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Thanksgiving Day in the United States has a long history, starting with the familiar story of the three days of food and feasting by the Pilgrims and  Indians  in the autumn of 1621, following the first harvest at Plymouth colony. During the 1700s, individual colonies observed their own days of thanksgiving throughout each year. On […]

Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation was the first written Constitution of the United States. Stemming from War time urgency, its progress was slowed by fears of central authority and extensive land claims by states before it was ratified on March 1, 1781. Under these articles, the states remained sovereign and independent, with Congress serving as the […]

Veterans Day

Veterans Day, November 11, is the day set aside to honor all American veterans, living and dead.  Veterans Day is an opportunity to thank all living veterans for their dedicated and loyal service, and to let them know we appreciate the sacrifices they have made to keep our country free. November 11 was originally observed […]

U.S. Marine Corp

The United States Marine Corps is a branch of  the United States Armed Forces, responsible for providing power projection  from the sea, using the mobility  of the United States Navy to  rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. The U.S Marine Corps is one of the four branches in the U.S. Department of Defense as a member […]

Gateway Arch

Fifty years ago, on October 28, 1965, construction was completed on the Gateway Arch at St. Louis, Missouri. The Arch is the nation’s tallest monument. The 630-foot-high stainless steel structure, a part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, was erected to commemorate President Thomas Jefferson’s 1803 Louisiana Purchase and to celebrate the role of St. […]

Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots Airs Ted Gundy Program

Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots Airs Ted Gundy Program

by Chris Feeney reprinted from the Memphis Democrat February 11, 2010 Forget the popcorn – grab a box of Kleenex instead and prepare to schedule some free time on February 17th to watch a memorable television tribute to one of Memphis’s own. Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots television program will air three times that day featuring […]

From High School Graduation, to the Battle of the Bulge – The Tale of WWII Veteran Ted Gundy 

From High School Graduation, to the Battle of the Bulge – The Tale of WWII Veteran Ted Gundy 

by Chris Feeney originally published Nov. 9, 2006 in the Memphis Democrat Most 18-year-olds dream of a new car or some other extravagant gift for graduation. Ted Gundy got an all-expenses paid trip to Europe. Unfortunately it wasn’t a graduation gift. Gundy was drafted into the United States Army and in the summer of 1944 […]

Remains of Civil War Soldier Interred in Cemetery 154 Years After Battle 

Springfield – Little is known about skeletal remains unearthed in 2011 at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Not name or age, not gender, not where the person was from. But the National Park Service, which administers the battlefield, used artifacts discovered with the bones to determine the person was likely a soldier who died during the […]

Rosalynn Smith Carter

Rosalynn Smith Carter, born in Plains, Georgia on August 18, 1927, she was the first of four children of Wilburn and Allethea Murray Smith. She grew up in a small town atmosphere that nurtured strong ties to family and dedication to church and community. When she was 13 her father died and her mother became […]

Silent Artillery Of Time

In a speech made in 1838, many years before his election as President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln referred to the “silent artillery of time”. Lincoln’s reference pertained to the Patriots who had fought for independence from Britain during the Revolutionary War. He observed that as long as the Patriots and their families were […]

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