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Parker’s Revenge

On the early morning of April 19, 1775, Captain John Parker and his company of Massachusetts militiamen fought gallantly against the British at Lexington Green, in the first clash of arms of the Revolutionary War. Seven of the 70 minutemen were killed and several more were badly wounded. Word of the bloody battle at Lexington […]

Purple Heart

The Purple Heart has a history that reaches back to the waning days of  the Revolutionary War. The Continental Congress had forbidden General George Washington from granting commissions and promotions in rank to recognize merit. Yet Washington wanted to honor merit, particularly among the enlisted soldiers. On August 7, 1782, his general orders established the […]

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall, first African-American justice of the Supreme Court, was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1908. His father instilled in Thurgood an appreciation for the U.S. Constitution and rule of law. After his graduation from historically black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Marshall applied to the University of  Maryland Law School where he was denied admission […]

Lady Bird Johnson

Claudia Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson was born in a country mansion near Karnack, Texas. The nick- name “Lady Bird” was given to her as a small child, most people did not know she had a more proper name of Claudia Alta. Her mother died when Lady Bird was five, so she was reared by her […]

50th Anniversary Vietnam War

The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act gave the U.S. Secretary of Defense authority to conduct a program of activities and ceremonies to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War for their service and sacrifice.  This year, 2015, has been designated to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War era is […]

United States Postal Service

The United States Postal Service, also known as the Post Office, U.S. Mail or Postal Service, often abbreviated as USPS, is an independent agency of the United States federal government responsible for providing postal service in  the United States. It is one of the few government agencies especially  authorized by the United States Constitution. The […]

George Mason

George Mason from Virginia, delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, refused to sign the new Constitution in September 1787. Mason felt the Constitution created a federal government that might be too powerful. He further objected because it did not end the slave trade and did not contain a bill of rights. In the latter […]

Epinal Cemetery

Epinal Cemetery is located southeast of Epinal Vosges, France in the village of Dinoze-Quequement. The cemetery, 48 acres in extent, is sited on a plateau 100 feet above the river, in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains; it contains the graves of 5,255 of our  military dead, most of whom gave their lives in the […]

Declaration of Independence

On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee, delegate to the Continental Congress from Virginia, offered a resolution that would change forever the course of human history. Lee’s resolution proposed to sever the ties between the American colonies and Great Britain. As a result of the resolution, a committee was appointed to draft a formal Declaration […]

Battle of Bunker’s Hill

The Battle of Bunker’s Hill was among the most notorious battles of the American Revolution. On June 15, 1775 the colonists began to see signs that the British planned to occupy the area know as Dorchester Heights, an area in the southern part of Boston that provided a view of both the city of Boston […]

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