Dedication of the Tomb of the Unknowns

Coffin of the Unknown Soldier being brought down steps of the U.S. Capitol, November, 1921

Exactly three years after the end of World War I, the Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia during an Armistice Day ceremony presided over by President Warren G. Harding.

Two days before, an unknown American soldier, who had fallen somewhere on a World War I battlefield, arrived at the nation’s capital from a military cemetery in France. On Armistice Day, in the presence of President Harding and other government, military, and international dignitaries, the unknown soldier was buried with highest honors beside the Memorial Amphitheater. As the soldier was lowered to his final resting place, a two-inch layer of soil brought from France was placed below his coffin so that he might rest forever atop the earth on which he died. This took place on November 11. 

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A Tuesday in November: Why We Vote When We Vote


Please, get out and vote this Tuesday. It’s an opportunity for We the People to flex our political muscles. If we don’t vote and become part of the solution, all we are is part of the problem
Of course, every day is a good day to exercise our freedom, but why do we always vote on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November?

Since 1845, this has been the day designated for holding U.S. presidential and congressional elections. Read more

10 Phrases Navy SEALs Don’t Say

U.S. Navy SEAL Team 18 members react in recognition of contributions of former SEALS after a demonstration of combat skills at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida November 12, 2011. The demonstration for the public is part of Veteran’s Day celebrations and the annual reunion at the museum.

While the parallels between special operations and business closely mirror each other in some regards, there are also glaring differences. The most significant difference I’ve found in the year plus that I’ve been out of the military is what is considered acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace. Read more

Pentagon: The Navy SEAL Who Shot Bin Laden Should Not Reveal Himself On Fox News

A Navy SEAL stalks a target during a training exercise. US Navy photo

On Wednesday, Fox News announced it planned to reveal the identity of the Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden in a documentary set to air this month. Read more

Parliament enacts the Stamp Act: 1765

English: Bostonians reading Stamp Act, 1765.
English: Bostonians reading Stamp Act, 1765. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today in History

In the face of widespread opposition in the American colonies, Parliament enacts the Stamp Act, a taxation measure designed to raise revenue for British military operations in America.

Defense of the American colonies in the French and Indian War 1754-63 and Pontiac’s Rebellion 1763-64 were costly affairs for Great Britain, and Prime Minister George Grenville hoped to recover some of these costs by taxing the colonists. In 1764, the Sugar Act was enacted, putting a high duty on refined sugar. Although resented, the Sugar Act tax was hidden in the cost of import duties, and most colonists accepted it. The Stamp Act, however, was a direct tax on the colonists and led to an uproar in America over an issue that was to be a major cause of the Revolution: taxation without representation.

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The American defy the stamp act and burn the stamp paper in Boston on August 1764, brought from England to America. Engraving shows citizens in Boston burning proclamations from England pertaining to the stamp act of 1765. CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1784. ARTIST: Daniel Chodowiecki. ENGRAVER: Daniel Berger. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Passed without debate by Parliament in March 1765, the Stamp Act was designed to force colonists to use special stamped paper in the printing of newspapers, pamphlets, almanacs, and playing cards, and to have a stamp embossed on all commercial and legal papers. The stamp itself displayed an image of a Tudor rose framed by the word “America” and the French phrase Honi soit qui mal y pense—”Shame to him who thinks evil of it.”

Outrage was immediate. Massachusetts politician Samuel Adams organized the secret Sons of Liberty organization to plan protests against the measure, and the Virginialegislature and other colonial assemblies passed resolutions opposing the act. In October, nine colonies sent representatives to New York to attend a Stamp Act Congress, where resolutions of “rights and grievances” were framed and sent to Parliament and King George III. Despite this opposition, the Stamp Act was enacted on November 1, 1765.

The colonists greeted the arrival of the stamps with violence and economic retaliation. A general boycott of British goods began, and the Sons of Liberty staged attacks on the customhouses and homes of tax collectors in Boston. After months of protest and economic turmoil, and an appeal by Benjamin Franklin before the British House of Commons, Parliament voted to repeal the Stamp Act in March 1766. However, the same day, Parliament passed the Declaratory Acts, asserting that the British government had free and total legislative power over the colonies.

Parliament would again attempt to force unpopular taxation measures on the American colonies in the late 1760s, leading to a steady deterioration in British-American relations that culminated in the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775.

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