History Lessons

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.

History Lessons

History of Memorial Day

While largely accepted as the unofficial kick off to summer, Memorial Day has a much greater significance for our country and those who have served in the U.S. Military. Since the mid-1860s, Americans have gathered in late May to honor those who have given their lives in service to their country. Origin of Memorial Day… continue

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The History of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The tradition of holding a parade on St. Patrick’s Day Parade began in its most famous annual location—New York City—where Irish soldiers brought a taste of their homeland to colonial Manhattan. Hundreds of years later, parade-watchers decked in green continue to line the city’s streets every March 17th for the popular event. The world’s first… continue

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Snakes on Flags: As American As Apple Pie

There’s a long history of flags with snakes pictured on them, particularly in the United States, where snakes on flags were a very common sight during the era of the American Revolution. Those designs remain popular iconic flags today, due to their striking imagery and symbolism. Several flags with snakes emerged in the colonies between… continue

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Gold Star Mother’s Day

Gold Star Service Flag

Since 1936, the last Sunday in September has been observed as Gold Star Mother’s Day. Much like Memorial Day, Gold Star Mother’s day is a day of remembrance but in this case, specifically for mothers who have lost a child serving in the United States Armed Forces. On this day we not only acknowledge the… continue

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Small places with great flags

San Marino's flag with coat of arms.

Mighty countries have famous flags, but some of the smallest places in the world have interesting flags with unusual features. Gibraltar, San Marino and Malta are examples. GIBRALTAR Gibraltar is known for its famous rock and its position as a guardian to the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea. Owned by Great Britain, the city has… continue