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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 […]

Belva Ann Lockwood

Belva Ann Lockwood, born 1830, was an attorney, teacher, and activist in the women’s rights movement and the peace movement. After completing her education at age 14, she taught school and was dismayed to find that women received half the pay of men teachers. Her first marriage to Uriah McNall ended with his death in […]

The Great Seal

The Great Seal of the United States is used to authenticate certain documents issued by  the U. S. government. The phrase is used by for the physical seal (which is kept by the U. S. Secretary of State), and is more generally for the design impressed upon it. The seal was first publicly in 1782. […]

19th Amendment

On June 4, 1919, the U.S. Congress passed the 19th Amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote, was the culmination of a long effort by generations of the women’s suffrage movement. The cause began in the mid-19th century, led by women […]

Lorraine Cemetery

This is the seventeenth cemetery on foreign land where American lives were lost and were buried. Lorraine Cemetery is situated three fourths mile north of the town of St. Avold, France. The cemetery, which covers 113 ½  acres, contains the largest number of graves of our military Dead of World War II in Europe, a […]

Constitutional Convention

On May 14, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention began to assemble in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the meeting was to amend the Articles of Confederation, the foundation document of the new United States. The weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation were becoming increasingly apparent. The limited powers of the central government were affecting […]

The Homestead Act

The Homestead Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862.  At the signing eleven states had left the Union, and this piece of legislation would continue to have regional and political overtones. The distribution of government lands had been an issue since the Revolutionary War.  At the time of the […]

Victory in Europe Day

May 8, 2015 is the 70th anniversary of V-E (Victory in Europe) Day, the official ending of World War II in Europe. On May 7, 1945, officials of Nazi Germany signed an unconditional surrender document at Reims, France.  The following day, May 8, 1945, on his sixty-first birthday, President Harry Truman announced Germany’s unconditional surrender […]

Luxembourg Cemetery

Luxembourg Cemetery

Luxembourg Cemetery lies just within the city limits of Luxembourg City and just about a four-hour drive from Liege, Belgium and Frankfurt–am-Main, Germany. The cemetery, fifty  and one-half acres in extent, is situated in a beautiful  wooded area. Not far from the entrance stands the white stone chapel, set on a wide circular platform surrounded […]

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