"My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth."
Abraham Lincoln

 

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1776Wiki Commons

Gettysburg:  Wiki Commons
savages:  Wiki Commonsh
McAuliffe: Wikipedia Commons
Ihaveadream: Wikipedia Commons

Google Books: Rawhide Down 
Precious: 
ravennce
Prayer: 
WikiCommons  
Humistons: 
WikiCommons 
D-Day: WikiCommons 

US Flags: WikiCommons 

Rosie: WikiCommons

Mars: Wikipedia Commons
Clarence: Wikipedia Commons

York: Wiki Commons

Red/blue States: Wiki Commons

Sacagawea: Wiki Commons

Nativity: *clairity*

Auschwitz: Wikimedia

Purim Mask: Wikimedia
Death and Taxes: lucyfrench123
USNavyPrayer: wikipedia
Father: Wikipedia
Pikes Peak: Wikipedia
Enola Gay:
Wikipedia
9-11 cross: Wikipedia
Gemini VII: 
NASA 
Movie: IMDB.com/I Was a Male War Brid4th of July: Happy 4th of July! The American Flag in Fireworks/everystockphoto.com
 GBA: everystockphoto.com/RoadTrip

Hite: wikipedia/Doolittle Raider RL Hite blindfolded by Japanese 1942

Washington: wikipedia/valley forge

VEDay: wikipedia/Churchill

Wikipedia/Trinity

Battle of the Bulge/wikipedia.com

 Australia/Wikipedia

  next of kin/everystockphoto.com

 Declaration Independence/wikipedia.com

 USS Arizona/wikipeida.com

 Reagan 80/Wikipedia.com

 kangaroo/wikipedia.com

 

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Other blogs I follow:

  Joy Dance

  Bold & Free

  Need More Words

  Joy in the Litter Box

  Oceanside Notions

 

 
   

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 Journey of an Evolving Writer

America's Story 

Pray4America * latest *

American Ingenuity 

Patriots

Civics 

   
   
America's Story

America's Story 
(part 1) 
- The Speech that redefined us, 
November 19, 1963

(On November 19, 1863 - almost 150 years ago - Abraham Lincoln read a few words at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)

  

 America's Story 
(part 2) 
America's Story (part 2) - Savages!

(November, many of us Americans may reflect on Thanksgiving ... 
  
But 13 years before the Mayflower ...)

 

America's Story 
(part 3) - 
Over There - 1917, 1941
(The importance of music, especially in arousing passions and lifting spirits, is keenly felt during troubled times such as war ... especially a world war.)

     

 
America's Story 
(part 4) - 
Christmas 1944, 
when we said NUTS to the enemy
(On December 22, 1944, the German commander sent the following ultimatum for immediate surrender to General McAuliffe at Bastogne.  That morning, General McAuliffe delivered his written answer -)

  

 
America's Story 
(part 5) 
- Amazing Grace
  

(The Amazing Grace story and America's struggle for civil rights can be summed up here: American Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights: A Timeline in Context)

    

 
America's Story
  (part 6) - 
GI Joe Tuskegee Airmen

(My African American lead also had his personal stuff - a collection of GI Joe dolls ... er ... I should say 'action figure.')

 

    


America's Story 
(part 7) 
- When Reagan was shot

 (Rawhide Down fills in the minute by minute details of the timeline and the key players leading up to the day President Reagan was shot and its ensuing events.)

    

 

 
America's Story 
(part 8) 
- Memorial Day,
 Gettysburg, 
and Amos Humiston

(But Gettysburg was also the scene of tragedy and tenderness captured in ...  The Amos Humiston Story)



America's Story 
(part 9) 
- A Tale of Two Revolutions
The difference between the French and American Revolution is the One Percent ...

 


Alvin York


America's Story 
(part 10) 

Sergeant York

Reluctant hero of World War One  ...

  

 

  
Sacagawea dollar


America's Story 
(part 11) 

Sacajawea

The logs from the Lewis and Clark expedition reveal a remarkable teenage mother and an important figure in American history.

 

 

 

 America's Story 
(part 12) - 
Death and Taxes

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
Benjamin Franklin 

  

 

 
Wikipedia/Co Tibbets - the Enola Gay

 America's Story 
(part 13) - 
The Enola Gay
 

"The mission of the Enola Gay hastened the end of World War Two - the worst in the 20th century - and up to that point, perhaps the worst of all recorded history.
S. K. Smith

 

 


IMDB.com/I Was a Male War Bride

America's Story 
(part 14) - 
I Was a Male War Bride - the real story


"One day rummaging through the local thrift store, I picked up an old copy of The 30th Anniversary Reader's Digest Reader (1953). Perusing its table of contents, this one story caught my attention ..." 
S. K. Smith

 


Wikipedia/American troops 

America's Story 
(part 15) - 
World War 2: memories of North Africa


"In May of 2014, when clearing out an old foot locker, we found a forgotten manuscript of 17 pages typed by my father-in-law recording his memories of his first engagements during World War Two."

S. K. Smith

  

 


Wikipedia/Star Spangled Banner Flag

America's Story 
(part 16) 
- Our First 9/11

"Oh, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

"And it's a question each coming generations needs to answer."

S. K. Smith

  

 


wikipedia/Doolittle Raider RL Hite blindfolded by Japanese 1942

America's Story 
(part 17) - 
The Last of the 
Doolittle Raiders

"Those critical 30 seconds, April 18, 1942, was a great moral boost for America.  Though the war would not end for three more years, September 1945, the Doolittle Raid gave hope that we could win."
S. K. Smith

  

 

wikipedia/Churchill

America's Story 
(part 18) - 
VE Day - 
70 years ago

"VE Day - May 8, 1945 :  Both Great Britain and the United States celebrated VE Day, Victory in Europe Day."
S. K. Smith

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Wikipedia/Trinity

America's Story 
(part 19) - 
Trinity and 
"The Long Peace"

"It was a lifetime ago, 70 years. It was then the world's first atom bomb exploded. 

S. K. Smith

   

Battle of the Bulge/wikipedia.com

America's Story 
(part 20) - 
Patton's Weather Prayer

"December 1944, as World War II turned in favor of the allies, Hitler's Army made a last ditch effort in an offensive against Belgium."
S. K. Smith

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Reagan 80/Wikipedia.com

America's Story 
(part 21) - 
Is America Great?

"Make America Great Again
That slogan can be read that America is no longer great. But we want to be. Again."
S. K. Smith

   
   
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Pray4America



Pray4America 
(part 1) - 
National Day of Prayer

(America needs a declaration of dependence)

  

 

 Pray4America 
(part 2) - 
FDR's prayer on D-Day

(As D-Day began, President Franklin Roosevelt broadcast his prayer to the American people.)

 

Pray4America 
(part 3) - 
FDR's Flag Day prayer - June 14, 1942
 

(FDR's Flag Day Prayer with moving images from World War Two - 70 years ago)

 

 


It's a Wonderful Life - Clarence & George

Pray4America 
(part 4) - 
It's a Wonderful Life, America

 (When I was growing up, I had a sense that America was a noble nation. Now, that notion seems shaken, especially watching the 24/7 news cycle, listening to commentators, pundits, propaganda. It seems life in the world would be so better if America did not exist. Right?) 

 

 

 Pray4America 
(part 5) 

United we stand?
 
(We have not been so divided since the Civil War)

 

 
Pray4America 
(part 6) 

Christmas in Iran 1980
 

But the Christmas in 1980 Away in a Manger was sung on the world stage.)

   


Man wearing a mask 
on the Jewish holiday of Purim

 
Pray4American 
(part 7) 

For such a time as this
 
Providence means that the hand of God is in the glove of human events"
Dr. McGee

    

 

  
US Navy Prayer

 Pray4America 
(part 8) - 
Fear no evil

Oliver Cromwell once said -
I have learned that if you fear God,you have no one else to fear.
(reference: ttb.org - quotes)

   

 

  
Pikes Peak/Wikipedia

 Pray4America (part 9) - 
America, the Beautiful - 1893 to 2013

"The vista from the Pikes Peak, which inspired this song that almost became our national anthem, now looks over the scars left by the fires in Black Forest.  Yet beyond the physical scars, there rose from the ashes a spirit of thankfulness and gratitude.
S. K. Smith

  

 


Wikipedia/911 site cross

Pray4America 
(part 10) - 
Real Hope for America

"Billy Graham has been called America's Pastor ..."
S. K. Smith

  

 


NASA/GEMINI VII - EARTH-SKY VIEW 

Pray4America (part 11) - New Year Reset

"The New Year can bring a sense of optimism, a sense of starting over.  Resetting the calendar can mean a reset of our lives."
S. K. Smith

 

 


Wikipedia/George Washington praying at Valley Forge

Pray4America (part 12) - George Washington's Knee-Mails

"This anniversary of the original President's Day, may we follow the lead of our first president, ... his knee-Mails ..."
S. K. Smith

  

 


Wikipedia/Apollo 13

Pray4America (part 13) - Apollo 13 Reflections and Prayer

"Apollo 13 has been called the "successful failure."   The world had watched this drama unfold on live TV from a nearly fatal catastrophe in space to a nail-biting rescue, where nobody died."
S. K. Smith

  

 


Happy 4th of July! The American Flag in Fireworks/everystockphoto.com

Pray4America 
(part 14) - 
We are Americans

"During this holiday, may we remember all those who have sacrificed for the freedoms that we take for granted." 
S. K. Smith

   

 


 Wikipedia/First Man on Moon 1969 Issue-10c 

Pray4America 
(part 15) - 
Communion on the Moon

"It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements." 
Buzz Aldrin

    

 


everystockphoto.com/RoadTrip

Pray4America 
(part 16) - 
God Bless America, 
1938

"The song - a solemn prayer for peace - tapped into the national psyche as World War II was about to break out."
S. K. Smith

      

 


Wikipedia/General George Washington at Trenton

Pray4America 
(part 17) - 
Washington 
and Providence


"What would happen if George Washington were killed before his time and the American colonist lost the war for independence?"
S. K. Smith

     

 

wikipedia/valley forge

Pray4America 
(part 18) - 
Australia 
Prays for America

"April 30 - May 6, 2015:  Australia Calls World to Pray Fast for 7 Days for USA"
S. K. Smith

     

 

Australia/Wikipedia

Pray4America 
(part 19) - 
Australia has our back
in prayer!

"The 65th annual National Day of Prayer is set to be observed on May 5, 2016. 
And they have our back, down under, for the last 40 days."
S. K. Smith

    

 

kangaroo/wikipedia.com

Pray4America 
(part 20) - 
Australia still 
has our back!

"God bless Australia!
And God bless America!"
S. K. Smith

    

 

    

 
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American Ingenuity



AI (part 1) 

American Ingenuity

(Sometimes it takes an outsider to see more clearly and objectively what is really going on in this country. And this resident alien expresses his opinion that our national emotion is optimism ... even during these times when so many of us natives are discouraged. )

   

  

 

 AI 
(part 2) - 
How Curiosity 
got our groove back

(As Americans mourn the passing of Neil Armstrong, earlier in the month of August, NASA has breathed new life in the American spirit by the success of the Mars mission - Curiosity)

    

  


Wikipedia.com/Deuterium-tritium fusion

AI 
(part 3) - 
Mr. Fusion

(But Science imitating Art, this is part of AI - no ... not Artificial Intelligence, but
American Ingenuity ...)

S. K. Smith

 
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Patriots

next of kin/everystockphoto.com

Patriots 
(part 1) - 
Taps

"Words often fail to capture the depth of gratitude for those who have given their all. "
S. K. Smith

      

  

Eisenhower, D-Day/wikipedia

Patriots (part 2) - 
D-Day Courage

"soldiers overcame these obstacles with tremendous courage, making due with the hand they were dealt  "
S. K. Smith

     

  

Declaration Independence/wikipedia.com

Patriots 
(part 3) - 
Signers of 
the Declaration

"Today, many politicians will give away our freedoms for their position of power.

But in 1776, these men and their families risked it all, with nothing material to gain for themselves..."

S. K. Smith

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USS Arizona/wikipeida.com

Patriots (part 4) - 
Pearl Harbor - 
75 years ago

"But 75 years ago, FDR and the  men and women who served, home and abroad, 
were determined to win and prevailed during those dark days."

S. K. Smith

     

  
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Civics

wikipedia/electoral college

Civics (part 1) - 
The Electoral College

"Why the electoral college? After one of the first  Brexits, 240 years ago in 1776, the American colonies had their suspicions of rulers holding absolute power over them."
S. K. Smith

 
 

     

  
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