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Wreaths Across America Day

Saturday, December 16, 2023 | Category: History/Heritage - International

Website Description:

‘Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,500 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.’

The laying of wreaths occurs the third Saturday in December annually.

October 18th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Military Women’s Memorial (Chartered 1997)

Friday, September 30, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - National

The Military Women’s Memorial is a one-of-a-kind tribute to America’s Servicewomen, past and present. The Memorial features an education center, interactive exhibits, a world-class collection of military women’s stories.

October 1st is the annual memorial dedication anniversary day.

Perspectives: National Geographic’s Women in Military Services

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - National

National Geographic offers a spectrum of articles about women in military services, past and current times.

Perspectives: PBS Digital Library of Veteran and Military Stories of Service

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - International

PBS offers a digital library of veteran stories reflecting on generations past and present.

Search “veteran” or “military” on the PBS site to view their complete digital library.

Women’s Equality Day: August 26, 2022

Monday, August 1, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - National

The History of Women’s Equality Day

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

Excerpt from “National Women’s History Alliance” website, August 1, 2021

Independence Day & the Statue of Liberty

Monday, July 4, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - National

4th of July U.S. Census Bureau "Facts for Features"

Statue of Liberty
The statue's original name was Liberty Enlightening the World.  The statue was given to the United States by the French as a centennial gift in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the July 4, 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The statue arrived in 1885 and in 1886 it was dedicated, ten years after the anniversary.

What does the Statue of Liberty represent?  She is a symbol of the ideals of friendship between nations, freedom from tyranny and oppression, and new beginnings for peoples around the world. 

Emma Lazarus wrote the famous 1883 sonnet which since the early 1900s, is on a bronze plaque in the statue's pedestal.

                 The New Colossus 

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Women’s History Month

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - International

Every year in March, women’s continuing national and international contributions are studied, recognized and celebrated around the globe.

American Veteran: PBS Digital Series

Monday, January 24, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - National

PBS Digital Series Quoted Description:

‘ Today, America has nearly 18 million living military veterans, from the “Greatest Generation” to men and women coming home from recent tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. They join the now-silent ranks of American veterans reaching back to our earliest conflict, the Revolutionary War.

American Veteran illuminates the veteran experience with a stunning range of voices from today and across the arc of American history.

The military is part of America’s founding story – a project to which, as George Washington put it, every citizen owed “his personal services.” In war and in peace, what veterans have done in America’s name, and how they have been treated when they return, is woven into the fabric of the American story and has had a profound impact on our nation.

For those who have served, from the beginning of the republic to the present, military service has been a transformative experience. What is that experience, and how does it change the men and women who have joined the ranks? And throughout the nation’s history, how have vets been perceived? Sometimes honored, sometimes reviled, ignored, or forgotten, veterans may re-enter civilian life to encounter a population that often has little or no knowledge of their experience.

"American Veteran" Panel Discussion and Q&A

Recorded on Nov. 10 in partnership with the Military Women's Memorial, this 60-minute virtual conversation is moderated by Army veteran Kelly Kennedy, an "American Veteran" consulting producer and award-winning journalism, and features highlights from the multi-platform initiative.’

Veterans Day 2021

Saturday, October 30, 2021 | Category: History/Heritage - National

A brief history of Veterans Day is posted on the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

News/Events: Military Women’s Memorial

Thursday, September 30, 2021 | Category: History/Heritage - National

The Military Women’s Memorial posts "News You Can Use” on their website in addition to archived news and upcoming events.

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