Since 1921, Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Solider has served as a place of memory and mourning, a powerful symbol of service and sacrifice. It is the Cemetery’s most iconic memorial, visited by millions every year, and guarded 24 hours a day by rigorously trained, handpicked soldiers, known respectfully as Tomb Guards. On… continue
History lessons is a grouping of historical stories and tidbits. The topics range from the American Civil War through interesting items from around the world. Please use the comments area to ask questions and make suggestions for future topics.
The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the Civil War, and, sadly, one of the nation’s bloodiest battles. Because of the tragic loss of life on the battlefield, the U.S. Government commissioned a national cemetery on the site of the battle in Gettysburg PA. At the dedication ceremony, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one… continue
Often referred to as simply, “Columbia”, Lady Columbia pre-dates Lady Liberty as the female personification of the United States. She shares her name with many American institutions and places, including Columbia Pictures, the District of Columbia, Columbia University and, now our, new line of American Flags, but who is she, what are the origins of… continue
A rare flag with deep roots in the history of New York State, the ‘Down with the Rent’ Flag features a man with a horn, a small tomahawk and an Indian headdress beside the words, “Down with the Rent”. It is a lasting symbol of the Anti-Rent Movement of the 19th century, when peasant farmers… continue
V-J Day, short for “Victory Over Japan” Day, is the day that Japan surrendered, effectively ending World War II. The term is used interchangeably for August 14-15, 1945, on which Japan ceased fighting and the White House announced their surrender, and September 2, when Japan’s formal surrender was made in Tokyo Bay onboard the U.S.S…. continue