35 posts tagged real heroes
A day for us to remember
Depending on where you are in the world, you might refer to today as Veterans Day, Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day also known as Poppy Day. While they do differ, (Armistice Day - To remember the end of World War I, Remembrance Day - For members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty, and Veterans Day - To honor all armed service veterans) they all are meant as a day for us to remember those who served.
50 Years Ago Today: MLK’s Historic Speech
“I Have a Dream" is a public speech delivered by American clergyman and activist Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, in which he called for an end to racism in the United States. Delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. [Wiki]
Today is Women’s Equality Day
Women’s Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country on an equal basis with men. Women in the United States were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified. Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1971 when legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug. This resolution was passed designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day. [Wiki]
Coast Guard Day
Coast Guard Day is held every August 4 to commemorate the founding of the United States Coast Guard as the Revenue Marine on 4 August, 1790, by then Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. On that date, Congress, guided by Hamilton, authorized the building of a fleet of the first ten Revenue Service cutters, whose responsibility would be enforcement of the first tariff laws enacted by Congress under the Constitution.
The Coast Guard received its present name through an act of Congress signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on 28 January 1915 that merged the Revenue Cutter Service with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, and provided the nation with a single maritime service dedicated to saving life at sea and enforcing the nation’s maritime laws. [Wiki]
Happy 55th Birthday NASA!
55 years ago on July 29, 1958, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was formed. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established NASA with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science. The National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed on July 29, 1958, disestablishing NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). [Wiki]
"Ich bin ein Berliner" 50th Anniversary
It was 50 years ago today on June 26, 1963 that U.S. President John F. Kennedy gave his ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech in West Berlin.
He was underlining the support of the United States for West Germany 22 months after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall to prevent mass emigration to the West. The message was aimed as much at the Soviets as it was at Berliners and was a clear statement of U.S. policy in the wake of the construction of the Berlin Wall. [Wiki]
Arlington National Cemetery
Members of the Fife and Drum Corps of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard,” participate in a “Flags-In” ceremony May 23, 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. A small American flag was placed one foot in front of more than 220,000 graves in the cemetery to mark the Memorial Day. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Memorial Day is a United States holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. Service Members who died while in the military service. First enacted by formerly enslaved African-Americans to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was extended after WWI to honor Americans who have died in all wars. (Wiki)