We’re here at Arlington National Cemetery with the ‘Old Guard,’ the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment and oldest active-duty regiment in the US Army. Each year before Memorial Day, as part of a ceremony known as ‘Flags In,’ members of the Old Guard place an American flag in front of each headstone at Arlington. Within four hours, more than 228,000 flags are placed at the headstones and thousands more at various memorials.
Lived: Jul 31, 1921 – Feb 25, 2005 (age 83)
Spouse: Susan Booth · Margaret Anderson
Founded: Amnesty International
Education: Eton College · University of Oxford · Balliol College
Parents: Flora Solomon (Mother)Highlights
- 1957: He was one of a group of British lawyers who founded JUSTICE in 1957, the UK-based human rights and law reform organisation.
- 1958: In 1958, he fell ill and moved to Italy to convalesce.
- 1961: To co-ordinate such letter-writing campaigns, Amnesty International was founded in London in July 1961 at a meeting of Benenson and six other men, who included a Conservative, a Liberal and a Labour MP.
- 1964: Initially appointed general secretary of AI, Benenson stood down in 1964 owing to ill health.
- 2001: Benenson refused all honours but in his 80s, largely to please his family, he accepted the Pride of Britain Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2001.
- 2005: He died of pneumonia on 25 February 2005 at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, aged 83, having been a resident of the nearby village of Nuneham Courtenay.
Amnesty International Sections, 2012
(1961) ‘The Forgotten Prisoners’ shines a light for human rights.
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