Next week, my friend Doug Phillips will host a historic event to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic. Titanic 100 International Centennial Event will be a time of celebration, a time of remembrance, a time of story telling and joy. It will be an opportunity for contemplation with the countdown to the sinking of the Titanic, for learning with a host of reenactors, for reliving history with the Titanic museum.
From the official event program: “Though more than 1,500 people died in this international tragedy, the Darwinian notion of the ‘survival of the fittest’ was rejected in favor of the age-old Christian doctrine that the ‘strong sacrifice for the weak.’ No event in modern history has done more to remind the world of this important bedrock of Western culture, as men and boys on board Titanic willingly gave their lives so women and children might live. Titanic 100 is being held to honor this legacy of sacrifice and will feature a wide range of exciting activities for the whole family, including a live play and musical performances at the Lawrence Welk Theatre, an Edwardian Ladies Tea, exclusive tours of the world’s largest Titanic attraction, a special film screening of A Night to Remember, a Gala Banquet and Celebration on board the Showboat Branson Belle, and the opportunity to engage with reenactors who will bring to life the passengers and crew who were on Titanic’s maiden voyage. May we always remember ‘women and children first.’”
Remembering the history of the Titanic is also upon the world stage. Commemorative events will be held in Europe and America, celebrating this story that occurred nearly a century ago.
Nine days from now, on April 15, 2012 (more…)
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