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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 […]

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery was the subject of a recent column. Readers may not be aware that there is another Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located nearby. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War can be found just seven miles from Arlington, on the burial grounds […]

Major Benjamin Shacklett’s Ancestors Mark 150th Anniversary of End of Civil War With Ceremony at Gorin Cemetery

Major Benjamin Shacklett’s Ancestors Mark 150th Anniversary of End of Civil War With Ceremony at Gorin Cemetery

On April 9th, 1865 General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, signaling the end of the Civil War. One hundred fifty years later, Norbert Shacklette traveled to a small, family cemetery near Gorin to pay tributes to his great-grandfather, a Confederate army officer. […]

Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline  Lee Bouvier Kennedy was born into wealth and luxury. Her parents were John Vernon Bouvier III and Janet Lee. She learned to ride almost as soon as she would  walk. Her early years were divided between New York City  and East Hampton, Long Island. She was educated in the finest of private schools; she […]

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, DC.  The white marble sarcophagus was built to contain the remains of an unidentified American soldier from World War I.  Congress approved the burial of an unknown soldier on March 4, 1921, with the location to be in the […]

Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor, awarded for  personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded by the President of the United States in the name of the U.S. Congress to military personnel only. There are three versions of the medal, […]

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