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Even if you aren’t a history buff, the thought of the end of a generation is mind blowing.

I realized with breathtaking finality what it meant when I saw the Queen attending the service at Westminster Abbey to “mark the passing of the World War I generation”. The words alone are astounding.

This year, the three remaining veterans of WWI passed away: William Stone in January, and both Harry Patch and Henry Allingham in July. Allingham was the oldest Royal Navy Veteran, the last survivor of the battle of Jutland, and a founding member of the Royal Air Force.
Funeral of First World War Veteran Henry Allingham

The families of many of these WWI heroes attended the service. The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, laid a wreath on The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate the event.

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Happy St. David’s Day to all Welshmen! 🙂 This patron saint of Wales is celebrated annually on March 1st.

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Nicknamed “Old Glory” , this flag is one of the most prominant symbols of the United States of America. To many, it is the symbol of individual and personal liberty. Our patriotic national anthem, “Star Spangled Banner”, pays tribute to the flag still flying high during the war of 1812.

The anthem was first written as a poem by Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, by British ships in Chesapeake Bay. Interestingly, the tune for this song is actually the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven,” a popular British drinking song!

We recite our Pledge of Allegiance, the promise or oath of allegiance to the United States, while saluting this flag.

The origin of the current U.S. flag design is uncertain. A popular story credits Betsy Ross for sewing the first flag from a pencil sketch by George Washington who personally commissioned her for the job. However, it is the Grand Union Flag (left), also known as The Continental Colors, that is the first true Flag of the United States.

This flag consisted of 13 red and white stripes, signifying the Thirteen British Colonies, with the British Union Flag in the canton as a symbol of the colonial leaders’ wishes to keep close ties with Great Britain.

Notice that the Union Flag in the canton representing Britain is slightly different from the British Union Jack of today. The form of the Union Jack used here is the version from before their union with Ireland. Thus there is no smaller red cross (St. Patrick’s cross of Ireland) within. This version contains only St. George’s cross of England and St. Andrew’s cross of Scotland.

To see the individual state flags of the United States, visit Wikipedia here!

The Statue of Liberty: She holds her torch aloft in the harbor of New York City. The statue has been the symbol of freedom for many an immigrant, most notably the Europeans of Ellis Island history.

Her official title is “Liberty Enlightening the World“, given to the United States by the Paris-based Union Franco-Americaine (Franco-American Union) in 1885.

The statue is approximately 151 feet high, its foundation adding another 154 feet. The tablet held by Lady Liberty reads “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” in Roman numerals (July 4, 1776) commemorating the date of the United States Declaration of Independence.

The sculptor was Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, engineered the internal structure.

The second-most recognizable symbol of the United States is the Bald Eagle, a bird of prey found in North America. It is the national bird of the United States.

The Bald Eagle is a sacred bird in some North American cultures and its feathers are central to many religious and spiritual customs among Native Americans. It appears on most of the country’s official seals, including the Seal of the President of the United States.

Its national significance dates back to June 20, 1782, when the Continental Congress officially adopted the current design for the Great Seal of the United States including a Bald Eagle grasping arrows and an olive branch with its talons. Its motto is “E Pluribus Unum” or “Out of many, one”.


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