Monday, December 30, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
On December 24, 1814, the Treaty Of Ghent was signed in the Netherlands by delegates from the United States and Great Britain, beginning the process of ending the War of 1812. While signalling the end of the war, the treaty still had to be ratified by Congress and Parliament (which would come in February 1815), and several battles fought before peace was established, including the Battle of New Orleans, which would take place on January 8, 1815.
Monday, December 23, 2013
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
Sunday, December 22, 2013
To the German commander: NUTS!
The Germans attacked Bastogne, but the American soldiers held on until bombers and reinforcements could arrive. The Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive in World War II, ended in late January, and General McAuliffe's response was forever enshrined as a symbol of American resolve in even the most desperate of times.
Friday, December 20, 2013
-Samuel Adams, Boston Gazette, 1771
Thursday, December 19, 2013
In their honor, we raise the Betsy Ross flag along with our own modern Stars and Stripes, which would have been impossible today without the courage and resolve of the Continental Army and George Washington.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
On this day in 1791, the Virginia General Assembly became the ninth state legislature to ratify the Bill of Rights, which made the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution law of the new nation. Many of our personal freedoms we take for granted today - freedom of speech, the press, assembly and religion, the right to bear arms, and other rights - began on this day in 1791 following Virginia's vote.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The 20-star flag was the first design change for the United States flag since 1795, and the flag which restored the 13-stripe pattern after the 15-star, 15-stripe flag design. The five stars added stand for Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana and Mississippi.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
On this day in 1783, more than two years after the British surrender at Yorktown, General George Washington said farewell to the troops he had led through the War of Independence to retire to Mount Vernon. In many other countries, a military leader of Washington's stature and popularity could have taken control of the country by sheer force of will. That Washington did not was a testament to his integrity and commitment to a free and independent country. On the day of his farewell to his troops, we raise Washington's Commander-in-Chief flag.