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Memorial Day

Memorial Day (Last Monday in May) IIP Photo Archive (Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0)   It was 1866 and the United States was recovering from the long and bloody Civil War […]


“Juneteenth” — a portmanteau of the words “June” and “nineteenth” — commemorates June 19, 1865. On this day, Union Army Major General Gordon Granger, who had arrived in Galveston, Texas […]

Independence Day

“Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” – words written on the Liberty Bell Signing of the Declaration By the middle of the 1700s, the 13 […]

Labor Day

Eleven-year-old Peter McGuire sold papers on the street in New York City. He shined shoes and cleaned stores and later ran errands. It was 1863 and his father, a poor […]