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Women’s History Month March 2024

Friday, March 1, 2024 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

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

Independence Day and the Statue of Liberty

Saturday, July 1, 2023 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

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!"

Wreaths Across America

Monday, November 28, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

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.

Veterans Day

Friday, November 11, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

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

Women’s History Month (March 2022)

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

The month of March is national “Women’s History Month,” a time dedicated to learn more about women and recognize their innumerable lifetime contributions. Women with military service are a vibrant part of this memorable journey.

Perspectives: National Geographic’s Women in Military Services

Thursday, February 3, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

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

Sunday, January 2, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

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.

4th of July 25th Celebration at Military Women’s Memorial: Ticket Sale Thru June 30th

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

Announcement on Military Women’s Memorial:

‘Celebrate America’s 245th Independence Day with the Military Women’s Memorial!

Enjoy a delicious catered buffet, beer and wine, live music, and family-friendly activities for all ages. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. While celebrating, explore our various exhibits honoring military women, including our newest display, “Summer With The Arts,” which features over 180 pieces of original art by veterans and their loved ones.

Positioned at the end of Memorial Avenue, opposite the Arlington Memorial Bridge, our view of the annual firework show at the National Mall will be unmatched.

Special group pricing available upon request (10 people and up) – send to

Tickets available for purchase until Wednesday, June 30th.’

National Military Appreciation Month

Monday, May 3, 2021 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

The month of May is designated as “National Military Appreciation Month.”

Video: 2020 23d Annual Memorial Day Program at WIMSA Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

You can view the 23d Annual Memorial Day Program hosted at the Women in Military Service for America memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. at this internet link. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 memorial service was a virtual experience.

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