In the United States, the Medal of Honor represents the highest award available to military personnel. Combat stories of honorees rival even the most ambitious Hollywood action movies. Consider how Hiroshi Miyamura, while serving in Korea in April 1951, killed 10 soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. He then evacuated wounded while continuing to oppose the enemy […]
We always want March to promise a perfect spring. We forgive it for raining on our parades because it harbors so many unique holidays.
We know that it’s just around the corner, but we go about our business. The days are a little longer, and the chill is almost gone. The groundhog had his annual show, but no one remembers how it ended. Still, something starts to quicken in our souls. We almost remember a familiar fragrance on the […]
Do you believe in fairies dressed in green hats and coats? By nightfall on St. Patrick’s Day, seeing just might be believing. On March 17 everyone embraces the opportunity to revel in all the fun of being Irish for a day. The day kicks off with parades as dancers step lively to rhythmic strains from […]
You have a right to know what the government’s up to. Congress signed that right into law with the Freedom of Information Act back in 1966. Anyone can request access to information from any federal agency. When it works, it’s transparency in action. When it doesn’t, you can take the government to court. This arrangement […]
They are often the butts of negative comments. But they aren’t dirty or dumb. In 1972, Ellen Stanley, a Texas art teacher, set out to set the record straight by establishing March 1 as Pig Day. It’s a day set aside to pause and appreciate the chubby cuteness and sharp minds of domesticated pigs. Without […]