade from memory shortly after they are delivered. That should not be the case with a speech Chief Justice John Roberts recently gave at his son's graduation ceremony. It isn't a gauzy, feel-good collection of bullet points. Instead, it is an essay on character and virtue.
June 6 is not a day for political infighting, or partisan gamesmanship. Rather, it is a day to remember when the armed forces of the Western democracies stormed the beaches, cliffs, and hillsides of Normandy in 1944.
This is the season of commencement speakers. They appear on college campuses around the country, accepting honorary degrees in exchange for offering words of advice and encouragement to graduates. Some may even say things that are a bit out there, or even slightly (very slightly) controversial. But as Prof.
The video nearby shows us a speech from President Reagan, delivered on Memorial Day 1986 at the Arlington National Cemetary. It's a powerful speech, recounting some of those, buried in the surrounding grounds, who answered the nation's call. Many of them are not famous, save to their families, and their comrades in arms. But they are heroes to all of us.