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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 colonists […]

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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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Their Sacred Right

The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. Women suffragists struggled for more than 70 years to obtain their goal. The Amendment read, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States […]

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“The People Shouted…”

Our forefathers had strong opinions about unjust taxation. In 1765, when Americans were still British subjects, Parliament passed the Stamp Act. It was an attempt to raise revenue by directly taxing paper. Every piece of printed paper was to be taxed, from newspapers, cards, and pamphlets, to almanacs, legal papers and playing cards.  Even dice […]

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“I shall never surrender or retreat.”

American schoolkids learn about the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution, and men like James Bowie and David Crockett who defended it. When Santa Anna’s army arrived outside the walls, Lt. Col. William “Buck” Travis sent for reinforcements. He wrote: ”… our flag still waves proudly from the walls – I shall never […]

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Throw Rocks!

Staff Sergeant Jimmie Howard knew the fight was coming. His 18-man Marine reconnaissance unit was on top of Hill 488 in Vietnam as over 200 enemy soldiers began probing their position. Howard had enlisted in 1950, had a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts for his actions in the Korean War, so he knew what […]

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Good Golly, Miss Molly!

Molly Pitcher is described as a patriot who carried pitchers of water to soldiers and helped with cannon duty during the Battle of Monmouth in the American Revolution. “Molly Pitcher” may be a combination folk hero inspired by the actions of many women who served in this role on the battlefield, and became know by […]

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