Grief Tourism

Travel to areas affected by natural disasters, places where people were murdered, etc.

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Gettysburg National Military Park – Preservation of Sacred Ground

3rd June 2012

The Gettysburg battlefields had little significance as a tourist attraction, visited primarily by relatives of the Union soldiers, until Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in November 1863 and the dedication of the National Soldiers Cemetery honoring the Union. It took seven more years to bring the Confederate soldiers killed on the battlefield to the Cemetery. Tourists began […]

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Disaster at Sea – Wilhelm Gustloff

5th September 2008

Through the years, countless ships have been lost at sea, the Titanic being the most familiar and much later the Andrea Doria.  Yet, there were other lesser known, but even greater disasters that history would like to forget – the Wilhelm Gustloff is one. The ill-fated ship had the dubious honor of being named after […]

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Gettysburg – The Sacred Ground

15th July 2006

Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania, the scene of the largest conflict ever fought in the Western Hemisphere, is considered by many to be the final turning point of the Civil War.  For three days, the brave armies of the North and South fought against each other, each equally strong in their beliefs, and each reluctant to […]

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Hiroshima: Tourist Destination & Plea for Peace

19th June 2006

It was a cruel event that made Hiroshima the tourist attraction that it is today. The United States War Department, in accordance with the Manhattan Project, issued the final order for the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on July 25th, 1945.  On August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., the first atomic bomb in the world, flown […]

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U.S.S. Arizona Memorial – Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

30th May 2006

The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial is dedicated to the 1,177 lives that were lost in the early morning hours on December 7, 194l, when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.  The replica of the Arizona reflects the initial, unforgettable defeat, the sad decline of the war, and the rising strength and final victory […]

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