Category Archives: Remembrance

Happy Father’s Day 2015

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This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day, which in the United States falls on the third Sunday of June, each year:

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. …

After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother’s Day in Grafton, West Virginia, the first observance of a “Father’s Day” was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church.

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200 Years Ago Today, Napoleon Met His Braine-l’Alleud

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For 200 years, the world has been saying that Napoleon met his Waterloo, when he was handed a resounding defeat by the British and their allies on June 18, 1815.

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Flag Day 2015: Please Fly Our Flag Tomorrow

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In 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19-year old Waubeka, Wisconsin teacher, proposed the idea of Flag Day “to inspire not only his students but also all Americans in the real meaning and majesty of our flag.” Cigrand wrote hundreds of articles advocating to celebrate the day on June 14, the day the U.S originally adopted its national flag. Continue reading

Memorial Day 2015: Never Forget Their Sacrifices

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This weekend, we remember those who gave their last full measure of devotion so that we might remain free and continue to enjoy the blessings of the greatest Republic the world has ever known:

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.

In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. Continue reading

National Day of Prayer 2015

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Today is a National Day of Prayer.

The National Day of Prayer (36 U.S.C. § 119) is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”.

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April 15th Musings

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Today is notable for two reasons: It’s Tax Day and it’s also the 150th anniversary of the death by assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Whether there’s a symbolic nexus between those two distinctions, I leave it up to readers to decide.

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42 Years Ago: Roe v. Wade

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Forty-two years ago today, the Supreme Court issued a decision recognizing a Constitutional “right” to have an abortion:

The Court issued its decision on January 22, 1973, with a 7-to-2 majority vote in favor of Roe. Burger and Douglas’ concurring opinions and White’s dissenting opinion were issued along with the Court’s opinion in Doe v. Bolton (announced on the same day as Roe v. Wade). The Court deemed abortion a fundamental right under the United States Constitution, thereby subjecting all laws attempting to restrict it to the standard of strict scrutiny.

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