The nasty atrocities of the War of 1812

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3056824" align="aligncenter" width="600"] British burning White House during War of 1812[/caption] The French Revolution had left that country in chaos. Twenty-six-year-old Napoleon fired cannons down the streets more…

The forgotten carnage of the Revolutionary War

by Bill Federer -- "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!" commanded Colonel William Prescott, repeating the order of General Israel Putnam, June 17, 1775. Colonel William Prescott's men more…

Who is the dad behind Father's Day?

by Bill Federer -- The first formal "Father's Day" was celebrated June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd heard a church sermon on the newly established Mother's Day and more…

Why respecting our national flag is important

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4481771" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Flag Day ceremony[/caption] On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress selected the flag of the United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson designated more…

The man who sacrificed for a country not his own

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2110795" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington at Valley Forge[/caption] Born Sept. 6, 1757, his father died before he was two years old and his mother more…

Reality of socialism: Not what they teach in school

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_593893" align="aligncenter" width="596"] Berlin Wall[/caption] "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" announced President Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall, June 12, 1987. Begun after Lenin's Bolshevik Revolution more…

The horrific price paid by early patriots

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2098425" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Dr. Joseph Warren[/caption] Dr. Joseph Warren sent Paul Revere and William Dawes on their midnight ride to warn Lexington and Concord that the government more…

The place we build our proud maritime tradition

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4469411" align="aligncenter" width="600"] United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland[/caption] The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, graduated its first class on June 10, 1854. The more…