A veteran- whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it........Unknown


160th Army SOAR - Night Stalkers Air Force Special Operations Command US Army Delta Force Force Recon Marines
US Navy Sea, Air and Land - Seals Army Special Forces - Green Berets US Army Rangers Lead the Way 101st Airborne - Screaming Eagles

Hit the Buildings...Missed America
Romanian Ode to America
Arlington National Cemetery
The Wall
Desert Storm
The American Revolution

LAFAYETTE,  WE  ARE  HERE!

French Nobleman and Revolutionary War Continental
Major General, Lafayette, heroically led American
Continental troops in the Battles of  Monmouth and
Yorktown.  When he was buried, dirt from
Revolutionary War battlefields was spread
over his grave.

 "It is with loving pride we drape the colors in tribute
of respect to this  citizen of your great republic.  And
here and now in the presence of the  illustrious dead
we pledge our hearts and our honor in carrying this
war to a successful issue.  Lafayette, we are here"

Colonel Charles E. Stanton  in a speech at the tomb of
American Revolutionary War General Marquis  de Lafayette,
4 July 1917 - WWI

The debt owed LaFayette by America was about
to be repaid with the blood of American soldiers.




Marquis de Lafayette
b. Sept 6, 1757. d. May 20, 1834.




The Fate of the Signatories
Photos: World War II
Korean War Veterans Memorial 
Declaration of Independence
National World War II Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial
Navajo Code Talkers


"Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die."





Iwo Jima

Korean War Project
Civil War Potpourri
The Vietnam War - Fire
    in the Jungle

Pearl Harbor
Historic Valley Forge
Gulfweb
"Remember the Maine"

Statistical Summary America's   Major Wars
Paul Revere's Ride -- Longfellow's Poem
The Founding Fathers
The American Civil War
The Shot Heard 'Round the World



Tomb of the Unknowns



"When you go home
Tell them of us and say,
For their tomorrow,
We gave our today."

The Kohima Epitaph

This appears on a monument
erected at the British military
cemetery at Kohima, Assam,
India, in memory of those who
  died in World War II's largest
Asian land battle near there
in 1944.


When the public first demanded a stamp commemorating the Flag Raising picture, the US Post Office initially rejected the idea out of hand. "No living person(s) can appear on a US stamp," they replied. But the public demand was so great that Congress pushed for the stamp. It was issued just five months after the Flag-Raising. On the day of issue, people stood patiently in lines stretching for city blocks on a sweltering July day in 1945 for a chance to buy the beloved stamp.

For many years, this was the biggest selling stamp in the history of the US Post Office. (Over 137 million sold.)

Iwo Jima Stamp 1945


Awards & Decorations of the US Military
Awards & Decorations of the US Government
The United States Military

The Medal of Honor

The highest military decoration awarded by the United States government

It Is The Soldier

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army
The five Sullivan brothers (Albert, Francis, George,
Joseph, and Madison) served together as shipmates
aboard the cruiser U.S.S. Juneau after requesting
special permission from the Secretary of the Navy.
The Juneau was sunk on November 13, 1942, off
the island of Guadalcanal by Japanese submarine
I-26.  Of the crew of over 600 sailors, only 11
survived.

Even after hearing rumors of the death of her five
sons, Mrs. Sullivan continued to support the war
effort as evidenced by a letter she wrote to the
Bureau of Naval Personnel. Franklin D. Roosevelt
sent a personal letter to Mrs. Sullivan expressing
his and the nation's sorrow. For wartime America,
the Sullivan brothers became the ultimate symbol
of heroic sacrifice.



The Gettysburg Address
The Star Spangeled Banner
The Bill of Rights
Trenches on the Web - WWI


Although he had never received formal parachute training,
Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe volunteered to jump with
the first wave, for which action he was recommended for
promotion.  During the Battle of the Bulge, General
McAuliffe received the Distinguished Service Medal for
leading the epic defense of the town of Bastogne during
attack by overwhelming German forces.  When asked by
the German  general to surrender, he responded with
the now famous one-word answer, "NUTS!" Bastogne
was saved. Gen.  McAuliffe went on to serve America
for many years.





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In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Author: Col. John McCrea