Password: “Victory or Death”

The battle was on Christmas Day of 1776. The place was Trenton, on the Delaware River of New Jersey. It was the scene of “Washington crossing the Delaware.” America had declared its independence not quite six months before, but the year’s battles had been one disaster after another. Philadelphia was in panic. The Continental Congress […]

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The Man Behind The Stars and Stripes – Francis Hopkinson

Betsy Ross made flags for 50 years, and we are all familiar with the famous circular 13-star design. Fewer know about Francis Hopkinson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and designer of our Stars and Stripes. Letters between Hopkinson and the Continental Congress tell the story, and these letters can be found in the National […]

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The Grand Old Union

Americans love their Stars and Stripes, and fly it proudly.  But many do not know that it was not the one flying when the 13 Colonies declared Independence on July 4th, 1776. The first flag that the early United States used as its “national flag” is known by several names, like Continental Colors and Grand […]

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“I have not yet begun to fight!”

Famed US naval officer John Paul Jones was born in Scotland in 1742. At age 13 he began his career at sea, as a ship’s boy on the Friendship sailing between Britain and Virginia and the West Indies. By 21 he was the captain of his own ship. Jones joined the Continental Navy during the […]

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Battling the Barbary Pirates

North African pirates were menacing folks at least as far back as the Crusades. We have tales of them sailing as far north as Iceland, not only capturing merchant ships but plundering ports and taking captives for the slave trade. It was the habit of European nations to pay tribute to the scoundrels, rather than […]

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Rattlesnake – the First Symbol of America

The symbol of America has not always been the American Bald Eagle. Long before we used the eagle to symbolize our strength and liberty, it was in fact the American rattlesnake that held the esteemed title as the first symbol of America – the symbol of Liberty. It was December 1775. Fighting between the American […]

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Ready “at a minute’s warning” to Fight for Liberty

America’s early Minutemen were men who were ready for military duties “at a minute’s warning.” When these men rallied, they became a militia, citizens with limited military training who could grab their arms immediately and fight in an emergency to defend their local area. The first Minutemen were in Massachusetts, and they saw their first […]

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Sergeant Henry Johnson: One of the Bravest Americans of WWI

President Theodore Roosevelt called Sergeant Henry Johnson one of the “five bravest Americans” of World War I. Johnson and his buddy Needham Roberts were on sentry duty. Their regiment had been assigned to help reinforce the 4th French Army. It was 2 AM in their trench in the Argonne Forrest, when the two men suddenly […]

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Special Forces Texan Does the Impossible

Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez was born in Cuero, Texas. He grew up and joined the National Guard, then the US Army. And earned the Medal of Honor by doing the impossible, as you will see. After assignment to 82nd Airborne, Benavidez qualified for Special Forces, also known as Green Berets. He went to Vietnam in […]

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The First Shots for Freedom

The first shots of the American Revolution were fired in Lexington and Concord on April 19,  1775. Today we call this day Patriots Day. But did the American soldiers have a flag with them that day? Great question! British soldiers had marched from Boston to arrest Colonial leaders Sam Adams and John Hancock. But men […]

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