35 posts tagged real heroes
45 Years Ago Today, Man First Lands on the Moon
Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Armstrong spent about two and a half hours outside the spacecraft, Aldrin slightly less, and together they collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material for return to Earth. A third member of the mission, Michael Collins, piloted the command spacecraft alone in lunar orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned to it just under a day later for the trip back to Earth. [Wiki]
On This Day in 1856, Nikola Tesla Was Born
Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 - January 7, 1943) was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. [Wiki]
Scan from Real Heroes #16, “Prophet of Science”
70 Years After D-Day
Photographer Peter Macdiarmid went to multiple World War II locations to show the contrast of those areas in 1944 compared to 2014. He did this by matching perspective using archival photos to honor the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
June 5, 1989: Man vs. Tank in Tiananmen square
25 years ago today, a lone man, known by most simply as “Tank Man” stood in front of a column of Army tanks in Beijing the day after the Chinese government’s violent crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square.
The identity of the man in these photos, and what became of him in their aftermath, is still a mystery to this day.
Remembering US Veterans on Memorial Day
For more photos and videos from ceremonies throughout the US, browse the #memorialday hashtag and explore the location pages below.
People gathered in National Cemeteries across the US on Monday to honor the memory of those who lost their lives while serving in the Armed Forces.
Originally known as “Decoration Day” after the end of the American Civil War, Memorial Day since expanded to include those who passed in all US military conflicts. Traditions include laying flowers and flags on soldiers’ graves, parades in towns throughout the country and public addresses by veterans and state legislators.
To see more photos and videos from ceremonies at National Cemeteries throughout the US, explore the following location pages:
- Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
- Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, MT
- Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA
- Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA
- Lexington National Cemetery, Lexington, KY
- Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA
- National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI
Arlington National Cemetery
U.S. Army Capt. Ed Arntson of Chicago, Illinois kisses the grave of Staff Sgt. Henry Linck, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. (Chip Somodevilla/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)