Tag: Support Our Troops

U.S. Military History: U.S. Army—Flag, Song, Motto, and Oath

Ross Dunfee Flag—The Army Seal was used originally during the American Revolution to authenticate documents. It displayed the designation “War Office,” which was synonymous with Headquarters of the Army, and the Roman year MDCCLXXVIII (1778), the first time it was used. It remained unchanged until 1947, when the War Office banner was replaced with “Department of…

U.S. Military History: Independence Day

Ross Dunfee The first successful English colony settled in America was at Jamestown, Va., in 1607—and the migration was on—primarily of British, German, and Dutch extraction, but immigrants arrived from throughout Europe. Communities were settled and financed primarily by privately-organized British settlers or families using free enterprise without any significant English royal or Parliamentary government…

U.S. Military History: D-Day

Ross Dunfee So, what does the “D” stand for in D-Day? Stop! Do not keep reading until you attempt to answer the question. Okay, now you can read on. Most people who celebrate the holiday do not know the answer. Some people believe it is in reference to June 6, 1944, when, in World War…

Memorial Day

Ross Dunfee The killing was over. The four-year long Civil War officially ended at Appomattox, Va. April 9, 1865. There was a large division between the northern states (largely industrial) and the southern states (largely agrarian) over slavery, states’ rights, and westward expansion. The election of Lincoln was the last straw, and one month after…

U.S. Military History: Armed Forces Day

Ross Dunfee Armed Forces Day is celebrated May 15 this year but with Memorial Day also in May this Armed Forces Day article is printed in April to avoid printing two articles in May. Clip and save. Each of the Branches of Military Service (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard) has a day to…

Vietnam Veterans Day

Ross Dunfee When did the Vietnam War begin? France maintained colonial rule of Vietnam from 1864 until the Geneva Accords of 1954. During that time, multiple wars occurred in the area (including Cambodia and Laos). The Geneva Accord divided Vietnam into north (Communist rule) and south (the Republic of Vietnam) and that enticed the U.S.…

Presidents Day

Ross Dunfee While Presidents Day is a federal holiday, celebrated on the third Monday of February, it is not really a national holiday. Splitting hairs? In 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holiday Act for observance of Washington’s birthday, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day to be celebrated on a Monday, but the actual dates for the…

Inauguration Day

Ross Dunfee The ink was barely dry on the Declaration of Independence. The thirteen British Colonies, in their view, were no longer a part of Great Britain but they also were not conjoined by any body of law. On June 12, 1776, the day after appointing a committee of five to prepare the Declaration of…

The Cold War

Ross Dunfee It is impossible for this writer to pen a history of the “Cold War” (war without heated conflict) in 500 words, so please forgive my inadequacies. The Cold War, like so many actions, is wrought in fear. After World War II the USA and other nations feared the expansion of communism. It also…

What does Support Our Troops–Arizona do?

Support Our Troops (SOT)–Arizona is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and an Arizona non-profit corporation. The corporation is also a Robson Ranch – Casa Grande chartered service club. From the articles of incorporation in the state of Arizona, “the mission of SOT-AZ is to provide for the material, physical, and…