Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To breaking ground on the Gold Star Families Monument in Parkersburg’s City Park this week. “As time and future comes and goes, many will view this memorial and somehow know their freedoms and the freedoms of others were preserved by those we honor here today,” said Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last living U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. “They and their sacrifices must not be forgotten.”

UP: To Virginia resident Eli Barkley, who was on a fishing trip on the Williams River in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest with his father when the pair saw a bear cub struggling in the river. The cub had been abandoned by its mother, and was exhausted from being on its own. As it attempted to flee forest rangers and the bear caretaker for Point of View Farm wildlife sanctuary and rescue, it jumped into the river, and came into view of the Barkleys just as its head was dipping below the water line. Eli said he acted on instinct when he jumped in, too, reached the cub and was able to pull it out alive. The cub is now in the care of Point of View Farm and has been named William, after the river.

UP: To news that more than $1 billion in donations is pouring in to help rebuild damaged portions of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. But, also to that tragedy serving as inspiration for those who have sent nearly $2 million to repair burned churches in Louisiana. “It gives you a new hope in society,” one pastor said. “It gives you a new hope in people because it shows a lot of people have a good heart.”