America Learns Hard Lessons in the Great War

In 1914, Europe and much of the world were engaged in a horrific struggle that at the time was known as the Great War and that history would ultimately call World War I.  The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria set off a chain of events that resulted in world powers going to war against each other.  Germany, Austria-Hungry, and the Ottoman Empire were allies that collectively became known as the Central Powers.  France, Great Britain, and Russia were the major nations opposing them and became known as the…

Passover and America

Three thousand years after the Hebrews (Israelites) were freed from bondage in Egypt — an event celebrated as part of Passover — a new nation on a new continent saw a parallel to the great Exodus of the Bible in its own developing history America had begun as a place of refuge for those escaping religious persecution, but by the 1760s the colonists were experiencing increasing political and economic persecution from the King of England as well. Led by George Washington, American colonies fought the Revolutionary War, defeating England, the…

Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson

“Question with boldness.” “Hold to the truth.” “Speak without fear.” These profound words — all spoken or written by Thomas Jefferson, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers — are needed now more than ever at this critical time in our nation. In recognition of Jefferson’s birthday, April 13th, 1743, let’s take a closer look at this remarkable man who did more than most to cement our liberties into law. Jefferson spoke eight languages and could write in 11. He was a voracious reader who owned an extensive library of books,…

Remembering Dachau: WWII Veteran Recalls Liberation

International Holocaust Remembrance Day was January 27, 2021, which also marked the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. April 29, 2021, will mark the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp.  Dachau opened on March 22, 1933, to hold political prisoners. Eventually, it included forced laborers, German and Austrian criminals’ imprisonment, foreign nationals from countries that Germany occupied or invaded, and ultimately, Jews. There were 32,000 documented deaths at Dachau and thousands of undocumented deaths. It served as a model for the other German concentration…

Who Was The Real St. Patrick?

Photographed above is St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin Ireland. March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, the traditional day celebrating the patron saint of Ireland.  While many Americans celebrate the day by wearing green, donning a shamrock, or cooking Irish stew, few know who the real St. Patrick was or why we are celebrating.  To be sure, there are many legends about St. Patrick, but the real St. Patrick is truly an amazing character whose story is worth telling. Surprisingly, Patrick was not born in Ireland.  Rather, he was born in…

In Service to His Country: George Washington

 In a chapter in American history not widely known, officers within the Continental Army became so upset over a lack of pay they were actively meeting to discuss a military coup against the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The Continental Congress depended solely on the states for revenue who paid in different amounts and at different times.  Lack of funds created a major problem.  The soldiers were not being paid.  With news of a peace accord on the horizon, there was a belief among the officers that the army would be…