September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, nineteen al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger planes and used them to carry out coordinated suicide attacks on north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers and crew attempted to regain control of the aircraft.

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Timeline of the September 11 attacks

  • 8:46 am – American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
  • 9:03 am – United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into floors 75-85 of the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
  • 9:37 am – American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the western façade of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
  • 9:59 am – The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.
  • 10:07 am – United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
  • 10:28 am – The World Trade Center’s North Tower collapsed.
  • 5:20 pm – The 47-story Seven World Trade Center collapsed after burning for hours.
  • 8:30 pm – President Bush addressed the nation.

The list of September 11 Victims.

(in Alphabetical Order)

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Fourth of July – Independence Day

The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. [more]

Independence Day celebration.
Mount Rushmore.

I am here is your president to proclaim before the country, and before the world. This monument will never be desecrated. These heroes will never be defaced. Their legacy will never, ever be destroyed. Their achievements will never be forgotten. And Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.

Donald J. Trump

In response to a series of protests and riots across the country that led to the destruction of numerous monuments.

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Memorial Day 2020 Was Too Small And Too Quiet

Memorial Day of 2020 will go down in the history books like no other before. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial Day commemorations were canceled or toned down across the country.

Pandemic brought smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances to all corners of the United States. The 37,000 American flags traditionally placed on the Boston Common to honor Massachusetts military members who died in service were replaced with just 1,000 flags to limit the number of volunteers. Some cities, like Woodstock in Georgia, held its celebration online. In New York, a private ceremony was held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan. Our Memorial Day celebrations this year ware small, quiet, and six feet apart.

It’s not fair that we couldn’t pay full respect to those who died fighting for our freedom. It’s not fair that we ware allowed to give our heroes only partial respect they deserve. That was wrong, and it shouldn’t happen. We either respect them or we don’t.

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The President & First Lady’s 2019 Christmas Message

Melania and I send our warmest greetings to those celebrating Christmas in the United States and around the world. During this joyous time of year, we join a grateful Nation in thanking God for His abundant blessings and boundless love.

Full Presidential Message on Christmas

Today President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump share their Christmas message to all Americans.

Published on Tuesday, December 25, 2019

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Have a Wonderful and Rational Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims originally celebrated Thanksgiving in 1621.
In 1789 (October 3), President Washington designating Thursday, November 26 of that year as a national day of thanks.
In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving an official federal holiday. The fourth Thursday of November remained the annual day of Thanksgiving from 1863 until 1939.
In 1939 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declares the second-to-last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day instead of the last Thursday in the month.

This is done to benefit retailers by extending the Christmas shopping season by one week as the holiday season officially starts the day after Thanksgiving.

1941 President Roosevelt signs legislation to reestablish Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.

Presidential Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2019.

On Thanksgiving Day, we remember with reverence and gratitude the bountiful blessings afforded to us by our Creator, and we recommit to sharing in a spirit of thanksgiving and generosity with our friends, neighbors, and families.

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Thanksgiving Day

The most real story.

There are many “real” stories of Thanksgiving. The one I like the most comes from Rush Limbaugh. I hate to read transcripts with all those “BREAK TRANSCRIPT” and capital [L]etters in square brackets, so I did my best to remove them.

Just to be perfectly clear. This Thanksgiving Story was taken from the Rush Limbaugh’s website. I’ve just made it easier to read for people like me for whom English is the second language. You can read the original right here.

So, here it goes. Enjoy your new knowledge.

The story of the Pilgrims begins in the early part of the seventeenth century (that’s the 1600s for those of you in Rio Linda, California).

The Church of England under King James 1st was persecuting anyone and everyone who did not recognize its absolute civil and spiritual authority. The first Pilgrims were Christian rebels, folks. Those who challenged King James’ ecclesiastical authority and those who believed strongly in freedom of worship were hunted down, imprisoned, and sometimes executed for their beliefs in England in the 1600s.

A group of separatists, Christians who didn’t want to buy into the Church of England or live under the rule of King James, first fled to Holland and established a community of themselves there. After eleven years, about forty of them have heard about this New World Christopher Columbus had discovered, decided to go. Forty of them agreed to make a perilous journey to the New World, where they knew, they would certainly face hardships, but the reason they did it was so they could live and worship God according to the dictates of their consciences and beliefs.

On August 1, 1620, the Mayflower set sail. It carried a total of 102 passengers, including forty Pilgrims, led by William Bradford.
On the journey, Bradford set up an agreement, a contract that established how they would live once they got there. The contract set forth just and equal laws for all members of the new community, irrespective of their religious beliefs, or political beliefs. Where did the revolutionary ideas expressed in the Mayflower Compact come from? From the Bible.

The Pilgrims were a devoutly religious people wholly steeped in the lessons of the Old and New Testaments. They looked to the ancient Israelites for their example. And, because of the biblical precedents outlined in Scripture, they never doubted that their experiment would work. They believed in God. They believed they were in the hands of God.

As you know, this was no pleasure cruise, friends. The journey to the New World on the tiny, by today’s standards, sailing ship. It was long, and it was arduous.

There was sickness, and there was seasickness, it was wet. It was the opposite of anything you think of today as a cruise today on the open ocean. When they landed in New England in November, they found, according to Bradford’s detailed journal, a cold, barren, desolate wilderness. There were no friends to greet them, he wrote. There were no houses to shelter them. There were no inns where they could refresh themselves. There was nothing.

The sacrifice they had made for freedom was just the beginning. During the first winter, half the Pilgrims — including Bradford’s wife — died of either starvation, sickness or exposure. They endured the first winter. When spring finally came, they had, by that time, met the indigenous people, the Indians, and indeed the Indians taught the settlers how to plant corn, fish for cod and skin beavers, and other animals for coats. But there wasn’t any prosperity. They did not yet prosper! They were still dependent. They were still confused. They were still in a new place, essentially alone among like-minded people.

This is where modern American history lessons often end. Thanksgiving is actually explained in some textbooks as a holiday for which the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians for saving their lives, rather than what it really was.
That happened, don’t misunderstand. That all happened, but that’s not — according to William Bradford’s journal — what they ultimately gave thanks for.

Here comes the part that has been omitted: The original contract that they made on the Mayflower as they were traveling to the New World.

They actually had to enter into that contract with their merchant-sponsors in London, because they had no money on their own. The needed sponsor. They found merchants in London to sponsor them. The merchants in London were making an investment, and as such, the Pilgrims agreed that everything they produced to go into a common store, or bank, common account, and each member of the community was entitled to one common share in this bank. Out of this, the merchants would be repaid until they were paid off.

All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belong to the community as well. Everything belonged to everybody, and everybody had one share in it. They were going to distribute it equally. That was considered to be the epitome of fairness, sharing the hardship burdens and everything like that. Nobody owned anything. It was a commune, folks. It was the forerunner to the communes we saw in the ’60s and ’70s out in California and other parts of the country, and it was complete with organic vegetables, by the way.

Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that it wasn’t working. It was as costly and destructive… His journals chronicle the reasons it didn’t work. Bradford got rid of the whole commune structure and assigned a plot of land to each family to operate and manage as their own, and whatever they made, however much they made, was theirs. They could sell it, they could share it, they could keep it, whatever they wanted to do.

What really happened is they turned loose the power of a free market after enduring months and months of hardship — first on the Mayflower and then getting settled and then the failure of the common account from which everybody got the same share. There was no incentive for anybody to do anything. And as is human nature, some of the Pilgrims were a bunch of lazy twerps, and others busted their rear ends. But it didn’t matter because even the people that weren’t very industrious got the same as everyone else. Bradford wrote about how this wasn’t working.

What Bradford and his community found, and I’m going to use basically his own words, was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else… While most of the rest of the world has been experimenting with socialism for well over a hundred years — trying to refine it, perfect it, and re-invent it — the Pilgrims decided early on, William Bradford decided, to scrap it permanently, because it brought out the worst in human nature, it emphasized laziness, it created resentment.

Because in every group of people you’ve got your self-starters, you’ve got your hard workers and your industrious people, and you’ve got your lazy twerps and so forth, and there was no difference at the end of the day. The resentment sprang up on both sides. So Bradford wrote about this. ‘For this community, so far as it was, was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort.’

For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense,’ without any payment, ‘that was thought injustice.’ Why should you work for other people when you can’t work for yourself? What’s the point? … The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive.

So what did Bradford’s community try next? They unharnessed the power of good old free enterprise by invoking the undergirding capitalistic principle of private property. Every family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to market its own crops and products. And what was the result? ‘This had very good success,’ wrote Bradford, ‘for it made all hands (everybody) industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.’…

Is it possible that supply-side economics could have existed before the 1980s. … In no time, the Pilgrims found they had more food than they could eat themselves. Now, this is where it gets really good, folks, if you’re laboring under the misconception that I was, as I was taught in school. So they set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians. The profits allowed them to pay off their debts to the merchants in London.

And the success and prosperity of the Plymouth settlement attracted more Europeans and began what came to be known as the ‘Great Puritan Migration.’ The word of the success of the free enterprise Plymouth Colony spread like wildfire, and that began the great migration. Everybody wanted a part of it. There was no mass slaughtering of the Indians. There was no wiping out of the indigenous people, and eventually — in William Bradford’s own journal — unleashing the industriousness of all hands ended up producing more than they could ever need themselves.

So trading posts began selling and exchanging things with the Indians — and the Indians, by the way, were very helpful. Puritan kids had relationships with the children of the Native Americans that they found. This killing of the indigenous people stuff, they’re talking about has happened much, much, much later. It has nothing to do with the first Thanksgiving.

The first Thanksgiving was William Bradford and Plymouth Colony thanking God for their blessings. That’s the first Thanksgiving. Nothing wrong with being grateful to the Indians; don’t misunderstand. But the true meaning of Thanksgiving — and this is what George Washington recognized in his first Thanksgiving proclamation — was Plymouth Colony thanking God for their blessings.

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for them, our veterans.

Presidential Proclamation on Veterans Day, 2019

On November 11, Americans commemorate the service, sacrifice, and immeasurable contributions of our Nation’s veterans who have proudly worn our country’s uniform to defend and preserve our precious liberty.  As we celebrate Veterans Day, we pause to recognize the brave men and women who have fearlessly and faithfully worked to defend the United States and our freedom.  Their devotion to duty and patriotism deserves the respect and admiration of our grateful Nation each and every day.  We are forever thankful for the many heroes among us who have bravely fought around the world to protect us all.

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Veterans Day

A short history and some numbers.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, by President Woodrow Wilson. The purpose of Armistice day was to honor the fallen soldiers of The Great War (World War I).

World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, the fighting ended about seven months earlier when the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

In 1926, Congress adopted a resolution requesting President Coolidge issue annual proclamations on November 11, making Armistice Day a legal holiday.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

  • 18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war as of 2018.
  • Nine percent of veterans are women.
  • Seven million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
  • Three million veterans have served in support of the War on Terrorism.
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 496,777 were still alive as of 2018.
  • Connecticut was home to the highest percentage of World War II veterans as of 2018 at 7.1 percent.
  • Two million veterans served during the Korean War.
  • As of 2017, the top three states with the highest percentage of Veterans were Alaska, Maine, and Montana, respectively.


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Happy Birthday America!

On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States.

John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock’s signed his name “with a great flourish,” so England’s “King George can read that without spectacles!”

I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.

Ronald Reagan

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.

Elmer Davis

With freedom comes responsibility.

Eleanor Roosevelt

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.

Abraham Lincoln

Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.

Ronald Reagan