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April 19th, 2017 1 comment

In Flanders Fields

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Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If you break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

by Lt. Col. John McCrae

A member of the first Canadian contingent,

he died in France on Jan. 28, 1918 after four

years of service on the western front.

Memorial:  Pocahontas, Arkansas

God’s Promise

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Presidents’ Day

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Washington’s Birthday, also known as Presidents’ Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the USA’s first president.

The federal holiday Washington’s Birthday honors the accomplishments of the man known as “The Father of his Country”. Celebrated for his leadership in the founding of the nation, he was the Electoral College’s  unanimous choice to become the first President; he was seen as a unifying force for the new republic and set an example for future holders of the office.

The holiday is also a tribute to the general who created the first military badge of merit for the common soldier. Revived on Washington’s 200th birthday in 1932, the Purple Heart  medal (which bears Washington’s image) is awarded to soldiers who are injured in battle. As with Memorial Day and Veterans Day,  Washington’s Birthday offers another opportunity to honor the country’s veterans.

 George Washington statue in the Boston Public Garden

Wreck of the SS America – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

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This former United States ocean liner was wrecked in 1994 after 54 years of service.

American Star, wrecked on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands – On 18 January 1994 the United States Lines ocean liner SS American Star (former America, USS West PointAustralis) was beached in Playa de Garcey during a severe storm. Within a year, it broke in two and later lost its back half. By 2007 the rest of the severely deteriorated ship had collapsed onto its port side, gradually keeling over further and almost completely submerged. By 2008-2012, most of the remains finally slipped below the surface.

Sherman made it famous, and he helped make it true in the Civil War. It was true to this Vietnam Soldier and is just as true today.

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Should be the prayer of every American, I think.

October 7th, 2016 Comments off


A Monument to Honor General George Washington, Our First President

August 31st, 2016 Comments off


Weighing 81,120 tons, the Washington Monument stands 555′ 5-1/8″ tall.

The walls of the monument range in thickness from 15′ at the base to 18” at the upper shaft. They are composed primarily of white marble blocks from Maryland with a few from Massachusetts, underlain by Maryland blue gneiss and Maine granite.

A slight color change is perceptible at the 150′ level near where construction slowed in 1854. Inserted into the interior walls are 193 memorial stones presented by individuals, societies, cities, States, and nations of the world.

Attached to in independent iron framework, flights of 896 steps surround an elevator which takes visitors to the observation level, where they can gaze over the city from the monument’s pyramidion windows.


 Bernard R. Green, the noted civil engineer designed the pyramidion and was completely responsible for its successful construction.  The covering slabs of the pyramidion are of marble but seven inches in thickness.  Each of the slabs rests upon projections on the marble ribs.  There are 12 ribs, three upon each side of the well, that spring from the interior face of the wall at the 470-foot level.  The ribs are then carried upward until those nearest the angles of the shaft meet in the hips of the pyramidion, while those in the center of each face are connected still higher in the apex by voussoir stones or keystones, forming two arches intersecting each other at right angles.   The thrust of a corner rib is transmitted to its opposite by the use of horizontal stones between their upper extremities.  

To complete the obelisk, the aluminum capstone weighing 100 ounces, the largest single piece of aluminum cast to that time, was placed atop the pyramidion on Saturday, December 6, 1884.  

Prior to delivery of the capstone in Washington, it was placed on exhibit at Tiffany’s in New York City where it was placed on the floor and persons could have the dubious prestige of “jumping over the top of the Washington Monument.”   



Civil War Drummer Boys

August 7th, 2016 1 comment

More than 250,000 little boys served in the Civil War. Some became drummer boys, like these members of the 93rd Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry.

The youngest person to enlist in the Union Army was eight-years-old. Edward Black of Indiana. He enlisted in the 21st Indiana Volunteer Infantry as a drummer boy on July 24, 1861. He survived the war but died before he reached the age of 20.

Edward Black’s drum was carefully preserved by his mother and was eventually donated to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Library of Congress Established April 24, 1800

July 9th, 2016 Comments off

The Library of Congress is the research library of the United States Congress, and the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.

Located in four buildings in Washington, D.C., as well as the Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, it is one of the two largest libraries in the world by shelf space and number of books, the other being The British Library.

The Library of Congress was instituted for Congress in 1800, and was housed in the United States Capitol for most of the 19th century. After much of the original collection had been destroyed during the War of 1812Thomas Jefferson sold 6,487 books — his entire personal collection — to the library in 1815.

 After a period of decline during the mid-19th century the Library of Congress began to grow rapidly in both size and importance after the American Civil War, culminating in the construction of a separate library building and the transference of all copyright deposit holdings to the Library. Happy-birthday-to-the-Library-of-Congress—established-april-24-1800

The Library’s primary mission is researching inquiries made by members of Congress through the Congressional Research Service. Although it is open to the public, only Library employees, Members of Congress, Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking government officials may check out books. 

Armed Forces Day, 2012

July 9th, 2016 Comments off


by Samuel F. Smith

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountainside
Let freedom ring!
My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.
Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.
Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.
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