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Nancy Reagan
March 06, 2016

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‘Again with the man she loved’: former first lady Nancy Reagan dies of heart failure at 94
6th of March, 2016

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Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy appear at a hospital window to reassure the nation
the president was on the mend following a 1981 assassination attempt (AP Photo).

By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times – Sunday, March 6, 2016

Some of the most vivid memories of Nancy Reagan reflect her enduring love of husband Ronald Reagan, whether gazing adoringly upon him at his inauguration as president, flashing a reassuring smile as the pair peered out of a hospital window after the assassination attempt or years later tenderly kissing his flag-draped casket. Always the relentless protector of her beloved “Ronnie,” Mrs. Reagan carefully tended to the former president’s iconic image for a decade after his death.Theirs was a love for the ages.

Sadly missed.

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Memorial Day
May 25, 2015

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Deidra Christiansen, 16, cries at the gravestone of her father, Eric Christiansen, following a Memorial Day service at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Holly, Mich. Eric served in the National Guard.
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Helen McDermott visits the grave marker of her husband, U.S. Army Sergeant Tom McDermott, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Paducah, Ky. McDermott said her husband, a Vietnam War era veteran, passed away in September of 2014. (John Paul Henry/The Paducah Sun via AP)Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Manhattanhenge (2014)

Manhattanhenge is a circumstance which occurs twice a year, during which the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City.

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Manhattanhenge (2013)  West  42nd Street
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Soccer World Cup 2014

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Cristo Redentor com as cores da Alemanha: ele passará a noite assim antes da decisão (Foto: Reprodução / Twitter)

Christ the Redeemer with the colors of Germany: He will spend the night well before the decision. (Photo: Reproduction/ Twitter) 

Memorial Day (May 26, 2014)

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Memorial Day 2013

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The inscription says:

HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY

AN AMERICAN SOLDIER

KNOWN BUT TO GOD

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May – this year on the 27th. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as  Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

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Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, living or dead.

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February 3, 2013

Superbowl XLVII

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On February 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm, the Superbowl XLVIII will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The game will be between the American Footbal Conference (AFC) champion Baltimore Ravens and the National Football League (NFC) champion San Francisco 49ers to decide the National Football Club (NFC) champion 2012.

The game will be broadcast in Germany by ESPN America, Sat.1 and Sport1.

November 11, 2012

An inspiring reminder on Veterans Day

Today we observe Veterans Day.

We remember all those who have gone before us, and those still alive.

We thank and honor them for their service and their sacrifices on behalf of the noble ideal of freedom. An ideal that most people in the world throughout history could only dream about, and one that, unfortunately, is too often taken for granted by those who enjoy it.

We need to always be mindful that freedom isn’t free.

President Ronald Reagan was a man who frequently reminded us about the greatness of America and the beauty of freedom and patriotism. Even people who disagreed with him on public policy positions were inspired by his optimism and heartfelt devotion to the greatness of America’s ideals.

Thus we deem it fitting to share with you the final six minutes of President Reagan’s farewell address in 1989.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiSyGi7IQvk

Independence Day Celebration – 4th of July, 2012

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Hawkeye laying beside the coffin of his friend Jay Tumilson, a Navy Seal
killed in Afghanistan.

The Nation’s Greatest Springtime Celebration

Washington, D.C. March 20 – April 27, 2012

National Cherry Blossom Festival

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2012 Centennial:

A Once In A Lifetime Celebration

In 1912, an incredible gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees was bestowed on Washington, DC by Tokyo, Japan. Rooted strongly and surviving outside elements, the trees have withstood the test of time – and nearly a century later, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is preparing for an unprecedented and once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

The epic 5-week spectacular, from March 20 – April 27, 2012, will unify and electrify the city, the nation, and the world. Washington, DC and the region will be abuzz with excitement. Creativity and innovation will permeate signature Festival events elevating them to new heights, and ground-breaking Centennial exhibitions and programming will amaze and delight. Timeless traditions. Rich culture. Renowned artists. World-class performers. The community at its best!

In honor of one of our nation’s most beloved treasures, and a living reminder of international friendship and the beauty of nature, we look forward to celebrating with you the 100th anniversary of the gift of trees – and setting the stage for the next 100 years. There will be no doubt that spring has sprung. We will paint the town pink and want you to join us.

The grand commemoration would not be possible without the support of Daiichi Sankyo Co, Ltd, co-chair of the Centennial Host Committee. Daiichi Sankyo, a global leader in pharmaceutical innovation since 1899, has a unique connection to the cherry blossoms. Nearly a century ago, a world-famous chemist and Sankyo’s first president, Dr. Jokichi Takamine, played a pivotal role in arranging the gift of trees from the city of Tokyo to Washington, DC. View all of the Centennial Host Committee Members.

© National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc.

Veterans Day

November 11, 2011

  

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Today is Friday, November 11 — the 93rd Anniversary of the end of World War I, and Veterans Day in the United States.  We ask you to join us in taking a moment to remember the sacrifices of all those who over the years have  fought for us and our freedoms.

If you wish to show your appreciation, here — for example — is the address of the “Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes” and their Thanksgiving action in support of US troops returning from the  the Middle East: Saluteheroes Project
The Coalition is one of many organizations that help wounded and disabled military veterans rebuild their lives and homes.

To start the video, please click on the arrow.

National Veterans Day Ceremony

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

The Veterans Day National Committee also selects a number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country. From stirring parades and ceremonies to military exhibits and tributes to distinguished veterans, these events serve as models for other communities to follow in planning their own observances.

German-American Day

October 6, 2011

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“From the Old to the New World” shows German emigrants boarding a steamer in Hamburg, Germany, to come to America. published in Harper’s Weekly, (New York) November 7, 1874.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan re-instituted German-American day on October 6. This commemorates the date in 1683 when 13 German families from Krefeld near the Rhine River arrived in Philadelphia. Commemoration of the date was begun originally in the 19th Century, but was discontinued after World War I.  President Reagan’s proclamation began a process that resulted in a US law, passed by Congress in 1987 and signed into law by President Reagan in formal ceremonies in the White House Rose Garden October 2, 1987.

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Here’s an excerpt from his 1987 German-American Day remarks: “The United States has embraced a vast array of German traditions, institutions, and influences. Many of these have become so accepted as parts of our way of life that their ethnic origin has been obscured. For instance, Christmas trees and Broadway musicals are familiar features of American society. Our kindergartens, graduate schools, the social security system, and labor unions are all based on models derived from Germany.

German teachers, musicians, and enthusiastic amateurs have left an indelible imprint on classical music, hymns, choral singing, and marching bands in our country. In architecture and design, German contributions include the modern suspension bridge, Bauhaus, and Jugendstil. German-American scientists have helped make the United States the world’s pioneer in research and technology. The American work ethic, a major factor in the rapid rise of the United States to preeminence in agriculture and industry, owes much to German-Americans’ commitment to excellence.”

German Americans have been influential in almost every field in American society, including science, architecture, industry, sports, entertainment, theology, government, and the military. German American Generals Baron von Steuben, John Pershing, Dwight Eisenhower, and Norman Schwarzkopf commanded the United States Army in the American Revolutionary War, World War I, World War II, and the Persian Gulf War, respectively. Many German Americans have played a prominent role in industry and business, including John D. Rockefeller, William Boeing, Walter Chrysler, George Westinghouse, and Donald Trump. Some, such as Brooklyn Bridge engineer John A. Roebling and architect Walter Gropius, left behind visible landmarks. Others, including Albert Einstein and Wernher von Braun, set intellectual landmarks. Still others, such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jack Nicklaus, Doris Day, and Leonardo DiCaprio, became prominent athletes or actors.

German Americans originated popular American foods such as hot dogs and hamburgers. German Americans have also dominated beer brewing for much of American history, beginning with breweries founded in the 19th century by German immigrants Eberhard Anheuser, Adolphus Busch, Adolph Coors, Frederick Miller, Frederick Pabst, and Joseph Schlitz. German American celebrations are held throughout the country, one of the most well-known being the German-American Steuben Parade in New York City, held every third Saturday in September. There are also major annual events in Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, St. Louis and other cities. Like many other immigrants that came to the United States, an overwhelming number of people of German or partial German descent have essentially become Americanized.

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Remembering
9/11/2001
We ask all of you to observe a moment of silence and prayer
on September 11, 2011 in memory of all those
who lost their lives and their loved ones in the 9/11 attacks.
We also ask you to remember all those who have suffered
during the decade of conflict that followed this tragic event.
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The following is an E-mail from a young ensign aboard USS Winston Churchill (DDG-81) to his father. Note that “Manning the Rail” is a shipboard ceremony reserved for only high ranking dignitaries, such as Heads of State. Here’s the letter:

Dear Dad, We are still at sea. The remainder of our port visits have all been canceled. We have spent every day since the attacks going back and forth within imaginary boxes drawn in the ocean, standing high-security watches, and trying to make the best of it. We have seen the articles and the photographs, and they are sickening. Being isolated, I don’t think we appreciate the full scope of what is happening back home, but we are definitely feeling the effects. About two hours ago, we were hailed by a German Navy destroyer “Lütjens” requesting permission to pass close by our port side. Strange, since we’re in the middle of an empty ocean, but the captain acquiesced and we prepared to render them honors from our bridgewing. As they were making their approach, our conning officer used binoculars and announced that Lütjens was flying not the German, but the American flag. As she came alongside us, we saw the American flag flying half-mast and her entire crew topside standing at silent, rigid attention in their dress uniforms. They had made a sign that was displayed on her side that read “We Stand By You.” There was not a dry eye on the bridge as they stayed alongside us for a few minutes and saluted. It was the most powerful thing I have seen in my life. The German Navy did an incredible thing for this crew, and it has truly been the highest point in the days since the attacks. It’s amazing to think that only half-century ago things were quite different. After Lütjens pulled away, the Officer of the Deck, who had been planning to get out later this year, turned to me and said, “I’m staying Navy.” I’ll write you when I know more about when I’ll be home, but this is it for now. Love you guys.

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